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June 2012 Archives

SATURDAY June 30

0600 Think Golf is a ten part series that offers a range of advice on how to improve YOUR game. It's hosted by Bruce Rainee from CBC Sports. Today's installment dealt with mental preparation. You can get plenty of great golf tips AND view the video from today's episode at the Think Golf website.

0700 The Debaters recently recorded a series of shows in Hamilton. The first of those shows airs later today---just after the one o'clock news on CBC Radio One. Hamilton-born Patrick McKenna is one of the comedians taking part. All the details are on The Debaters website.

0730 Summer holidays are a great excuse for relaxing with a good book. But getting boys to read can be a challenge. Cue the Fresh Air Reading Panel:
Susan Chamberlain of The Book Keeper in Sarnia, Jean Begin of The Real Bookshelf in Thunder Bay and Itah Sadu of A Different Booklist in Toronto.
Listen audio (runs 17:15)

And here are their suggestions:

Jean Begin of The Real Bookshelf in Thunder Bay:
6 to 8 year old boys:
Magic Tree House by Mary Pope Osborne, Random House
Children are whisked away to different times and lands through the Magic Tree
House and learn about history in this easy to read series of books.

8 to 12 year old boys:
Diary of a Wimpy Kid by Jeff Kinney, Amulet Books.
Story of a kid who is happy being a wimp much to the chagrin of his father who
tries to change his ways.

12 and up boys:
Young James Bond by Charles Higson, Puffin books (UK), Hyperion USA
The story of how James Bond ends up at Eton College and the adventures he begins.

Susan Chamberlain of The Book Keeper in Sarnia:

6 to 8 year old boys:
I, Bruno and Bruno for Real by Caroline Adderson.
These are two beginner novels featuring the very unique 7 year old, Bruno. He has a huge aversion to anything green, at least any food items that are green, and requests a brown dinner, orange lunch and white breakfast.
Caroline Adderson is a wonderful Canadian writer from Vancouver B.C.. She has published for both adults and children.

8 to 12 year old boys:
Gregor the Overlander series by Suzanne Collins.
Suzanne Collins is the author of the famed Hunger Games series. Gregor is a series of 5 books written in the early 2000s. They are excellent boys adventure novels following 11 year old Gregor into a fantastical underworld populated by talking, giant, rats, bats, cockroaches and spiders! Each book is a different quest.

12 and up boys:
This Dark Endeavour by Kenneth Oppel.
Kenneth Oppel brought us the Firewing, Sunwing, Darkwing trilogy. This novel is subtitled The Apprenticeship of Victor Frankenstein. This novel is a dark, gothic adventure which features a forbidden and magical library.

Itah Sadu of A Different Booklist in Toronto:

6 to 8 year old boys:
Mathieu Da Costa First to Arrive by Itah Sadu - A Different Publisher

8 to 12 year old boys:
Panman Presents the Sweet Sound of Steel by Tarquin Lougheide, Panman Products

12 and up boys:
Middle of Nowhere by Caroline Anderson, Groundwood

Visit each of the bookstores at their websites:
The Real Bookshelf
The Book Keeper
A Different Booklist

0800 They may be the unsung heroes of the music world. They're known as arrangers. And Toronto's Rebecca Pellet IS one. She joined Mary Ito to talk about her craft and she provided some examples of what she does, including her latest project, giving The Sultans of String a symphonic sound.
Listen audio (runs 12:40)

0830 It's a different way to take a vacation. It's called house-swapping. And Mary talked with two Ontarians who've tried it. Debbie Campbell lives in Toronto. Tom Pratt and his family live in Sault Ste. Marie. They discussed the appeal of exchanging homes with someone who lives in another country.
Listen audio (runs 10:14)

Canada Day special

Fresh Air won't be here on Canada Day. Instead, you'll hear Sing For Your Song, Canada. Grant Lawrence will be your host as he invites Canadians from coast-to-coast to request songs by Canadian musicians. The only catch is that you literally have to "sing" some of the song to get it played. That's in place of Fresh Air on Sunday, July 1.
Mary Ito and the Fresh Air gang will all be back the following weekend.

Cookbook Winner

You may remember that Alison Fryer of The Cookbook Store was here a few weeks ago. She shared her picks for the best cookbooks produced in Ontario. They were her nominees for a spot on the CBC Books' Cross-Country Cookbook Shelf. Then we turned it over to you to pick a winner from the Ontario nominees.

Thousands of votes were cast. This week, the polls closed and you crowned the winner. Your favourite Ontario cookbook is "The Chez Piggy Cookbook" by Rose Richardson, Zal Yanovsky and Victoria Newbury!

