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February 2013 Archives

Kevin Tierney doesn't hold back on Oscar picks

oscar-statuette (Associated Press, Jason DeCRow).jpgMillions of people around the world will be watching the 85th annual Academy Awards tonight. 

From Zero Dark Thirty to Quebec's nominee War Witch, or Rebelle, there are a lot of films to cheer for tonight (10 in the Best Picture category alone this year!).

Kevin Tierney is a big Oscars fan. He's the award-winning film producer and writer behind the Quebec blockbuster Bon Cop Bad Cop and director of French Immersion.

Kevin joins Sonali Karnick to talk Oscars - the ones they should give out and the ones they might.

(Left, Oscar statuette; courtesy of Associated Press, Jason DeCrow)

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Chef Francis Mallman: grilling Argentina-style

Seven Fires cookbook.jpgMontréal en Lumière is putting the spotlight on Argentinian cuisine over the next week.

And that means we have the pleasure of welcoming into studio one of Latin America's most famous chefs, Francis Mallmann - who is also the honourary president of the festival.

Francis Mallmann is a TV star and the author of the cookbook Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way. He has three restaurants in Argentina and Uruguay where he cooks with wood fire and cast iron.

But - ironically - he first established his reputation as a master of French haute-cuisine.

Due to a misunderstanding with the festival's management, Francis Mallmann left Montreal early but he spoke with Sonali Karnick before the incident about his passion for grilling.

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NFB's Spring Break Channel (it's free!)

Cat Came Back.jpgThe National Film Board has posted 2,500 films online - for free - in the past few years.

This March, they're preparing something new for the kids - a Spring Break Channel (March 4-April 15).

Deborah Drisdell is director general for Accessibility and Digital Enterprises at the NFB. 

She joins Sonali Karnick to talk about the Spring Break Channel, as well as some new offerings for International Women's Day (March 4-10).  (Above, Cordell Barker's Oscar-nominated film The Cat Came Back)

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has some suggestions on how to spend the day:  

Mois Multi 14  (Quebec City)
Through February 28th

Prison visits in Trois-Rivières (Trois Rivières, Mauricie)

Montréal Motorcycle Show / Salon de la Moto de Montréal (Palais des Congrès, Montreal)
On 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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Highlights - All in a Weekend Saguenay Adventure: Enter now!

The Montreal Highlights Festival - or Montréal en Lumière - begins this Thursday, with 11 days of fine dining, shows, and outdoor activities. This year, they're showcasing the gastronomy of Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, and back home, the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean region.

We'll be celebrating the region's chefs and food producers on this show too, with our  Highlights-All in a Weekend Saguenay Adventure contest! The package includes two nights accomodation, a spa visit, skiing, and sled dogs! (Transportation not included.)

Chalet Sépaq.jpgTo enter, you can call (514-597-4141) or write in - either at weekend@montreal.cbc.ca or on All in a Weekend's Facebook page - to put your name in the draw for an adventure package to the region. We're asking you to tell us - in no more than 100 words - about one of the highlights of your winter so far.

Winner will be announced on March 3rd on All in a Weekend!

Click here for more complete details and rules and regulations.

(Above- The Highlights-All in a Weekend Saguenay Adventure  package includes a night at a SEPAQ chalet. Below, Chiens et Gite du Grand Nord and l'Eternel Spa.)Éternel Spa.jpg

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Polar Bear Plunge in Pointe-Claire

Polar Bear.jpgIt's difficult enough to go for a walk at this time of year - so imagine going for a swim. Outside.
That's what a group of people is doing in at the Pointe-Claire Marina today.

The Polar Bear Plunge is a fundraising event to benefit Special Olympics Quebec.

Officer Marc Ratte is taking the plunge for the first time in his life. He joins Sonali Karnick this morning on the phone as he prepares to jump into Lac St-Louis later today.

(Jonathan Hayward/Canadian Press)

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Chef Carl Murray: taste of Saguenay-Lac St Jean

Carl Murray edited.jpgThis morning, we meet one of the emissaries of Saguenay-Lac St Jean cuisine who's in town for Montréal en Lumière. Carl Murray is the owner of the Restaurant du Moulin in the historic village of Val-Jalbert.

Carl Murray grew up in Roberval, but he pursued a career as a chef in Montreal and Quebec City, and in France. Along the way, he earned a little notoriety in New York City for daring to create a cheesecake made with Quebec cheddar cheese. Then a few years ago, he returned to his roots - back to Roberval - to open up a fine-dining restaurant, where they feature regional produce and cuisine.

Carl Murray will be preparing a regionally-inspired meal tonight at the festival in Montreal.

