Past Episodes

Bringing French books to people who are blind

Radio host, Luc Fortin. (PHOTO CBC) Most of us take for granted being able to settle in with a good book in the evening....

Walking around the world

  Pierre-Paul Cayer is walking around the world. This week on the program meet two extraordinary men. One is walking around the world. He's 67...

A champion sommelier

This week on C'est la vie, meet the best sommelier in the Americas. Her name is Véronique Rivest. She's Canadian. Find out what it takes...

Remembering a Canadian spy

Discover the story of Allyre Sirois. He was well-known as a lawyer and judge in Saskatchewan. But as a young man, he was a...

Improvising en français

Toronto jazz vocalist, Emilie-Claire Barlow (PHOTO: CBC) Toronto Jazz vocalist Emilie-Claire Barlow is not a francophone. Yet she sells more CDs in Quebec than...

Bridging the language divide

 Composer Cassandra Miller. (PHOTO CBC) After the shooting on election night in Quebec, people were worried that tensions could increase between French and English speakers...

Looking back at Quebec's Maple Spring

Jacques Nadeau is a photographer with Le Devoir newspaper. (PHOTO: CBC) For more than thirty years Jacques Nadeau has recorded history through the lens...

Albertans in Montreal

Edmonton's Rollie Pemberton, AKA rapper Cadence Weapon, has settled in Montreal. (Photo: CBC)   We often hear about people from eastern Canada moving to...

A show to remember

  What do an Acadian singer-songwriter, a Cajun fiddler and a Jamaican steel pan player have in common? More than you might expect! This week...

Meet some Quebec federalists

Actor Pierre Gendron made a commercial supporting the Liberal Party of Canada when Stéphane Dion was leader.(PHOTO CBC) This week some Quebeckers tell us what it's like...

Meet some Quebec sovereigntists

Will Prosper, a community activist and documentary filmmaker. Prosper was a candidate for Québec Solidaire in the last provincial election. It's a left-leaning party that...

The Montreal fashion scene

Montreal designer Ève Gravel. (photo CBC) Earlier this month local fashion designers unveiled their 2013 spring and summer collections in Montreal. Meet designer Ève...

Premier-elect Pauline Marois

Parti Québécois Leader Pauline Marois takes the stage after winnning the provincial election in Montreal, Que. Tuesday September 4, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson...

Rafting across the Atlantic

  This week on the Best of C'est la vie rediscover an historic raft trip across the Atlantic. It was made by three Frenchmen, immigrants...

Brazil-Quebec

  Rafael de Castro Dezordi recently immigrated to Quebec from Brazil. This week the Best of C'est la vie goes to Rio de Janeiro. We...

Journalism in the minority

  CBC journalist Elias Abboud at la Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal. Working as a broadcast journalist in Canada can sometimes be tricky because of...

Last Stop Lac Simon

    This week on the Best of C'est la vie Loreen Pindera takes us to the Algonquin community of Lac Simon. She was there...

Montreal gaming city

Patrice Desilets is one of the most successful creators of video games in the world. His Assassin's Creed franchise has sold more than 30-million...

Dépanneur Part 3

Marché Ventura   This week on the Best of C'est la vie tune in for the final installment of our dépanneur series. In an economy...

Dépanneurs Part 2

  Ying Wu at Dépanneur Céline in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood.   The rest of Canada has the convenience store. But Québec has the dépanneur. This...

Dépanneurs Part 1

  Journalist Judith Lussier, author of Sacré Dépanneur!, outside Dépanneur Le Pick-Up in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood.   The rest of Canada has the convenience...

Media giant Quebecor

Enquête reporter Guy Gendron   Quebecor is one of the biggest media conglomerations in Canada. The company's interests include newspapers, TV networks, cable, internet...

Murder mystery writers Kathy Reichs and Louise Penny

  Kathy Reichs and Louise Penny are both New York Times best selling authors. Both write murder mysteries. And both use Quebec and its...

Serge Denoncourt and the Roma

(Photo provided by G.R.U.B.B.) Hear C'est la vie's award winning interview with director Serge Denoncourt. He worked with Roma youth in Serbia to create...

They put the Q-U-E in Queen

The Queen Extravaganza (Photo: Rob Sinclair) The Queen Extravaganza is the official Queen tribute show. Band members were chosen from across North America after...

Canada's oldest theatre company changes guard

Le Cercle Molière is the longest running theatre company in North America, in any language. It was founded in St-Boniface, Manitoba, in 1925. Roland...

Discovering Quebec's diners

Dic Ann's waitresses (left to right): Carole, Jennifer, and Sylvie. This week C'est la vie serves you up a burger, fries and some special sauce....

May 27 and 29, 2012

L`Égaré This week on C'est we rediscover an historic raft trip across the Atlantic. It was made by three Frenchmen, immigrants to Canada after the...

May 20th and 22nd, 2012

The Future of Inuktitut How do you protect a language, and prevent it from being lost? Is bilingualism a threat or an asset? And what...

May 13th and 15th, 2012

Jean-François Lisée Jean-François Lisée Jean-François Lisée is an influential and controversial figure in Quebec. He's a journalist, author and blogger. And he was advisor to...

May 6th and 8th, 2012

NDP MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau New Democratic Party MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau joins other newly elected members of Parliament as they take part in an...

April 29th and May 1st, 2012

Katimavik in Potton   Katimavik volunteers in Potton, Quebec. In the last federal budget, the government cancelled Katimavik. The program sent young people out across...

