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The Boom Booms take the stage to kick off the free outdoor concert series July 4

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 24, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC Vancouver's free summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, returns to the outdoor stage at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday, July 4th at 12:00 pm with a performance from Canadian indie roots soul band, The Boom Booms hosted by CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko.  

"We hear from Vancouverites all year long who eagerly await the start of CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners," says Johnny Michel, managing director, CBC British Columbia and Alberta. "The concert series has become an iconic status of summer in Vancouver. It gives me true pleasure to see the community come together, dancing and singing each day, while being exposed to new local and even international musical talent.  The artists are diverse and reflect the wonderful multicultural society that makes up this great city."

Now in its 5th year, the Musical Nooners free concert series runs Monday - Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 4 - August 22. 

The show kicks off with CBC News Vancouver host, Gloria Macarenko and a band that got its start in East Vancouver, playing regular block parties. Inspired by world music, The Boom Boom's blend of Latin, pop-rock, funk, reggae and soul forms the quintessential sounds of summer.

The line up for the first week is:
Friday, July 4 - The Boom Booms
Monday, July 7 - Tanga
Tuesday, July 8 - Mani Khaira
Wednesday, July 9 - The Tourist Company
Thursday, July 10 - Jasper Sloan Yip
Friday, July 11 - Kobo Town

For more information on the Musical Nooners series and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/bc or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
The public is invited to CBC Canada House for viewing the Olympic Winter Games with a special opening Feb. 7

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - February 6, 2014 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC Vancouver is pleased to open the doors of CBC Canada House at 700 Hamilton Street for the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games. On February 7, CBC Radio One's The Early Edition with Rick Cluff will broadcast live from 5:30am - 8:30am. Watch the Opening Ceremony on the outdoor screen, spin the CBC prize wheel, grab a coffee from the McCafe Sampling Team, and pick up a broadcast schedule.

CBC Canada House is open daily for the public from 10am - 5pm during the Olympic Winter Games and will feature full comprehensive coverage of Sochi 2014; a daily pin distribution at 12pm; the ability for fans to record and send messages directly to Team Canada athletes; live weather hits with Meteorologist Johanna Wagstaffe weekdays from 3-5pm; and take-away broadcast schedules. In addition on February 12, CBC Radio 2 host, Tom Power, will be at CBC Canada House to meet fans from 12 - 12:30pm.

"We are very proud to be the official broadcaster of the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games," says Johnny Michel, senior managing director for CBC British Columbia and Alberta. "CBC Canada House gives us the opportunity to reignite some of the magic that goes hand in hand with the Olympic Games. We look forward to celebrating the achievements of Canadian athletes and bond with sports fans right here in our community." 

In addition to live viewing at CBC Canada House, CBC is offering Canadians unprecedented access to the Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games, including a responsive website that will act as the resource for all things Olympics; a CBC Olympic Games app for iOS, android and Windows 8; and a primetime Olympic second screen experience called Primetime Plus. Every hour of competition on CBC and official specialty channel broadcasters (TSN, TSN2, Sportsnet, and Sportsnet ONE) will be available for Canadians to live stream at cbc.ca/olympics. Mobile streaming of all events will be available on smartphone devices and tablets through the CBC Olympic Games app. 

Follow us on Twitter at @CBCVancouver and #cbcolympics #ourathlete for the latest CBC Canada House and Winter Olympic Games updates and Facebook at facebook.com/VancouverCBC. 

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

Media Contact:

Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver

The popular FREE concert series is back with 12 shows this season

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - January 9, 2014 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The hottest concert ticket in town this winter is the much-anticipated CBC Toque Sessions. This free concert series returns to the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Thursday, January 23 at 7:30 pm with performances from Canadian country pop-singers Hayley and Jess Moskaluke. These two artists are the hottest new faces on the country music scene, blowing up the charts and surprising audiences with masterful guitar playing and rich, gritty vocals. 

"CBC Vancouver's Toque Sessions is one of the city's local gems," says Johnny Michel, senior managing director of CBC British Columbia and Alberta. "Not only are the weekly concerts opportunities to get out and experience a terrific free evening with friends and family, but concert-goers are treated to some of the best and diverse Canadian musical talent this country has to offer."

Now in its 5th year, the CBC Vancouver's Toque Sessions free concert series runs each Thursday and Friday beginning at 7:30pm in Studio One at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from January 23 - February 28, 2014. 

There will be no reservations for the performances. A rush line will be in place for each show, beginning at 6:30pm, and seating is limited. 

