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February 2013 Archives

What's On for February 24

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

GLENDON HARTLE -PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBIT/OTTAWA
32nd Annual Toronto Postcard Club Show/Toronto
Pajama Angels United We Cure/Windsor
Bloor Cinema Broadcast: 85th Academy Awards/Toronto

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SUNDAY February 24

0730 It's book awards season. But most of the awards are for fiction. Is that fair? Mary Ito asked Erin Balser from CBC Books, Diane Turbide, publishing director of Penguin Canada, and Andrew Westoll, winner of the 2012 Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction for his book "The Chimps Of Fauna Sactuary".
Listen audio (runs 13:57)
For more discussions about matters-literary, visit the
CBC Books website. And while you're in a bookish mood, check out the
Penguin Canada and
Andrew Westoll's websites

0800 Joel and Ethan Coen have been at the forefront of American filmmaking since 1984. Over that period they've moved from edgy independent upstarts to Oscar-winning, internationally acclaimed film artists. The Grid's film critic Adam Nayman joined Mary to explore the evolution of the Coen brothers movies.
Listen audio (runs 12:33)
Adam will present a lecture on this topic at the Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre in Toronto. That happens on Monday, February 25th. All the details are on the Miles Nadal website.
If you're into films, you can also check out Adam's and The Grid websites.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Tuesday.

0830 Pavlo is a Torontonian who's made the world his musical stage. He's taken his unique style of "Mediterranean music" to audiences all over the globe. Pavlo joined Mary to talk about the success of his music...and also his diversions into the creation of Pavlo-branded guitars and wine.
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NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Pavlo will be in concert at The Studio at Hamilton Place in Hamilton on March the 8th. The next night [Mar 9} he'll be at The Academy Theatre in Lindsay.
All the details are on Pavlo's website.

The Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is a retail futurist. He's also Fresh Air's window on the world of retail marketing. Doug's new book is called "The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism. And he'll talk about it when he's Mary Ito's guest on this coming weekend's show.

SATURDAY February 23

0700 Fresh Air's Mary Ito featured a sound teaser from today's episode of "The Debaters". Host Steve Patterson was joined by comedians Charlie Demers and Gary Jones to riff on the topic of puns. Catch the entire show later today on CBC Radio One---it airs after the 1 o'clock news. Learn more about the show at
The Debaters website.

0730 Wellspring is a growing network of community-based cancer support centres that provide support, coping skills, and education at no charge and without need of medical referral to individuals, family members and professional caregivers living with cancer. CBC News Network's Nancy Wilson, who's a former chair of Wellspring's board, and cancer patient Diane Osak talked with Mary about the important role that Wellspring plays.
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Wellspring centres rely extensively on fundraising events to help fund the vital programs and services offered. The Toronto branch of Wellspring is staging a "Well Dressed For Spring" fashion show at Holt Renfrew on Monday, February 25. The details are on the Wellspring website.

0800 If you're in a fight with a big company, you want Ellen Roseman on your side. Ellen writes a consumer issues and personal finance column for The Toronto Star. She's also the author of the just-published "Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery". Ellen joined Mary to talk about some of the strategies that you'll find in the book.
Listen audio (runs 11:40)
"Fight Back: 81 Ways to Help You Save Money and Protect Yourself from Corporate Trickery" is published by Wiley.
Ellen will be the guest on CBC Radio One's Ontario Today phone-in on Thursday, February 28 from 12:30 to 1:00 pm..
And she'll be on stage at 11 a.m. for a live presentation called "Fight Back" at The Revue Cinema in Toronto on March 2nd.
Full details are at The Revue's website.
Follow what Ellen Roseman is blogging about at
Ellen's website.
You can read her newspaper columns at her
Toronto Star website.
And you'll find more information about Ellen's book at the
Wiley website.