April 22nd and 24th, 2012

Dying with Dignity Liberal MNA Maryse Gaudreault and Parti Québécois MNA Véronique Hivon. A special commission of Quebec's National Assembly spent two years looking into...

April 15th and 17th, 2012

Brazil-Quebec Rafael de Castro Dezordi recently immigrated to Quebec from Brazil. This week C'est la vie takes a trip to Rio de Janeiro. We hear...

April 8th and 10th, 2012

Journalism in the minority   CBC journalist Elias Abboud at la Maison de Radio-Canada in Montreal. Working as a broadcast journalist in Canada can sometimes...

April 1st and 3rd, 2012

Andréanne Pâquet and Dalila Awada.   In Quebec, there are certain hot-button issues that are sure to ignite debate, and they're not all about language!...

March 25th and 27th, 2012

This week on the program, meet Annie Deschamps. Her dad is Yvon Deschamps -- the humorist. And her mum is Judi Richards -- also a...

March 18th and 20th, 2012

  ©Radio-Canada/Christian Côté         Singer Isabelle Boulay   This week on the program, meet Isabelle Boulay. She is one of Canada's most successful francophone pop singers....

March 11th and 13th, 2012

When you think of Montreal, you might picture cafés full of people sipping bowls of café au lait. This week on C'est la vie, meet...

March 4th and 6th, 2012 - Rapper Samian

Meet Métis rapper Samian. He raps in French and Algonquin. And he has fans all over Quebec and around the world. But considering the life...

February 26th and 28th, 2012 - Last Stop Lac Simon

    This week on C'est la vie Loreen Pindera takes us to the Algonquin community of Lac Simon. She was there last fall when...

December 18th and 20th, 2011 - Sugar Sammy

  Sugar Sammy is a stand-up comedian from Montreal. He performs around the world in English, French, Punjabi and Hindi. Now he's putting together a...

February 19th and 21st, 2012

Jean-Pierre Léger, the CEO of St-Hubert BBQ. His parents opened the first St-Hubert BBQ on St-Hubert Street in Montreal. Discover Quebec's own fast food...

February 12th and 14th, 2012

Bruno Guglielminetti Are smartphone apps making second-language learning a thing of the past? We explore that question, and check out some of those translation apps,...

February 5th and February 7th - Romeo Saganash

This week, we speak with Quebec MP Romeo Saganash, who's running for the NDP leadership. You may know he's spent many years actively involved in...

January 29th and 31st, 2012 - Patrice Désilets and Montreal's video game industry

Patrice Desilets is one of the most successful creators of video games in the world. His Assassin's Creed franchise has sold more than 30-million...

January 22nd and 24th, 2012

Marché Ventura   This week tune in for the final installment of C'est la vie's dépanneur series. In an economy where businesses come and...

January 15th and 17th, 2012

    Ying Wu at Dépanneur Céline in Montreal's Villeray neighbourhood.   The rest of Canada has the convenience store. But Québec has the dépanneur....

January 8th and 10th, 2012

Journalist Judith Lussier, author of Sacré Dépanneur!, outside Dépanneur Le Pick-Up in Montreal's Mile End neighbourhood.   The rest of Canada has the convenience...

January 1st and 3rd, 2012

This week on C'est la vie, we take a look back at some of the great songs and artists of 2011 in French Canada. Singer-songwriter...

December 27th, 2011

For more than ten years, C'est la vie has been bringing listeners a special reading during the holiday season This year it's the story of...

December 11th and 13th, 2011 - Jack Jedwab

This week on the program, Jack Jedwab is our guest. Jack Jedwab is the executive director of the Association for Canadian Studies. He co-edited the...

December 4th and 6th, 2011 - Edmonton's Congolese community

Many Congolese immigrants to Canada have chosen Edmonton as home. They make up an important part of that city's French speaking population. This week...

November 27th and 29th, 2011 - Authors Kathy Reichs and Louise Penny

  Kathy Reichs and Louise Penny are both New York Times best selling authors. Both write murder mysteries. And both use Quebec and its...

November 20th and 22nd, 2011

  What do an Acadian singer-songwriter, a Cajun fiddler and a Jamaican steel pan player have in common? A lot actually! This week on C'est...

November 13th and 15th, 2011

Enquête reporter Guy Gendron   Quebecor is one of the biggest media conglomerations in Canada. The company's interests include newspapers, TV networks, cable, internet...

November 6th and 8th, 2011

This week on the program, learn about a documentary that speaks to everyone. That's because it's about the future of humanity. The film is...

October 30th and November 1st, 2011

Meet Quebec's Stephen King. His name is Patrick Senécal. His best selling novels are dark, chilling, and grisly. And soon, his novel "Contre Dieu" will...

October 23rd and 25th, 2011

    Find out how a Quebec group was invited onto the legendary radio show, A Prairie Home Companion. Le Vent du Nord play traditional...

October 16th and 18th, 2011

  (CP images)    In the early 1990s many Quebec families adopted baby girls from China. Nicole Giguère was one of those parents. She also...

October 9th and 11th, 2011

  Did you know that Quebec is one of the best places in the world to grow cranberries? That the French-Canadian word for cranberries is...

October 2nd and 4th, 2011

This week on the program hear the story of a francophone Quebecker, who has made it his business to teach English to students around the world. And...

September 25th and 27th, 2011

Meet two ground-breaking Quebec entrepreneurs. One is a chocolate maker with a social conscience. The other is a urban farmer with a vision. Combined,...

