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October 2012 Archives

Working The Dead Beat

Sandra Martin writes feature obituaries for The Globe And Mail. She's also just published a book called "Working The Dead Beat---Fifty Lives That Changed Canada". And Sandra will join Mary Ito this weekend on Fresh Air.

SUNDAY October 28

0700 Steve Patterson is well-known to CBC Radio listeners as host of "The Debaters". But Steve is also a stand-up comedian in his own right. He's currently criss-crossing Ontario with his This Is Not Debateable tour. You can find out where he'll be...and when...by visiting Steve's website.

0730 Ed Bickert is widely considered to be one of the best jazz guitar players that this country has ever produced. St. Mary's-based jazz singer Jennifer Thorpe agrees. So she's organized a tribute concert for Ed to celebrate his legacy and his 80th birthday. Jennifer and Lorne Lofsky, a jazz guitar player who's both a long-time friend and a collaborator of Ed's, talked with guest host Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 9:49)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Ed Bickert At 80---A Jazz Celebration takes place on November the 6th at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. Ticket information is at the Glenn Gould Studio website.
And be sure to check out Jennifer and
Lorne's websites.
CBC Radio Two's Canada Live will broadcast Ed Bickert At 80---A Jazz Celebration on Thursday, November 29th.

0800 Toronto musician Fern Lindzon has a sideline. In addition to her
jazz career, she provides music for silent film screenings. In fact, she'll be doing just that later today (Oct 28) in Port Hope at the Vintage Film Festival. Fern elaborated when she came into the studio to talk with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 10:15)
You can get the details about today's screening of Charlie Chaplin's silent film Circus in Port Hope at the Vintage Film Festival website.
To view (and hear Fern's soundtrack for) the Buster Keaton film, Sherlock Junior , here's the YouTube link.
And be sure to visit Fern's website.

0830 Toronto filmmaker Chanda Chavanesse and American author
Sandra Steingraber have collaborated on a docuentary called Living Downstream. It's based on Sandra's book that examines the threat posed by cancer-causing chemicals. Karen talked with Chanda (who was in studio) and Sandra (who was on her cell en route to an airport).
Listen audio (runs 12:45)
Living Downstream will be screened in Ottawa at the Mayfair Theatre on Monday night (Oct 29). Chandra will be there for a question and answer panel at the end of the film. Living Downstream will also be commercially released later this year.
Learn more about the film at the Living Downstream website.

What's On for October 28


Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Family Fun Day/Ottawa
Vintage Film Festival/Cobourg & Port Hope
Zombie Dog Walk/Toronto

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SATURDAY October 27

0700 Guest host Karen Gordon featured an excerpt from today's episode of CBC Radio's comedy show The Debaters. You can hear the whole show at one o'clock this afternoon on CBC Radio One. If you'd like to watch a recording of the show, The Debaters is coming to Toronto on November 13 and 14. For ticket information for the shows at Glenn Gould Studio, check out The Debaters website.

0730 Alt-country singer-songwriter Lindi Ortega recently relocated from Toronto to Nashville to record her new album, "Cigarettes and Truckstops". Lindi told Karen why she felt that moving to Music City, USA was the right career decision.
Listen audio (runs 9:34)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about her music at Lindi's website.

0800 With Hallowe'en fast approaching, Erin Balser from CBC Books joined Karen to talk about books that send a chill down your spine.
Listen audio (runs 8:48)
Here are Erin's spooky reads:
1. The Guardians by Andrew Pyper
2. Turn of Mind by Alice LaPlante
3. Carrie by Stephen King
4. The Shining by Stephen King
For more literary recommendations and info about the book scene, check out the CBC Books website.

0830 Toronto author Craig Davidson's book of short stories ("Rust and Bone") was recently adapted by a French director...and ended up as a hit movie in France. Craig joined Karen to talk about the experience of watching your literary creation show up on the big screen as well as his unique brand of "guy" fiction..
Listen audio (runs 14:18)
Learn more about his books at Craig's website.