Thanks to Alison for sharing her picks with us and thanks to all of you for voting.

We also want to announce the winner of the Random House cookbook prize pack. We drew a name at random from all the entries. And...congratulations to Matt McTaggart of Kingston. As luck would have it, Matt cast his vote for the winning cookbook: "The Chez Piggy Cookbook."

Way to go, Matt! And congrats to all the cookbooks from all over Canada that made it onto the CBC Books' Cross-Country Cookbook Shelf! For a complete list of the winning books, check out the CBC Books website.

House swapping, books for boys...and the arranger!

You'll hear all this...and more..on Saturday's Fresh Air. Two people who've taken vacations by house-swapping with people in other countries...a three-city book panel with suggested summer reading for boys...and a conversation with a woman who arranges music for a living. They'll all be Mary Ito's guests.

SUNDAY, June 24

0730 Mark Rheaume arrived a week early with his monthly look at new music from Ontario artists---that's because Fresh Air will be pre-empted by special Canada Day programming on July the 1st. You can see the artists and the music by them that Mark chose by visiting Mark's column.

0800 English in Canada is changing. E-mails, texts and tweets are affecting how we spell and use words. And as many as one-in-five Canadians doesn't speak English as a first language. That's why Argentina-born Mariel Borelli joined Mary to talk about Babel, a new summer series on CBC Radio One. Mariel is the host (and no stranger to Fresh Air listeners either, since she's the regular voice of FA's What's On feature).
Listen audio (runs 8:33) to her conversation with Mary.
Babel airs every Monday morning in the summer at 11:30 am and is repeated on Wednesdays at 7:30 pm.
Learn more about the show at the Babel website.

0830 Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a chef? Stephanie Duong and Bruce Lee ARE chefs...but they're still relatively new at the game. Stephanie and Bruce joined Mary to talk about their craft and why the long hours and often-arduous working conditions are well-worth it.
Listen audio (runs 15:03)
When they're not being chefs, Stephanie and Bruce have a little candy-making enterprise. To learn more about it, visit their Keo Confiserie website.


Mark's Music for July 2012

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Artist: Robyn Hayle
Album: So Much for Good Behaviour
Song: Through With Love
Website: Robyn Hale


Artist: Al Wood & The Woodsmen
Album: Right on Cue
Song: Final Blues
Website: Al Wood & The Woodsmen


Artist: Whitney Peterson
Album: With a Heart Intending Forward
Song: Apple Cider
Website: Whitney Peterson


Artist: Cedar Park
Album: Way Back Home
Song: What She Tells Me
Website: Cedar Park

What's On for June 24

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

St. Jean Baptiste Day/Sudbury
Aboriginal Festival Weekend/Midland
Taste of Asia Festival/Markham


Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
Just click on What's On to send her the information.

SATURDAY, June 23

0700 CBC Radio One's The Debaters will record a series of shows on Tuesday, June 26th at Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton. One of the comedians taking part is Hamilton-born Patrick McKenna. Here's a sample of Pat's debating skills from an earlier show--he's arguing that boys are tougher to raise than girls.
Listen audio (runs 2:21)
If you'd like to attend the Hamilton recordings, you can get details at
The Debaters website.

0730 Motorcycling isn't just a "guy thing". More and more women are two-wheeling these days. Toronto's Danielle Stockley and Keshie Ince are excellent examples. They come from opposite ends of the motorcycle spectrum...but they share a love for the pursuit. They doffed their helmets to join Mary Ito in the Fresh Air studio.
Listen audio (runs 11:40)

0800 It's the season...the season of the summer movie blockbuster. But do blockbusters from summers-past warrant repeat viewings in the year 2012? Thom Ernst, host and producer of TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies joined Mary to offer opinions based on a list he compiled of some of the big films from summers-gone-by.

Thom's list included:
JAWS (1975)
STAR WARS (1977)
E.T. (1982)
BACK TO THE FUTURE (1985)
(INDIANA JONES AND ) RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK(1981)
ALIENS (1986)
THE TERMINATOR (1984)

For excellent movies every Saturday night, check out the SNAM website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Monday.

0830 Summer is a time to catch up on your reading. But there's more to be enjoyed than the big-sellers. Erin Balser (a producer with CBC Books) and Evan Munday (who's a publicist with Coach House Press) joined Mary with their suggested reads.
Have a listen audio (runs 12:35) to that conversation.

