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June 2013 Archives

SUNDAY June 30

0700 Fresh Air's favourite outdoors guy, Kevin Callan, is paddling "Once Around Algonquin" Park. He checked in---by satellite phone---from the Nippissing River to let guest host Connie Sinclair know how the trip was progressing.
Listen audio (runs 1:56)

0730 Mark Rheaume made his monthly appearance to profile new music from Ontario artisists. You can see who he highlighted in his conversation with Connie by going to his Mark's Music column.

0800 Wine writer Irvin Wolkoff joined Connie to recommend a selection of good Canadian wines that cost less than $20.00. And just in time for Canada Day!
Listen audio (runs 10:33)
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To view Irvin's recommendations, please visit his A Glass Of His Own blog.
For more info on Ontario wines in general, visit the Wine Country Ontario website.

0830 Summer songs are a staple of the music biz. But what constitutes a true "summer song"? Fresh Air's music panel---Marc Jordan, Wendy Lands and Liam Titcomb---tackled that question...with a little help from Connie.
Listen audio (runs 13:54)
NOTE: Copyright restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
Now that you've heard them talk about SUMMER music, you'll want to know more about THEIR music...so take time to visit:
Marc,
Wendy and
Liam's websites.

Overscheduled Kids

Parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend to talk about parents who schedule their children's activities to the enth degree. Is it creating a generation of kids who are over-worked, over-scheduled and overly-exhausted? Tune to hear what Samantha has to say.

Mark's Music July 2013

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Artist: Ryan Granville-Martin
Album: Mouthparts and Wings
Song: Eight
Website: Ryan Granville-Martin

Artist: Al Lerman
Album: Live at the Acoustic Grill
Song: Close to You
Website: Al Lerman

Artist: Kalabash
Album: Keep Them Close
Song: De Hustler
Website: Kalabash


What's On for June 30

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SATURDAY June 29

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan joined guest host Connie Sinclair to profile Malian musician Vieux Farka Touré, who's currently touring Ontario.
To hear their conversation, go to Reuben's World Music

0800 Mirella Amato knows beer. She's Canada's only Master Cicerone---the beer equivalent of a wine sommelier. As such, Mirella knows what beers are best matched to your Canada Day celebrations. She shared her suggestions with Connie.
Listen audio (runs 8:48)
For more info about Mirella and her wonderful world of beer, check out her
Beerology website.

0830 Aria Tesolin began singing opera in public when she was 8 years old. She's still singing at 19...but now she's composing her own music and writing her own lyrics. That's when she's not writing verse and taking part in poetry slams. Aria joined Connie to talk about both her music and her spoken word poetry.
Listen audio (runs 7:49)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Aria's first full length album is called "Ascension". Aria will perform at The Spoke Club in Toronto on July the 24th. Learn more at Aria's website

Vieux Farka Toure

Reuben Maan joined guest host Connie Sinclair to talk about Vieux Farka Toure. He's a Malian singer and guitarist. He's also the son of Malian guitar legend Ali Farka Toure.
Listen audio (runs 6:13)
Vieux Farka Toure has a new album and he's in Ontario to play shows at Harbourfront Centre in Toronto on June the 30th and in Ottawa at Zaphod Beeblebrox on July the 1st.
Check out Reuben's multi-media interview with Vieux Farka Toure at the
CBC Music website
Learn more about his music by visiting Vieux Farka Toure's website.

What's On for June 29

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SUNDAY June 23

0730 She calls her music "misty folk". Her name is Kaiya Smith Blackburn...but she performs as "Cade". Kaiya came into the studio to talk about her forthcoming EP Semicircles with guest host Danielle Harder.
Listen audio (runs 9:23)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Kaiya (AKA Cade) will appear at at the Magpie Taproom in Toronto on July the 8th and then at the Cameron House in Toronto on July the 10th.
For more on Kaiya's music, you can visit her Cade website.

0800 Some people go for sedate canoe trips that last just a couple of days. Then...there's Kevin Callan. He's embarking on a MAJOR paddling expedition. He calls it "Once Around Algonquin"...and Kevin elaborated when he sat down with Danielle.
Listen audio (runs 10:05)
Keep track of Kevin's "Once Around Algonquin" adventures at his Happy Camper website.