0830 The Academy Awards will be handed out this Sunday. And Terry O'Reilly, host of "Under The Influence" on CBC Radio One,will be in a movie-mood later today. He'll present "The Art Of The Movie Trailer", an examination of the role and evolution of this important film marketing tool. Terry joined Mary to offer a preview of today's show.
Listen audio (runs 12:37)
"Under The Influence" airs Saturday morning at 11:30 and is repeated Monday mornings, also at 11:30. Today's episode is called "The Art Of The Movie Trailer".
You can learn more at the Under The Influence and website...and you can also visit
Terry's website.

What's On for February 23

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

15th Annual Scrabble Fundraising Tournament/Thunder Bay
Skate for Prostate/Sudbury
Bloor-Yorkville Ice Fest/Toronto
The Artist Project: Juried Contemporary Art Fair/Toronto

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SUNDAY February 17

0730 Cars are getting REALLY complicated. They're just packed with all kinds of electronic gizmos to make your drive safer and more comfortable. But are cars getting too "smart" for their own good? Mark Richardson is a good person to ask.
He's an automotive writer for The Toronto Star's Wheels section....and he joined Karen Gordon earlier this week as the Canadian International AutoShow was just getting underway in Toronto
Listen audio (runs 10:57)
Check out the Wheels website for more on the AutoShow and all-things automotive.

0800 The face of the traditional family in contemporary Canadian society is changing. It's something to think about as Ontario prepares to celebrate "Family Day". Nora Spinks from The Vanier Institute of the Family elaborated when she talked with Mary.
Listen audio (runs 11:37)
Learn more about Nora at the Vanier Institute website.

0830 Author and futurist Don Tapscott joined Mary to talk about the concept of "radical openess".
Listen audio (runs 14:15)
Don's new e-book on this topic is called "Radical Openness: Four Unexpected Principles for Success". You can learn more at Don's

Films of the Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen have made a series of intriguing and often challenging movies saince their debut with 1984's "Blood Simple". Toronto film critic Adam Nayman will trace the trajectory of their joint film career when he joins Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

What's On for February 17

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Winterlude/Ottawa
Family Day/Black History Month event/Hamilton
Music with Bite: Fiestango/Toronto

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SATURDAY February 16

0730 The first National Blind Hockey Tournament is taking place this weekend (Feb 16-17) in Toronto. It's presented by Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind, a national registered charity that leads the development of the sport of blind hockey and provides children and youth with the opportunity to learn to skate and try blind hockey. Mark DeMontis is founder and president of Courage Canada---he's also a legally blind hockey player who'll be taking part in the Tournament. He and Karen Rosseau---who's also a visually-impaired hockey player who'll be competing at the Tournament---talked with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 10:16)
The Tourament is talking place at Ryerson's University's Mattamy Athletic Centre---formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens---today and tomorrow (Feb 16/17)
All the details are on the National Blind Hockey Tournament website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Tuesday.

0800 Teens and films. They're a natural match. But what kinds of films do teens REALLY want to watch. Mary put that question to Maiesha Zarin, Will Monahan and Samah Ali. They're part of a teen committee that helped programme the films at the Next Wave Film Festival at Toronto's TIFF Lightbox.
Listen audio (runs 10:14)
The Next Wave Film Festival runs all this weekend (Feb 16-17) and you can get all the details at the TIFF website.

0830 Shirantha Beddage first tuned into jazz while he was growing up in North Bay. He went on to get a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. But he wanted to come back to Canada...where he's now head of Theory and Harmony in the Music department at Humber College. He's also a baritone sax player and he's just released an album called "Identity". Shirantha joined Mary to talk about his music and why jazz matters.
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NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
You can catch Shirantha on stage tonight (Feb 16) at Gallery 345 in Toronto as part of Mike Downes' "In The Current" ensemble. And then, on April 20th, he'll be at Toronto's Old Mill Inn with his own Trio
Learn more at Shirantha's website.

Families in 2013

The face of the traditional family in contemporary society is changing...and quickly. And there's no better time to explore that evolution than the day before Family Day in Ontario.
Mary Ito will talk with Nora Spinks from the Vanier Institute of the Family on Sunday's Fresh Air---you'll hear their conversation after the eight o'clock edition of World Report.