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is here once again with our weekend Ski Report.

Kevin is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine ambassador to Quebec.

This morning, he's in Burke, Vermont, population about 1800 and home of the Burke Mountain ski area.

But Kevin will have the ski conditions across Quebec as usual, along with the story of Racoon Skis, a Quebec ski handmade of maple wood.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Quebec is embracing winter with a variety of festivals this weekend. Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has the details:

Montréal en lumière (formerly known as Highlights) (Montreal)
Through March 3rd

La Flashe Fête    (Alma, Saguenay Lac St-Jean)
On today

Opti Neige (Promenade des capitaines,Matane, Gaspésie)
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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Yan England heads to the Oscars with "Henry"

Yan England suiting up for Oscars.jpgQuebec actor Yan England will not be watching the Oscars on television this year. He'll be in the audience hoping to climb up on stage.

His film Henry is nominated for an Academy Award in the short film category.

It's the story of an elderly man, a former concert pianist, lost in memories of his past and struggling with the reality of his present. 

It was inspired by Yan England's grandfather.

He himself has been in front of the camera since the age of eight, in French and in English. Henry is his second short film venture, but his first Oscar nomination. He wrote, directed and produced it.

Yan England joins Sonali Karnick in studio, before heading off to Los Angeles for the Academy Awards next Sunday. (You can catch Henry on ARTV this week, or on tout.tv.)

(Above, Yan England gets fitted for his tuxedo in Montreal last week; photo, CBC)

 

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Whisky Fête fundraiser for McGill Scottish Chair

Whiskey Fête.pngMontreal is getting a little peaty, smokey and maybe even a little sweet!

This Friday, the St.Andrew's Society of Montreal presents its first Whisky Fête. The whisky tasting event is a fundraiser for a new Chair in Canadian-Scottish Studies at McGill University.

More than 50 rare and special Scotches single-malts will be featured at the event.

Peter McAuslan, founder, president and CEO of McAuslan Brewing is a spokesperson for the event.  He's a past president of the St Andrew's Society of Montreal and is on the board for the Chair in Canadian-Scottish studies. Brian McQueenie is co-director of Ouidram, the group that organized this tasting of fine whiskeys. They join Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Marc-André Roy, Auberge Carcajou: Saguenay Adventure

Vallée fantômes.jpgThe Montreal Highlights Festival - or Montréal en Lumière - begins this Thursday, with 11 days of fine dining, shows, and outdoor activities. This year, they're showcasing the gastronomy of Buenos Aires, Philadelphia, and back home, the Saguenay-Lac St-Jean region. We'll be celebrating the region's chefs and food producers on this show too - and you'll get the chance to win a holiday in the region with our Highlights-All in a Weekend Saguenay Adventure.

Over the next two weekends, you can call or write in to put your name in the draw for a vacation package to the region that includes a spa visit, skiing, and sled dogs.

Auberge Carcajou.JPGMarc-André Roy put together this Saguenay adventure. He's the owner of the Auberge Carcajou in St-David-de-Falardeau, 20 minutes from the city of Saguenay. He tells Sonali Karnick more about it.

(Left, Auberge Carcajou in Falardeau; Above, the Vallée Fantômes in the Monts Valin)

 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

We're playing and racing today!  Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has Sunday's big events:

Tournoi International de Hockey Pee-Wee de Québec  (Pepsi Coliseum) 
Through February 24th

Gatineau Loppet (École secondaire Mont-Bleu Gatineau, Outaouais)
On today

Odyssée Appalachienne (St-Pamphile and other towns in the Chaudière-Appalaches)
Through Sunday

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

 

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The Underground Comedy Railroad

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Canada's only all-black comedy tour stops in Montreal for Black History Month. The second edition of the Underground Comedy Railroad makes a stop at the Comedy Nest on Sunday night, featuring some very funny stand-up comedians from Quebec and other parts of the country - and they won't hold back on talking about stereotypes and some harsh realities. 
 
The lineup includes Patrick Haye who's been known to bring down the house, and the hysterical Andrew Searles.  Joining Sonali Karnick today: host Rodney Ramsey - not only a standup comedian but a sketch comedy writer and actor as well - and Keesha Brownie who's originally from Montreal but now living in Toronto. (She's also the only woman brave enough to go on tour with these guys. )
 
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The Marriage of Figaro by Opera da Camera

Marriage of Figaro.jpgA young Montreal opera company aims to spread a love of opera around the city, and the province.

Since it began in 2011, the Opera da Camera has taken its concerts on the road.

Next weekend, the company will be producing its first complete opera, Mozart's Le Nozze di Figaro, at the RialtoTheatre.