A Tribute To Ed

Ed Bickert is probably Canada's finest contribution to jazz guitar playing. The long-time Torontonian is now retired. But he'll be celebrated at a special tribute concert on November 6th at Glenn Gould Studio. Guest host Karen Gordon will talk with the woman who's staging the concert---Jennifer Thorpe---and jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, a long time friend of Ed. That's on Sunday's show.

What's On for Oct 27


Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

International Art Fair/Toronto
IFOA Readings/Toronto
United Way Pumpkin Carving/Stratford
Kitchen Connaisseur/Stratford
Hallowe'en at Dynamic Earth/Sudbury

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Cigarettes and Truckstops

That's the name of Lindo Ortega's new album. The alt-country singer from Toronto recently relocated to Music City, USA. Lindi will tell guest host Karen Gordon why she made the move when she drops by the Fresh Air studio on Saturday.

SUNDAY October 21

0730 Movie critic Richard Crouse has written a fascinating book about a film that caused a scandal when it was released in 1971. The film was called "The Devils" and director Ken Russell came in for a LOT of criticism. Richard's book is called
Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils. He joined guest host Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 18:24)
Raising Hell: Ken Russell and the Unmaking of The Devils is published by ECW Press.
Learn more about the book at Richard's website.

0800 Fall is wind-down time for gardeners. Fresh Air's favourite gardening expert, Marjorie Harris, joined Karen to talk about what you should and shouldn't do to prepare YOUR garden for winter.
Listen audio (runs 13:18)
There's always plenty of useful gardening information and advice at Marjorie's website.

0830 The recent suicide of a BC teen has raised many questions about on-line bullying. Rhonda McEwen is an assistant professor of New Media at the University of Toronto - Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT. She specializes in new media and she joined Karen to talk about the internet's appeal for young people and why they may post material that they may later regret.
Listen audio (runs 13:48)
For more about Rhonda, you can visit her U of T website.
And here's a link to a Privacy Commision of Canada's video for young people that deals with protecting your OnLine Reputation

What's On for October 21

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Antiquing at The Fieldhouse/Ottawa
Smashing Pumpkins/Cumberland Heritage Village Museum
JUNO Tour of Canadian Art at the National Gallery of Canada/Ottawa
Musicians talking about their art choices on YouTube
Brazil Film Fest/Toronto

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SATURDAY October 20

0700 Steve Patterson is well-known to CBC Radio listeners as host of "The Debaters". But Steve is also a stand-up comedian in his own right. He's currently criss-crossing Ontario with his This Is Not Debateable tour. You can find out where he'll be...and when...by visiting Steve's website.

0730 It's IFOA time again in Toronto...and much of the rest of Ontario. The International Festival of Authors runs through October 28th in Toronto...and until November 2nd with its outreach programme. Fresh Air's books panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---provided details when they joined guest host Karen Gordon.
Listen audio (runs 9:45)
Festival specifics are at the
IFOA website.
The Festival's Ontario outreach programme is spelled out in detail at the IFAO Ontario website.
All the nitty gritty about CBC Day At The IFOA is at the CBC Books website.

0800 "Skyfall" is the 23rd James Bond film. It hits theatres in early November. Saturday Night At The Movies host Thom Ernst joined Karen to offer his take on the Bond film franchise and choose his Top 5 007 movies.
Listen audio (runs 13:10)
Thom's choices are:
5/ Never Say Never Again
4/ On Her Majesty's Secret Service
3/ Dr. No/Goldfinger
2/ Casino Royale (2006)
1/ From Russia With Love
For more on Saturday Night At the Movies, visit the SNAM website.

0830 Hockey player Derek Sanderson had it all---fame, fortune and plenty of fans. But then his NHL career spiraled downward and he hit rock bottom. The story of how Derek reclaimed his life is told in his new autobiography, Crossing The Line: The Outrageus Story Of A Hockey Original. Derek and his co-author, Toronto's Kevin Shea, were Karen's guests.
Listen audio (runs 15:35)
Crossing The Line: The Outrageus Story Of A Hockey Original is published in Canada by HarperCollins. You can learn more about the book at the
HarperCollins website.
Kevin Shea is also the author of a number of other hockey books. You'll find them listed on Kevin's website.