And here are their lists:
Evan:
Teen Boat by Dave Roman and John Green
50 Sides of the Beach Boys by Mark Dillon
The Qwerty Institute Annual Report
Erin:
The Complete Lockpick Pornography by Joseph Comeau
Food and Trembling by Jonah Campbell
Mad Hope by Heather Birrell

For more book info, check out the
CBC Books and the Coach House Press websites.

What's On for June 23

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Almost Home/Kingston
Safe Cycling/Thunder Bay
Wienerfest/Embro


Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
Just click on What's On to send her the information.

SUNDAY, June 17

0700 On The Doc columnist Mark Wigmore reviewed Being Elmo, A Puppeteer's Journey. It's a new documentary about Kevin Clash, the man who voices and puppeteers that furry little Muppet named Elmo.
Listen audio (runs 3:04)

0730 Summer holiday season is almost here...and that means trips with children. Travelling with kids can be both exciting...and a bit of an ordeal. Wife and husband team Mary Luz Mejia and Mario Stojanac are getting some first-hand experience. They've been spending time on the road with their six-month-old baby.
Mary Luz and Mario joined Mary to talk about their experiences.
Listen audio (runs 12:21)
You can keep up to date with Mary Luz and Mario's escapades by following their
Ultimate Family Vacation blog

0800 Today is Father's Day. Musician Corin Raymond has a special relationship with HIS father. It all revolves around reading. And he's turned that relationship into a one-man show called Bookworm. Currently on-stage with it at London,s Fringe Festival, Corin joined Mary to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 6:05)
There's more information about Bookworm at the Fringe Festival's website...and you can learn more about the man himself at
Corin's website.

0830 It's a father and daughter reunion. The father is opera star Richard Margison...and his daughter is Lauren, who's also a singer. They joined Mary to reflect on their relationship...and to talk about the show---Back To Back---that they now perform together.
Listen audio (runs 13:29)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
For more about each of them, visit Lauren and Richard's websites.

What's On for June 17

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Pow Wow/Alderville First Nation
Big Daddy Festival/Halton Hills
Yorkville Exotic Car Show/Toronto

Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
Just click on What's On to send her the information.

It's not just a "guy" thing

Move over, fellows. Motorcycles aren't just for men. Danielle Stockley and Keshia Ince are dedicated motorcyclists. They'll tell Mary Ito why two wheels are more appealing than four when they join her this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SATURDAY, June 16

0700 Good news for fans of CBC Radio One's The Debaters! The show will be at Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton for an evening of recordings on Tuesday, June 26th. You can buy tickets at the Theatre or visit The Debaters website for info on how to get them. That's where you'll also find a list of the comedians taking part and the topics they'll debate.

0730 Elizabeth Shepherd is just one of the vocalists who've joined Canadian jazz legend Peter Appleyard on his new Sophisticated Ladies album. Peter supplies the swingin' vibes while Elizabeth and her jazz singing peers provide the voices. And both Peter and Elizabeth joined Mary Ito to talk about the project.
Listen audio (runs 11:50)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Peter, Elizabeth and most of the OTHER Sophisticated Ladies will perform in concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto on June 26th as part of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
For more information about the album, visit Peter's website.
And be sure to visit Elizabeth's website to learn more about her musical adventures.

0800 It's here! The 2012 edition of the Ontario Culinary Adventure Guide. It's issued by the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance. And the Alliance's executive director, Rebecca Le Heup, joined Mary to talk about the guide, which brings food-and-drink seeking Ontarians together with the province's farmers, producers, restaurateurs, hoteliers and culinary events.
Listen audio (runs 11:51)
Learn more about the Guide at the Ontario Culinary Tourism Alliance website.

0830 It's theatre season in Ontario. From the big ones in Stratford and Niagara-On-The-Lake, to all the smaller summer troupes, there's something for everyone. Leonard McHardy has been a "student" of the theatre scene for many years. He's co-owner of TheatreBooks in Toronto. And he came by the studio to talk with Mary about the evolution and current state of summer theatre in this province.
Listen audio (runs 15:06)
If you're a fan of theatre in ANY of its many forms, you'll want to visit the TheatreBooks website.

What's On for June 16

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Art Among The Ruins/Newburgh
Roncy Rocks/Toronto
Nuit Blanche/London

Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
Just click on What's On to send her the information.