What's On for February 16

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Festival of Events Ontario
Family Day 2013 North of Toronto
Family Fun Calendar from Ontario Travel
Chinese New Year/Toronto
Family Day and other events in Toronto
65th ANNUAL PENETANGUISHENE WINTERAMA
SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN-TORONTO

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Teen Movies

What do teens REALLY want to watch at the movies? The answer might surprise you.
Here's a hint---it's not all explosions and zombies.Three teens who've helped programme the movies at the Next Wave Film Festival in Toronto will join Mary Ito to elaborate. That's on this Saturday's Fresh Air, just after the eight o'clock edition of World Report.

Teen Movies

What do teens REALLY want to watch at the movies? The answer might surprise you.
Here's a hint---it's not all explosions and zombies.Three teens who've helped programme the movies at the Next Wave Film Festival in Toronto will join Mary Ito to elaborate. That's on this Saturday's Fresh Air, just after the eight o'clock edition of World Report.

SUNDAY February 10

0730 Foodie and second generation Chinese Canadian Janice Poon was Mary Ito's guest. They talked about the significance of different Chinese delicacies as the Chinese New Year is celebrated. .
Listen audio (runs 10:34)
Learn more about Janice at her website.

0800 Dr. Mike Evans brought in a pre-Valentines Day topic to share with Mary. You can hear what he said by visiting Dr. Mike's column

0830 Composer, keyboardist, vocalist, arranger, band leader and music director Lou Pomanti joined Mary to talk about his career. He also played some tracks from his new album, "Welcome To The Boogaloo loundge".
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NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
There's plenty more about this multi-talanted musician at Lou's website.

Health and Relationships

Dr. Mike joined Mary to talk about the importance of instigating and maintaining strong emotional relationships to your physical health and mental well-being.
Listen audio (runs 10:58)
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

SATURDAY February 9

0730 You probably use them every day---social networking websites such as Facebook and Twitter. But they're just the tip of the iceberg---what about Instagram, Tumblr, Google Plus, Flickr...well, you get the idea. Why are there so many of these websites and do we really need all of them? Rhonda McEwen, an assistant professor of New Media at the University of Toronto - Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT and Monico Santiago, a second-year student at the Institute joined Mary to to explain.
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0800 Valentine's Day is almost here. And Valentine's means...kissing. That prompted Thom Ernst from TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies to join Mary to talk about Hollywood's treatment of "the smooch", including his personal list of Most Memorable Screen Kisses.
Listen audio (runs 9:46)

5/ Planet of the Apes (1968) - an inter-species kiss between Charlton Heston as Astronaut George Taylor and Kim Hunter as Zira in full Ape Make-up.

4/ In & Out (1997) directed by Frank Oz. Between Tom Selleck and Kevin Kline

3/ Lady and the Tramp (1955) The Italian Restaurant - pasta scene.

2/ Notorious (1946) Alfred Hitchcock - between Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant. Famous because censor code at the time stated no kiss could last longer than 3 seconds. Grant and Bergman's characters start kissing on an apartment balcony - moves into the apartment. The kiss lasts 3 minutes, but is broken up in 3 second segments thereby staying with code rules.

1/ From Here to Eternity (1953) between Burt Lancaster and Deborah Kerr. Iconic image of couple on beach, impervious to the water that rushes over them. Passionate and unbridled.

For a listing of what's happening on Saturday Night At the Movies tonight, visit the SNAM

0830 It's Hockey Day In Canada. Peterborough is the epicentre of this annual celebration. And Peterborough is home to the Petes of the Ontario Hockey League. Mary talked with three Peterborough residents about the long and storied relationship between the team and the city. Rose Powers is president of the Peterborough Ice Kats...the girls hockey association in Peterborough. Brent Tully played for the Petes in the 1990s as well as for two gold medal-winning Canadian World Junior Hockey teams, and Ed Arnold is the former managing editor of The Peterborough Examiner and the author of several books about Peterborough's hockey heritage. He's also writing a new one detailing a year in the life of the Peterborough Petes.
Listen audio (runs 8:03)
For a full listing of Hockey Day In Canada events in Peterborough---and nationwide, including on CBC Television beginning at noon---visit the Hockey Day In Canada website.

