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April 2013 Archives

Cook for a day at Sutton's Le Cafetier

Le Cafetier.jpgThe CBC's Marika Wheeler's recently stopped by a local café in Sutton called Le Cafetier. It's a local hub that takes its connection to the community seriously. Recently, they gave one of their regulars the chance to be the café's cook for a day. It went well, and they plan to repeat the experiment. Marika Wheeler tells Sonali Karnick the story.

(Jean-François Trudel with partner Josée Francoeur, Le Cafetier, Sutton; photo by Marika Wheeler.)

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Jeppe on a Friday comes to Vues d'Afrique

Jeppe  Ravi the shopowner.jpgIn the documentary Jeppe on a Friday, the lives of five people in a Johannesburg neighborhood were filmed for just one day.  The film exposes different levels of society in Jeppe -- everyone from a man who scavenges through garbage to an ambitious land developper.

Jeppe on a Friday is on screen this week at the Vues D'Afrique festival in Montreal.

Jeppe directors.jpgShannon Walsh and Arya Lalloo sent out eight filmmakers to film the different storylines. Shannon previously directed St-Henri, the 26th of August, which filmed the Montreal neighbourhood over the course of one day. Arya Lalloo is an independent filmmaker based in Johannesburg.

(Photo of Lalloo and Walsh courtesy of Vues d'Afrique)

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Summer holidays that won't break the bank

travel.jpgOur personal finance columnist Nisha Patel says now is the perfect time to plan that summer holiday. She joins Sonali Karnick to talk about ways of making your vacations more affordable.

Travel websites:

http://www.kayak.com/explore/

https://www.airbnb.ca/

http://www.jetsetter.com/

http://www.airfarewatchdog.com/

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

For the foodies, Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec has gourmet and gourmande road trips in Quebec.



For further details on activities, making accommodation 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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Italian author Erri De Luca at Blue Met

De Luca, Erri-Paola Porrini Bisson.jpgBest-selling Italian author Erri De Luca has published more than 70 books - including novels, essays, translations, and poems.

He first published in 1989, when he was almost 40 and working as a bricklayer. It was a book about his childhood in Naples. Erri De Luca has said he's the sort of writer who writes what he's lived.

This evening, he takes the stage at the Blue Metropolis festival in Montreal, in conversation with the CBC's Eleanor Wachtel

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Derek Bocking: Quebec crab and asparagus

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We are starting to feel spring outside, finally. It makes you want to put away the slow-cooker and the heavy winter meals and lighten up your plate.

So on this week's Food Feature, our kitchen coach Derek Bocking brings us some seasonal meals that take advantage of fresh northern Quebec crab and asparagus.

For the early birds with barbecues, he'll also tell us how to smoke our own salmon.

Derek is the sous-chef at the Montreal restaurant Chez Ma Grosse Truie Cherie. He brought his simple recipe for crab and asparagus salad into studio.
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Dr. Mike Evans: when fatigue requires a doctor

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If you wake up tired some mornings, you're not alone. Most of us have at some point suffered from fatigue, be it mental or muscular.  But some people have such severe fatigue that it merits a trip to the doctor's office. 
 
It's hard to tell the difference between chronic, medical fatigue and the normal sleepiness so many of us often feel.  So we've called on our house doctor, Dr.Mike Evans.

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Whisper: an original musical at Vanier College

Yao and Chelsea take a bow.jpgThe TV show Glee is about a group of high school misfits who join the glee club and finally find their voice - and they''re always singing. Now the show has inspired two CEGEP students at Vanier College in Montreal to write their own musical.

It's called Whisper - and it just happens to be about students in a performing arts school.

Nineteen-year-old Yao Wang wrote the musical, along with her friend Chelsea Pringle-Duchemin, who wrote the stage play and sings a lead role. They told Sonali Karnick all about the show - which hits the stage Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.

(Photo courtesy of Vanier College: Yao Wang is centre stage. Chelsea Pringle-Duchemin stands to her right.)

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec looks at tourist and resident museum passes in difference cities in Quebec.




For further details on activities, making accommodation 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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Solidarity runs for Boston across Quebec

Facebook pages have sprung up across the province, calling on runners from Montreal to the Abitibi to the Magdalen Islands, to show their sympathy and support for the people of Boston and all those affected by the tragic end to the Boston marathon last Monday.

In Quebec City today, there's a run organized by Daniel Riou. Sonali Karnick speaks with him about his own connection to the Boston Marathon and what the Quebec City run will be like.