Sophisticated Lady

Elizabeth Shepherd is just one of the vocalists who've joined Canadian jazz legend Peter Appleyard on his new Sophisticated Ladies album. Peter supplies the swingin' vibes while Elizabeth and her jazz singing peers provide the voices. And both will join Mary Ito to talk about the project on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

SUNDAY, June 10

0730 CBC Books is building a Cross-Country Cookbook Shelf. Food-loving experts across Canada are putting forward their five top cookbooks from the place they call home. Then, you can vote on which book from each part of the country should claim a coveted spot on the Cookbook Shelf. Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store in Toronto joined Mary Ito with her five nominees.
Listen audio (runs 13:05) to their conversation to hear which five cookbooks Alison chose.
You can view all the Cross Country Cookbook Shelf nominees and vote for the books that you want to see ON the Shelf by visiting the CBC Books website.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans has produced another in his series of You Tube videos. The latest deals with stress. And Mike joined Mary to elaborate. You can hear that conversation by going to Dr. Mike's Your Health column.

0830 Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon is the title of Michael Occhipinti's new album. In it, the musician, arranger and producer is joined by some fellow Toronto-based jazz heavyweights to create new interpretations of John Lennon's music. Michael came into the Fresh Air studio to talk about his motivations for making the CD.
Listen audio (runs 8:44) to his conversation with Mary.
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
The launch concert for Shine On: The Universe of John Lennon takes place at Hugh's Room in Toronto on June 13.
Learn more at Michael's and the
Hugh's Room websites.
There's also a Shine On Facebook site.

Destressing Stress

Dr. Mike Evans tackles stress with his latest You Tube video. It's called "90:10", and it comes on the heels of his previous, award-winning video about exercise, "23 1/2 Hours". THAT video has already generated more than 3 million YouTube hits. Dr. Mike joined Mary to talk about stress and what you can do to best it.

Listen audio (runs 12:18) to Mike's conversation with Mary.

You can view "90:10" on Dr. Mike's YouTube channel.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

What's On for June 10

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

A Taste Of Manitoulin Island
Muhtadi International Drumming Festival/Toronto
World Partnership Walk

Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
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SATURDAY, June 9

0700 Good news for fans of CBC Radio One's The Debaters! The show will be at Aquarius Theatre in Hamilton for an evening of recordings on Tuesday, June 26th. You can buy tickets at the Theatre or visit The Debaters website for info on how to get them. That's where you'll also find a list of the comedians taking part and the topics they'll debate.

0730 What happens when musicians from Mali meet musicians from Cuba? AfroCubism, that's what! And World Music columnist Reuben Maan elaborated when he and Mary Ito sat down together in the studio. You can hear their conversation at Reuben's column.

0800 Summer spending advice from the "thousandaire" (NOT millionaire)---that's what personal finance columnist Hilary Doyle brought into the show.
Listen audio (runs 11:41) to Hilary's conversation with Mary.
Here are the books and related investing information that Hilary mentioned:
1. No Hype -- The Straight Goods On Investing Your Money by Gail Bebee
2. Thackray's 2012 Investor's Guide -- How to Profit from Seasonal Market Trends by Brooke Thackray
3. Controlling the Debt Monster: A Guide To Managing Your Money by Tessa-Marie Shillingford
And Wolfgang Klein is a portfolio manager at Canaccord Wealth Management.

0830 It's wedding season. But different cultures bring different approaches to this time-honoured tradition. Uzma Jalaluddin writes about relationships for the South Asian publication Suhaag. She joined Mary to talk about that community's relationship with wedding traditions and how they relate to the Muslim beliefs of people IN the South Asian community.
Listen audio (runs 10:54)
You can learn more about what Uzma doscussed with Mary by visiting the
Suhaag website.
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AfroCubism Explained

And Reuben Maan is just the "man" to explain it. Fresh Air's world music columnist joined Mary Ito to talk about the superband that almost never-was. It all began with some of Mali's best musicians...and some of Cuba's. Mix in some passport issues...the Buena Vista Social Club...and a lot of intervening time...and AfroCubism is the result.
Listen audio (runs 6:27) as Reuben explains what happened.
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
AfroCubism will play a rare concert in Toronto on June 12 as part of the Luminato Festival.
The details are available at the Luminato website

What's On for June 9

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Rosy Rhubarb Festival/Shedden
Bach, Brahms and BBQ/Toronto
Sault Dragon Boat Festival/Sault Ste. Marie

Would you like Danielle to feature YOUR event? Let her know about it!
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AfroCubism?

It's not a new kind of art. It's what happens when musicians from Mali meet their musical counterparts in Cuba. Fresh Air's world music columnist, Reuben Maan, has heard the results. And he'll share them with host Mary Ito---and you---on Saturday's show.