0830 Eric Challenger had a dream...a dream to build a golf course. And that's just what he did...with a "little" help from family and friends. Eric joined guest host Danielle Harder to talk about the challanges that he surmounted.
Listen audio (runs 9:10)
The Woodview Golf Course in Woodview, northeast of Peterborough, opens to the public this weekend (June 22/23).
Book your tee time by going to the Woodview Golf Course website.

Summer songs...

What would summer be without...summer songs? It's music that evokes all that's memorable about summers-past. And Fresh Air's Music Panel will be here this coming weekend to explore the enduring appeal of summer songs. Marc Jordan, Wendy Lands and Liam Titcomb will join guest host Connie Sinclair.

What's On for June 23

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Dragon Boat Festival-Ottawa
Dragon Boat Festival-Toronto
Stratford Blues and Ribfest
St. Jean Baptiste Celebrations-Sudbury
Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival

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SATURDAY June 22

0600 Mark Wigmore brought us another installment of his "On The Doc" series. This morning he reviewed a new documentary about a Canadian comedian who was at the vanguard of the "comedic brain drain" to the United States. It's called Quality Balls---The David Steinberg Story.
Listen audio (runs 4:52)

0730 Rhonda Avery is an ultra-marathoner. She's also legally blind. Rhonda is taking part in a sunrise-to-sunset ultra marathon today (June 22) in Toronto called the Solstice Run. But Rhonda joined guest host Danielle Harder the day previous to talk about her passion for extreme endurance runs.
Listen audio (runs 10:13)
Learn more about the ultra marathon that Rhonda's running in today by visiting the Solstice Run website.

0800 Kim Gray, editor-in-chief of the travel website "Toque&Canoe dot com, returned with another installment of her Great Canadian Travel Bucket List. This morning she took us on a virtual tour of Nova Scotia's South Shore.
Listen audio (runs 8:36)
For more on today's travel topic---including some great pix---go to the
Toque & Canoe website.

0830 Steampunk. It's a melding of the past with the future. But it's the future as it would have been envisioned IN the past. Confused? Adam Smith is a Steampunk enthusiast and an organizer of the Steam On Queen street fair that takes place later today in Toronto. Adam joined Danielle to offer a quick course in Steampunk 101.
Listen audio (runs 10:57)
Steam On Queen happens today (June 22) in Toronto.
Learn all about it at the Steam On Queen website.

What's On for June 22

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Redpath Waterfront Festival-Toronto
Summer Solstice-Sauble Beach
National Aboriginal Day-Midland
National Aboriginal Day-Toronto Zoo
Blues Fest for Special Olympics-Guelph

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SUNDAY June 16

0730 Guest host Mary Wiens talked with Chander Chaddah, a real estate agent in Toronto who's also a founding board member of the Wabash Building Society...and Fred Kent, the founder of Project for Public Spaces, a non-profit organization based in New York City. The topic was community building though the use of public spaces.
Listen audio (runs 11:18)
Learn more at the Wabash Building Society and
Project For Public Spaces websites.

0800 Mary talked with Dr. Mark Tarnopolsky, He's a professor of pediatrics and medicine at the University of McMaster in Hamilton.His groundbreaking studies are starting to change what we know about the impact of excercise on ageing.
Listen audio (runs 11:49)
Learn more about his work at Mark's McMaster website.

0830 June is National Aboriginal History Month. Mary talked with James Bartleman, a former Canadian diplomat and Lt. Governor of Ontario, currently an author and a member of the Mnjikaning First Nation...and playwright and author Drew Haden Taylor, a member of the Curve Lake First Nation.
Listen audio (runs 13:44)
James Bartleman's newly-published novel The Redemption Of Oscar Wolf is published by Dundurn.
Learn more about the book at the Dundurn website.
Check out Drew Hayden-Taylor's literary output at Drew's website.