The full series line-up is: 

Thursday, January 23 - Hayley and Jess Moskaluke
Friday, January 24 - The Belle Game

Thursday, January 30 - Murray Porter
Friday, January 31 - Anciients 
 
Thursday, February 6 - Good For Grapes
Friday, February 7 - Hannah Epperson

Thursday, February 13 - The Harpoonist and the Axe Murderer
Friday, February 14 - Blackie and the Rodeo Kings 

Thursday, February 20 - Said the Whale
Friday, February 21 - Dean Brody

Thursday, February 27 - Dan Brubeck Quartet
Friday, February 28 - Hannah Georgas and Ryan Guldemond

For more information on the Toque Sessions and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/bc or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #cbctoques.

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About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages.

Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 9, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - The 27th annual CBC/Radio-Canada Open House & Food Bank Day smashed fundraising records set in previous years by raising $655,147 for B.C.'s food banks.

CBC British Columbia bureaus in Victoria, Kelowna, Kamloops, Prince Rupert and Prince George held live broadcasts and open houses for the public, collecting donations across the province. In Vancouver's Broadcast Centre, nearly 4000 people came through to watch the live broadcasts, meet local and network personalities, and tour the integrated newsroom. New activities this year included photos with Santa, a special viewing of the Canada Lives Here movie and a preview of CBC Canada House for Sochi 2014.

"It is hard to be reminded that so many families in our communities rely on the support of food banks in B.C.," said Johnny Michel, senior managing director of CBC British Columbia and Alberta. "But on the Open House and Food Bank Day we are also reminded of the great generosity of the people in this province, people who care about their neighbours and who come out in record numbers to support this cause."

Staff at the Vancouver Centre of CBC/Radio-Canada had fundraising help from quite a few visiting network stars including George Stroumboulopoulos, Republic of Doyle's Allan Hawco, Marketplace's Erica Johnson, Arctic Air's Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton, CBC News Now's Suhana Meharchand and Murdoch Mysteries' Yannick Bisson. In addition to collecting donations, they joined local personalities on their shows, delivered the news with CBC News Vancouver's Gloria Macarenko, reported the weather forecast with CBC News Vancouver's Johanna Wagstaffe, and were interviewed by local hosts Rick Cluff, Mark Forsythe, Sheryl MacKay, and Stephen Quinn.

Live broadcasts began at 5:30 a.m. with The Early Edition followed by joint broadcasts of B.C. Almanac and North by Northwest, then On The Coast in the afternoon. The public were also invited to watch CBC News Vancouver with Tony Parsons and Gloria Macarenko and CBC News Now with Ian Hanomansing.

About CBC/Radio-Canada
CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada's national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. 

 

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Media Contact:
Asifa Lalji
CBC English Communications
604.662.6464
asifa.lalji@cbc.ca 
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
www.cbc.ca/bc 

CBC announces the ten finalists for 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - December 3, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC British Columbia announces the Top 10 B.C. Newsmaker finalists of the Year and public voting is open. The winner will be revealed the week of December 22, 2013 on CBC Radio One and CBC News Vancouver.
 
"B.C.'s Newsmaker of the year is a tradition that serves as a great reminder of the depth and breadth of stories in our province," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC-British Columbia. "We are proud to have so many award-winning and dedicated journalists at CBC uncovering the facts on these, and other important issues that shape our community."
 
From the many noteworthy B.C. stories this past year, CBC British Columbia narrowed the list to down to CBC's Top Ten for the public to vote and help us select B.C.'s top newsmaker.   
 
Blind senior sent home from hospital in a taxi
Luongo and Schneider face-off for top goalie spot
Pidgin restaurant targeted by protesters
Cory Monteith overdoses in Vancouver hotel
Rogue Chinese dentist busted in Burnaby
Christy Clark's surprise win confounds pollsters
Reconciliation Walk draws massive turnout
UBC frosh week rape chants and sex assaults
New Westminster fire destroys historic block
Marine mysteries hint at ocean upset

Visit http://www.cbc.ca/bc/interactive/newsmaker/2013/ to view interactive descriptions of the stories and to vote now. Or weigh in on Twitter at @CBCVancouver  #cbcnewsmaker2013 and Facebook at VancouverCBC.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver

In 2013, this annual fundraiser has a new twist on the popular Open House 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 26, 2013 - - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC/Radio-Canada welcomes the public on December 6 for the 27th annual Open House and Food Bank Day.  New this year is the CBC Canada House for Sochi 2014, the Canada Lives Here movie experience and photos with Santa Claus. And keeping with tradition, the CBC broadcast centre at 700 Hamilton Street is open for newsroom tours, live broadcasts, and the opportunity for people to meet their favourite local and national personalities. 