It's a comic opera that tells the story of one 'mad' day - the day of Figaro's marriage - when scheming between the nobility and staff at the palace of a Spanish count threatens to destroy more than one couple. Of course, it ends happily.

But you probably know all that. The Marriage of Figaro is one of the most performed operas worldwide.

Joining Sonali Karnick in studio this morning to talk about the Opera da Camera's production are co-artistic director Kathrin Welte -- she also plays Figaro's mother - and Valerie Bélanger who plays Figaro's bride-to-be.

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Cookbook Club: Elizabeth & David try SoupeSoup

SoupeSoup.jpgIt's time again for our monthly Cookbook Club.  We've sent out a copy of a cookbook to two reviewers from the All in a Weekend audience who like to cook - and now they're joining us on-air to tell us what they thought of it.

This time around, the cookbook is SoupeSoup by Montreal restaurateur Caroline Dumas.

Elizabeth Woodliffe is an IT consultant in Quebec City. She calls herself an intermediate-level home cook who tries to make most things from scratch and keep them heart-smart. She's in our Quebec City studio.

David Workowich is a Montreal caterer and former restaurant owner and he has cooked in kitchens from Hong Kong to Ungava Bay. He joins Sonali Karnick in Montreal.

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is here once again with our weekend Ski Report.

Kevin is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine ambassador to Quebec.

He'll have the ski conditions across the province but first, a look at some skiing options for Spring Break.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec is back with events going on across the province for both the adrenaline junkies and people who like to take things a little slower.

La Fête d'hiver de Rouyn-Noranda (Abitibi)
Through Sunday

Grand Prix Ski-doo de Valcourt (Eastern Townships)
Through Sunday

Cottage and Country Homes Show /Salon Chalets et Maisons de campagne,Olympic Stadium (Montreal)
Through Sunday    

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

 

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Boogat (aka Daniel Russo Garrido): latino rap

Boogat by Guillaume Simoneau.jpgQuebec rapper, writer and producer, Boogat grew up in Beauport.

He had another name then -- Daniel Russo Garrido.

Boogat's first three albums were in French. But he's just produced his first full-length solo album in Spanish.
It's called El Dorado Sunset.

Boogat has won a Juno nomination with the Roberto Lopez Project, and with another band, he even had a song listed in the Favourite 100 Songs of 2011 by NPR and the Washington Post. But his Latin-tinged music and Spanish rap is now finding an audience beyond Quebec and the US too.

Boogat - Daniel Russo Garrido - spoke with Sonali Karnick.

(Photo of Boogat by Guillaume Simoneau)

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Being Chinese in Quebec

BeingChineseinQuebec_movie.jpgIt's the beginning of the Lunar New Year today - or, as many of us know it, the Chinese New Year - and there's a timely new documentary about the Chinese community in Quebec.

It's a sort of bilingual road movie called Etre Chinois au Québec (Being Chinese in Quebec).

Two young Chinese-Canadians who have decided to call Quebec their home travel from Montreal to Gaspé, meeting Chinese-Quebeckers along the way - and talking about language and identity.

Their trip takes place against the backdrop of the apology by the Canadian government to the Chinese community for past injustices, including the infamous Head Tax on Chinese immigrants between 1923 and 1947.

Bethany Or and Winston Chan joined Sonali Karnick in-studio.

 

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Bragging rights in Canadian sports

Canadians aren't known for bragging about their accomplishments. But a conference organised by McGill University this week looks at how Canadians do handle their successes.

Lifting Off and Flying High: Talent and Success in Canada is the name of the event. It explores success in the arts, technology and sports fields.

Sonali Karnick will be moderating a panel discussion on Canada's success in sports on Tuesday.

The panel includes Ross Rebagliati, who was Canada's first Olympic gold medalist in men's snowboarding, and Danièle Sauvageau, who coached the first women's hockey team to win an Olympic gold medal. They spoke with Sonali Karnick before the conference.

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(No) snowmobiling in the Monts Valin

Mt Valins, Saguenay (by Marika Wheeler).JPGOne of the main attractions for snowmobilers in the Saguenay is the Monts Valin area. But a few years ago, there was a big disagreement between a local snowmobile club and the provincial park in the area. The snowmobilers lost access to the park - and they weren't happy about it. 

Ultimately they resolved the problem, though, and their example could provide a model for other such negotiations in Quebec.