September 18th and 20th, 2011

(Photo CP) This week we bring you a love story -- in the most unlikely of places. Leanne and Philippe met planting trees in northern...

September 11th and 13th, 2011

  Do you remember Nico Archambault? He won So You Think You Can Dance Canada back in 2008. Now he's hosting his very own...

September 6th, 2011

Two Gypsy boys sell second hand items under a railway bridge in Belgrade, Serbia. About 80 percent of Gypsy children in Serbia enroll in the...

September 4th, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie discover the first course in Haitian créole and history being taught in a Canadian university....

August 28th, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie discover Montreal's first Miss Arabia contest.... and the woman behind it. Zahia Belbachir is a...

August 21st, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie, a documentary : "Final Resting Place". Contrary to the past, today most Quebeckers opt for...

August 14th, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie discover singer Damien Robitaille. He's not your typical Quebec star. He grew up in a small...

August 7th, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie, news of Malcolm. A Quebec family adopted Malcolm from Haiti, just months before the earthquake....

July 31st, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie, franco-American, Jane Martin, takes us to her small town of Biddeford, Maine. The French catholic...

July 24th, 2011

This week on the Best of C'est la vie, discover 12-year-old singing sensation, Jacob. He's being called the Quebec Justin Bieber. His career is...

July 17, 2011

You could say Bryan Perro is Quebec's J.K. Rowling. He is the author of a best-selling fantasy series in French called Amos Daragon. It...

July 10th, 2011

It is 21 years since the armed stand-off between Mohawks and Quebec's provincial police and the Canadian army. The Oka crisis exposed the historical...

July 3rd, 2011

Louise Penny is a New York Times best selling author. She lives in Quebec and writes in English. Her books have been translated into...

Awards

Documentary maker Elizabeth Robertson (left), and journalist Loreen Pindera. (Photo Molly Kohli) C'est la vie is proud to announce some awards we've won recently....

June 26th, 2011

Two Gypsy boys sell second hand items under a railway bridge in Belgrade, Serbia. About 80 percent of Gypsy children in Serbia enroll in the...

June 19th and 21st, 2011

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis) Meet a Tunisian Quebecker who is making a difference. Abdou Malaoui left Tunisia more than 20 years ago. He's an expert...

June 12th and 14th, 2011

(AP Photos) People on both sides of the Atlantic have been watching with interest the Dominique Strauss-Kahn scandal. The former IMF head pleaded not-guilty to...

June 5th and 7th, 2011

This week on C'est la vie meet Radio-Canada`s newest star. Pénélope McQuade is the host of a nightly TV talkshow on the French network....

May 29th and 31st, 2011

What happens when you open up a retirement home for Vietnamese Quebeckers in the heart of east end Montreal - one of the city's most...

May 22nd and 24th, 2011

Les filles du roi -- or the King's daughters -- were the young women sent out to New France to marry the single men,...

May 15th and 17th, 2011

Last fall on C'est la vie we heard about how the University of Quebec in Rimouski had offered 10 full scholarships to university students from...

May 8th and 10th, 2011

Meet a mother-daughter duo with a difference. Natalie Choquette is a diva who loves to laugh. Florence K is a singer-songwriter with a penchant for...

May 1st and 3rd, 2011

Discover a new kind of French, one you won't hear in the classroom. It's the French you'll find in tweets, chat rooms and text messages. Find...

April 24th and 26th, 2011

Discover Montreal's first Miss Arabia contest... and the woman behind it. Zahia Belbachir is a Algerian born Quebecker. And she was tired of the image...

April 17th and 19th, 2011

We've been seeing and hearing Michel Cormier on CBC and Radio-Canada for many years now. First, as a political journalist from Ottawa and Quebec City,...

April 10th and 12th, 2011

This week on the program meet Bryan Perro. You could describe him as Quebec's J.K. Rowling. He is the author of a best-selling fantasy series in...

April 3rd and 5th, 2011

Did you have a hard time learning French when you were at school? Well maybe it wasn't you! Maybe it was how you were being...

March 27th and 29th, 2011

This week on C'est la vie, a documentary : "Final Resting Place". Contrary to the past, today most Quebeckers opt for cremation when they die....

March 20th and 22nd, 2011

Hear about a poll that has just come out which asked Quebeckers how they felt about learning English and about their attitudes towards bilingualism. You...

March 13th and 15th, 2011

Discover the distinct music of Misteur Valaire. It's is a mix of jazz, electronic, rock and hip hop. The band is nominated for a Juno...

March 6th and 8th, 2011

Witness the staging of an English Canadian play at one of Montreal's most prestigious French theatres. Greg MacArthur's "Toxic Bus Incident" has just opened in...

February 27th and March 1st, 2011

Funkytown is the name of a new Quebec movie that's a huge box office success. But the film is has also caused a bit of...

February 20th and 22nd, 2011

More than two thirds of Tunisians in Canada live in Montreal. And since the ousting of President Ben Ali, they've been making their voices heard....

February 13th and 15th, 2011

Discover the first course in Haitian Creole and history being taught in a Canadian university. Meet the man who created it. And learn some of...

February 6th, 2011

Just A Click Away Robert and Erika have never met, but they share a passion for online poker. Get a glimpse into their viritual world...

January 30th and February 1st, 2011

A few weeks ago we told you the story of Malcolm, who was adopted from Haiti. Since coming to Quebec he has become a huge...