"This special day not only gets better and bigger each year, but it really shows how the staff and many volunteers at CBC really come together to support an important cause," says Johnny Michel, managing director of CBC-British Columbia. "The best part of the day is the hundreds of thousands of dollars which are given in generous donations for those in our communities who need food."

CBC Vancouver's Tony Parsons, Gloria Macarenko, Johanna Wagstaffe, Shane Foxman, Rick Cluff, Mark Forsythe, and Stephen Quinn are geared up to meet CBC fans and will be joined this year by some of CBC's biggest network personalities.

George Stroumboulopoulos from George Stroumboulopoulos Tonight, CBC News Now host Suhana Meharchand, and Arctic Air's Adam Beach and Pascale Hutton will be on hand to help lend support to raise funds for food banks in B.C. Also ready to answer donation phone lines and meet fans are Yannick Bisson from Murdoch Mysteries, Bob MacDonald from Quirks and Quarks, David Chilton from Dragons' Den, Erica Johnson from Marketplace, and CBC Sports' Peter Armstrong. 

"CBC Food Bank Day is the number one event for food banks around British Columbia. It has a wonderful history, raises an amazing amount of money and has a profound and positive impact on communities of all sizes in this province." says Marilyn Herrmann, President of Food Banks B.C. 

Rick Cluff, host of The Early Edition, starts off the day of live broadcasts at 5:30 am with performances by the magnificent Chor Leoni and Company B. He's followed by a special joint broadcast of BC Almanac and North by Northwest from 12 - 3 pm with Brian Minter, car-guy Sam Tremblay and great music. On The Coast will continue the live experience in Studio 700 from 3 - 6 pm, with special performances by Champagne Republic. The evening ends with CBC News Vancouver at 5 and 6 pm live from the news set and CBC News Network with Ian Hanomansing live from Vancouver from 5 - 6 pm. 

 The free newsroom tours run from 8 am - 6 pm. They include a behind the scenes look at the state-of-the-art integrated newsroom, the CBC Canada House which will be open for Sochi 2014, and the Canada Lives Here movie experience. Santa will be available for photos and popular CBC hosts and reporters will be available for photos and introductions along the way.

CBC /Radio-Canada in B.C., has raised well over $3.5 million dollars for food banks throughout B.C.

Food banks can use their wholesale buying power to purchase three dollars' worth of food for every dollar donated. Food Bank volunteers will be on site accepting donations.

For more information about CBC/Radio-Canada's Open House & Food Bank Day and to make a donation online now go to http://www.cbc.ca/bc/features/openhouse-foodbank/

Follow us on Twitter at @CBCVancouver and #cbcopenhouse and Facebook at facebook.com/VancouverCBC. Images are available.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - November 12, 2013 - CBC News Vancouver today announced Tony Parsons, co-host of CBC News Vancouver, will not be returning to the show at the end of his contract term. He will host his final newscast on December 20, 2013.

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my time with CBC News Vancouver, an organization I have always held in the highest regard. I have enjoyed a long and fantastic career in broadcasting covering some of British Columbia's biggest stories," says Parsons who has been a broadcaster for more than 50 years and was inducted into the Broadcasters Hall of Fame in 2009.

"While my wife and I are very much looking forward to returning to Victoria to live full time, I will truly miss the team at CBC Vancouver who have become like family over the last three and a half years."

The veteran broadcaster, and arguably the most well-known local news personality in BC, will be returning to Victoria to pursue his personal and career goals.

"When Tony joined us in 2010, I was thrilled to welcome him to the team. Not only because he is a local news icon, but having worked with him previously, I have always known him to be passionate about the community and one of the most trusted sources in news," says Johnny Michel, senior managing director, CBC British Columbia. "We will miss working with him but wish him every success in his future pursuits."

CBC News Vancouver at 5 and 6 will continue to bring British Columbians the best in local and investigative news with host Gloria Macarenko. A veteran broadcaster herself, the award- winning Macarenko has been with CBC for more than 25 years.

For more information on CBC in British Columbia visit cbc.ca/bc

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Media contact: 
Asifa Lalji 
Regional Communications Manager 
CBC British Columbia 
604.662.6464 
"Heart of the Park" airs on CBC television and Radio One during the week of August 19

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - August 19, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC Vancouver is pleased to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Stanley Park with "Heart of the Park", a CBC News Vancouver special series running August 19 - 24, and a CBC Radio One live broadcast at Second Beach on August 23.

