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May 2012 Archives

It's a Tug Of War...

Tug Of War is the title of Lesley Pike's new album. It's a real labour of love for this Wingham native who now calls Toronto home. It was three years in the making...and Lesley will tell Mary Ito why it was worth the effort on this coming Saturday's show.
Also this weekend on Fresh Air...Shannon Kyles on Queen Anne Revival architecture, Mark Rheaume's monthly round-up of new Ontario music and historian Peter Vronsky with the story behind the Battle of Ridgeway.

SUNDAY, May 27

0730 May is Asian-Canadian Heritage month in Canada. And there's plenty of literature from Asian-Canadian authors to enjoy. Adrian Ma from CBC Books joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about some of the more prominent examples. Listen. audio (runs 9:07)

Here are the books that Adrian recommended:
Tales from Gold Mountain by Paul Yee
Disappearing Moon Café by Sky Lee,
The End of East by Jen Sookfong Lee
Jade Peony by Wayson Choy
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
The Electrical Fields by Kerri Sakamoto
Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures by Vincent Lam
The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam
Beauty Plus Pity by Kevin Chong
Everything was Goodbye by Gurjinder Basran.

0800 He's the toast of Oakville. Native son and Indycar racer James Hinchcliffe is in second position on the starting grid for today's Indianapolis 500. He owes his love of racing to his dad, Jeremy. And Karen talked with the senior Mr. Hinchcliffe---who's in Indianapolis for his son's attempt to take the chequered flag in today's race---as Jeremy made his way to the racetrack. Listen audio (runs 12:31)

Get the goods on James by visiting his Hinchtown website.
0830 It was 45 years ago this June 1st that The Beatles released Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Now, Toronto's Art of Time Ensemble is "re-imagining" the landmark album. A of T artistic director Andrew Burashko and one of the Sgt. Pepper project arrangers, musician Kevin Fox, joined Karen to elaborate. Listen audio (runs 14:29)
The Art of Time Ensemble's three concert salute to Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band takes place May 31-June 2 at Harbourfront Centre's Enwave Theatre in Toronto. All the details are on the Art Of Time website. And if you'd like to know more about what Mr. Fox is up to musically, check out Kevin's website.

What's On for May 27

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Sunday Bikedays/Ottawa
Walk, Run and Pole/Parry Sound
Polar Tour/Museum London
Tom Thomson film/Owen Sound

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0730 It's Doors Open time again all over Ontario. It's your chance to get to know heritage and architecturally-interesting buildings up-close-and-personal. Guest host Karen Gordon talked with Toronto Star urban columnist Chris Hume and restoration technician Paul Sentesy about the importance of retaining, restoring and appreciating these structures.
Listen audio (runs 14:04)
If you'd like to check out Doors Open in your community, you can visit the
Doors Open Ontario website.

0800 Weekends in the summer mean time spent on the backyard deck. But building and maintaining a deck can be tricky business. Cue expert contractor Jorge Rodrigues of J-B Rodrigues and Associates---building contractors and consultants in Toronto. Jorge joined Karen to talk about the construction and care of these exterior "living rooms".
Listen audio (runs 12:26)

0830 Barbra Lica's releasing her debut album on May 30th...but she was Karen's guest this weekend. They talked about Barbra's "unusual" musical childhood and played some tracks from That's What I Do.
Listen audio (runs 12:36)
Catch Barbra live at The Homesmith Bar in Toronto on June 14th. You'll find details at
Barbra's website.
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.

What's On for May 26

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Pancake Breakfast at Farmers Market/North Bay
Antique Show at Christie Conservation Area/Dundas
Iranian Heritage Day at ROM/Toronto
Scottish Festival/Kingston

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SUNDAY, May 20

0730 Michel Berube moved to Toronto from his native Quebec at the beginning of the 21st century because he wanted to learn English AND further his career as a singer. Now that he's fluently bilingual, Michel has released a new album that's entirely IN French. And he joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about his influences and some of his musical adventures to date.
Listen audio (runs 12:27)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Michel will launch his new album, Hymnes A L'Amour at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto on May 24th.
There's more information on Michel's website.