January 23rd and 25th, 2011

This week on C'est la vie, meet two francophone actors who are making their names on English television. Rémy Girard is one of Quebec`s most...

January 16th and 18th, 2011

This week on C'est la vie, news of Malcolm. A Quebec family adopted Malcolm from Haiti, just months before the earthquake. We first heard his...

January 9th and 11th, 2011

St-André's church, Biddeford, Maine. Photo by Dan Dallaire.  Last Mass in Biddeford. This week on C'est la vie, Franco-American Jane Martin takes us to...

January 2nd and 4th, 2011

Meet one of Quebec's most celebrated sopranos, Marie-Josée Lord. She has delighted audiences performing with the Quebec and Montreal opera companies. And now, her solo...

December 26th and 28th, 2010

An Urban Christmas Carol is a Christmas story with a twist. It is by Quebec's most famous playwright, Michel Tremblay. And it is told by...

December 19th and 21st, 2010

Rachid Badouri is one of Quebec's most popular stand-up comics. He's performed his one man show to sold out crowds thoughout the province. Now he...

December 12th and 14th, 2010

Being able to speak two languages is a useful skill, especially in Canada. But now, researchers have proven that it's also good for you. A...

December 5th and 7th, 2010

Discover 11-year-old singing sensation, Jacob. He's being called Quebec's Justin Bieber. His career is just starting to take off here and in Europe. And meet...

November 28th and 30th, 2010

Alain Lacoursière was a policeman with a passion for art. And he brought that passion to his work as an investigator. Over the years, he...

November 21st and 23rd, 2010

Shooting has just wrapped up for the first feature comedy made entirely in French in Ontario. It's called La Sacrée, and it's about a magical...

November 14th and 16th, 2010

Discover singer-songwriter Damien Robitaille. He's not your typical Quebec star. He grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. Listen to the program (audio...

November 7th and 9th, 2010

This week on C'est La Vie, hear one boy's story of how he waged a war on fat and eventually won. At the age of...

October 31st and November 2nd, 2010

All this month on C'est la vie, some of Canada's leading writers share with us their memories of the October Crisis. This week columnist Lysiane Gagnon...

October 24th and 26th, 2010

When people remember the October Crisis, one image they often recall is that of the FLQ manifesto being read on TV. The newsreader that day was...

October 17th and 19th, 2010

All this month on C'est la vie, some of Canada's best known writers remember the October Crisis... 40 years later. This week novelist Monique Proulx...

October 10th and 12th, 2010

All this month on C'est la vie, some of Canada's best known writers remember the October Crisis... 40 years later. This week Georges-Hébert Germain talks...

October 3rd & 5th, 2010

We thought it could never happen here. In October 1970 the FLQ kidnapped two public officials in Quebec, later killing one of them. The government...

September 26th & 28th, 2010

Louise Penny is a New York Times best selling author. She lives in Quebec and writes in English. Her books have been translated into a...

September 19th and 21st, 2010

On the program this week, we heard how a university and a community in eastern Quebec are lending an academic hand in the reconstruction of Haiti. The...

September 12th and 14th, 2010 - Les chefs

This week on C'est la vie, discover the TV show that captivated francophones across Canada this summer. It was called Les Chefs and was a...

September 7th, 2010 - Jane Martin's franco-American heritage

This week on C'est la vie, Jane Martin tells us about her franco-American heritage. Two generations ago, her family moved from Quebec to Maine, in...

August 29th and 31st, 2010 - Magician Luc Langevin

This week on C'est la vie, meet the mysterious Luc Langevin. He's 27 years old. He's a physicist. But he's better known for his talents...

August 22nd and 24th, 2010 - Hockey player George Laraque

This week on C'est la vie meet a most unconventional hockey player. Georges Laraque was the enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens. But while he was...

August 15th and 17th, 2010 - Language switching

This week on C'est la vie discover a phenomena that has researchers intrigued.It`s called code switching. It happens when people switch between different languages.And it's...

August 8th and 10th, 2010 - Singer Patrick Norman

This week on C'est la vie we're going to introduce you to a country music legend in Quebec.Patrick Norman has been singing, playing guitar and...

August 1st and 3rd, 2010 - Arrivals Part III

Tune in to C'est la vie this week for the final episode in our "Arrivals" series. They're the stories of people encountered at the international...

July 25th and 27th, 2010 - Arrivals Part II

C'est la vie continues the "Arrivals" series. They're the stories of people encountered at the international arrivals gate of Montreal's Trudeau airport. This week, hear...

July 18th and 20th, 2010 - Arrivals Part I

If you've spent time at an airport arrivals area, you've probably noticed some touching scenes. Families and friends rush to greet their loved ones as...

July 12th and 13th, 2010 - Makeover

What happens when you bring together a Christmas dinner and a TV reality show? Find out, on the Best of C'est la vie, when...

July 4th and 6th, 2010 - What happened to the St-Lawrence Beluga?

There was a time when the little white beluga whale of the St-Lawrence was the poster child of Quebec's environmental movement. Scientists in the 1980s...

June 29th, 2010 - Dr Bernard Brais

This week on the Best of C'est la vie meet a brilliant and passionate doctor. Bernard Brais is a neurologist, a geneticist and a medical...

June 27th, 2010 - Jane Martin's franco-American heritage

This week on C'est la vie, Jane Martin tells us about her franco-American heritage. Two generations ago her family moved from Quebec to Maine, in...

