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May 2012 Archives

Over the rainbow: the search for Dorothy

next_dorothy.pngCBC TV is looking for a young woman who can take on the role Judy Garland made famous. The search for "Dorothy" is on for a stage adaptation of The Wizard of Oz.

If you've seen the CBC's  "How do you solve a problem like Maria?" - the search for a Sound of Music star - you know how this works. There's a cross-country talent search, competitions with Broadway tunes, and weekly eliminations.

Montreal singers take note: the try-outs here take place on Saturday, June 9th!

Sonali Karnick spoke with the casting director for Over The Rainbow, Stephanie Gorin.
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The tea hunters return home

t-rechauffer.jpgAs the first tea leaves bloom, only a rare few tea hunters are actually on site. But for the four co-owners of the Camellia Sinensis tea company in Quebec, it's a must.

They head out every year to tea plantations across Asia to select the best-quality teas in person.  Two of the four, François Marchand and Kevin Gascoyne, are back from their travels and ready to share the new leaves with local tea drinkers in Quebec City and Montreal.

François and Kevin shared some of their road stories and teas with Sonali Karnick.
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Tobago's "dancing chef" at A Taste of the Caribbean

Blue Mango.jpgBring out the callaloo and the rum!

"A Taste of the Caribbean" is an annual day-long festival in Montreal, featuring dance, steel drum and calypso bands, award-winning rums and an all-you-can-eat buffet. 

Chef Rebecca Nedd is one of five visiting chefs. She's from the tiny fishing village of Castara in Tobago. Rebecca is also the co-owner of Blue Mango Cottages in Tobago where she serves up local roots specialties at The Clay Kitchen Restaurant.  She spoke with Sonali Karnick before Sunday's event at the Bonsecours Market.

(photo,left, courtesy of Blue Mango Cottages) 

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James Little meets Charles Dickens in Montreal

Could Be Book Cover.jpgMontreal has been attracting tourists to the city since the 19th century. One well-known visitor to North America was Charles Dickens who spent two weeks in Montreal in 1842 .

His trip has sparked the imagination of a local writer. James Little's short story about Dickens was shortlisted in the 2011 Quebec Writing Competition.  It's now part of a collection of historical fiction called Could Be

He'll be reading his Dickens story "Train Ride" at the Atwater Library this week.  He spoke with Sonali Karnick this morning.


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Larry Hodgson's Garden

Larry's Garden (Breakaway).jpgQuebec City's "Lazy Gardener" Larry Hodgson is about to release his 50th book. 

CBC host Jackie Czernin went to visit his backyard garden - and his bathroom (see photo, left)!

(Photo: Jacquie overwhelmed by plants in Larry's bathroom; courtesy of Breakaway)

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has your to-do list for the weekend.

Free Museum Day! in Montreal

Innocenti - equestrian show (Trois Rivières, Sherbrooke, Blainville)

Grand Rendez-vous Cyclistes de Charlevoix
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BBQ and beer : Ted Reader's match made in heaven

Beerlicious.jpgIt's wedding season but for Ted Reader that perfect union is beer and barbecue.

(The award-winning chef and cookbook author even has a man-cave with two beer fridges.)

But in his new cookbook Beerlicious, the king of the grill goes way beyond beer-can chicken.

Recipes such as the Leffe Brune Peanut Brittle BBQ Rub and Rolling Rock catfish are just one of a hundred creative combinations he's come up with.

Ted Reader joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Well Stressed, the antidote to mammoth problems

Well Stressed by Sonia Lupien.jpgWe face stressful situations every day - at work, at home, our health, finances, heartbreak and global warming.

But stress by itself isn't necessarily a bad thing.

You just have to learn how to understand - and manage it.

That's the message of a new book by Dr Sonia Lupien titled Well Stressed: Manage Stress Before It Turns Toxic.

Dr Lupien is a psychiatry professor at the Université de Montréal and the founder and director of the Centre for Studies on Human Stress.

She shared her approach to handling stress with Sonali Karnick.

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Gardening personality: are you a plunker?

640_39954_web_8column.jpgBefore you head out to the gardening store, you need to ask yourself this: what type of gardener am I?

You could be the artist type - who likes bright splashes of colour, or the collector who wants heirloom plants...or a plunker.

Lyndon Penner explains what a plunker is - and all the different gardening types.
He's a landscaper, horticulturist and a CBC gardening columnist.