0800 Wondering what wine to order with your meal in a fine restaurant? Citizen Talin---AKA Talin Vartanian---can help you make your selection.
You can hear Talin's conversation with Karen at Citizen Talin's column.

0830 Longtime journalist Zuhair Kashmeri joined Karen to talk about his father, Aghajani, who became a Bollywood film legend in his homeland of India. Zuhair has told that story in a new film about Aghajani, called The Golden Pen.
Listen audio (runs 14:35)
The Golden Pen will air tonight (May 20) on OMNI 2.
For more information about the film and Aghajani Kashmeri, please visit the The Golden Pen

Ordering Wine 101

You're in a restaurant and you're in the mood for a bottle of wine. You open the wine iist and you freeze---too many choices and too many that cost a LOT of money. What do to? Citizen Talin to the rescue. Talin Vartanian joined guest host Karen Gordon with some carefully decanted wine-ordering advice for your next meal out.
Listen audio (runs 11:36)

What's On for May 20

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Ottawa River Festival/Ottawa
Bluewater Astronomical Society/Southampton
Garrison Weekend Re-enactment/Prescott

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That's What I Do...

That's What I Do is the name of Barbra Lica's debut album. She may be only in her early 20s...but Barbra is already an accomplished jazz singer. She'll talk about her influences and her musical adventures---to date---when she guests on Fresh Air this coming weekend.


0730 Outdoors author Kevin Callan joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about wilderness etiquette. That's the fine line that separates nature enthusiasts from the party-hearty crowd in Ontario's parks. And it's a line that can turn ugly at times....
Listen audio (runs 10:13)
Kevin's latest book is a revised version of The Happy Camper---An Essential Guide To Life Outdoors. It's published by Firefly.
If getting away from it all is your goal, check out Kevin's Happy Camper website.

0800 The Victoria Day weekend is the unofficial beginning of gardening season. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, joined Karen to offer an assessment of spring gardening conditions and also some green thumb advice.
Listen audio (runs 12:26)
You can visit Marjorie's website for more gardening wisdom.

0830 Chef and author Rob Rainford has a new book. It's called Born To Grill. And Rob gave Karen his views on the do's and don't of barbecuing when he joined her.
Listen audio (runs 14:43)
Born To Grill is published by Random House.
There's more on the book and the author at Rob's website.

Ordering a fine vintage

Ordering wine in a restaurant can be a daunting experience. Citizen Talin to the rescue. Our consumer columnist will join guest host Karen Gordon on Sunday's show with everything that you need to know about choosing a vino that's both pleasing to the palate and affordable.

What's On for May 19

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Once Upon A Time at Black Creek Pioneer Village/Toronto
Bread & Cheese Day/Six Nations near Brantford
Cobourg Music Experience

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Get your gardening gloves on...

Victoria Day weekend is the traditional start to gardening season. If you're looking for some "green thumb" advice, you're in luck!, Expert gardener Marjorie Harris will join guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday's Fresh Air.

Wilderness Etiquette

People from all over Ontario will flock to provincial parks this weekend. But some are more interested in having a good time than in becoming one with nature. Outdoors author Kevin Callan will offer his thoughts on making the most of your wilderness experience when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday's Fresh Air.

SUNDAY, May 13

0730 Toronto photographers Oliver Pauk and Zach Slootsky are digitally documenting motels in Niagara Falls that, having flourished more than 50 years ago, are now in danger of disappearing. Some of their photos are part of Toronto's Contact Photography Exhibition. Oliver and Zach joined guest host Sean Foley to tell him why they feel it's important to capture these images with their cameras.
Listen audio (runs 7:48)
You can take a virtual tour of the Motels Of Niagara Falls exhibition at Contact on the Motels Of Canada website.
For more info about visiting the Toronto exhibition in person, visit the
Contact Photography Festival website.
And you can learn more about the photographers at
Oliver Pauk's and Zach Slootsky's websites.

0800 She's an artist AND a mom. Her name is Darlene Cole. And---on Mother's Day---she joined Sean to talk about balancing her two careers.
Listen audio (runs 10:29)
Darlene's latest show of oil paintings, In Blush Time, will open at Montreal's Galerie de Bellefeuille on June 30 and at Toronto's Bau-Xi Gallery in December, 2012.
You can view her art at Darlene's website.