June 20th and 22nd, 2010 - Sommelier François Chartier

Sommelier François Chartier has been described as a pioneer.His groundbreaking book, Papilles et Molécules (which translates to Tastebuds and Molecules), was named best cookbook in...

June 13th and 15th, 2010 - Bringing Down the Barricades

It will be 20 years next month since the armed stand-off between Mohawks and Quebec's provincial police and the Canadian army. The Oka crisis...

June 6th and 8th, 2010 - Quebec's cheese revolution

There's been a cheese revolution in Quebec. Twenty years ago many of Quebec's delicious cheeses didn't even exist. Meet a cheesemonger who played an important...

May 30th and June 1st, 2010 - The song, Le But

The song, "Le But" (the Goal), was the soundtrack of Quebec this spring. It's a rallying cry to fans, of all origins, to get behind...

May 23rd and 25th, 2010 - Dr Vania Jimenez

Dr Vania Jimenez is a remarkable woman. She's the mother of seven children. She was Canadian family physician of the year in 1999. She's the...

May 16th and 18th, 2010 - Muslims in Montreal

This week on C'est la vie members of Montreal's muslim community talk about being a muslim in Quebec today. This is in the wake of...

May 9th and 11th, 2010 - Novelist Kim Thuy

Kim Thuy and her family were part of the first wave of "boat people" who escaped Vietnam in the late seventies. At age 10, Kim...

May 2nd and 4th, 2010 - Author Dany Laferrière

Dany Laferrière is one of Quebec's most celebrated writers. He is originally from Haiti, but fled the country during the Duvalier regime. Dany was back...

April 25th and 27th, 2010 - Canada's oldest male stripper club

This week C'est la vie visits a Montreal stripper bar. But not just any stripper bar: the 281 is the oldest MALE strip joint in...

April 18th and 20th, 2010 - Filmmaker Kevin Tierney

Kevin Tierney co-wrote and produced the Canadian box office success, Bon Cop Bad Cop. The film made us laugh about the differences between anglophones and...

April 11th and 13th, 2010 - Magician Luc Langevin

This week on C'est la vie, meet the mysterious Luc Langevin. He's 27 years old. He's a physicist. But he's better known for his talents...

April 4th and 6th, 2010 - Haitian students in Montreal

This week on C'est la vie we hear from some Haitian highschool students living in Montreal. After the earthquake in January, some teenagers from Port-au-Prince...

March 28th and 30th, 2010 - Quebec's Mamma Mia

This week on C'est la vie discover Quebec's Mamma Mia. It's a musical based on the songs of Beau Dommage. Beau Dommage was a seminal...

March 21st and 23rd, 2010 - Hockey player Georges Laraque

This week on C'est la vie meet a most unconventional hockey player. Georges Laraque was the enforcer for the Montreal Canadiens. But while he was...

March 14th and 16th, 2010 - Language switching

This week on C'est la vie discover a phenomena that has researchers intrigued.It`s called code switching. It happens when people switch between different languages.And it's...

March 7th, 2010 - Making opera accessible

Opera has the reputation of being elitist.But the Montreal Opera is taking some creative steps to change that.It's is branching out...into reality TV.Find out how...

February 28th and March 2nd, 2010 - Singer Patrick Norman

This week on C'est la vie we're going to introduce you to a country music legend in Quebec.Patrick Norman has been singing, playing guitar and...

February 21st and 23rd, 2010 - Singer Roch Voisine in Vancouver

This week on C'est la vie meet the hockey commentator in Vancouver, for a big French TV Network. He's Canadian, and he's a singer....

February 14th and 16th, 2010 - French love songs

This week C'est la vie celebrates French love songs.From classic chansons to contemporary ballads, discover romance and heartbreak en français. Listen to the show...

February 7th and 9th, 2010 - Singer and actor, Chloé Sainte-Marie

Singer and actor Chloé Sainte-Marie devoted years of her life to caring for her partner, Gilles Carle.The celebrated Quebec filmmaker died last year from...

January 31st and February 2nd, 2010 - Haiti's contribution to Quebec

For half a century Haitians have been fleeing their homeland.And a good many of those Haitians have chosen to live in Quebec, largely because of...

January 24th and 26th, 2010 - Arrivals - Part III

Tune in to C'est la vie this week for the final episode in our "Arrivals" series. They're the stories of people encountered at the international...

January 17th and 19th, 2010 - Arrivals - Part II

Tune in again this week to C'est la vie for their "Arrivals" series. They're the stories of people encountered at the international arrivals gate of...

January 10th and 12th, 2010 - Arrivals - Part I

If you've spent time at an airport arrivals area, you've probably noticed some touching scenes. Families and friends rush to greet their loved ones as...

January 3rd and 5th, 2010 - Volunteer Nicole Pageau

Nicole Pageau is a true inspiration. In 2004, she transformed her life, by uprooting from Edmonton, and going to live in Rwanda. She wanted to...

December 27th and 29th, 2009 - An Urban Tale: "Makeover"

What happens when you bring together a Christmas dinner and a TV reality show? Find out, on C'est la vie when we bring you a...

December 20th and 22nd, 2009 - Bernard Labadie and Les Violons du Roy

Conductor Bernard Labadie founded Les Violons du Roy 25 years ago. The chamber orchestra has toured extensively, made more than a dozen recordings, and built...

December 13th and 15th, 2009 - Film director Émile Gaudreault

The film "De père en flic" - or "Fathers and Guns" as it's called in English - was the top movie in Quebec for 2009,...