The CBC's Marika Wheeler has been looking into how it's working out for both sides. She joins Sonali Karnick from our Quebec City studio. (Photo by Marika Wheeler)

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has some sporty ideas for today:

Rendez-vous télémark Le Massif (Petite-Rivière-St-François, Charlevoix)
On today

Carnaval de Saint-Adolphe-d'Howard (Laurentians)
Through February 17th (weekends only)

Montréal Boat and Water Sports Show (Place Bonaventure, Montreal)
On 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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Oroonoko, 17th-century drama ahead of its time

Oroonoko.jpgAphra Behn was a 17th-century playwright, poet, author and spy on behalf of King Charles II.  She was also the first female writer to consider herself a writer by profession.

She was ahead of her time in other ways too.

Her best-known work is her short novel Oroonoko, and it was the first English work to express sympathy for slaves.

This month, Persephone Productions in Montreal presents the play version of the novel.

Paul Van Dyck is the director of Oroonoko at the MAI theatre in Montreal. He tells Sonali Karnick the fascinating story. 
 

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The Smitten Kitchen, a new cookbook - and a website

Smitten Kitchen.jpgI warn you.  Don't go to the Smitten Kitchen website this morning. You're going to want to make Salted Caramel Brownies for breakfast!

They look wonderful - especially with the gorgeous photography the Smitten Kitchen website is known for. As the author says, what's really sad is that you probably have all the ingredients already at your home.

Deb Perelman has won awards for her website, and now the self-taught home cook is also the author of a cookbook called The Smitten Kitchen Cookbook. And it has that same down-to-earth approach as the website, with lots of personal stories and beautiful food photos.

Deb Perelman is in Montreal for an event at the cookbook store Appetite for Books, and she joins Sonali Karnick in studio.

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGKevin Gasior is here with our weekend Ski Report.

Kevin is the Ski Banff-Lake Louise-Sunshine ambassador to Quebec.

He'll have the ski conditions across the province today, but first, a look at university ski clubs.

They're one of the best ways to get to the slopes when you don't have a car - even if you aren't a student.

 

SSMU - McGill Ski and Snowboard Club

Concordia University ski club

Club de Ski Snow de l'Université de Montréal

Rod Roy Snow School

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StoryNet: everyone has a story

Lina Condo and Terry Barter, Hooked.jpgOur stories are worth something, for what they witness and preserve -- and for their sheer entertainment value. That's the idea behind StoryNet.

StoryNet is an oral-history project created by the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network.

English-speaking Quebecers across the province are invited to digitally record stories about the people, places and events that have helped shape their lives.

Their stories live on the StoryNet website.

Dwane Wilkin heads up the project. He joins Sonali Karnick in our Sherbrooke studio.

(Left, storytellers Lina Condo and Terry Barter in Richmond; photo courtesy of StoryNet)

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec is here with today's indoor and outdoor activities for the province:

Black history month (Quebec)
Through February 28th

*On today in Rivière-du-Loup at 15 h: Bibliothèque Françoise-Bédard, Interactive presentation of African tales to open up to cultural horizons.

Fête d'hiver de Saint-Jean-Port-Joli, Parc des Trois bérêts (Chaudière-Appalaches)
Through Sunday

Pentathlon des neiges  (Plains of Abraham, Quebec City)
Through March 3rd


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

 

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Steve Patterson and The Debaters at Bishop's

Steve Patterson.jpgThe Debaters on CBC Radio is sort of what your high school debate club would have been like -- had you gone to a school made up entirely of professional comedians.

The show pits the sharpest minds and tongues in the comedy world against each other, both trying to win over the live audience with a mix of funny and fact.

They're bringing the show to the Eastern Townships next weekend. So whereas it's both fun to laugh and to argue, be it resolved that everyone must go see The Debaters on stage at Centennial Theatre at Bishop's University in Lennoxville. Arguing in the affirmative, host Steve Patterson.

 

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Ice cider tasting with sommelier Véronique Rivest

Mondiale poster.jpgQuebec's trademark ice ciders will be on display at the annual Mondial des cidres de glace from Friday to Sunday this coming week.

The ice cider part of the festival takes place under a tent with sculpted ice counters in Rougemont.

There will also be another tent with  Quebec products on display - cheese, chocolate, and foie gra - as well as Veronique Rivest at Mondial.jpgfireworks, music and ice sculptures. But the main attraction will be those golden bottles from 24 local producers.

The spokesperson for this year's event is a Quebec celebrity in the sommelier world. Véronique Rivest is the top sommelier - or wine steward - in the Americas, and she'll be representing Canada at the world competition in Tokyo next month.

She joins Ainlsie MacLellan this morning, along with two tall cold bottles of ice cider. 