Leonard Cohen ticket winners

For everyone who entered our Leonard Cohen "Old Ideas" concert tour contest to get tickets to three shows in Ontario this December...here are the winners:

KINGSTON
Nancy Lemon
Peter Miller
Janice Hilton
Hana Saab
Cathy Michell

TORONTO
Lily Wong
Joe Mats
Daria Danko
Ali Najmaie
Yasmeen Tyyebi

LONDON
Vinay Sharma
Sarah Compton
Joan Moore
Roberta Fuller
Kimia Eslah

Congratulations and thanks to everyone who sent an e-mail entry. There are a LOT of Leonard Cohen fans in Fresh Air land!

The doctor is IN

This doctor makes house calls. His name is Mike Evans. And he's Fresh Air's favourite GP. Recently, Dr. Mike has been creating medical videos for his You Tube channel. In fact, his 23 1/2 Hours video on the medical benefits of exercise went viral. Now he has a new one that deals with stress. And Dr. Mike will join Mary Ito to talk about it...this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

SUNDAY June 3

0730 New Ontario music is Mark Rheaume's beat. He came into the Fresh Air studio with four new releases that he shared with Mary Ito. You can see what he played by visiting Mark's Music column.

0800 Who says you need a big acreage to grow your own food? All you need is a backyard. Arlene Hazzan and Marc Green are founders of The Backyard Urban Farm Company. They joined Mary to tell her about the ins and outs of turning YOUR backyard into a garden of plenty.
Listen audio (runs 12:49)
Learn more about backyard "farming" at the Backyard Urban Farm Company website.

0830 Christine McFarlane and Kevin Conlon have something in common. They're among the winners of the Transforming Lives awards given out each year by Toronto's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. They joined Mary to talk about the challenges they've faced...and how they overcame them.
Listen audio (runs 14:49)
To learn more about the 2012 Transforming Lives Awards, you can visit the CAMH Foundation website.

Mark's Music for June, 2012

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Artist: Christine Leakey
Album: Tapping Trees in a Trinket Box of Treasure
Song: Lovely
Website: Christine Leakey


Artist: Edgar Breau
Album: Patches of Blue
Song: Girl on a Carousel
Website: Edgar Breau


Artist: Wind Up Radio Sessions
Album: Bird Eyes
Song: Little Bird
Website: Wind Up Radio Sessions


Artist: Melissa Bel
Album: Distance
Song: Ain't No Sushine
Website: Melissa Bel

What's On for June 3

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

International Children's Festival/Ottawa
Kitefest/Burlington
Rouge Valley Eco Exploration Event/Toronto

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SATURDAY June 2

0730 The Battle of Ridgeway took place in Niagara Region in 1866. It played a pivotal role in the creation of Canada as we know it. But few people know about the battle. Historian and author Peter Vronsky is trying to change that. He's the author of Ridgeway: The American Fenian Invasion and the 1866 Battle That Made Canada. He's taking part in a conference about the battle in the community of Ridgeway today (June 2). He joined Mary Ito to talk about it.
Listen audio (runs 14:17)
You can learn more about Peter's book (it's published by Penguin) and the Ridgeway 146th Anniversary Battlefield Tour and Conference at the
Battle of Ridgeway website.

0800 Heritage architecture contributor Shannon Kyles came by to tell Mary about Queen Anne Revival architecture. It's an intricate and elegant collection of design cues that causes Queen Anne houses to stand out in their neighbourhoods.
Listen audio (runs 8:41)
Shannon has documented the evolution of Queen Anne Revival in the Summer 2012 edition of Arabella Magazine.
There's more information about Queen Anne Revival architecture at the
Arabella Magazine website and also at Shannon's Ontario Architecture website.

0830 Wingham was where Lesley Pike spent her formative musicial years...before she went to Wilfred Laurier University for a degree in classical music. Then...she changed gears and became a pop musician. She's just released her latest album, Tug Of War. And she talked with Mary about her musical journey.
Listen audio (runs 13:34)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Lesley's next live date is at the Sound of Music Festival in Burlington on June 9th.
Learn more about that show and Tug Of War at Lesley's
website.

What's On for June 2

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Cheese Festival/Picton
Spring Round Up/Thunder Bay
Canoe Heads for Kids/Toronto

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Transforming Lives

Christine McFarlane and Kevin Conlon have each faced extreme adversity in their lives. But they overcame a series of challenges that would defeat many people. That's why they're being recognized by Toronto's Centre tor Addiction and Mental Health. Christine and Kevin are amng the winners of this year's Transforming Lives awards. And they'll tell their stories to Mary Ito on Sunday's show---that's in the final half hour.