December 6th and 8th, 2009 - Young feminist Léa Clermont-Dion

Léa Clermont-Dion was not even born when the Montreal Massacre took place. But she was still marked by it. Today, she is one of Quebec's...

November 29th and December 1st, 2009 - The documentary "I wear the veil"

Natasha was born and raised a Catholic in Montreal. But when she met her future husband, she converted to Islam. Natasha was proud to wear...

November 22nd and 24th, 2009 - What happened to the St-Lawrence beluga?

There was a time when the little white beluga whale of the St-Lawrence was the poster child of Quebec's environmental movement. Scientists in the 1980s...

November 15th and 17th, 2009 - Dr Bernard Brais

This week on C'est la vie meet a brilliant and passionate doctor. Bernard Brais is a neurologist, a geneticist, and a medical historian. And he's...

November 8th and 10th, 2009 - The group Les Trois Accords

The group les Trois Accords rose to fame with their hit song, Hawaiienne. But it was their second hit, Saskatchewan, that changed the course of...

November 1st and 3rd, 2009 - Jean-Marc Généreux and his partner France Mousseau

Jean-Marc Généreux is the charming francophone judge on So You Think You Can Dance Canada. France Mousseau is his partner in life and in dance....

October 25th and 27th, 2009 - Tintin in Quebec French

Do you know the Tintin books? They're the adventures of a Belgian reporter Tintin and his little dog Milou - or Snowy as he was...

October 18th and 20th, 2009 - Quebec ad promotes immigrant contribution

This week on C'est la vie, find out about a new advertising campaign from Quebec's ministry of immigration. It's selling Quebeckers on the benefits of...

October 11th and 13th, 2009 - French church in Ferland, Saskatchewan

This week C'est la vie heads to the small town of Ferland, Saskatchewan. For the francophones in the community, the church plays an important role....

October 4th and 6th, 2009 - French newspapers in Quebec

As newspapers around the world face financial difficulties, C'est la vie takes a look at the situation in Quebec. Workers at the Journal de Montréal...

September 27th and 29th, 2009 - A trip down memory lane

This week C'est la vie takes a trip down memory lane. Learn about Guy Laliberté and the early days of the Cirque du Soleil, when...

September 20th and 22th, 2009 - Documentary "National Matters"

Over the past 50 years, more than one hundred countries have become independent. But not Quebec. Two Quebec filmmakers set out to find out why....

September 13th and 15th, 2009 - French summer camp songs

C'est la vie is starting a new season this week. And we're doing it by looking back at a great summer tradition. The summer camp....

September 6th, 2009 - Jean Leloup

This week on C'est la vie, meet one of Quebec's most successful and eccentric artists: Jean Leloup. A generation of Quebeckers danced to his songs...

August 30th, 2009 - Haitian Homecoming

This week on C'est la vie, Haitian journalist Nancy Roc's return to Haiti. Nancy fled Haiti four years ago because of death threats. Now she...

August 23rd, 2009 - Quebec's Irish heritage

This week on C'est la vie, two former premiers want more people to know about the Irish contribution to Quebec. Pierre-Marc and Daniel Johnson were...

August 16th, 2009 - The rolled R

If you've ever studied French, you've probably come across the trilled R. It's that unique way of fluttering one's tongue to produce the R sound....

August 9th, 2009 - Composer Laurent Eyquem

This week C'est la vie brings you the story of Laurent Eyquem. From childhood he wanted to be a musician and a composer. But a...

August 2nd, 2009 - Hip hop group Nomadic Massive

This week on C'est la vie, discover the Montreal group, Nomadic Massive. Like their name suggests, the members are from around the globe. And they...

July 26th, 2009 - Arrivals Part III

This week on C'est la vie tune in for the final episode in the series called "Arrivals". It's stories from people who are waiting for...

July 19th, 2009 - Arrivals

If you've spent time at an airport arrivals area, you've probably noticed some touching scenes. Families and friends rushing to greet the people who are...

July 12th, 2009 - Violinist Ang`le Dubeau

This week on C'est la vie meet violinist Angèle Dubeau. She'll tell us the story behind her recording of minimalist music by composer Philip Glass....

July 5th, 2009 - Remembering Quebec's music

This week on the program meet a man on a mission. Éric Trudel is passionate about Quebec's musical heritage. But he thinks that people don't...

June 28th, 2009 - Trois-Pistoles' French immersion school

The University of Western Ontario's French immersion school at Trois-Pistoles has been going strong for 77 years. People from across Canada and around the world...

June 21st, 2009 - Montreal's Arabic Radio

The University of Western Ontario's French immersion school at Trois-Pistoles has been going strong for 77 years. People from across Canada and around the world...

June 14th and 16th, 2009 - Singers Bernard Lachance + Coeur de pirate

The internet has changed many things in our lives - including how people get famous. This week on C'est la vie meet two Quebec musicians...

June 7th and 9th, 2009 - Michael Ignatieff's French

Have you been wondering how Michael Ignatieff comes across in French? This week on C'est la vie, we find out when we take to the...

May 31st and June 2nd, 2009 - Host and producer Anne-Marie Losique

This week on C'est la vie meet Anne-Marie Losique. She's a TV host and producer, well-known for her flirtatious personality and sexy image. As of...

May 24th and 26th, 2009 - Quebec's mythical monsters

This week on C'est la vie discover some of the monsters that inhabit Quebec. According to folklore, every region has its witch, were-wolf or ghost....