SUNDAY February 3

0730 Mark Rheaume paid Mary Ito a visit---as he does on the first Sunday of every month---and he brought some new music by Ontario musicians with him. Visit Mark's column to view his selections.

0800 In early January, Mary talked with Dr. Heather Ross, director of the Cardiac Transplant Program at Toronto General Hospital and heart transplant Dale Shippam of Thunder Bay. They were about to leave for Antarctica to take part in "Test Your Limits", a programme Heather has set up to raise awareness and funds for transplant research and patient care. Well, Heather and Dale sucessfully completed their trek to the South Pole...and back. And Heather re-joined Mary to talk about that experience.
Listen audio (runs 12:33)
Learn more at the Test Your Limits website.

0830 Take three erudite and disparate individuals. Add a selection of interesting topics. Sit back and prepare to be entertained. That's Sunday Salon in a nutshell. And this edition's participants were Joshna Maharaj, chef, activist, and food consultant for The Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto; Andy Orchard, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto; and Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition on CBC Radio One.
Listen audio (runs 16:55)


New Media Primer

Tumblr...Instagram...Pin It. These types of "social networking" sites are appearing...and disappearing faster than SOME of us can keep track of. Rhonda McEwen specialises in the study and application of "new media" websites from her base at the University of Toronto/Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT. She'll be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend to clarify which sites do what...and why we should care.

Mark's Music February 2013

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Artist: Kate Rogers Band
Album: Repeat, Repeat
Song: King George The Fourth
Website: Kate Rogers Band


Artist: Sarah Thackray
Album: Listen To The Kitten
Song: You're In Love
Website: Sarah Thackray


Artist: Russ Kelley
Album: Crazy Shades Of Blue
Song: I Got The Blues
Website: Russ Kelley


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SATURDAY February 2

0730 Today (February 2) is Groundhog Day. But for movie goers..."Groundhog Day" means Bill Murray. In that 1993 comedy, he played an ultra-cynical TV weatherperson who began to to live February the 2nd over and over and over again. In fact, "Groundhog Day"---the movie---has become a catch phrase for getting trapped in a never-ending routine. And, according to Larry Johanson, there are lessons that we can all learn from this film. Larry is a longtime Zen practicioner and a member of the Toronto Zen Centre. He joined guest host Karen Gordon to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 12:53)
The Toronto Zen Centre is holding a special screening of "Groundhog Day" this afternoon (Feb. 2) in conjunction with the Bloor Hot Docs Cinema.
Following the showing, Larry will facilitate a discussion on what we can learn from the film.
For all the details, visit the Toronto Zen Centre website.
You may also wish to check out Larry's Becoming Achievers website.

0800 Are you in the market for a new fridge...or stove...or washing machine. Buying a major appliance is more complicated than it used to be...for a wide variety of reasons. Steve Brannan of Brannan's Appliance Repair in Toronto was Karen's guest and he cut through some of the complexities.
Listen audio (runs 10:24)
For more appliance expertise, visit Steve's website.

0830 World Music columnist Reuben Maan joined Karen to discuss the impact of the conflict in Mali on that African country's rich musical heritage...and its world renowned musicians.
You can hear their conversation by visiting Reuben's World Music column.

Mali's Music

World Music columnist Reuben Maan and guest host Karen Gordon discussed the impact of the current conflict in Mali on that African country's rich musical heritage.

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NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.

Learn more about the impact of the civil unrest in Mali on its music and its musicians---including the transfer of Mali's annual Festival Au Desert to Burkina Faso---at the CBC Music .

Sunday Saloning...

Fresh Air's Sunday Salon is back. And what a line-up for this installment: Joshna Maharaj, chef, activist, and food consultant for The Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto; Andy Orchard, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto; and our very own Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition. They'll all join Mary Ito in the final part of Sunday's show to tackle all manner of topics.

What's On for February 2

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

NextSteps: Dance Immersion/Toronto
Kuumba Festival/Toronto
PolarFest 2013/Bridgenorth, Ennismore, Lakefield
57th Wiarton Willie Festival

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