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January 2013 Archives

Egyptian mummies brought to life

This morning, we meet three Egyptian mummies - with the bandages off!

Victoria Lywood, the forensic artist who reconstructed the faces of a young man, a young woman and a white-haired granny who lived thousands of years ago tells Ainslie MacLellan how she did it.

Theban Male(Left) Facial reconstruction of Theban male mummy, Theban Ladyapproximate age: early 20s; (Ptolemaic Period 332-30 BCE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)

(Right) Facial reconstruction of Theban female mummy, approximate age: 30-50 years old; (Late Roman Period 230-380 CE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)

 

Mummy(Bottom left) Facial reconstruction of Fayum female mummy, approximate age: 18-24 years old (mid-Roman Period 96-161 CE). (Photo courtesy of forensic artist Victoria Lywood.)

 

All three mummies are on display at McGill University's Redpath Museum in February.

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Rob Lutes' new album The Bravest Birds

RobLutes_The-bravest-birds_Cover.jpgFour years ago, singer-songwriter Rob Lutes got rid of his 'day job' as a writer and editor at the NFB to devote himself full-time to making music. He also became a father again.

He says both of those momentous events had an impact on his latest album -- his sixth -- The Bravest Birds.

The latest reviews are glowing. The Gazette awarded The Bravest Birds four stars out of five this week. CBC Music calls it 'stunning' - "a beautifully crafted, 13-song record that needs your undivided attention."

Ainslie MacLellan takes a listen this morning with Rob Lutes.

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Making cities more fitness-friendly

Walking underground in Montreal.jpgThink about where you live. Are there parks nearby? Where's the closest grocery store?  How far are you from work? How often do you need to take the car do get where you want to go?

These may seem like questions of convenience, but the answers can have a big impact on your health.

James Sallis spent most of his early career as a behavioural psychologist trying to figure out how to motivate people to get active. He has discovered our environment can have a big impact on how active we're likely to be.  This week, McGill University awarded him the Bloomberg Manulife Prize for the Promotion of Active Health. Dr. Sallis joins Ainslie MacLellan in studio.

 

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National Film Board docs in Trois-Rivières festival

Trente tableaux image.jpgOver the next few weeks, Trois Rivières plays host to a unique film festival in Quebec. It features the latest documentary work and film shorts produced by the National Film Board.

Other cities in Quebec used to hold similar events - but Trois Rivieres is now the last -- and it's going strong. The festival increased its offering last year (on its 15th anniversary) and attendance jumped.

Diane Hétu works at the NFB in Partnerships, Institutional and communities, Audience Development, Accessibility and Digital Enterprises. She spoke with Ainslie MacLellan about the festival and the films.

(Above, image from Trente Tableaux, by Paule Baillargeon: showing on February 1st; photo courtesy of NFB)

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us today's update:

Lanaudière international dogsled (Guy-Melançon community centre,L'Épiphanie)   
On today

Pohénégamook Haut en Couleur  (Bas-St-Laurent) 
On today

Montreal auto show (Palais des Congrès, Montreal)
On today

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Daniel Clarke Bouchard, piano prodigy

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Last year, pianist Daniel Clarke Bouchard from Saint-Lambert played Carnegie Hall in New York City.

He won that opportunity as first prize winner of the Bradshaw and Buono International Piano Competition.

He's just 12 years old.

Daniel has won a lot of prizes and attention since his first recital at the age of 6 -- and this is just the beginning.

Tonight he's performing at the Black Theatre Workshop's Annual Vision Gala, which launches Black History Month and pays tribute to Gregory Charles.

Daniel Clarke Bouchard joins Ainslie MacLellan in-studio this morning.

(Photo courtesy of Valerie Clarke)

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Caroline Dumas serves up SoupeSoup

SoupeSoup.jpgCaroline Dumas started her five SoupeSoup restaurants in Montreal -- and later the soup-counter -- with the idea that she would re-create warming food that would be like her own mother's. The menu would be simple and based on fresh ingredients.

The idea caught on with customers - but also with home cooks.

Her first two cookbooks have done very well in Quebec and now the first one is out in English.

The SoupeSoup cookbook is subtitled: 65 soups, 40 salads, 40 sandwiches and desserts.

Its author Caroline Dumas joins Ainslie MacLellan in-studio.

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The Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine ambassador to Quebec.

He brings us the latest ski news, deals and current conditions for hills across the province.

This weekend, Kevin will have some tips on Staying Warm while we ski.