May 17th and 19th, 2009 - The Battle of the Plains of Abraham

This week C'est la vie takes a different look at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. It's a seminal event in Canadian history. But...

May 10th and 12th, 2009 - Jean Leloup

This week on C'est la vie, meet one of Quebec's most successful and eccentric artists: Jean Leloup. A generation of Quebeckers danced to his songs...

May 3rd and 5th, 2009 - Le Petit Nicolas/Paul

This week on C'est la vie, discover one of France's favorite and most enduring childrens' characters. For fifty years French children and their parents have...

April 26th and 28th, 2009 - Nancy Roc's return to Haiti

This week on C'est la vie, Haitian journalist Nancy Roc's return to Haiti. Nancy fled Haiti four years ago because of death threats. Now she...

April 19th and 21st, 2009 - Cajun singer-songwriter Zachary Richard

Louisiana singer-songwriter Zachary Richard is loved by francophones. Until now, most of his repertoire has been in French. But now English speakers can also appreciate...

April 12th and 14th, 2009 - Quebec's Irish History

This week on C'est la vie, two former premiers want more people to know about the Irish contribution to Quebec. Pierre-Marc and Daniel Johnson were...

April 5th and 7th, 2009 - The Trilled R

If you've ever studied French, you've probably come across the trilled R. It's that unique way of fluttering one's tongue to produce the R sound....

March 29th and 31st, 2009 - Quebec's web celebrities

This week on C'est la vie discover who the web celebrities are in Quebec today. People who, with their blogs or web shows are both...

March 22nd and 24th, 2009 - Composer and Musician Laurent Eyquem

This week C'est la vie brings you the story of Laurent Eyquem. From childhood he wanted to be a musician and a composer. But a...

March 15th, 2009 - Bilingualism, Cameroon style

What do Cameroon and Canada have in common? Much more than you might expect. They are both members of the Commonwealth and of the Francophonie....

March 8th and 10th, 2009 - Nomadic Massive

This week on C'est la vie, discover the Montreal group, Nomadic Massive. Like their name suggests, the members are from around the globe. And they...

March 1st, 2009 - Genie nominees

The Genie awards are next month. And two Quebec films are leading the nominations. Ce qu'il faut pour vivre -- the Necessities of Life --...

February 24th, 2009 - Acadian filmmaker Rodrigue Jean

This week on C'est la vie meet a maverick in Canadian cinema. Rodrigue Jean is an Acadian filmmaker. His films don't make for big box...

February 17th, 2009 - French vs European French

This week on C'est la vie discover why Quebec francophones speak a different variety of French from their European cousins. And learn about one embarrassing...

February 8th and 10th, 2009 - Les pieds dans la marge

This week on C'est la vie meet the guys behind the Radio-Canada TV show, "Les pieds dans la marge". They have been dubbed intellectual jackasses....

February 1st and 3rd, 2009 - Polytechnique, the movie

Twenty years ago this year, Marc Lépine walked into l'École Polytechnique in Montreal and gunned down 14 women. Now, for the first time, a feature...

January 25th and 27th, 2009 - Arrivals III

This week on C'est la vie tune in for the final episode in the series called "Arrivals". It's stories from people who are waiting for...

January 18th and 20th, 2009 - Arrivals Part II

All this month C'est la vie is bringing you a special series called "Arrivals". It's stories from the people who are waiting at the international...

January 11th and 13th, 2009 - Arrivals I

If you've spent time at an airport arrivals area, you've probably noticed some touching scenes. Families and friends rushing to greet the people who are...

January 4th and 6th, 2009 - Anchor Céline Galipeau

Céline Galipeau has been a foreign correspondent for the CBC's French and English services in London, Paris, Moscow and Beijing. She's also reported extensively from...

December 28th and 30th, 2008 - A French Canadian fairy tale

This week on C'est la vie sit back and enjoy a holiday story. It's called La Chasse-Galerie - or the Flying Canoe - and it's...

December 21st and 23rd, 2008 - Violinist Angèle Dubeau

This week on C'est la vie meet violinist Angèle Dubeau. She'll tell us the story behind her latest album. It's a recording of minimalist music...

December 7th and 9th, 2008 - Quebec's Musical Heritage

This week on the program meet a man on a mission. Éric Trudel is passionate about Quebec's musical heritage. But he thinks that people don't...

November 30th and December 2nd, 2008 - Women in politics

Quebeckers are preparing to vote in a provincial election. And for the first time, a woman is leading one of the major political parties in...

November 23rd and 25th, 2008 - Quebec's common values

Starting next year, new immigrants coming to Quebec will be asked to sign a declaration stating that they will respect Quebec's common values. This week...

November 16th and 18th, 2008 - Francophones singing in English

Twenty years ago, when francophones sang in English in Quebec, they were considered to be betraying their culture. But now, a whole slew of francophones...

November 9th and 11th, 2008 - The Masked Avengers

"Les Justiciers Masqués" or "The Masked Avengers" gained notoriety around the world last week. The two comedians from Montreal pranked Alaskan Governor Sarah Palin. But...

November 2nd and 4th, 2008 - Quebeckers who support Obama

US Presidential candidate Barack Obama is popular throughout Canada. But he's most popular in Quebec. On C'est la vie this week, we'll explore this phenomenon....

October 26th and 28th, 2008 - TV chef Josée di Stasio

This week on the program, meet Quebec's answer to Jamie Oliver or Nigella Lawson. Her name is Josée di Stasio. She's a TV chef. And...

