Past Episodes: September 2012 Archives
Sunday September 30, 2012
The 5th Annual Alberta Culture Days roll along as the celebration of all things artistic and cultural happens from one end of the province to the other. One area where Albertans have made a prominent impression on people, society and the nation at large, is in the area of visual art. Galleries around the province opened their to the public, but for some gallery owners, it's not just about the works of art on their walls. They feel art should be out in public and one of those owner is Cheryl Baxter, who runs Elevation, a contemporary art gallery in Canmore. She spoke with Russell about approach to public art and the events around Canmore's Culture Days.
The book publishing business can be a a precarious one -- what with bookstores closing, the growth of self-publishing and the worry that young people just aren't reading anymore. That hasn't scare off Tina Moreau and Margaret Curelas because the young Alberta mothers jumped into the biz feet first in 2011, founding Tyche Books. They specialize in science fiction and fantasy and the publishers freely admit they're geeks who love to hang out with other geeks and so far, the fantasy has worked out just fine.
For many new Canadians, concrete and high-rise buildings are all they know in this country but the people who run provincial and national parks in Canada have set out to change that. The new documentary, Nature's Invitation looks at the relationship between Canada's immigrants and nature. Alberta film-maker Brandy Yanchyk spoke with Russell about the stories she presents in the film.
Theanna Bischoff's new novel, Swallow, is a compelling look into the aftermath of a suicide that involves two sisters. Ominous sounding in subject, the book is also described as a joyous look at the lives of Darcy and her younger sister, Carly. She discussed the issues in her book with Russell.
Kate and Aldona Barutowicz are Beauty by the B, a beauty and fashion blog written and curated by the two Calgary sisters. In Part 4 of their series on Daybreak, they look at the make-up challenges presented by mature skin.
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and the CBC's Adrienne Lamb has been thinking about what this means for people who face weight issues or find dieting to be a challenge. She previews the series, Stepping Up, about some of the stories and strategies where people can find inspiration.
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Sunday September 23, 2012
It's been a jam-packed month for comedy fans in Calgary with the Calgary Improv Festival, Loose Moose Theatre celebrating its 35th anniversary and now, the YYC Comedy Festival. There is no doubt that Alberta has turned out a vast array of comedic talent and from September 24-30, shows every night at a multitude of venues will bring together the city's comedians, actors, and performers. Cory Mack will be performing at an All-Star show and this festival is also a dream come true for her.
Calgary Opera has commissioned a compelling new piece from composer, Arthur Bachmann, and librettist, Clem Martini. This new community opera is called What Brought Us Here and the story of the opera is based on the separate journeys of three exceptional individuals from Bosnia, Sudan and Iran. These stories are knitted together with music inspired by the traditional folk music of their originating countries in a unique production the opera says speaks to everyone. Russell spoke with Clem Martini about his work for the show.
This Hour Has 22 Minutes is marking 20 years on CBC Television, skewing politics and politicians with a vast array of memorable moments. One of the cast members returning for the new year is Shaun Majumder and in addition to the comedy series, he's been a busy actor with dramatic roles on shows like The Firm, Republic of Doyle, and 24. Shaun joined Russell on Daybreak to preview the new season.
It's not just students hitting the books these days because with Fall in the air, plenty of people are eager to get our hands on the new release at the bookstore. There are some big names releasing new books but in between those wordy block-busters are a few hidden gems worth reading. CBC Books columnist, Erin Balser, told Russell about a few of them.
It's time to unleash your inner fashionista as Daybreak brings you some beauty tips with our pair of beauty experts, Kate and Aldona Barutowicz. Beauty by the B is their new online blog written and curated by the two Calgary sisters, both of whom have backgrounds in the fashion and style industry. Here is Part 2 and 3 of their 6-part series.
Alberta born artist, Jason Gogo, has been painting since 1997 and over the years, Jason has developed a a highy textured and abstract multi-color based form of painting, what he calls "organic expressionism." His work has allowed him to move from his roots in Alberta to become what some critics call a modern-day Andy Warhol. Jason created a new piece that was auctioned for charity at the Peter Gzowski Invitational, an annual golf tournament that raises money for literacy projects in Alberta.
The NHL has cancelled pre-season games but while fans may not have any hockey games to watch these days, you can drown your sorrows with a glass of hockey in a bottle. Shelley Boettcher returns as Daybreak's wine columnist this Fall and she's also executive editor of Wine Access Magazine.
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Saturday September 8, 2012
Alberta's country music superstar, Corb Lund, has just released his latest CD, Cabin Fever, and dropped into the Daybreak studio to play DJ, spinning tracks from the new CD as well as songs by Neil Diamond and Tom Russell. He spoke with Russell about music, the oil sands and recording late at night.
If you love to laugh - and you live in Calgary - there's no excuse to be glum during the month of September. Starting on Sept. 24, the YYComedy Festival kicks off with a week of shows and on Sept. 17, the Calgary Improv Fesitval gets underway. Plus, in Edmonton, the annual 50-hour Improv Marathon at the Varscona Theatre with the Die-Nasty improv troupe is set for Sept 14-16. On Monday, Sept 10, Dirty Laundry Improv will host a special Best Of Dirty Laundry show, capitalizing on the last 12 seasons that Dirty Laundry have staged a weekly, continuous improvised soap opera. To talk about the fundraiser, Russell spoke with cast member, Julie Orton and director, Aaron Coates.
One of the aspects of life in Alberta that always demands attention is the area of fashion. Cities like Edmonton and Calgary are retail hotbeds as many fashion and beauty companies pay close attention to shopping trends here. The province's beauty industry may not carry the clout of Toronto, Paris or New York yet, but that doesn't mean that fashionistas aren't scouring the streets for local trends. Over the next few weeks on Daybreak, we're bringing some beauty to the radio with Beauty by the B, a new blog written and curated by two Calgary sisters, both of whom have backgrounds in the fashion and style industry. Aldona Barutowicz is a photographer and Kate Barutowicz is a make-up artist.
The first week of school is now under students' belts and a lot of university kids are asking themselves, how come going to school means going into debt? The total Canadian student debt burden has reached $15 billion and some new grads are making payments upward of $1000 a month. But it doesn't have to be so insane. Just ask Hilary Doyle, a proud thousandaire. She's a finance journalist with strategies to graduate debt free.
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