 

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Treasures from the Richelieu River

English Snuff Case bottle 1715.JPGThe Richelieu River has seen a lot of action over the centuries. Historically it provided an important link between Quebec and New York - and a route for the military during the 18th-century French and Indian War, the American Revolution and the War of 1812.

The flotsam and jetsam of that distant past are still being found on the riverbed, from arrowheads to bayonets to silver coins and shoe buckles.

Starting this coming Friday, you can see some of those discoveries at the Dorval Museum of Local History and Heritage. The exhibit is called Treasures from the Richelieu River.

Sean Gilmore and Derek Grout are the two divers who have spent years retrieving historical artefacts from the river. They tell Ainslie MacLellan about their finds. 

(Above, a free blown snuff bottle, dated 1715; photo courtesy of Sean Gilmore)

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Erin Balser: books with a dose of reality

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Beyond the Horizon.jpgSome people read to escape. Others, for a healthy dose of reality. Our books columnist Erin Balser from CBC Books says she's been reading lots of that kind of book lately, and it's leaving her feeling a little... inadequate. Erin's reading non-fiction books that talk about great achievements that feel beyond her grasp and about global problems that make her feel guilty and powerless. But don't despair!  Erin assures us they're great reads.
 

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has more winter festivals to check out this weekend:

Fête des neiges de Magog  (Pointe Merry, Eastern Townships)
Through February 17th, weekends only

Saguenay en Neige (Jonquière, Saguenay Lac St-Jean)
Through February 10th

Festival St-Côme en glace  (St-Côme, Lanaudière)
Through February 10th

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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Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon

Ornement mochica en forme d'animal hybride2.jpgA new exhibit at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts transports visitors back 3000 years, to the ancient civilizations of Peru.

The exhibit Peru: Kingdoms of the Sun and Moon features a staggering amount of priceless material - gold, silver, turquoise, rare pottery, textiles, even perfectly preserved feathers.

Thera re more than 370 items - and a third of them have never been displayed outside Peru.  Most pre-date the Incas and Spanish contact of the 1500's.

Urne.jpgVery little was known about these peoples - the Mochica, the Chimù, the Lambayeque - until a wave of archaeological exploration in Peru in the 1900's, sparked by the outside world's discovery of the Incan wonder: Machu Picchu.

The Museum's chief curator Nathalie Bondil says the exhibit is designed to show the impact that re-discovering these civilizations has had on the modern Peruvian sense of identity.

She took Ainslie MacLellan on a brief tour of this massive exhibit.

(Photos courtesy of  the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts)

 

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A healthy Chinese New Year

Michel Jodoin1.jpegThe Lunar New Year begins this month. It's a big celebration for a number of countries, but many of us think of it as Chinese New Year.

So for this week's food item, we're going to talk about Chinese food and how it can help you enjoy a healthy Year of the Snake and many new years to come.

Michel Jodoin wrote the cookbook Entre Fourchette et Baguettes , which won the award for Best Chinese Cookbook in the World last year in Paris. He's also an acupuncturist and dietician in Beloeil, one of the rare Westerners who has studied traditional Chinese medicine in China and Taiwan. 

Michel Jodoin 5.jpegAinslie MacLellan spoke with Michel Jodoin in-studio.

(Above, Michel Jodoin climbing China's Great Wall. At right, healthy, fresh food at Chinese market. Photos courtesy of Michel Jodoin)

 

 

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Ski Report with Kevin Gasior

kevin gasior edited 2.JPGAs always, Kevin Gasior drops in with our weekend Ski Report. This morning, before we get the provincial ski conditions, Kevin takes a look at ski slang.

Here's an example -- Ever try to zipper line and get stuck behind a poodle turner and his knuckle dragging buddies? You cut over and find yourself dust on crust in an open field of chocolate chips and machine made death cookies... (Kevin explains in his conversation with Ainslie.)

 

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The Next 36: two up-and-comers from Bishop's University

The Next 36 is an elite entrepreneurship program for university students across the country.  It brings together the best and brightest future businesspeople, and challenges them to build a company and a web application that solves a problem in a real-world industry.

And the stakes are high. The students present their finished ideas to actual investors who could help them launch the business.

On top of that, for part of the competition, they all have to live together!

Two Bishop's University students selected to be part of the Next 36 join Ainslie MacLellan this morning. Sandra Cinq-Mars is a fourth-year finance student, and Jarad Plato is a fourth-year health sciences and pre-med student.

 

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec suggests one of this weekend's winter festivals:

Quebec Winter Carnaval (Quebec City)
Through February 17th

Sainte-Rose en Blanc (Laval)   
Through February 10th weekends only

Winterlude (Bal de Neige) (Gatineau, Outaouais)
Through February 18th weekends only

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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