June 2012 Archives

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for CBC Gem Thumbnail 190 x 106.jpgCBC/Radio-Canada is decommissioning its over-the air analogue television transmission network on July 31, 2012.

If you use an antenna to watch television and receive an analogue signal from CBC Television or Télévision de Radio-Canada, you will need to change how you receive our TV services. Cable and satellite subscribers are not affected by this, nor are those who receive a digital over-the-air signal today. That means less than two percent of Canadians will be affected by the shutdown of our analogue system.

Learn more about the change and see if you are affected.
The Vancouver Folk Music Festival pulls out all the stops for its 35th year with some of music's hottest names, favourite artists and brilliant new performers and sounds just waiting to be discovered! 

The July 13-15 festival at Vancouver's Jericho Beach Park welcomes over 60 artists and groups from around the world. Some of this year's world class artists include K'NAAN, Dan Mangan, Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Tunisia's Emel Mathlouthi, The Johnny Clegg Band, Mali's Sidi Touré, Wazimbo from Mozambique, The Head and the Heart, Colombia's Los Gaiteros de San Jacinto & many more. It's family-friendly, too! For the best weekend of your summer, check out the Vancouver Folk Music Festival.
canadaday_thumbnail.jpgCanada turns 145 years young on Sunday, July 1 and CBC--Canada's network for Canada Day--celebrates the day with help from noted Canadian artists Feist, Simple Plan and Jully Black. Broadcasts also include live TV and radio coverage from Canada's Capital and special programming on CBC Radio, CBC Music and CBCNews.ca.

Programming highlights include:

Canada Day  Show - Exclusive to CBC
Beginning at 9 a.m. PT., on CBC-TV, CBC News Network and CBCNews.ca, chief correspondent Peter Mansbridge anchors live coverage from Parliament Hill along with Heather Hiscox, bringing viewers a variety of musical performances (including Feist, Simple Plan and Jully Black), speeches by Governor General David Johnston and Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and a spectacular fly-past by the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds. The Canada Day celebration also commemorates the bicentennial of the War of 1812. Anne-Marie Mediwake and Laurie Graham will report live from out in the crowd, anticipated to total around 150,000 revellers.

Canada Day in the Capital - Exclusive to CBC
CBC proudly presents a special broadcast showcasing exciting musical performances by rockers Simple Plan, R&B queen Jully Black and the 2012 JUNO Award-winner for Artist of the Year, Feist, followed by a spectacular fireworks display.A one-hour edition of the evening show will broadcast on CBC-TV and Radio-Canada at 9 p.m. (11:05 AT/11:30 NT), with special programs on ARTV and Espace Musique, which will air the show's best moments at 11 p.m. The show in its entirety will also broadcast live on CBC Radio 2 with host Tom Power, CBC.ca and Radio-Canada.ca/tele, beginning at 5 p.m. PT. Plus, CBC Live will feature exclusive backstage interviews with many of the performers and other behind-the-scenes special content.

Related coverage and programming:
CBC News Network
Canada Day news coverage from across the country begins on CBC News Network, with special reports airing throughout the day beginning at 3 a.m. PT.

CBC Radio One
Live from Major's Hill Park in Ottawa, it's the CBC Songwriter Circle hosted by Meg Wilcox. The concert features performances by talented singer/songwriters from across Canada, including Deon Blyan, Ash Koley, Beth Moore, Jeffrey Piton, Bonnie Ste-Croix and David Vertesi. Celebrate Canadian music at the CBC Songwriter Circle, beginning at 12 p.m. on CBC Radio One.

CBC Music and CBC Radio 3
CBC Music presents the 'Summer Song Playlist'--your perfect Canada Day soundtrack featuring great summer songs selected by CBC Music listeners. And on CBC Radio 3, host Craig Norris plays listener picks for the "one song you'd play for someone to convince them to move to Canada."
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The Indian Summer Festival of Arts and Ideas is returning to Vancouver, July 5 - 15. 

Festival highlights include mouth-watering cuisine with Vancouver's own Vikram Vij, Sounds of the Sufis with world music band Mrigya, Bollywood Queen Sharmila Tagore on five decades of Indian Cinema; luminary thinkers like Af-Pak expert MJ Akbar and renowned Indian feminist Urvashi Butalia

Plus, well-being workshops that will transport you, art exhibitions and free Bollywood and Bhangra dance classes every night. Check out a video from last year's festival dance classes below.