Paddles...and Putters

Kevin Callan is Fresh Air's resident outdoors expert...and he loves a wilderness challenge. That's why he's getting ready to paddle his way through Algonquin Park. Kevin will elaborate when he joins guest host Danielle Harder. And Danielle will also talk with Eric Challenger. He and his wife Diane had a dream. They wanted to build a golf course in the Kawartha Lakes. And they've just opened it. Hear their story and so much more on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

What's On for June 16

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Hillary's Ride - Ontario
Father's Day Car Show at Billings Estate National Historic Site-Ottawa
ED LAWRENCE-Bobcaygeon
Carrousel of the Nations-Around the City 2013-Windsor
Leslieville Flea Market-Toronto

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Max Ferguson Tribute TODAY

Max Ferguson was a CBC legend.
"Rawhide", "The Max Ferguson Show", "55 North Maple" and "Inside From The Outside" are just some of the CBC Radio and Television shows that Max either hosted or co-hosted
His broadcasting career was worthy of a book...and, in fact, Max WROTE one. "And Now...Here's Max" won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Max Ferguson passed away this March at age 89.
To celebrate his life and amazing career, CBC Radio is presenting a public tribute to Max TODAY, June 16 at 2 pm at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.
Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter worked with Max, and she'll host the Tribute
Please join us for an afternoon of stories, tributes, and memories of a truly legendary Canadian broadcaster, writer, performer, and storyteller.
It's important to note that seating will be on a first come basis.
All the details are on the CBC Toronto website.

SATURDAY June 15

0730 Guest host Mary Wiens talked with musician and historian Jason wilson about his book Soldiers of Song: Canada's Famous Dumbells.
Listen audio (runs 12:28)
Tonight (June 15) Jason will present a show based on the book at Hugh's Room in Toronto.
It's also called Soldiers of Song: Canada's Famous Dumbells and you can get all the details at the Hugh's Room website.
And be sure to check out Jason's website as well.

0800 Mary talked with personal finance columnist Nisha Patel about loyalty card programmes.
Listen audio (runs 8:36)
Stay on top of financial trends at the CBC Business website.

0830 Three members of the 1960s CBC-TV kids adventure programme The Forest Rangers joined Mary. Syme Jago, Susan Conway and Rex Hagon all starred in the show as Junior Rangers. They talked about the enduring popularity of the programme and a 50th anniversary fan-driven reunion of the show's cast and crew talking place today (June 15).
Listen audio (runs 12:23)
There's more about the programme and the reunion at
The Forest Rangers fan website.

What's On for June 15

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

North by Northeast Festivals and Conference - Toronto
Windsor Summer Fest
Markham Village Music Festival
Tall Ships 1812 Tour - Ontario
Tall Ships 1812 Tour - Brockville
Rockport Prohibition Days Fundraiser

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Max Ferguson Tribute June 16

Max Ferguson was a CBC legend.
"Rawhide", "The Max Ferguson Show", "55 North Maple" and "Inside From The Outside" are just some of the CBC Radio and Television shows that Max either hosted or co-hosted
His broadcasting career was worthy of a book...and, in fact, Max WROTE one. "And Now...Here's Max" won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Max Ferguson passed away this March at age 89.
To celebrate his life and amazing career, CBC Radio is presenting a public tribute to Max on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.
Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter worked with Max, and she'll host the Tribute
Please join us for an afternoon of stories, tributes, and memories of a truly legendary Canadian broadcaster, writer, performer, and storyteller.
It's important to note that seating will be on a first come basis.
All the details are on the CBC Toronto website.

Jason and The Dumbells

Musician and historian Jason Wilson has a fascination with the First World War. His last album, "The Peacemaker's Chauffeur", drew on that time period for inspiration. Now, Jason has explored the exploits of Canada's WW I army entertainment troupes, known as "concert parties", in a new book. It focuses on the most successful of those groups, The Dumbells. Jason will talk with guest host Mary Wiens about Soldiers of Song: Canada's Famous Dumbells when he joins her on Saturday's show.

Max Ferguson Tribute

Max Ferguson was a CBC legend.
"Rawhide", "The Max Ferguson Show", "55 North Maple" and "Inside From The Outside" are just some of the CBC Radio and Television shows that Max either hosted or co-hosted
His broadcasting career was worthy of a book...and, in fact, Max WROTE one called "And Now...Here's Max"...and it won the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour.
Max Ferguson passed away this March at age 89.
To celebrate his life and amazing career, CBC Radio is presenting a tribute to Max on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm at Glenn Gould Studio, in the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.
Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter worked with Max, and she'll host the Tribute.
It's open to the public but seating is on a first come basis.
All the details are on the CBC Toronto website.