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Author Kim Thuy part of CBC's Human Library

Human Library online.jpgThe CBC is holding a Human Library event across the country today.

There will be 'human books' you can reserve in 15 different cities - including Montreal. You get 20 minutes with a given "book" - and you can ask them anything (though they may choose not to answer).

The human books were chosen for their fascinating lives and willingness to share their stories. This morning, Ainslie MacLellan speaks with one of the human books at the Atwater Library. Her title is Kim Thuy, author of the award-winning novel Ru

**Click here for a list of the human books in Montreal:  http://humanlibrary.atwaterlibrary.ca/books/ .

**Click here for CBC's online Human Library:                          http://www.cbc.ca/news/live/2013/01/cbc-human-library-live-online.html#igImgId_60464

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Carnaval Glisse et Glace Terrebonne   (Lanaudière)
Through February 3rd (weekends only)

Festi-Volant Grandes-Piles (Mauricie)
Through Sunday

Eastern Canadian Snow Drag Championship ( La Sarre, Abitibi-Temiscaming)
Through Sunday

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Maurice Podbrey: Waiting for the Barbarians

BARBARIANS ORIGINAL CAST PHOTO_Photo Rodger Bosch.jpgWaiting for the Barbarians is a political fable by South African novelist and Nobel-prize winner J.M. Coetzee. Next weekend, the play version of the story will have its North American premiere on-stage at the Segal Centre in Montreal.

It's set in a frontier town in a state known only as 'the Empire.' Rumours of barbarian attacks send the Empire's forces beyond the border in search of captives and they bring them back to the town to torture and kill. At that point, the town's Magistrate begins to question the Empire's actions. (Above, original cast; photo by Rodger Bosch) 

Maurice Podbrey2_Photo Amelia Desjacques.jpgThe play's producer Maurice Podbrey also produced Waiting for the Barbarians in his home country of South Africa last year.

He's now brought the play - along with its South African cast - to Montreal. He joins Ainslie MacLellan in-studio.

(Left, Maurice Podrey; photo by Amelia Desjacques, courtesy of Segal Centre) 

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Nature cabins, Huttopia tents and tea on the trails

There are so many beautiful spots around the province to go snowshoeing and cross-country skiing. So you might want to pick your park for what it offers indoors too.

This year, Quebec's provincial parks offer Nature Cabins. There are also nordic Huttopia tents, and Mt St Bruno offers tea with your trails!

Jean Pagé is head of research for the SEPAQ, the network of provincial parks in Quebec.
He joins me from our studio in Quebec City.

 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has more activities for playing in the snow:

Fête des neiges de Montréal (Parc Jean-Drapeau)
Through February 3rds (weekends only)

Snowboard Jamboree (Station Stoneham, Québec)
Through January 27th

Grand Prix International SnowCross de Rouyn-Noranda  (Abitibi-Témiscaming) 
Today
 
For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

 

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Hockey is back at the Bell Centre

Leafs vs Habs.jpgThousands of excited hockey fans will flood into the Bell Centre tonight for the long-awaited beginning of the hockey season.  But the Montreal Canadiens are also available to the lucky fans who get into the centre, as of 9 o'clock this morning. There's a chance to see the Habs and Maple Leafs' skating this morning, outdoor concerts - all for free.

 

Kevin Gilmour , the Montreal Canadien's Chief Operating Officer, tells Ainslie MacLellan about what to expect. (Above, Toronto captain Dion Phaneuf, left, and his Montreal counterpart Brian Gionta are trying to lead their teams back into the playoffs. (Getty Images

 

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Small Plates & Sweet Treats -- gluten-free tapas!

Small Plates, Sweet Treats.jpgWhether it's to deal with a wheat intolerance, or just in an attempt to shed a few pounds, many people are looking for ways to eliminate gluten from their diets.

But the challenge can seem daunting. What about bread? Pasta? Cake?

Well, my next guest says eating gluten-free doesn't mean depriving yourself of tasty food.

Aran Goyoaga is a pastry chef and food writer, who also runs the blog Cannelle et Vanille.

She and her kids have a gluten intolerance.

So she compiled 120 gluten-free recipes illustrated with stunning photos in her cookbook, Small Plates and Sweet Treats: My Family's Journey  to Gluten-Free Cooking.

Aran Goyoaga joins Ainslie MacLellan in-studio. (She'll be at two events in Montreal later today: Appetite for Books and the Société des Arts Technologiques.)

 

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Ski report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec.

Each week, he brings us the latest ski news, deals and current conditions for the hills of Quebec.