IFOA 101

The International Festival Of Authors has returned to Toronto. In fact, it's now an Ontario-wide affair. Fresh Air's books panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about what's happening at IFOA 2012.
Listen audio (runs 9:45)
The Toronto element runs through October 28 at Harbourfront Centre. The Ontario outreach element runs through November 2.
Today (October 20) is CBC Day at the IFOA.
Becky and Erin and Fresh Air's very own Mariel Borelli will be among the many CBC personalities taking part.
You'll find all the details at the CBC Books website.

What's On for October 20

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Giant Yard Sale and Craft Fair/Sarnia
Mothers Yard Sale/Thunder Bay
Annual Monster March/Elora
Healing Garden Benefit Concert/Toronto
International Flamenco Festival/Toronto

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"The Turk"

That was his nickname when he was a high flying centre for the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins. But Derek Sanderson's life went into a downward spiral as his hockey career waned. What he did to turn his life around is the subject of a new biography by Kevin Shea. And both Kevin and Number 16, Derek Sanderson, will be Karen Gordon's guests this Saturday on Fresh Air.

SUNDAY October 14

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 Mary Ito talked with vegetarian nutritionist and chef Marni Wasserman, who's competing in today's (Oct 14) Toronto Waterfront Half-Marathon, after training on an exclusively-vegeratian diet.
Listen audio (runs 10:00)
Learn more about her approach to eating vegetarian at Marni's website.

0800 Mary talked with Janice Moro, executive director of Home Suite Hope, an organization in Oakville that provides transitional housing and other support services for the Halton region. They discussed an evolving new homelessness and what can be done to address it.
Listen audio (runs 9:15)
Home Suite Hope's sixth annual Empty Bowls fundraiser takes place today (Oct 14) between 12 and 3 pm at St. Mildred's-Lightbourn School in Oakville. You'll find the details at the Home Suite Hope website.

0830 Mary talked with Neil Turok, director of the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics in Waterloo and this year's Massey Lecturer. Neil's topic is The Universe Within: From Quantum to Cosmos, which is also the title of the book that accompanies his lectures.
Listen audio (runs 14:05)
Neil's Toronto Massey Lecture takes place on October 24th at Koerner Hall. Its title is The Opportunity of All Time and you can order tickets by going to the
Massey Lectures website.
The Massey Lectures will be broadcast on Ideas on CBC Radio One on the week of November 12-16

What's On for October 14

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Pawsitive Paws Cat Club Show/London
International Food Festival/Ottawa
Quill Writing Workshop/Toronto

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SATURDAY October 13

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 Mary Ito talked with CBC Radio 2 Shift host Tom Allen and singer Patricia O'Callaghan about their collaboration on the caberet show, Bohemians In Brooklyn.
Listen to that conversation. audio (runs 11:55)
Bohemians In Brooklyn will be performed tonight and tomorrow afternoon (Oct 13/14) as part of the Global Caberet Festival at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts in Toronto.

0800 Mary talked with architecture columnist Shannon Kyles about the enduring appeal of Ontario's heritage train stations
Listen audio (runs 10:28)
Shannon has a special section devoted to train stations at her Ontario Architecture website.

0830 David Chilton, AKA "The Wealthy Barber", is the newest member of CBC Television's Dragons' Den. He joined Mary to talk about his foray into TV.
Listen audio (runs 14:43)
Dragon's Den airs Wednsday nights at 8 p.m. on CBC.
Learn more about the show at CBC TV's Dragon's Den website.
David's latest book is The Wealthy Barber Returns. It's published by FAC Publishing.
Learn more at David's Wealthy Barber
website.

What's On for October 13

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Mirabilia at St. Anne's Church/Toronto
Golf Nine & Dine/London
Ukrainian Festival/Sudbury
Minature Enthusiasts Show/Toronto

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SUNDAY October 7

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 A new month means a visit from Mark Rheaume. He's CBC Radio's Music Resources person...and he brought in some new releases from Ontario musicians to talk about and play cuts from. Get the rundown on who he featured this month at his Mark's Music column.