SUNDAY June 9

0730 Laura Clarke is a poet...who's just won the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers which is awarded by the Writers Trust of Canada. It's an award that includes a $5,000 prize...which is good news for ANY writer. Laura joined guest Fresh Air host Mary Wiens to talk about her life in poetry.
Listen audio (runs 10:59)
There more info about Laura and the Bronwen Wallace Award at the
Writers Trust of Canada website.

0800 Appliance repair expert Steve Brannan joined Mary to take us "behind closed doors". Those are the "doors" that conceal the workings of some of the major appliances in our homes---namely the dishwasher and the stove. As Steve explained to Mary, if you know how these appliances SHOULD work, it's easier to ensure that they CONTINUE to work PROPERLY.
Listen audio (runs 12:46)
Check out Steve's website for more info about him.

0830 Aleksandar Antonijevic is a principal dancer for the National Ballet of Canada. He's been dancing for 25 years. And he's learned that traditional dancer's exercises are always enough. So he took up weight training to improve his physical fitness. And Aleksandar told Mary how we can all benefit from his experience.
Listen audio (runs 11:10)
Learn more at the National Ballet website.

The Forest Rangers...Reunited

It was an incredibly popular television show for children on CBC in the 1960s. And fans of The Forest Rangers are STILL talking about it. In fact, they're holding a 50th anniversary celebration this coming weekend at the site where the show was filmed. Three of the actors who starred as the Junior Rangers---Syme Jago, Susan Conway and Rex Hagon---will join guest Fresh Air host Mary Wiens on Saturday's show.

Fisher Is Back!

About a year ago Mary Ito talked with Philip Street. Philip's the creator of the cartoon strip Fisher...which was just wrapping up a 20 year run in The Globe And Mail.
Back THEN, Philip told us that a collection of Fisher cartoons in book form was in the works. And that book has just been published. If you'd like to get a copy, it's called When Tom Met Allison and it's published by Nestlings Press. But if you're hankering for NEW installments of Tom and Allison's adventures...you're in luck. Philip is now posting three new Fisher cartoon strips each week on his website. And you can visit Philip's website right now to see the latest postings.

What's On for June 9

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

The Walk to Fight Arthritis - Ontario
Sunday Antique Market - Kingston
Spring Boat, Cottage & Outdoor Show - Orillia
Spring Blues Festival - Orillia

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SATURDAY June 8

0730 Emilia Sadowski is an Oakville-based singer-songwriter who's also a student in the Honours Music programme at York University. She's just
released her debut EP called "Flying Colors". And Emilia joined guest host Mary Wiens in the Fresh Air studio to talk about her musical aspirations.
Listen audio (runs 9:30)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about her music at Emilia's website

0800 Dr. Mike Evans made a "house call" to tell Mary about the latest research into joint replacements. You can hear their conversation by going to
Dr. Mike's column.

0830 Attention listeners to CBC Radio's This Is That comedy show---the programme is coming to the Stratford Festival! This Is That co-host Pat Kelly joined Mary from his base in CBC Vancouver to offer a behind-the-scenes look at the show and tell her why it's worth the drive to Stratford to see the it performed live on a Shakespearan stage.
Listen audio (runs 9:53)
This Is That Live: A Conversation with the Nation will be performed at the Stratford Festival on Sunday, June 16.
All the details are on the This Is That website
This Is That will be back on CBC Radio One with a Canada Day special on July 1st...and then a new season of This Is That will air begining in September.
In ther meantime, you can hear repeats of previous shows Thursdays during the summer at 11 a.m. and 11 p.m.

Dr. Mike on Joint Replacements

Dr. Mike Evans joined guest host Mary Wiens to talk abouyt the pros and cons of artificial joint replacements.
Listen audio (runs 12:28)

Watch all of Mike's whiteboard videos on his Doc Mike You Tube channel...including his newest that details how to prepare for hip and knee replacement surgery.

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

Max Ferguson Tribute

Max Ferguson was a CBC legend.
His broadcasting career was worthy of a book...and, in fact, Max WROTE one called "And Now, Here's Max".
Max Ferguson passed away this March at age 89.
To celebrate his life and amazing career, CBC Radio is presenting a tribute to Max on Sunday, June 16 at 2 pm at Glenn Gould Studio, in the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto.
Shelagh Rogers, host of CBC Radio's The Next Chapter worked with Max, and she'll host the Tribute.
It's open to the public but seating is on a first come basis.
All the details are on the CBC Toronto website.