But this morning, he'll be doing all that from Alberta. 

 

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec brings us some winter festivals to tame the cold:

Carnaval de l'Isle-aux-coudres (Charlevoix)
Weekends through February 24th

Igloofest (Old Port Montreal)
Thursday through Saturday nights until February 9th

Les Nuits Polaires  (Trois-Rivières, Mauricie)
Through Sunday

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures, go to http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

 

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Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm

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It's called The Firm, and it employs 1200 people. This week on CBC television, you get an amazing insight into how the House of Windsor is served.

Montreal journalist John Curtin speaks with the former staff of the British royal family in the documentary Serving the Royals: Inside the Firm.

He speaks with Sonali Karnick about some of the fascinating details.

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Martin Léon's "exotic laboratory"

Laboratoire Exotique poster.jpgMartin Léon's 2010 album Les Atomes was a bestseller. But he never hit the road on a cross-Quebec tour when the album came out, as most artists would.

The award-winning singer-songwriter had many other things on the go - including scoring films like the Oscar-nominated Monsieur Lazhar .

But that wasn't the only reason.

Now, over two years later, Martin Léon has decided to do a different sort of show and tour: one venue, music, photos, and stories.

He calls it an 'exotic laboratory" - "Laboratoire Exotique."

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The World Before Her

The World Before HerAs part of the Magnus Opus documentary series, Cinéma du Parc is presenting The World Before Her, by Canadian filmmaker Nisha Pahuja.

The award-winning film looks at two parallel realities for women in India. It follows young women who are training to become the next Miss India and others who are training at a Hindu fundamentalist boot camp, exclusively for girls. In both cases, the women are groomed and lectured on what their values should be.

The World Before Her also takes on India's male-dominated society, where women are frequent targets of violence. It takes on new meaning, in the wake of the brutal rape and murder of a student in Dehli and a second case being reported today.

Nisha Pahuja will join a discussion about the film via skype, after the 2 p.m. screening at Cinéma du Parc today along Dawson College cinema professor Dipti Gupta. 

(Photo courtesy of Cinéma du Parc) 

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The World's Tallest Trees

World's tallest treesA Quebec man is part of a team of arborists who are scaling the world's tallest trees in South Africa. They're collecting data about these giant, untouched redwoods, fig trees and eucalyptus trees for local government. 

The CBC's Rachelle Solomon called up arborist Vince Jolin before he left, to talk about climbing, and living in, trees as tall as skyscrapers.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has details on iced cider, ice hotels and ice restaurants:

Classe Neige à la face cachée de la Pomme ( Hemmingford,Montérégie)

Hôtel de Glace    (Charlesbourg, Québec)

Centropolis in Laval opens its Ice Restaurant
(Through March )

For further details on activities, making accommodation reservations or receiving brochures, visit http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687)

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Polar bear birthday at St-Félicien Wild Zoo

Polar bear with cake.jpgAfter a tough year, the Saint-Felicien zoo in the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean can now celebrate.

Last spring, ice jams from the nearby river flooded the zoo and they lost more than 20 of their animals and had to close for awhile.

The Saint-Felicien Wild Zoo is dedicated to the biodiversity of boreal regions. So they've got polar bears, wolverines, and bison from North America, camels and yaks from Mongolia, and Amur tigers from Asia.

Polar bear close-up with cake.JPGThis weekend, they're celebrating the birthday of a polar bear. Luckily, no matter where you are in the province, you can see the festivities online.

This morning, Christine Gagnon, the zoo's biologist and director of conservation and education, tells Sonali Karnick all about the party - and how the zoo's doing now.

(*Click here to see last year's birthday party at the zoo!) (Photos courtesy of St-Félicien Wild Zoo)

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Cookbook Club: three new titles!

The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook.jpgThe All in a Weekend Cookbook Club returns!

Jonathan Cheung, the resident chef and owner of the Westmount cookbook store Appetite for Books, joins Sonali Karnick to launch the next three cookbooks.

Here's how the Cookbook Club works:

Each month, we send out a new cookbook to two people - anywhere in Quebec - so they can try some of the recipes at home. Then we call our reviewers up at home or invite them back to the studio to talk about what they thought of the cookbook, good or bad.

 

Thumbnail image for SoupeSoup.jpgJoin us! 

Everyday Kitchen for Kids.jpgIf you're interested in being a reviewer -- getting a free cookbook and getting on our show! -- drop us a line at weekend@montreal.cbc.ca.