0800 Mary talked with Esteban Lasso, the executive director of Transforming Faces, about the organization's work treating children with cleft palates in developing countries.
Listen audio (runs 10:46)
Transforming Faces is having a fundraiser for their organization on October 10 at Lula Lounge in Toronto. It's called Salsa For Smiles. You can go to the
Transforming Faces website for more info.

0830 Toronto-based world music group Jaffa Road has just released its second album. It's called Where The Light Gets In and two Jaffa Roaders---Aviva Chernick and Aaron Lightsone---joined Mary to talk about the band's musical journey.
Listen audio (runs 11:39)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
Jaffa Road will launch Where The Light Gets In with a concert at Hugh's Room in Toronto on October the 28th.
All the details are on the Jaffa Road website.


The HPV Vaccine Debate

Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary Ito to discuss the pros and cons of receiving the vaccine for the Human Papilloma Virus...especially when it's for young people.
Listen audio (runs 12:06)

Mike has created an entertaining AND informative video on this topic. It's as close as his
YouTube channel.

And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

The Newest Dragon

Meet the newest Dragon. That would be David Chilton. And he's joined the other entrepreneurs on CBC Television's Dragon's Den. for the 2012-13 season.
Of course, David is already well-known for his The Wealthy Barber financial advice books. You can hear all about him when David Chilton joins Mary Ito this coming Saturday.

Mark's Music-October 2012

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: The Key Frames
Album: Low Light High Light
Song: Midday Sun
Website: The Key Frames


Artist: Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
Album: Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils
Song: I'll Be Good To You
Website: Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils


Artist: Mati Haskell
Album: 10, 2 & 6
Song: Be Back Soon
Website: Mati Haskell


Artist: Lily C
Album: Reaching For Sunlight
Song: Take Your Shoes Off
Website: Lily C
Mary Ito's conversation with Lily C on Fresh Air:
Mary & Lily C.

What's On for October 7

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Thanksgiving Harvest Festival/Midland
Fall Into Nature/Milton
Ocktoberfest/Kitchener
Rocktoberfest/Kitchener
Pumkinferno at Upper Canada Village/Morrisburg


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SATURDAY October 6

Accent On Toronto is back. CBC Toronto's annual laughfest will present its eleventh edition on October 17 at The Music Hall on Danforth. You can purchase tickets by visiting the Ticketmaster website.

0730 Women...and beer. They don't have to be mutually exclusive. So says Mirella Amato. In addition to running her excellent Beerology website, she's the first woman in Canada to become a Certified Cicerone---that's the beer equivalent of a sommelier. And Mirella joined Mary Ito to tell her why women should embrace the glories and nuances of drinking beer.
Listen audio (runs 10:45)
Beer is the always-fascinating topic at Mirella's Beerology website.
You may also want to listen to her Ontario Brewery Podcasts. Season Three begins Monday, October the 7th.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans dropped by the Fresh Air studio to talk about the myths and facts surrounding the HPV vaccine. You can hear Dr. Mike's conversation with Mary by visiting his Your Health column.

0830 Thanksgiving dinner can be an emotional minefield for family members. Social worker and author Gary Direnfeld joined Mary with some strategies to defuse potentially explosive situations.
Listen audio (runs 11:20)

Heritage Toronto Awards


Fresh Air's Mary Ito will host the 2012 Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourne Memorial Lecture. It takes place at the Royal Conservatory of Music's Koerner Hall on Tuesday, October the 9th. Chief Bryan LaForme of the Mississaugas of the New Credit First Nation will deliver the Memorial Lecture. His topic: Layered City---200 Years of the Mississaugas and Toronto. You can learn more and purchase tickets at the Heritage Toronto website.

What's On for October 6

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

HARBOURkids Folk/Toronto
Veggielicious/various locations: map
Veggielicious/restaurants & menus
Artists Around The Sound studio tour/Georgian Bluffs
Artists Around The Sound/map of studios taking part
Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians/Kleinburg's McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Double Take: Portraits of Intriguing Canadians on Library and Archives Canada website

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