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Duncan Wall: "The Ordinary Acrobat"

The Ordinary Acrobat.jpgBeyond the clowns and acrobats, the lion tamers and dancing horses, Duncan Wall tells the history of the Circus and the Circus arts in The Ordinary Acrobat.

He wrote the book on a Fullbright scholarship to the École Nationale des arts du Cirque Rony-sur-Bois in France and learned how to do everything from juggling to the flying trapeze, which a couple of injuries along the way.  Through Duncan Wall's own journey through his circus education, he documents the origins of the circus: Philip Astley, known as the Father of the Circus, Jules Léotard, who developed the Flying Trapeeze and the storied past of jugglers.

Duncan Wall now teaches at the École National de Cirque in Montreal and spoke with Sonali Karnick this morning.

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Medieval recipes discovered in a medical manuscript

Peasants_breaking_bread.jpgA McGill University professor has discovered recipes dating back to the 12th-century. That makes them the oldest recipes known to exist in the medieval western world.

But they weren't found in an old cookbook.

Professor Faith Wallis found them in a manuscipt on medical potions. She tells Sonali Karnick about her find.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec looks at more options for taking advantage of the great outdoors this summer.



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


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Geneviève Bujold: Still Mine, 'still ours'

STILL MINE bujold and cromwell.jpgAcademy Award nominee Geneviève Bujold joins Sonali Karnick to talk about her new film, Still Mine.

The film is coming to Canadian cinemas as of May 10th, but it's been gathering momentum since it was an Official Selection at The Toronto International Film Festival last summer. More recently, Still Mine picked up 7 major nominations at the Canadian Screen Awards.

Geneviève Bujold was nominated for Best Actress - the latest in a long line of honours and awards over the years. Her acting career started in Montreal in the 1960s.

She made a name for herself in films as diverse as Claude Jutra's Kamouraska, Anne of the Thousand Days with Richard Burton, and David Cronenberg's thriller Dead Ringers. She's lived in California for years, but comes back to do films from time to time - like The Trotsky, and now Still Mine.

Still Mine is based on a true story about an independent elderly couple named Irene and Craig Morrison who have run their own farm for six decades.  But Irene starts to shows signs of dementia and her 89-year-old husband decides to build her a smaller house nearby. A local inspector tries to shut him down, and Craig risks going to jail if he continues to build it.

That's the story - but the heart of the film is this couple, played by Bujold and Academy-award nominee James Cromwell (Babe).

 

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Fête du croissant

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We're celebrating that flaky, delicate and decadent pastry today. It's the Fête du Croissant

From Granby to Laval, selected bakeries are featuring their croissants at a reduced price, some offered at 2 for the price of one.

Pastry chef Franck Dury-Pavet at Fous Desserts pastry shop and café created the Fête du croissant. Their croissant was named the best in Montreal by LaPresse in 2011. Sonali Karnick met with pastry chef Arianne Forêt-Langlois at Fous Desserts about just what makes that crescent-shaped puff pastry so delicious and popular.
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Folly and the Hunter

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Montreal band "Folly and the Hunter"  just released their new album, "Tragic Care", this month.  Folly and the Hunter are relatively new to the scene but the band has already gotten the attention of established musicians such as "The Barr Brothers" and "Arcade Fire". 

Before they go on a tour across Canada next month, band members Nick Vallee and Christopher Fox dropped in to talk about how their band and this album came together.
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Québec Exquis: Quebec City restaurants at a lower price

quebec-exquis-logo-a1.jpgThe third edition of Quebec Exquis is underway in Quebec City.

Laurie Raphael Québec, Espace MC Chef, Aux Anciens Canadiens...some of the best tables in town are offering a special price - a prix d'amis - for a special menu.

They've been twinned up with regional producers to create dishes that highlight local produce and artisanal products.

Food journalist and writer Anne-Louise Desjardins is the event coordinator.

She speaks with Sonali Karnick on the line from Ste-Adèle.

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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec looks at the agency that promotes accessible tourism and culture, Kéroul.


L'Accompagnateur: an organisation which helps parents who are looking for adapted activities for their children.

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

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A Propos on CBC: 25 years of showcasing French music

A-Propos.jpgLouis-Jean Cormier sings Daniel Bélanger, and Martha Wainwright sings Lhasa. Those are just some of the special performances that A Propos has commissioned to celebrate its 25th anniversary on CBC Radio.