"CBC Vancouver's archives are rich with historical footage and images documenting Vancouver's evolution into the vibrant city it is today," says Johnny Michel, managing director, CBC British Columbia. "This milestone in our city is a wonderful opportunity to showcase some of those rare moments in time CBC has captured through the years."

CBC News Vancouver's coverage combines rare footage of the park pulled from the CBC archives as well as current stories and interviews. The schedule is as follows:

Aug 19 - First in the Park - a look at First Nations history
Aug 20 - Patrolling the Park - inside perspective on VPD Mounted Police 
Aug 21 - Military Stronghold - the military roots of Stanley Park
Aug 22 - Wilderness in the City - wildlife and the zoo history in the park
Aug 23 - Park Inspired Art - artwork inspired by the setting

CBC Radio One's The Early Edition with host Rick Cluff, and BC Almanac with host Mark Forsythe will be on-site August 23 for a live broadcast. In addition to the broadcast, there will be free sunrise swimming at the Second Beach Pool from 6:30 - 10am, free Hatha yoga from 6 - 7am and 7:15 - 8:15 am, a free concert by Jim Byrnes prizes and giveaways and more. 

For more information on CBC News Vancouver, CBC Radio One's The Early Edition and BC Almanac, and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/bc or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver
Hip-hop artist Shad kicks off the free outdoor concert series July 5

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - June 18, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia - CBC Vancouver's free summer-long concert series, Musical Nooners, returns to the outdoor stage at the CBC Vancouver Broadcast Centre on Friday, July 5th at 12:00 pm with a performance from Canadian hip-hop artist Shad. 

"We are really pleased with this year's lineup, there is a lot of fantastic music to enjoy in a number of different styles, so get ready for some surprises" remarks Jon Siddall, lead producer for the series. "And, this year we've added more Latin music and a very entertaining Balkan big band."

Now in its 4th year, the CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners free concert series runs Monday - Friday, from noon to 1pm, at the CBC Broadcast Centre at 700 Hamilton Street (between Robson and Georgia) from July 5 - August 23.

"CBC Vancouver's Musical Nooners has become one of the most highly anticipated events of the summer," says Johnny Michel, managing director, CBC British Columbia. "Music bonds a community together and encourages us to be social through a shared artistic camaraderie. The artists that our producers have lined up are diverse and showcase some great local and even international talent."

The line up for the first week is:

July 5 - Shad            

July 8 - Shairah       

July 9 - Jasper Yip   

July 10 - Stephanie Pedrazza                                                                     

July 11 - ByStarlight                                                                                     

July 12 - Kylee Epp 

July 15 - Dave Sinclair & Keith Bennett                                                   

July16 - Mazacote  


For more information on the Musical Nooner series and CBC in British Columbia, go to www.cbc.ca/bc or follow us on Twitter @CBCVancouver or #musicalnooners.


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Media Contact:

Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver

BC Radio One continues to hold the top spot overall in Vancouver 


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May 8, 2013 - VANCOUVER, British Columbia -  The April PPM ratings have been announced and for the first time, CBC Radio One's On The Coast with host Stephen Quinn has claimed the top spot for afternoon ratings in general audience numbers. CBC Vancouver's Radio One 88.1FM / 690AM is the number one station in the market overall.

"Radio One's On The Coast has joined the ranks of many CBC Radio shows as the top choice of listeners," says Johnny Michel, Senior Managing Director of CBC British Columbia and Alberta. "We are humbled by the continued support from British Columbians, and eager to continue to bring them the stories that matter to them the most."

CBC Radio One achieved strong results with a 12.3% share overall.  On The Coast and CBC's morning show, The Early Edition with Rick Cluff, claim top spots at 10.3% and 16.5% of the audience share respectively. Weekend morning show North by Northwest with Sheryl MacKay remains a strong number one with an 18.8% share on Saturdays and 20.4% share on Sundays.

"Our radio shows work hard to create programs with strong local content driven by listeners," says Lorna Haeber, Director of Programming for British Columbia. "Each show has a unique way of presenting content by engaging personalities. We are delighted our listeners have made us number one."

CBC listeners have the advantage of an unprecedented news service, which integrates radio, tv and online news resources. CBC has also deepened its connection with local communities with broadcasts on location all over the province. 

CBC Radio One continues to be a commercial-free English language network offering the best in local, national and international news, current affairs, documentaries and arts and cultural programming.

CBC Radio One programs can be heard on 88.1FM or 690AM in Metro Vancouver. For more information on CBC in British Columbia, visit cbc.ca/bc.

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Media Contact:
Jennifer Rhyne
CBC English Communications
604.662.6696
Twitter: @CBCVancouver

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