There's something for everyone at the Indian Summer Festival. Have a look at their action packed two week schedule at Indian Summer Festival's website.

OTR logo_generic_thumbnail.jpg20 Dorothys have now made it through to the next stage of CBC's Over the Rainbow auditions.

These young performers will spend the summer training at a musical theatre boot camp to hone their singing, dancing, and acting skills. 10 contestants will then go on to compete live on CBC's Over the Rainbow this fall.  The winner will star in a forthcoming Mirvish-Andrew Lloyd Webber production of The Wizard of Oz.

Good luck to the Top 20!

Fiona McIntyre, Port Moody, BC
Jennifer Gillis, Coquitlam, B.C.
Christie Stewart, Vernon, BC

Malindi Ayienga, Etobicoke, ON
Michelle Bouey, Charlottetown, PEI
AJ Bridel, Kitchener, ON
Alessandra Cannito, Toronto, ON
Rebecca Codas, Toronto, ON
Sarah Forestieri, Nobleton, ON
Colleen Furlan, Winnipeg, MB
Julia Gartha, Unionville, ON
Cassandra Hodgins, London, ON
Stephanie La Rochelle, Ottawa, ON
Lia Luz, Scarborough, ON
Jessie Munro, Toronto, ON 
Tevra Plamondon, Red Deer, AB
Emily Robertson, Milford Station, NS
Michelle Thibodeau, Moncton, NB
Kelsey Verzotti, Calgary, AB
Danielle Wade, La Salle, ON

CONTEST: If you're in the Okanagan region, be sure to tune into Daybreak South and Radio West on 88.9 FM for the "Aloha to Keloha" contest. You can win a VIP trip to attend the festival! 

Keloha Music & Arts Festival is BC's newest festival set to bring amazing entertainers to Kelowna's Waterfront Park. Held from July 6 - 8, Keloha promises to be an escape into an oasis of music and art. In addition to 26 great shows by some of the hottest bands in indie, alternative, folk, pop and rock music, Keloha offers a family-friendly space to create and enjoy art. 

More than 25 artisans will showcase their work for free at Keloha. Waterfront Park will be transformed into a tropical oasis where families can lose themselves listening to music and exploring local exhibits. Fom the 'Instrument Petting Zoo' - where kids test out various instruments, to 'Art Ave' - featuring local artisans along the beach-side boardwalk.

Keloha's lineup features 26 bands who all have one thing in common: a great live show! Acclaimed Toronto rockers Tokyo Police Club headline the first night, along with local stars We Are The City. Day two sees Welsh alt-rockers The Joy Formidable, taking a break from putting the final touches on their second album to treat music fans to dirty guitar riffs and melodic lyrics. Plus, Cali band Cold War Kids will bring some punk soul to the musical mix. 

Over The Rainbow

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Over the Rainbow logo_thumbnail.png The top competitors from across the country in CBC's search for the new Dorothy will battle it out in Toronto on Thursday, June 21.  10 finalists will be selected to participate in CBC's live competitions series, Over The Rainbow, starting in September, which will be hosted by Daryn Jones.  Good luck to our BC contestants!

Caitlin Carhoun, Vancouver, BC

Kiara Gibbons, Vancouver, BC

Jennifer Gillis, Coquitlam, BC

Emily Nadeau Howatt, Fort Saint John, BC

Mackenzie Kvettel, Surrey, BC

Fiona McIntyre, Port Moody, BC

Shylo Sharity, Langley, BC

Christie Stewart, Victoria, BC

Chelsea Rose Tucker, Surrey, BC
Roxy Wall blog post image.jpgThe WALL, located at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street, is a Vancouver Heritage Foundation public art initiative, and is made possible through a partnership between the VHF, JJ Bean Coffee Roasters, and the CBC. 

The current feature exhibit is a production still from the 1957 studio-shot drama, A Room at the Roxy, captured by CBC Vancouver Staff photographer Alvin Armstrong.  The image features a critical moment in the drama and gives the illusion of capturing a real moment in time.

A Room at the Roxy was curated by CBC Vancouver Media Librarian, Christine Hagemoen, CBC Vancouver Media Archives.

Here's a short video featuring scenes from Room at the Roxy and all involved in the studio shoot from 1957. 