October 19th and 21st, 2008 - Acadian hip hop group Radio Radio

When we think of Acadian music, we tend to think of violins, accordions, and kitchen parties. But a new band from Acadie is changing that...

October 12th and 14th, 2008 - Doctor Réjean Thomas

Réjean Thomas may dress like a rockstar and hobnob with celebrities. But he's actually a doctor. And he's devoted his life to helping the disadvantaged....

October 5th and 7th, 2008 - Les Doux Cactus

This week on the program discover a Quebec band with a difference. They call themselves Les Doux Cactus - or the Soft Cactuses. But instead...

September 28th and 30th, 2008 - The French of Canada's political leaders

Have you ever wondered how Stephen Harper or Jack Layton come across when they speak French? Or what image Stéphane Dion projects when he's speaking...

September 21st and 23rd, 2008 - Parents' French Education Decisions in New Brunswick

This week on C'est la vie find out how mixed French/English couples in New Brunswick are choosing to send their children to French school --...

September 14th and 16th, 2008 - Our Prayers Were Not Enough

This week C'est la vie tunes into the airwaves of Haitian community radio in Montreal. More than 100 000 haitians and people of haitian origin...

September 7th and 9th, 2008 - The Necessities of Life

This week join Bernard St-Laurent for a new season of C'est la vie. Everyone's favorite Word Lady, Johanne Blais, will be back with the Word...

August 31st, 2008 - The Basement of Forgotten Desires

This week on C'est la vie, Associate Producer Elizabeth Robertson cleans out her basement. But what begins as a chore, turns into a fascinating journey...

August 24th and 29th, 2008 - Criminal Lucien Rivard

This week on C'est la vie discover one of Quebec's most notorious criminals. Lucien Rivard was an international drug trafficker in the sixties. He also...

August 17th and 22nd, 2008 - Chinese adoption

These days, adopting a child from China is fairly commonplace. But in the early nineties, it was a new phenomenon. And in Canada, Quebeckers led...

August 10th and 15th, 2008 - Novelist D.Y. Béchard

This week meet a novelist who has won acclaim in the English speaking world for his story about a French Canadian family. Writer D.Y. Béchard...

August 3rd and 8th, 2008 - Malcolm Reid and Parti Pris

This week C'est la vie takes us back to the sixties, to the birth of a social movement called Parti Pris. They were a bunch...

July 27th and August 1st, 2008 - The Princess of Tomboso

This week on C'est la vie, sit back and enjoy a French Canadian fairy tale. Our Bilingual story teller Marylyn Peringer brings us "The Princess...

July 20th and 25th, 2008 - Translators Daniel Poliquin and Serge Rivest

Canadian Prime Ministers Jean Chretien and Brian Mulroney had very different styles of governing the country. They also had a different way of writing their...

July 13th and 18th, 2008 - Documentary: "Adoption on the Islands"

Fifty-six years ago, a plane landed on a windswept archipelago in the gulf of St-Lawrence. It was carrying a precious cargo. Thirty-one young children, about...

July 6th and 11th, 2008 - Quebec City special part two

This week we'll take you to the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City for another special edition of C'est la vie. People there are celebrating the...

June 29th and July 4th, 2008 - Quebec City special part one

This week we'll take you to the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City for a special edition of C'est la vie. People there are celebrating the...

June 22nd, 2008 - PQ leader Pauline Marois

This week tune in to C'est la vie for an exclusive interview with Pauline Marois. Madame Marois is the head of the Parti Québécois. She's...

June 15th and 17th, 2008 - Brad Myers and the charm of l'Isle-aux-Coudres

This week on C'est la vie, meet a man whose life was changed by a French immersion course. More than 20 years ago, Brad Myers...

June 1st and 3rd, 2008 - Polyglot Steve Kaufmann

This week on C'est la vie, meet a Vancouver man who thinks our way of teaching languages is all wrong. Steve Kaufmann says we try...

May 25th and 27th, 2008 - The Basement of Forgotten Desires

This week on C'est la vie, Associate Producer Elizabeth Robertson cleans out her basement. But what begins as a chore, turns into a fascinating journey...

May 18th and 20th, 2008 - Chinese adoption

These days, adopting a child from China is fairly commonplace. But in the early nineties, it was a new phenomenon. And in Canada, Quebeckers led...

May 11th and 13th, 2008 - Criminal Lucien Rivard

This week on C'est la vie discover one of Quebec's most notorious criminals. Lucien Rivard was an international drug trafficker in the sixties. He also...

May 4th and 6th, 2008 - Quebec City special part two

This week we'll take you to the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City for another special edition of C'est la vie. People there are celebrating the...

April 27th and 29th, 2008 - Quebec City special part one

This week we'll take you to the Palais Montcalm in Quebec City for a special edition of C'est la vie. People there are celebrating the...

April 20th, 2008 - Sidney Crosby's quest for bilingualism

This week C'est la vie revisits Sidney Crosby's quest for bilingualism. Before playing for Pittsburgh, Sidney Crosby played for Rimouski, in the Quebec junior hockey...

April 13th and 15th, 2008 - Malcolm Reid and Parti Pris

This week C'est la vie takes us back to the sixties, to the birth of a social movement called Parti Pris. They were a bunch...

April 6th and 8th, 2008 - Author Hubert Mansion

This week on C'est la vie meet a man on a crusade to save North American French. Hubert Mansion was born and raised in Belgium....
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