Lyndon joins Sonali Karnick from our CBC studio in Calgary.
(photo courtesy of B.C. Almanac, Susie Armishaw)

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Tourism Quebec - Saturday update

Here's this weekend's list of activities from Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec:

Festibière de Gatineau

Carrefour international de théatre, Quebec City

Festival plein air et voyage, Rimouski

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"Moutarde Chou," visiting Quebec's casse-croûtes

Moutarde Chou.jpgEveryone remembers their favourite snack-shack, or casse-croute, which many of us as kids went to and were able to enjoy a good "hot-dog steamé" and a poutine. They are scattered all over Quebec.

Freelance lifestyle journalist, Emilie Villeneuve and her friend of 15 years, Olivier Blouin, created a representation and history of the best casse-croutes in Quebec in their newly released book, "Moutarde Chou". They travelled over 7000 kilometres in order to find the best hamburgers, hot-dogs and poutine and really get to the real personalities behind the wonderful and reputable restaurants.

Emilie put her fork down and spoke with Sonali Karnick.

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Poutine Masala: Quebec meets India on stage

poutine masala.pngA new Bollywood-style show has sold out the past few nights in Montreal.

"Poutine Masala" is a trilingual romantic-comedy which mashes up the cultures of Quebec and India. It's playing at the Mainline Theatre in Montreal.

Deepali Lindblom stars in the comedy. She produced the play, which is semi-autobiographical.  Deepali spoke with Sonali Karnick about where the idea for the show came from.

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The St.Lawrence Choir celebrates its 40th anniversary

st lawrence choir poster.jpgWith 75 amateur voices singing together, Montreal's St Lawrence Choir makes a big sound.
Next Saturday, they'll raise up their voices in Mozart, along with the Longueuil Symphony Orchestra.

It'll be a Montreal premiere; a reworking of Mozart's Mass in C Minor by musicologist Robert Levin to celebrate the St Lawrence Choir's 40th anniversary.

Michael Zaugg will be leading the choir on that night, as he has for the past four years.  He spoke with Sonali Karnick about the performance and moving the choir in a new direction.
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Tourism Quebec, weekend update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brought in her suggested activities for this weekend - and told us about all the services her office offers on a regular basis, including the great new regional tourism guides!

(Check out Featured Audio player on this page: bottom, right.)

Rendez-vous de l'ornithologie de L'Isle-aux-Grues   

La fête du chocolat de Bromont (Eastern Townships)

Journées crêpes et cidres  (Rougemont, Montérégie) 

Filmmaker Chloé Robichaud at the Cannes film festival

cannes film festival (cbc).jpgThe 65th Cannes Film Festival began this week in the south of France.

And at 24, Montrealer Chloé Robichaud is a veteran of the festival - this is her third visit to Cannes.

This time, she's the director, screenplay writer and editor of her own short film, Chef de Meute - or Herd Leader - which will be competing for a Palme d'Or.

It will be screened twice for the public next Saturday.

But she's already there, on the Croisette. Sonali Karnick spoke with her there, in Cannes.


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Scones at the Gryphon d'Or tea room in NDG

Thumbnail image for Scones 025.jpgIn Quebec, it's the Journée des Patriotes on Monday, but it's also known as Victoria Day.

So we decided to drop in on one of Montreal's best tea rooms for a traditional British tea.

The Gryphon d'Or opened 15 years ago in NDG.

Cucumber sandwiches, sweets like Sticky Toffee Pudding, and blended teas have won it a place on the 'Best Tea List'. And it's scones win raves.

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Sonali Karnick went out to meet owner Peggy Regan at Le Gryphon d'Or for a lesson in scone making.

But first Peggy showed her  around the tea room on Monkland Avenue.

Have a listen - and then try her recipe below:

Scone Recipe
2 cups of All Purpose Flour
2 tablespoons of double-acting baking powder
2 tablespoons of sugar
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1/4 cup of good quality margarine
1 egg - beaten and add milk to bring up to 3/4s of a cup

Bake at 425 degrees Fahrenheit for 13-15 minutes.

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Wadada Leo Smith at Victoriaville avant-garde music festival

Wadada Leo Smith in Jazziz.jpgTrumpeter and composer Wadada Leo Smith headlines at the Festival International de Musique Actuelle this weekend in Victoriaville.

It's a major showcase for avant-garde and improvised music in North America.

Wadada Leo Smith has had a long career in that field. He's now 70 years old.

Tonight, he performs his "10 Freedom Summers" suite, inspired by the campaigns to end segregation from 1954 to 1964.

We called him up at his home in Ventura, California.

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The Lanyard for Mother's Day

CBC Lanyard.jpgIt's Mother's Day today and many of us will celebrate our mothers and what they've done for us through the years.  We may buy her flowers, or make her breakfast in bed or take her out to dinner. But Billy Collins, the former Poet Laureate of the United States, recalls thanking his mother with a lanyard.