0830 The band is called Monkey House ...but Monkey House is really musician Don Breithaupt. He's a one-man music machine---composer, arranger, producer, instrumentalist and vocalist. Although he DID invite all kinds of musical friends to help out on his new Monkey House recording, Headquarters. Don joined Sean to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 10:51)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
The launch concert for Headquarters is May 15th at The Orbit Room in Toronto.
Check the Monkey House Facebook page for more information.

What's On for May 13

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Salon de Livre/Sudbury
Queen's Diamond Jubilee Tea Party/Burlington
Mother's Day Bike Challenge/Toronto to Ottawa

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It's BBQ Time!

And Rob Rainford is a man who's Born To Grill. That's the name of his latest cookbook. And Rob will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air. If you're thinking about tossing some burgers on the barbie, tune in to hear what a master griller has to say.


0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan brought a mystery musician in to talk about whe4n he joinede guest host Sean Foley this weekend. You can hear who when you go to his column. It's as close as---wait for it---clicking Reuben's column.

0800 Mother's Day is tomorrow (May 13) and some people will visit a bookstore to search for a gift for mom. But what they see may surprise them. That's because bookstores' visions of mom in 2012 may not jibe with reality. At least, that's Erin Balser of CBC Books' view...and she joined Sean to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 6:57)
For Erin's Mother's Day reading suggestions and lots of literary news, check out the CBC Books website.

0830 Want to do something really out of the ordinary this weekend? Why not give skydiving a try. Three enthusiasts did their best to convince Sean. CBC meteorologist Nick Czrenkovich flies the jump plane at Skydive Ganonoque. He and skydivers Will McCarthy and Michelle Matte-Stotyn made their case just before they prepared for take-off.
Listen audio (runs 13:07)
If you'd like to know more about skydiving, visit the Skydive Ganonoque website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

The Mystery Musician

Reuben Maan turned the spotlight on a multi-talented musician/producer when he got together with guest host Sean Foley. And---just for fun---he made Sean guess who it was by offering a series of musical hints.
See if you can beat Sean to the answer by giving their conversation a listen. audio (runs 11:21)
If world music is your thing, check out the World Community page on CBC Music website.

Melanie Doane and Michael Morpurgo

WAR HORSE author Michael Morpurgo will read from his acclaimed novel, on which the Canadian stage production is based, on Sunday, May 13th at the Princess of Wales Theare in Toronto. He'll be joined by Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter and War Horse cast member Melanie Doane, who will sing a selection of the rousing songs from the show. Audience members will have the opportunity to participate in a Q&A with the author during this special event.
This is a charitable event. Proceeds will go to First Book, a nonprofit organization that connects book publishers with community organizations to provide access to new books for children in need.

For more information, visit the
Mirvish Productions website.

Bob McDonald at Science Rendezous

Science Rendevous is happening at locations across the province today.

If you go to the one in Toronto. you can meet the host of CBC Radio One's Quirks and Quarks.

That's right, the one and only Bob McDonald will be at the Science Rendezvous festival at Young-Dundas Square in the city's downtown.
You'll find Bob on the Science Stage and he'll be joined by a Sumo Robot Cage match, a theremin player, a mini science olympics...and much, much more.
It all takes place from 10 am to 4 pm...and it's free.

So if you've always wanted to meet Bob McDonald from Quirks and Quarks..make your way to Yonge-Dundas Square in Toronto today for the Science Rendezvous festival.

What's On for May 12

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Computer Museum/Brantford
Spring Birding Festival/Prince Edward County
Science Rendezvous

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Welcome To The Monkey House

Musician Don Breithaupt IS Monkey House. He's the keyboard player, vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger and who knows what else. Don's latest Monkey House release is an album called Headquarters. And, after hearing it, you might notice that Don's more than a little familiar with the music of Steely Dan. That's OK because he's also written a book about the reclusive duo's best known album, Aja. Don will join Mary to talk about his music and much more this coming weekend on Fresh Air.


