Daybreak Again: March 2/3, 2013
In a career spanning 15 years, twin sisters Tegan and Sara have gone from fresh-faced teens to pop superstars. Their latest CD, Heartthrob has already had the biggest debut for an album in their career. The lead single, Closer, has been getting regular airplay thanks to appearances on American TV shows like Letterman, Ellen and Conan. The Grammy-nominated duo spoke with Russell Bowers about growing up in Calgary, the switch to pop music and getting mentioned alongside acts like U2 and Mumford & Sons.
This might seem hard to believe but Canada has never had a collected anthology of poetry by black Canadian authors. Until now. The Alberta publisher, Frontenac House has just published The Great Black North. The book is said to put together some of the missing jigsaw pieces that make up a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience. A wide scope of writers have contributed to the anthology including several from Alberta, like Wakefield Brewster. He's a poet, recording artist and educator, and he also calls himself, "the lyrical pit bull." He first moved to Alberta a few years ago, from Toronto, and Russell welcomed Wakefield into the Daybreak studio.
If you've bought a Canadian record in the past 40 years, especially one by Bruce Cockburn or Murray McLauchlan, then chances are you bought a record from the True North label. Founded in the 1970's by Bernie Finkelstein, the label expanded alongside the ever expanding success of Canadian music at home and abroad. In 2007, Finkestein sold the label and decided to semi-retire. He did work on an autobiography, True North, and he spoke with Russell about how the book is meant to be a personal story as opposed to a history of Canuck showbiz.
Well, she comes from a famous musical family and between her Dad, Loudon, her Mom Kate, brother Rufus, half-stister Lucy.... well we could go on... However, for Martha Wainwright, she stands on her own with her unique take on music, both her own and others. She's about to play in Calgary on March 6 and ahead of that, she spoke with Russell about her career and flamily, as well as a new project involving the Quebec TV series, Trauma.
As the country's film-makers get ready to hand out the first ever Canadian Screen Awards, the country's longest running documentary film festival is filling up Edmonton's movie screens. The Global Visions Film Festival features documentaries from Canada and around the world, including some Oscar-nominated works. Daybreak's Nola Keeler spoke with festival producer Guy Lavalee about the highs and lows of getting the public out to see documentaries.
From Percocet to OxyContin to Vicodin. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians rely on opioids to relieve pain that simply will not go away. However as we now know, many of these drugs can be dangerously addictive and have serious side-effects. Still, that's a risk many chronic pain sufferers are willing to take. Dr. Mike Evans spoke with Russell Bowers the drugs and why they can still work effectively.
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