If you don't know what that is, you'll figure it out from his poem - THE LANYARD.

Collins was sure when he was a boy that his gift was grand enough. Now it seems he's not so sure.Here he is, reading his poem.
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Canada Writes writing challenge for Crime Month


It's Crime Month on CBC Radio's Canada Writes website. So this week two of its editors, Christopher DiRaddo and Jennifer Warren, came into studio to tell us about the Canada Writes Page-turner Challenge -- to write the most bone-chilling opening scene for a crime novel. Apart from the sheer fun of trying the challenge, the prize is an iPad.

Chris and Jennifer also read out some of the best Quebec entries so far - apparently, the creepiest too. Have a listen!

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Montreal's 370th anniversary celebrations

Pointe_a_Calliere_1749.jpgMontreal celebrates its 370th anniversary on Thursday.  To commemorate the anniversary, 35 museums and organisations around the city have joined together for the first time to highlight Montreal's history from now until the end of the year.

The Pointe-à-Callière museum sits at the heart of that history,  and they'll be offering you free access to the remains of the old city in their archeological crypt in the basement. Louise Pothier is Pointe-à-Callière's Director of exhibitions and technology and an archaeologist.  She spoke with Sonali Karnick about the history of the museum and what's in store for the anniversary celebrations.
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Ross Murray on Mother's Day

Thumbnail image for ross murray headshot.jpgIt's Mother's Day and traditionally on a day like this, we associate Mom with the cooking.  This is the day she gets a 'break'; breakfast in bed or dinner out. But our columnist Ross Murray hopes he'll be the one to pass on a love of cooking to his own kids.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

medieval.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has today's list of activities:

Festival de musique classique de Pierre-De Saurel    (Sorel-Tracy, Montérégie)

Super Salon Kinsmen de Val d'Or
(Proceeds to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

Salon passion médiévale (Centre Pierre-Charbonneau, Montréal) (Photo, left)

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Printemps Rosé, rosé wine festival in the Townships

Printemps rosé poster edited.jpgWith the weather warming up, the season of the terrasse, the picnic and the patio supper begins. And this weekend in the Townships, it's the time to break out the local rosé wines.

The first-ever edition of the Printemps Rosé is a celebration that showcases rosé wines produced here in Quebec. It's a month long festival of samplings at restaurants, at the vineyards, and even from the back of a pink caravan.

Denis Paradis is the owner of  Le Domaine du Ridge, one of the biggest wineries in Quebec. It's located in Saint-Armand in the Eastern Townships and its award-winning rosé is one of featured wines in the Printemps Rosé.

He spoke with Sonali Karnick about the state of rosés in Quebec and the festival. 

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Breakfast in Bed for Mother's Day

Derek Food Cropped.JPGIt's Mother's Day tomorrow and what better way for her to wake up than with breakfast in bed.

Of course, toast and jam is always an option.  But if you're looking for ideas for what to put on the tray, chef Derek Bocking can help.

His blog Derek's Kitchen is all about sharing 'recipes to inspire.'

You may also know Derek Bocking from Canada's first Top Chef show. He is now a sous-chef at Chez Ma Grosse Truie Chérie. He shared a simple delicious breakfast-in-bed idea with Sonali Karnick.

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Dr. Mike Evans on the new Life Expectancy Calculator

Would you like to know how long you'll live?

Maybe, maybe not. 

But with the new Life Expectancy Calculator, you can at least figure out what you need to do to live longer and better.

One small change can make a big difference.

The calculator was created by researchers at the Institute of Clinical Evaluative Sciences and Public Health Ontario.

It's online - and it 's already so popular that the website crashed earlier this week.

Our own weekend house doctor, Mike Evans, talked about it with Sonali Karnick.

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Mendel Guide to Quebec City's Lower Town

Mendel.jpgDavid Mendel is a well-known architectural historian and the president of Mendel Tours in Quebec City. Mendel Tours specializes in learning travel and works with high-profile clients from around the world.

David Mendel himself has lived in Quebec's historic old town for 36 years. And after years of telling people about the city's heritage, he started his own line of guidebooks - "Mendel Guides" - full of beautiful pictures of la Vieille Ville.

His first guide sold 7,000 copies. His second is titled "Quebec, Birthplace of New France" - and this time it takes us through the city's Lower Town.