A Propos features music from francophone Canada, in particular from Quebec's popular music scene. In all that time, producers have come and gone, but the host of A Propos has remained, and over time, Jim Corcoran has become a well-respected arbiter of the best of Quebec's music scene. Jim Corcoran joins Sonali Karnik to talk about the show's past and the future of francophone music. 

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Douglas Gibson: "Stories by Storytellers"

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Publisher and author Douglas Gibson is at the ImagiNation literary festival this week.  He spent decades helping other people, including three former Prime Ministers, write their own books and is first book, Stories by Storytellers, looks at that experience.

He's now touring with one-man stage show based on the book and he's at the Morrin Centre in Quebec City today.
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Vegan Secret Supper

VeganSecretSupper.jpgMérida Anderson didn't like the options for vegan dining so she decided to do do it herself. Starting from her hometown of Vancouver, she hosts "Secret Suppers" or pop-up restaurants that open for one one night and reservations are a must.  From Vancouver, Mérida went to Brooklyn and then came to Montreal.  

Her new book Vegan Secret Supper features menus with recipes from her events including butternut squash gnocchi with almond butter and avocado-mint ice cream. Mérida spoke with Sonali Karnick about the "Secret Supper" concept and what she wanted to get across with the recipes in the book.
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Yuli Turovsky: a students' tribute

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Yuli Turovsky was a master cellist who founded the chamber music orchestra I Musici de Montréal. He died in January, age 73, from complications due to Parkinsons disease.

Four of Quebec's most talented young musicians between the ages of 14 and 23 are putting on a special benefit concert in memory of their teacher, Yuli Turovsky.  One of them is Stéphane Tétrault, a cellist with the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. 

Stéphane is already known for his talent and he's also gotten some attention for the instrument he plays.  Stéphane was in the news last year when an anonymous benefactor bought a Stradivarius cello, worth 6-million dollars, and decided to lend it to him.  (The benefactor has since been named: Jacqueline Desmarais, of the Desmarais Power Corporation family.)

Stéphane studied with Yuli Turovsky at the University of Montreal and even though he had offers to study around the world, he chose to stay in Quebec.  Stéphane spoke with Sonali Karnick about his relationship with Turovsky and about what he's going to perform in the concert.

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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec talks about some special events in the pr

Through April 16th



For further details on activities, making accommodation 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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Empty Bowls: Take the bowl home with the soup

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This weekend, buy a bowl of soup and take the bowl home with you! Empty Bowls/Bols du partage is on this weekend to raise money for organisations that fight hunger in Montreal.

For $25 you can choose a hand-crafted bowl, donated by potters all over Quebec, fill it with soup and then take the bowl home when you're finished. The event has raised thousands of dollars in years past to help community organisations with a variety of projects and immediate needs.  

The Gazette's Sue Montgomery sits on the board for Empty Bowls/Bols du Partage and spoke to Sonali Karnick some of the recipients of this year's funds.
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Christine Tizzard: Spring into the kitchen

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Spring is in the air...or it will be soon. There are plenty of things to do around the house to repair or clean up after the snow melts but it's also an exciting time to be in the kitchen.

With fresh local ingredients starting to become available, such as rhubarb and lamb, you don't have to wait for summer to delve into a yummy spring dish.  Christine Tizzard is a chef and the host of Best Recipes Ever on C-B-C television, Canada's most-watched daily food show. She spoke with Sonali Karnick about seasonal ingredients making their way into markets and what to make with them.

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"The Shirelles"

Shirley_Alston_Reeves.JPGIt's a sound that harkens back to a very specific era. 
The Shirelles are in Montreal tonight, for the Legends of Rock and Roll concert at the Rialto along with The Crystals and Freddy Cannon. 
The group was discovered after performing in a high school talent show in New Jersey.  Their music was a combination of doo-wop and soul along with a pop influence.  As much as The Shirelles projected an innocent school-girl sound they were also one of sexiest groups at the time. 

Shirley Alston Reeves, one of the founding members of The Shirelles spoke with Sonali Karnick.




Shirley Alston Reeves. Photo courtesy of Rialto Theatre. 
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

SEPAQ.jpgMicheline Lachance from Tourism Quebec takes us through booking and services offered through the provincial park system for summer vacations as well as the opening of a new provincial park. For some places, tents and/or camping gear isn't even needed!