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CBC Music - ThumbnailCBCMusic.ca presents Leonard Cohen in Concert at Rogers Arena on November 12. The legendary singer/songwriter/poet will be bringing his "Old Ideas World Tour 2012" to Vancouver. The tour celebrates Cohen's highly acclaimed twelfth studio album, Old Ideas, which debuted #1 across the globe, making it the highest charting album of his career. Tickets are on sale now.

Visit CBCMusic.ca for more on Leonard Cohen.  

Photo credit: M.J. Kim

midsummer logo CBC.JPGFor 29 years a single minded love of music has brought audiences, performers and volunteers alike back to Smithers, B.C. in the beautiful Bulkley Valley . The Smithers Midsummer Music Festival is the longest running festival in northern B.C. This year's festival runs from June 29th - July 1st.

The Smithers Midsummer Music Festival is a family oriented event featuring a diverse mix of musicians and musical styles. The festival boasts four daytime stages, headline performers include Good For Grapes and Little Miss Higgins, dozens of local & regional performers and is entirely volunteer powered. The festival offers exciting and entertaining opportunities for children, with crafts & organized activities - plus their own stage featuring The Kerplunks! There is also a variety of musician workshops, food vendors, crafts and on site camping. 

Vancouver's signature festival -- the TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival--celebrates its 27th edition from June 22 - July 1, 2012. Featuring some of the best jazz singers and musicians from around the world. Here's just a taste of who to expect at this year's festival.  For a full list of shows and performers, visit vanjazzfest.ca!

Janelle Monáe - Tuxedo-clad R&B/soul sensation and Grammy nominee Janelle Monáe's powerful vocals and infectious, joyful dance moves are a vibrant force for good...and good times! A potent musical talent and larger-than-life presence, Monáe carries the torch of great artist/entertainers like Michael Jackson, Prince, Stevie Wonder, and James Brown.

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue - Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews blew the roof off last year's Festival, and he's back to do it again! One of the hottest musicians on the planet, the 26-year old New Orleans singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist has toured the world, drawing rave reviews for his blistering, high-energy shows.

An evening with George Benson - 10-time Grammy award winning superstar George Benson is both a matchless jazz guitar legend and an extraordinary vocalist with a lush soulful tenor that draws comparisons to Nat King Cole.


CBC Radio Hot Air's 65th Anniversary Concert - June 22, 5:30 PM


This event is a representation of Hot Air through the ages. Not so much a decade by decade review, the tunes will shine a light on jazz styles and musicians featured over time on Hot Air.  The selected musicians led by multi-instrumentalist, Ross Taggart. This show will be a must-see jazz fest event. RSVP for seats at rsvp.radio@cbc.ca.

Chris Tarry Group - June 23, 5:30 PM

BC native Chris Tarry brings his New York and Toronto based ensemble to Vancouver for a very special show. The band will play from their 2012 Juno award winning CD, "Rest of the Story". Audience for this show will be welcomed on a first come first served basis.


CBCRadioOneGen blog post image.jpgCBC Radio took home 13 awards at the 2012 New York Festivals International Radio Awards. 

Terry O'Reilly's Age of Persuasion won the Grand Prize Award, while Q host Jian Ghomeshi won the Gold Award for best talk show host!

Overall, CBC Radio programs won more than a dozen award, and eight CBC- produced shows took home trophies, with Age of Persuasion, The Current, and The Sunday Edition winning multiple award.  The Debaters, Spark, and The Next Chapter were also recognized by the New York Festivals. 

The complete list of CBC Radio medal winners is as follows:

Grand Award:
Age of Persuasion - "The Happy Homemaker" - Business/Consumer Issues

Gold Awards:
Q with Jian Ghomeshi - "Kinky Friedman and Coldplay" - Best Talk Show Host
Tapestry - "Atheist Pastors" - Best Information/Documentary (Religious Programs)

Silver Awards:
Canada Reads 2011 - Best Special Event
The Current - "Remy's Wake" - Best News Documentary or Special
Inside The Music - "She Moves Between Worlds" - Best Information/Documentary (Culture & The Arts)
Age of Persuasion - "Luxury Advertising" - Best Writing
The Sunday Edition - "A Cruel Coincidence" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Health/Medical)
The Sunday Edition - "The Gristle in the Stew" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Heroes) *United Nations award winner