David Mendel told Sonali Karnick about the new guidebook.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

24 heures science.JPGMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has today's events in Quebec

Salon mieux vivre 50+ et longévité (Galeries de la capitale ,Québec)
Conférence Trad Montréal & La Grande Rencontre-Festival de musique et de danse   
24 hours of science, across Quebec
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Celebrate Mother's Day with us !

breakfast-in-bed-by Mary Cassat.jpgTell us about one of the best things your mother ever did for you - and how you celebrate Mother's Day. (If you prefer, describe a memorable Mother's Day from when you were younger.)

Call (514-597-4141) or write to .
(Don't wait until Sunday!)

We'll play some of your answers between 8:30 and 9:00 am on Sunday.

Quebec Liberals meeting taken over by student protests - and a tentative deal

hi-talksresume-852-8col.jpgThe Quebec Liberal party's General Council meeting in Victoriaville was taken over by violent student protests and then a deal -- still to be accepted by the students.

Election talk was not very prominent as a result but it may have paved the way for other issues to come forward during the next campaign.  National Assembly reporter Tim Duboyce spoke with Sonali Karnick about the last day of the eventful General Council meeting.

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Deni Béchard's "Cures for Hunger"

Cures for Hunger book cover.jpgDeni Béchard's first novel, Vandal Love, won the 2007 Commmonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book.

His new book is a memoir.

In Cures for Hunger, he tells the story of the discovery of his adored father's secret lives - the unknown family in the Gaspé, the armed robberies and prison time.  It's also the story of his own quest to find himself.

Deni Béchard spoke with Sonali Karnick in the All in a Weekend studio.

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Crimes Without Honour

logo film Crimes Without Honour.jpgRaymonde Provencher's documentary Crimes Without Honour takes a look at three crusaders against honour crimes in Canada, Germany and Sweden. 

Provencher followed three women and one man on their quest to encourage people to start a dialogue about the issue. 

The documentary opens in Quebec cinemas this Friday. Raymonde Provencher joined Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Ross Murray on publishing

ross murray headshot.jpgBook publishing is a competitive game and our columnist Ross Murray thinks publishers of adult fiction can learn something from the young adult-fiction book market. This week, Ross offers tips for making the best-seller list.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

sherbrooke music.jpgMicheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has your Sunday activity list:

Off Festival des Harmonies du Québec (Sherbrooke , Eastern Townships)

Festival de la Bernache (St-Fulgence, Saguenay, Lac-St-Jean)

Festival les petits bonheurs: children's theatre (Montreal and other locations)

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Diving-heymans.jpgMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has some suggestions for your weekend activities - everything from diving to art.

Canada Cup 2012 diving competition (Olympic Stadium, Montreal) 

Manif d'art (Quebec City)

Symposium des artistes, Route des Fleurs (Laval)

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Right to Food

olivierdeschutter.jpgThe United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food is in Montreal this weekend. Olivier de Schutter is conducting a formal country commission in Canada, the first place he will visit as part of his tour of nine countries.

On Sunday in Montreal, he is meeting with organisations that deal with the right to food and experts on food issues. The public is also welcome.

Among the local organizations participating is Food Secure Canada. Diana Bronson is the Executive director of Food Secure Canada, a non-profit organisation committed to eliminating hunger and to keeping food safe, healthy and sustainable.

She spoke with Sonali Karnick in studio:

 (Photo, above: Olivier de Schutter, the UN Special Rapporteur on the Right to Food)

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Anna Olson takes us Back to Baking

anna olson.jpgAnna Olson is well-known to foodies as a Food Network host and cookbook author. And she is no stranger to sweet treats.

Her latest cookbook Back to Baking is a collection of classic recipes such as chocolate chip cookies and Spanish Flan. But she also includes a few unusual twists like the strawberry lavender cheesecake tart.

The book even deals with food allergies and substitutions so that everyone can enjoy a home-baked treat...once in a while.

Anna Olson is at a sold-out book signing and workshop at Appetite for Books today in Montreal.
She joined Sonali Karnick in-studio beforehand.


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Louise Penny's master class in crime (writing)

Louise Penny.jpgIt's Crime Month on Canada Writes.

Canada Writes, as you may know, is the CBC's online home for original writing.

They've partnered with the Crime Writers of Canada for a month-long celebration.

That's 31 days of mystery, murder and mayhem!

Among the bone-chilling stories, helpful tips and writing challenges is a master class with one of our country's most successful crime writers, Louise Penny.

You can call her the New-York-Times bestselling author.

She's the author of eight books, starring Chief Inspector Armand Gamache from the Sureté du Québec.
A ninth is on its way -The Beautiful Mystery.

This month on Canada Writes, Louise Penny is offering fans and writers of the genre some privileged insights into what makes for compelling crime writing.

Louise joined Sonali in studio to talk about the craft.



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