0730 Music guy Mark Rheaume dropped by to tell Mary Ito about some of the new albums that have caught his ear. You can get the goods on who he featured this month by clicking over to the Mark's Music column and looking for the May 2012 entry.

0800 She's a charter member of the Royal Canadian Air Farce. But Luba Goy flies solo with her latest venture. It's a one-woman play called Luba, Simply Luba. Luba joined Mary to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 10:14)
Luba, Simply Luba runs May 7-26 at Pleiades Theatre in Toronto.
Learn more at the Pleiades Theatre website.

0830 Andrew Pocock is the British High Commissioner to Canada. Ashley Prime is the Deputy Consul General for Great Britain. They are diplomats par excellence. And they joined Mary to discuss the fine art of diplomacy.
Listen. audio (runs 10:13)

Mark's Music May 2012

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.

Artist: Kelly Sloan
Album: Kelly Sloan
Song: You Got Me
Website: Kelly's website.

Artist: Craig Cardiff
Album: Floods & Fires
Song: Porchlight
Website: Craig's Facebook page.

Artist: Soulstack
Album: Big Red
Song: Since You Came Around
Website: Soulstack's website.

Artist: C.A. Smith
Album: Someone You Love
Song: You've Got A Lot To Learn
Website: C.A. Smith's Facebook page.

What's On for May 6

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Paddle The Don/Toronto
Tulip Festival/Ottawa
Hike For Hospice/across Ontario
CN Cycle for CHEO/Ottawa

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0730 Toronto film critic and author Kevin Courrier joined Mary Ito to talk about the people who compose music for movies. Kevin will take part in The Sound Of Movies: Masters Of The Film Score series that's part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival.
Listen audio (runs 13:50) to his conversation with Mary.
Kevin will deliver a free talk called Notes & Frames: The Neglected Art of Film Music at 1 o'clock today (May 5) at the University of Toronto's Innis College.
Then, Kevin will be back on stage tomorrow night (May 6)---he'll be in conversation with noted American film composer David Shire...that's also at Innis College and also part of the Toronto Jewish Film Festival
There's more information at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival website.
You can read Kevin's film reviews at the Critics At Large website.

0800 Why do women live longer than men? That's the question that Dr. Mike Evans tackled when he paid his monthly visit to Fresh Air. You can hear his conversation with Mary by going to Dr. Mike's column.

0830 Debra McGrath and Colin Mochrie are familiar names on the comedy front. She played the Mayor on CBC TV's Little Mosque On The Prairie.
He starred in the improv show Whose Line Is It, Anyway. They're also Mr. and Mrs. Debra and Colin joined Mary to talk about their professional and married lives.
Listen audio (runs 15:19)

If improv comedy is your kind of laughs, check out Colin's website.
And you might also like to visit Debra's Middle Ages blog.

And here's the recipe for Colin Mochrie's Sausage Farfalle

2 tbsp olive oil
1 lb spicy Italian sausage, casings removed
1 cup chopped onion
3 garlic cloves, minced
1 can crushed tomatoes
1/2 cup whipping cream
1 lb farfalle (bow-tie pasta)
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
freshly grated pecorino romano cheese

1. Heat oil in heavy large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and saute until no longer pink, breaking up with back of fork, about 5 minutes. Add onion and garlic; saute until onion is tender and sausage is browned, about 3 minutes longer. Add tomatoes and cream. Reduce heat to low and simmer until sausage mixture thickens, about 3 minutes. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

2. Meanwhile, cook pasta in large pot of boiling salted water until tender but still firm to bite. Drain, reserving 1 cup of the pasta water. Return pasta to the pot. Add sausage mixture and toss over medium-low heat until sauce coats pasta, adding reserved cooking liquid by 1/4 cupfuls if mixture is dry.

3. Transfer pasta to serving dish. Sprinkle with basil. Serve cheese as a side garnish. And serve!

Why Women Live Longer Than Men

That was Dr. Mike's topic this time 'round. He shared his theories with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 9:53) to that conversation.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

What's On for May 5

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Jane's Walks/across Ontario
Learn To Camp/Toronto
Passport To Unity Festival/Sault Ste. Marie
Elora Festival Book Sale/Elora

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