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August 2013 Archives

SATURDAY August 31

0700 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. You can also watch host Steve Patterson and his rotating cast of comedians on CBC Television on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. For more info, check out The Debaters website.

0730 Serena Ryder is enjoying much success. Her first album in four years Harmony was released last November. Serena previewed a few songs from it when she jcame in to the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary Ito. Here's that interview again. Listen audio (runs 11:52)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about Harmony at Serena's Facebook page.

For tickets to Serena's Canada's Walk of Fame concert on September 20.

0800 Final Curtain After nearly 40 years, four hosts thousands of hours of films, tonight marks the end of era. TV Ontario's Saturday Night at the Movies is going off the air. Whether it was the old black and whites or some obscure foreign film, viewers will recall the enthusiasm of former host, Elwy Yost, and his quest to both educate and entertain. Karen Gordon was joined by former executive producer, Risa Shuman, and long-time film buff and Toronto Star columnist, Rob Salem, to talk about the program's legacy.

Listen audio (runs 12:13)

Click here for more information about the final episode of Saturday Night at the Movies.

0830 Dr. Wolkoff's Wines Labour Day is, for a lot of us, the final blast of summer vacation. Then it's back to school, to work; back to reality. Many will celebrate with a big BBQ. The question we are asking is -- when the food choices can range from light and delicate ceviche to hearty ribs, how do you choose a wine? Is there a wine that goes with hamburgers? We've asked Fresh Air contributor, psychiatrist and wine writer, Irvin Wolkoff, to help you choose something interesting for your last summer blow out.
Listen audio (runs 16:30)

To find our more about psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Wolkoff and his take on wine, food and the mind, visit his Glass of His Own blog.

Irvin Walkoff's Warm Weather Wine

Here are Irvin's suggestions:

International: Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio 2012, $17.95
Canadian: Creekside Laura's White 2011, $18.95 (Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay Musqué, Gewürztraminer and Chardonnay)

Light fare:
International: Château de Sancerre Sancerre 2011, $23.95 or Kim Crawford Sauvignon Blanc 2012, NZ, 2012
Canadian: Creekside 2012 Backyard Block Sauvignon Blanc, $17.95

Medium fare:
International: Ken Forrester Old Vine Reserve Chenin Blanc 2011, $16.95
Canadian: Lailey Chardonnay 2011, $19.95

Rosé:
Château de Trinquevedel Tavel Rosé
Moncigale Minéral Rosé Bandol 2012 at $18.95

Gamay:
International: Domaine de la Garodière Morgon 2011
Canadian: 13th Street Sandstone Old Vines Gamay Noir 2010 $22.96

Heavy fare:
International: Salice Salentino 2009 Riserva Leone de Castris, $19.95 or Cathedral Cellar Tryptich 2008, $15.95 (Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot) or Ravenswood Old Vines Vintner`s Blend Zinfandel 2011, $17.95 on sale at $15.95
Canadian: Wildass 2011 Red, $19.95 (Cabernet Franc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Tannat)

Beer:
Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, $3.05

Vegetarian:
California: Ménage à Trois White, Folie à Deux Winery, $17.95

What's On for August 31

Here are today's What's On selections:

Canadian International Air Show - Toronto

Hot & Spicy Food Festival - Toronto

Downtown Sudbury Ribfest - Sudbury

Canada's Largest Ribfest - Burlington

Brampton Wingfest - Brampton

Little Nashville Country Music Festival - Alexandria

IlluminAqua - Celtic Festival - Welland

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

Sat August 31

0700 Host Karen Gordon will feature 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. You can also watch host Steve Patterson and his rotating cast of comedians on CBC Television on Tuesday nights at 9:30 p.m. For more info, check out The Debaters website.

0730 Serena Ryder is enjoying much success. Her first album in four years Harmony was released last November. The album has since gone on to win a Juno. Serena previewed a few songs from her CD when she visited the Fresh Air studio in November. We repeat that conversation this morning.
Learn more about Harmony at Serena's Facebook page.

For tickets to Serena's Canada's Walk of Fame concert on September 20.

0800 Final Curtain After nearly 40 years, four hosts thousands of hours of films, tonight marks the end of era. TV Ontario's Saturday Night at the Movies is going off the air. Whether it was the old black and whites or some obscure foreign film, viewers will recall the enthusiasm of former host, Elwy Yost, and his quest to both educate and entertain. Karen Gordon was joined by former executive producer, Risa Shuman, and long-time film buff and Toronto Star columnist, Rob Salem, to talk about the program's legacy.

Click here for more information about the final episode of Saturday Night at the Movies.

0830 Dr. Walkoff's Wines Labour Day is, for a lot of us, the final blast of summer vacation. Then it's back to school, to work; back to reality. Many will celebrate with a big BBQ. The question we are asking is -- when the food choices can range from light and delicate ceviche to hearty ribs, how do you choose a wine? Is there a wine that goes with hamburgers? We've asked Fresh Air contributor, psychiatrist and wine writer, Irvin Wolkoff, to help you choose something interesting for your last summer blow out.