Tell us which of the books you'd like to review and why. Here are your choices: SoupeSoup, The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook, Everyday Kitchen for Kids.

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is the Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec. He brings us the latest ski news and deals each week.

This weekend, we're talking about the powder-snow addiction, skiing in the Chic-Chocs and in Japan!  (Even if most of us can't afford that kind of powder addiction, we can dream...)

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Greenhouse in a bottle

Bottle Garden.jpgThe middle of winter may not seem like the best time to take up a new gardening project.

But it's possible. Just grab a bottle.

A Quebec company has come up with a hydroponic garden system, using wine bottles.

It's everything you need to turn your sunny window into a functional, elegant veggie garden.

Julien Yensen Martin is the man with the green thumb behind this project.

He runs the urban agriculture business BioCité.

He joins Sonali Karnick in studio this morning.

(Photo of bottle garden courtesy of BioCité.)

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has outdoor activity ideas for this weekend:

Guided Snowshoe walks by City Light on Mont-Royal Park (Montreal)

The National Outfitter's Hunting and Fishing Show - Galeries de la capitale Québec


Snowmobile trails in Quebec: Conditions and maps

For further details on activities, making accomodation reservations or receiving brochures you may visit: http://www.bonjourquebec.com, or Toll free at 1 877-Bonjour (1-877-266-5687).

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Château Ramezay: looking for volunteers

musee-du-chateau-ramezay.jpgWe sometimes invite you to visit a particular museum exhibit. But this morning we're going to tell you how you can become one of the guides instead.

The Château Ramezay in Old Montreal was built in 1705, and it was the very first building designated an historic monument in Quebec. It was also selected by an international team of historians and journalists as one of the "1001 Historic Sites You Must See Before You Die." (Photo courtesy of Château Ramezay)

This month, the Château Ramezay is looking for volunteer history guides, and they'll train you for 9 weeks to get you ready. Jim Little is the coordinator of the English Guides Preparatory Course at the Château and he spoke with Elizabeth Robertson this morning.

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KANPE: Rebuilding Haiti one village at a time

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It's been almost 3 years since the major earthquake that devastated Haiti. As we approach the anniversary, we check in with a Montreal organization called KANPE. They're working to rebuild the country "one village at a time" by helping Haitians become more self-sufficient. 

Katleen Félix is the director general of KANPE. She joined host Elizabeth Robertson in-studio. 

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Parc Avenue Tonight with Dimitrios Koussioulas

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Parc Avenue Tonight is like a low-budget version of The Tonight Show. Its host and creator is  Dimitrios Koussioulas.
 
Dimitrios sits behind a desk in typical late-night fashion. He interviews one guest per episode. Sometimes Dimitrios interviews celebrities like the chef and owner of Joe Beef, Dave McMillan--and sometimes he interviews the guy who runs the stationery store down the street. All of it happens in Dimitrios Koussioulas' apartment in Mile End and airs on the web. 
 
The tables were turned this morning on All in a Weekend:  Dimitrios sat in the guest's chair with Elizabeth Robertson asking the questions.
(Above, Dimitrios with guest on Parc Avenue Tonight; photo courtesy of Parc Avenue Tonight) 
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Healthy meal planning for a new year

About-Aimee-1-e1301763154275.jpgIt's great to make healthy living one of your New Year's resolutions. But it would actually be better as a weekly resolution -- as in, "This weekend, I'm going to plan ahead to make healthy meals all week."

So to get our fridges and diets in order, we've called on Aimee Wimbush-Bourque. She's the editor of a food website devoted to keeping things simple for our families. It's called Simple Bites. She's also a trained chef and former caterer who now caters to a family of five. Aimee Wimbush-Bourque joins Elizabeth Robertson in-studio.

(Above, Aimee Wimbush-Bourque in her kitchen; photo courtesy of Simple Bites)

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

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Kevin is the Ski Banff Lake Louise Sunshine ambassador to the Province of Quebec.He brings us the latest ski news, events, stories and deals - as well as the ski conditions across the province.

This week Kevin tells us about some promotions and specials that might help make skiing more affordable this season. 
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St-Benoit-du-Lac abbey celebrates 100th

abbaye 2.jpgOne of the very few Benedictine monasteries in Canada just celebrated its 100th anniversary. 
 
The monastery at Saint-Benoit-du-Lac looks out over Lac Memphremagog in the Eastern Townships. It's famed for its Gregorian chant.
 
The CBC's Sarah Rogers visited Saint-Benoit-du-Lac to hear the story from the abbot,The Very Reverend Dom André Laberge.

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