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April 2012 Archives

Made in China with Pride

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What goes through your mind when you see the words "Made in China"?

Maybe cheap dollar store trinkets or substandard products. 

"Made in China" gets a bad rap, but Vivi He is trying to change that. 

She has a boutique called Very Studio in Montreal that sells ONLY clothes made in China. 

She wants to prove to people here that Chinese items CAN be both well made and well designed. 

The boutique is located at 62 Mont Royal East in Montreal. 

Go to our Facebook page to see more photos from our visit. 

Very Studio also has a Facebook page

Listen to Vivi He's interview with Jeanette:
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A Quebec Design Made in China

The OvoPur is part of the permanent collection at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. 

It was honoured in 2009 with Interior Design Magazine's prestigious Best of Year Award.

It also made an appearance on Dragon's Den.  

This beautiful egg-shaped water filter was designed and developed here in Montreal. 

But to the surprise of some, the creators of the OvoPur decided to do most of the manufacturing in China. 

Manuel Desrochers is the co-creator and Chief of Design of the AquaOvo, the company that makes the OvoPur. 

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Montreal International Poetry Prize

You may remember last year on the show when we first told you about the Montreal International Poetry Prize

It's a new poetry prize, open to poets around the world, that offers the impressive sum of $50,000 for the winning poem. 

The prize was made possible by an anonymous $50,000 catalyst donation. 

Mark Tredinnick from Australia is the first-ever winner of the prize. He won for his poem Walking Underwater.

An anthology featuring the top 50 finalists has been published. (Available from Vehicule Press or on Amazon.) 

We have two copies of the Global Poetry Anthology to give away. To enter, go to our Facebook page and tell us, who is your favourite living poet? 

Listen to Jeanette's interview with Mark and Montreal Prize co-director Asa Boxer. 
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Listen to Mark Tredinnick read his winning poem Walking Underwater
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Judging Books by their Covers

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Remember the old saying, "You can't judge a book by its cover"? 

Conventional thinking was that it's the ideas inside that matter, not the packaging. 

That adage seemed to make sense, but it's little less certain now. As e-books become more and more popular, the very existence of the book as a physical objects is being brought into question. 

The SBC Gallery of Contemporary Art in Montreal is holding an exhibition called Judging books by their Covers

Considering that things may be very different for future generations, the exhibition looks at the role books have taken on our lives. 

Listen to Jeanette's interview with curator Peter White. 
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(Photo credit: Tanya Birkbeck)

Beautiful Books

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Le port de tête is a bookstore located in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood where the owners have carefully curated a collection of beautiful books for their customers. 

The store sells only books, no CDs, no reading lights, and no coffee mugs. 

The shelves are handmade from wood.

And the books are chosen as much for how they look as for the content inside. 

Listen to Jeanette's interview with co-owner Éric Blackburn:
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École de la montagne rouge

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Posters, t-shirts, even those giant masks you see in the protest marches are produced at their studio. 

Shane Tupper is a member of the École de la montagne rouge. Listen to his interview with Jeanette:

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La Station

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La Station is a gas station on Montreal's Ile des Soeurs, built in 1968. 

But not just a regular corner gas station. 

This one was designed by the legendary modern architect Mies van der Rohe. (Learn more about Mies here.)

It closed in 2008, and has now been repurposed as a community centre. 

Éric Gauthier is an architect with the firm FABG in Montreal. 

He took on the task of redesigning a building created by his professional idol. 

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The sky is NOT falling

It seems like it's been another tough week for culture. 

Telefilm, the body that funds films, is cutting 1.7 million dollars. 

There were protests against the NFB cuts.

And the CBC provided more details about program cuts. 

Some people protesting the cuts say we are at a point of losing our Canadian identity, but Simon Brault says, "don't panic". 

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Cree Culture Class

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The Cree School Board in Northern Quebec is teaching a Cree Culture Class.

Once a month students student in Oujé-Bougoumou have a full day dedicated to 
learning about Cree culture. 

CBC Quebec's travelling journalist Marika Wheeler tagged along with the Grade Five boys and their teacher.

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White Filmmakers in Black Africa

The Vue D'Afrique film festival is coming up later this month. 

The festival aims to bring stories from African and Creole filmmakers to audiences here in Montreal. 

But recently, another film about Africa has been getting lots of attention. 

Kony 2012 is an internet "campaign" that went viral. A group called Invisible Children made a film about child soldiers in Uganda. 

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Rebelle (War Witch in English) is a fictional story based on the real practice of using child soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It tells the story of a young girl who is abducted by a rebel army, who falls in love with an albino boy. 

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NFB to cut St. Denis Location


The effects of the federal budget are starting to be felt in the form of cuts in many federal departments and institutions, including the NFB. 

The budget for the National Film Board has been cut by 10 per cent over the next three years. That's a cut of 6.7 million dollars. 

Click here to read more and listen to an interview with a spokesperson from the NFB. 

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Cutting out the middle man

cover (1).jpgFrustrated with the publishing system, author Beverly Akerman has self-published an e book version of her collection of short stories "The Meaning of Children."

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