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Daybreak Again: February 16/17, 2013

Trent McLellen.jpgAn intense week of Canada Reads debates wrapped up with the novel February, by Newfoundland author Lisa Moore taking the crown, beating out Hugh MacLennan's Two Solitudes. Alberta comedian, Trent McClellan was championing February and it's became quite a week personally for him, with a blitz of interviews across the country to discuss his win. A media-weary Trent McLellan joined Russell Bowers to discuss the experience.

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BrianBrennan.jpgThe month of February marks the 25th Anniversary of 1988 Winter Olympics, held in Calgary. Russell Bowers spoke with author Brian Brennan about the Arts Legacy of the Games. And they also listened to some of the big hits from the Olympic year.

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Jonathan_Frakes.jpgThe Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra says it has an out-of-this-world night of music planned for February 20. With conductor, Victor Vanacore, the CPO will be showcasing some of the great music from films and TV shows like Avatar, Battlestar Galactica, Star Wars, Star Trek, and Superman. To help tell the story behind the music, Star Trek actor Jonathan Frakes will be providing the narration for the evening. Frakes played Commander William T. Riker, or Number 1, on Star Trek: The Next Generation. In addition to his acting, he's become a very busy director on numerous TV shows like NCIS: Los Angeles and Castle. Russell spoke with the actor about his off-screen life involving books and antique furniture.

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ESO.JPGThe Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will be making a splash with its presentation of Blue Planet on February 16 & 17.  Footage from the acclaimed BBC Television series will be shown while the full symphony performs the accompanying music. It's a combination of breath taking pictures of our planet's oceans, along with lush music, all narrated by Tommy Banks. Daybreak's Nola Keeler met with conductor Lucas Waldin to find out what audiences can expect.

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Tacoy-Ryde.jpgThe Winter Roots Roundup is back for another year as the Edmonton-based music festival showcases roots music from Alberta, as well as international acts. This year, the featured performer is Mickey Hart, percussionist and former drummer with the Grateful Dead. The Grammy Award winner will be on stage at Festival Place on February 22 & 23 bringing a wealth of world rhythms with him. On February 21, one of the longest-serving bands on the Edmonton music scene will pay tribute to long and storied career of Mickey's former band. Tacoy Ryde will be presenting a Grateful Dead Night and Dennis Meneely is the piano player with Tacoy Ryde and he joined Russell in the Edmonton Daybreak Studio.

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