SEPAQ: Where to book your outdoor vacation and get more information for provincial parks


For more information you can go to  http://www.bonjourquebec.com or call toll-free: 1-877-BONJOUR (1-877-266-5687)

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Starting the outdoor garden inside

gardening.jpgGardeners have already started their seedlings indoors to get ready for the season ahead.  There are also plants that can be placed outside when the weather warms up but there are ways to make the transplantings and transition a little easier. David Perron of the tropical plant  wholesaler Planterra in Dorval has some tips on planning your garden even when there is still snow on the ground. 

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Sally Armstrong: Ascent of Women

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Nobel Peace laureate Leymah Gbowee, mobilised women from across Liberia's ethnic and religious divides to call for an end to Liberia's brutal 14-year civil war.  Militiamen raped women in the region throughout the civil war.  The women prayed and protested for days on end, demanding that the conflict between former President Charles Taylor and rebel forces stop, which it did and enabled a free election in 2005. 

The story of Liberian women and their protest is just one of many in a new book called "Ascent of Women", written by Human Rights activist, journalist, author and a member of the Order of Canada, Sally Armstrong. 

The book deals with some of the difficult situations around the world that have turned into an opportunity for women to make their voices heard and to make change happen. Sally Armstrong spoke with Sonali Karnick on All In A Weekend.
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15-year-old pianist performs as part of MSO prize

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That concert will be broadcast live on Radio Canada's Espace Music. The Sunday concert is just one of the prizes Liu was awarded when he won the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Grand Prize. He'll be performing a challenging piece by Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2.

Xiayou Liu  spoke with Sonali Karnick before his performance.
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Tourism Quebec: Sunday Update

Weatherproof activities for adults and children with Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec.




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Ébénisterie Public Woodworking: the community's workshop

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Not everyone has the space, the know-how or the tools for making their own furniture. Also, that sawdust can get kind of messy. If you're tempted to try your hand at woodworking this summer, there is another option available.

Public woodworking exists in many cities across North America and there is a lot of interest for it in Quebec. Sonali Karnick went to Ébénisterie Public Woodworking in Cowansville, a public woodworking workshop where all you need are raw materials.

And even the raw materials are something you probably don't have to buy. Cameron Gagnon set up the workshop that helps people with their own projects and he encourages the use of recycled wood. With the number of people using the space, Cameron even has plans to make it a cooperative business. Sonali met Cameron and two other people who use the workshop for their own projects.
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The Coobook Club tackles quinoa

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This week our Cookbook Club got familiar with an ancient grain.  Linda Santo and Karen Delage tested out "The Vegetarian's Complete Quinoa Cookbook" from the Ontario Home Economics Association, edited by Marilyn Smith.

If you've never had quinoa before, it's origins are in South America and it's one of the trendiest foods right now because of its high protein, low-fat and gluten-free content.  From brownies to quiche to salads, our All is a Weekend cookbook club members got to know the many uses for quinoa over the last few weeks. 

Linda is retired and lives in Sutton where she and her husband tested out the recipes. Karen just opened a new café in Montreal and tried out some of the recipes there on her customers.

They spoke with Sonali Karnick about how their recipes turned out and whether they think this cookbook is a good buy.
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Queen Ka

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Montreal poet Elkahna Talbi AKA Queen Kah is performing her special blend of slam poetry, music and theatre across the province this month.
    The show is called "Ceci n'est pas du slam", or this is not slam.
    Elkahna Talbi studied theatre at Concordia University.  She first started writing poetry at the age of 12. Talbi is well known in the francophone slam poetry scene, but with this show she is taking the poetry much further with live musicians on stage.
Queen Ka spoke with Sonali Karnick about her show and what inspired her to put together.

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Canicross: take the dog out for a run

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The Spring Canicross season kicks off this week in the Eastern Townships. Canicross is basically cross-country running while attached to a DOG.

The runner wears a belt similar to that worn by mountain climbers...it's a running harness with a waist belt and a flexible harness.  The dogs runs out front, propelling their two-legged companion forward at speeds he or she probably couldn't attain on their own.

Genevieve Baril is a dog trainer and a Canicross enthusiast who runs Sirius Canin Sports.  She spoke with Sonali Karnick this morning. 

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"The Winter Palace" live reading on Monday, April 8th

The-Winter-Palace.jpgFrom our replay this morning, author Eva Stachniak spoke with Sonali Karnick when her novel came out last year.  Since then, it has become an international best-seller.
She is back in Montreal this week, however.
Eva Stachniak will read from her novel The Winter Palace at the Jewish Public Library on Monday, April 8th at 5:30pm
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Tourism Quebec: Saturday Update

Micheline Lachance of Tourism Quebec has this weekend's events and activities.




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