Behind Closed Doors

Appliance repair expert Steve Brannan will take guest Fresh Air host Mary Wiens behind the "closed doors" of some of the major applianaces that you'll find in your home. Steve's theory is that if you know HOW they work...you'll be able to ensure that they KEEP working.
That's on this Sunday's show.

What's On for June 8

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

World 'Knit in Public' Day - MIA - Toronto
Open House at The Outer Harbour - Toronto
Guelph & District Multicultural Festival
Carrousel of the Nations-By the River 2013 - Windsor
Welland Dragon Boat Festival

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SUNDAY June 2

0730 Mark Rheaume from the CBC Music Library joined guest host Jill Dempsey. Mark's beat is highlighting new music from Ontario artists. And you can see who he featured in the June edition of Mark's Music by wandering over to Mark's column.

0800 Parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson dropped by to talk about parenting in a digital age. As she told Jill, it's a challenge that previous generations of parents didn't have to face...which makes it all the more challenging.
Listen audio (runs 10:10)
Check out Samantha's Multiple Mayhem Mama website for more parenting advice.

0830 Severe weather is occuring more often across Ontario. CANWARN is the "on the ground" eyes and ears of Environment Canada when it comes to spotting severe weather. It's comprised of volunteer weather watchers. Geoff Coulson, who's a Warning Preparedness Meteorologist at Environment Canada, helps run the programme. Naomi Moore is one of the volunteers. They talked with Jill.
Listen audio (runs 9:00)
For more information about becoming an Environment Canada weather spotter, you can visit the CANWARN website.
And the e-mail address that Geoff mentioned for ANYONE to report "severe weather" events is: storm.ontario@ec.gc.ca
Please ONLY use this e-mail to report truly serious weather events.

Dr. Mike on...

Dr. Mike Evans will be back this coming Saturday. His topic...joint replacements. It's a medical procedure that's becoming more and more common. If you're a potential candidate for a joint replacement...or you know someone who may needs one...be sure to tune in to hear what Dr. Mike has to say on the topic.

Mark's Music for June 2013

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Artist: Kris & Dee
Album: Bloom
Song: Kite and Flyer
Website: Kris & Dee


Artist: Diana Braithwaite and Chris Whiteley
Album: Scrap Metal Blues
Song: Blues Suite
Website: Braithwaite & Whiteley


Artist: The Peptides
Album: Revenge of The Vinyl Café
Song: Midnight in the Garden of Envy
Website: The Peptides

What's On for June 2

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Carden Nature Festival---Kirkfield
Cabbagetown Garden Tour---Toronto
World Partnership Walk 2013---Ottawa and London
Streetsville Founders' Bread & Honey Festival---Mississauga

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SATURDAY June 1

0730 When the musician is Jorge Miguel...you're talking serious flamenco. He went right to the source---Seville in Spain---to learn the intricacies of the music. And he's just released his latest album of flamenco rhythms. It's called "Guitarra Flamenca". And Jorge talked about his passion for the flamenco tradition with Jill.
Listen audio (runs 7:45)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Jorge will play the next of his ongoing series of "launch" concerts at Lula Lounge in Toronto on June 19th---it will be flamenco with just a touch of jazz in honour of the Toronto Jazz Festival.
All the details are on Jorge's website.

0800 Retail marketing expert Doug Stephens came in to talk with Jill about the influence that "Big Data" is beginning to have on our lives. .
Listen audio (runs 10:19)
Doug is also the author of a book called "The Retail Revival---Re-imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism". It's published by Wiley.
Learn more about Doug at his Retail Prophet website.

0830 Landscape designer Carson Arthur joined Jill to talk about ways to maximize your property's liveability AND value. All it takes is some careful attention to your front and back yards.
Listen audio (runs 10:33)
For more on this topic, visit Carson's website.

What's On for June 1

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

The Great Canadian Beaverfest---Windsor
Waterfront Blues Festival---Toronto
LYNN'S WALK---WILLIAMSTOWN
Capital One Race for Kids---Toronto

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