Bronze Awards:
The Debaters - "Weddings Are A Waste" - Best Regularly Scheduled Comedy Program
The Sunday Edition - "Unfinished Business" - Best Information/Documentary Program (National/International Affairs)
Dispatches  - "The Reunion of Rosa and Antonio" - Best Human Interest Story (News Reports/Features)
The Next Chapter - "North Words" - Culture and the Arts (Information/Documentary)

The Current - "Motherhood Interrupted" - Best Information/Documentary Program
*United Nations award winner
Spark - "Solar Gadgets" - Best Information/Documentary Program (Magazine Format)
Age of Persuasion - "Ageism in Advertising" - Business/Consumer Issues

Congratulations to all involved!
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Tune in to CBC Radio One's The Early Edition with Rick Cluff from 5:30am - 8:37am and watch CBC News Vancouver at 6pm with hosts Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko for these special reports.

Monday, June 25 - Go Public with Kathy Tomlinson
We examine the security risks with medical data companies.

Tuesday, June 26 - CBC Investigates: Hot Metal Segment 1 - in partnership  with the Vancouver Sun
We'll reveal hidden camera footage of a dealer buying stolen wire, and even a telus phone booth! 
Wednesday, June 27 - Security Fines
B.C. securities commission is the worst in the country when it comes to not collecting fines. A victim of bad investment advice speaks out and we try to track the perpetrator down.

Tsunami States
How are Washington and Oregon managing their tsunami debris cleanup efforts?  What's washing up on the shores and why are they going out with Geiger counters? 

CBC Investigates: Hot Metal Segment 2 -We'll introduce you to a business that's had many thefts. Telus shows us their damage and repairs and how much these thefts are costing us. And, where is all the metal going?

Thursday, June 28 - CBC Investigates: Hot Metal Segment 3
We'll look into why the current bylaws aren't working. And will the new provincial laws fix the problem?
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The top 10 Dorothy's from CBC's Over the Rainbow's Ticket to Oz contest have been selected.  You can now vote for your favourite video finalist.  The video with the most votes will win the Ticket to Oz and compete in Toronto with the other Top 100 competitors from across the country.

The Ticket To Oz Top 10 contestants are:

Kiana Passmore, Delta, BC
Samantha Bielanski, Sudbury, ON
Jordan Wyllie, Thunder Bay, ON
Stephanie Sy, Winnipeg, MB
Ashley Nelson, Orillia, ON
Lia Luz, Toronto, ON
Shannon Harasen, Regina, SK
Erin Winsor, Trinity, NL
Chantal Thomson, Brandon, MB
Jody Lear, Gander, NL

Vote for your favourite here. Voting closes on Saturday, June 16 at 11:59 ET.

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3 nights. 9 films. 1 winner. You decide.

Short Film Face Off, Canada's only television magazine program to feature short films from across the country, returns to CBC Television for another season on June 16

Fimmakers from eight provinces compete to claim the title of Short Film Face Off champion.  You'll see stories about love, death, glory, cultural divides and artistic passion -all suitable for a family audience.  Watch Short Film Face Off every Saturday at 7pm for four consecutive weeks starting June 16.

Watch the show and vote for your favourite!

Here's the lineup of films and directors who will be featured this season:
British Columbia:  Hop The Twig - Kyle Rideout
Alberta: Secret Identity - Tyler MacIntyre
Manitoba: Lie Down and Die - Kyle Sanderson
Toronto/Western Ontario: The Scarf - Carla Veldman
Ottawa/Eastern Ontario: Moments - Jeremy Kennedy
Quebec: Mr. Crab - Faisal Lutchmedial
Quebec: The Letter - Zhi-Min Hu
Maritimes: Heart of Rhyme - Cory Bowles
Newfoundland: Not Over Easy - Jordan Canning

Visit cbc.ca/shortfilmfaceoff for more information.

dr.peter thumbnail.jpgKick off the summer with a night of music and entertainment straight out of Vegas, fabulous canapés, dancing and drinks with friends -- all in support of an amazing local organization, the Dr. Peter Aids Foundation. Don't miss the party of the season!

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012
Time: 7:00pm to 12:00am
Location: CBC Studios - 700 Hamilton Street,   

Tickets: $100 each (a tax receipt for $75 will be provided for each ticket purchased)

Host - CBC Sports Reporter, Shane Foxman

For more information on tickets: www.summersizzle.ca

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