February 2011 Archives

This Saturday, February 26, the B.C. Liberal party will be choosing its new leader - and the province's next premier. CBC will be your destination for coverage of the whole event. 

From 6 - 7 pm PT, you can watch the leadership race unfold live from the convention floor on CBC News Network and CHEK TV. For the entire hour, CBC Radio One will be dedicating its programming to it, and you can even take part in a live online discussion with a CBC reporter who will be taking you through the whole vote. 

For more information, candidate profiles, and related stories, visit the cbc.ca/bc webpage HERE
resizeJill Barber at CBC 1.jpgChanteuse Jill Barber dazzled a packed room last night during her preview show of new album "Mischievous Moon". Studio 40 was transformed into a jazz lounge reminiscent of eras past for this taped for CBC tv and radio special. The third of CBC Radio's Toque Sessions, Jill performed some of her signature love songs in both English and French after spending the last month in France. We'll be announcing dates to watch specials in the coming months. In the meantime, enjoy some of the photos.

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The Signal is heading to Vancouver for the very first time for SignalFest, a three-day festival of
live music by some of your favourite cutting edge Vancouver artists (plus an out-of-province cameo by Ontario's Owen Pallett).

Some of the great performers you can expect to see are:


For more information or to buy tickets, visit: CBC RADIO 2's THE SIGNAL
It was wet and chilly last Sunday, February 6, but nothing could dampen the spirits of the CBC Vancouver parade team. Over twenty CBC staff, ambassadors, and former News Day student reporters took part in the Chinatown Spring Festival parade. As seasoned Vancouverites, the team embraced the rain and celebrated the arrival of the year of the rabbit alongside tens of thousands of onlookers. Dragon dancers, firecrackers, drummers, and traditional Asian dancers, all added to the excitement of the day.

CBC News Vancouver co-host Gloria Macarenko, reporter Belle Puri along with CBC Radio One hosts Mark Forsythe and Sheryl MacKay waved hello to fans and were overheard wishing many "gung hay fat choi". CBC Radio One host and reporter Margaret Gallagher and CBC News Vancouver reporters Theresa Lalonde and Enza Uda brought their families along, who all pitched in to hand out lucky red envelopes. 

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Celebrate Vancouver's 125th Anniversary and renew the city's beautiful cherry tree heritage with a "Birthday Blossoms" cherry tree

Until March 29th, while supplies last, buy your year old, approximately six feet tall tree, contained in a five gallon pot.  When you order your tree at the special offer price of $40 from the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, you help grow the cherry blossom legacy across Metro Vancouver. 

Proceeds will help support the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, a charitable non-profit society dedicated to the education, celebration and preservation of the 37,000 cherry trees that make our city unique, attracting admirers from around the world. 

On January 29, one lucky British Columbian had the chance to interview CBC television's George Stroumboulopoulos during CBC Live at Metropolis at Metrotown. Winner of the "Interview George Stroumboulopoulos" contest Geoff de Ruiter, an environmental engineering PhD student at UNBC, asked some tough questions and didn't make it easy for George. 

Watch George get candid about nationalism, sustainability, politics, and even the role of a public broadcaster.


We're kicking off the second year of CBC Radio's presentation of The Toque Sessions. It's the concert series where we treat your ears to the warm and fuzzy tunes of some of your favourite Canadian artists. Be sure to get on the guest list early to reserve your spot!

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Fish & Bird with special guest John Mann
February 10
 
With 7 Canadian tours under their belt, Fish & Bird are well respected and are becoming well know in the Canadian music scene.  With the collaboration of Spirit of The West veteran leader John Mann, this will be a very special night.
 
Diverse musical influences collide in Fish & Bird's CD "Left Brain Blues". In just under an hour, Adam Iredale-Gray, Taylor Ashton along with their band take the folk genre for a ride through gardens of delights and some wicked, dark territory. 
 
In addition to being the well known lead singer for Spirit of The West, John Mann is a songwriter, actor and entertainer in his own right. 

A collaborative evening with Fish & Bird and "Mr. Mann" promises to be a great show; full of memorable and new roots musics. This show will be recorded live for CBC Radio's Canada Live and CBC's All Access television.



Jill Barber Preview Concert
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February 16

Vancouver's Jill Barber shatters the myth that "they don't write songs like they used to". This Canadian chanteuse picks up the musical torch and brings an ageless sensibility to her original songs. 

Jill's upcoming new album is entitled "Mischievous Moon" and due to be out later this spring. But you don't have to wait! During this exclusive preview concert, you'll be treated to "Tell Me" and many other new singles including some written in French, long before their release. With a timeless, jazzy feel, Jill Barber will transport you to a golden age when popular music was filled with love and romance.

This double-Juno nominee and multiple East Coast Music Award winner has a rapidly growing, enthusiastic following all across the country. Come out to CBC Studio 40 for another great CBC All Access television recording.



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A Tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys
February 24

Bob Wills and his band were hugely popular in the 40's and 50's.  What do you get when you bring together elements of country and western with elements of swing jazz?  You get some fun music to dance to!  Call it Country Swing.  Fans of Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys just call it good music.  Local guitarist/singer, Paul Pigat leads an all star band who know this music through and through.  Yes, there will be dancing for those so inclined!! The floor is super smooth concrete, so please dance with care and don't slide into your fellow dancers.

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