To find our more about psychiatrist Dr. Irvin Walkoff and his take on wine, food and the mind, visit his Glass of His Own blog.

A different approach to face Fall

As we head into the last long weekend of summer, Fresh Air dares to look forward to fall. On Sunday, Karen Gordon introduces you to a Toronto couple who are taking a different approach to the onset of the cool weather. Meghan Telpner and Josh Gitalis, both in their early 30s, are packing up their apartment and heading west to California for what they're called a "pretirement". Find out why this Sunday on Fresh Air.

Opioid Alert

Earlier this year, Dr. Mike Evans joined Mary Ito to discuss the risks posed by opioids.
Listen audio (runs 11:16)
Mike's latest whiteboard video is about opioids. You can watch it and all of all Mike's health videos on his Doc Mike You Tube channel.
And check out Dr. Mike's website for more information on this and other health-related topics.

What's On for August 25

Here are today's What's On selections:

* Tall Ships, Midland, Penetanguishene, and Discovery Harbour

* Art by the River, Fort Malden National Historic Site, Amherstberg

* Festa Italia, London

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

SUNDAY August 25


0730 Camp Stories For many, spending time "up north", whether at a cottage or at camp, is a summer ritual. It's an essential activity to disconnect from the stress of the city and RE-connect with your soul. For Joanne Kates, it's most like coming home. The Toronto-based restaurant reviewer has been a camper, a counsellor and now a camp director at Camp Arowhon for most of her life. She speaks with Karen Gordon about the lasting value of lifelong lessons learned at summer camp.

Listen audio (runs 14:24)

0800 Opioid Alert When it comes to pain, many of us prefer to pop a pill and hope it all goes away. But earlier this season, health columnist Dr. Mike Evans spoke with Mary Ito about the dangers of opioid addiction and why we should think twice about asking our doctors for such extreme relief.

0830 The Art of Ai Weiwei The Art Gallery of Ontario has just opened an exhibition by one of the most provocative personalities in the art world. Ai Weiwei is a Chinese multi-media artist. His work has made him famous, but it's also a cause for concern for the Chinese government. For insight into Ai Weiwei and his art, Karen Gordon speaks with Kitty Scott, curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

Listen audio (runs 13:57)

Ai Weiwei: According to What? is on display at the Art Gallery of Ontario until October 27.

SATURDAY August 24


0730 Bucket List Travel Tip Kim Gray, editor of the travel website Toque & Canoe, joined Karen with the final entry in her Summer of 2013 Great Canadian Travel Bucket List. This time she "took" us to Sparkling Hill Resort - a European-inspired spa located between Vernon and Kelowna B.C. in the Okanagon region.
Listen audio (runs 10:51)

Check the Toque & Canoe website for all kinds of great Canadian travel suggestions.

0800 How to Kill a Vampire From Nosferatu to Dracula, from Twilight and True Blood, there's something about these mythic creatures that has held our fascination for centuries. Toronto author Liisa Ladouceur has been writing about the darker side of culture for many years. She's the author of "Encyclopedia Gothica" and is about to launch a new book on vampire lore called "How To Kill A Vampire". She speaks with Karen Gordon about our enduring fascination with our fanged friends.

Listen audio (runs 10:02)

For more details, go to Liisa Ladouceur' s website.

For a complete lineup of events at Toronto's Fan Expo at the Metro Convention Centre, visit the Toronto Comicon website.

0830 Films of Elmore Leonard The literary world suffered a great loss when American writer Elmore Leonard passed away this week at the age of 87. But his loss also belongs to the worlds of television and film. Leonard wrote more than 50 novels and short stories, and more than a third of those titles were adapted into screenplays. Fresh Air's Film Guy, Thom Ernst, speaks with Karen about the legacy of Leonard and shares his favourite film adaptations.

Listen audio (runs 11:07)

Thom's Top Five list of Elmore Leonard film adaptations:

1. Get Shorty (1995) (Dir Barry Sonnenfeld / John Travolta and Gene Hackman)
2. Out of Sight (1998) (Dir Steven Soderbergh / George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez)
3. 52 Pick-up (1986) (Dir John Frankenheimer / Roy Schneider and Ann-Margret)
4. Hombre (1967) (Dir Martin Ritt / Paul Newman)
5. Jackie Brown (1997) (Dir Quentin Tarrantino / Pam Grier, Samuel Jackson, Bridget Fonda, Robert De Niro, Michael Keaton & Robert Forster)

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

What's On for August 24

Here are today's What's On selections:

* Toronto Buskerfest

* "Get Outside Ontario" Goderich Sand Sculpting Competition 2013 from 11am to 3pm.

* Save Our Schoolhouse, Brantford

* Music in the Fields, Lucknow

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

Calling All Campers!

As the days grow shorter, the nights cooler, and summer winds down for yet another year, Fresh Air heads to camp in Algonquin Park. On Sunday, we'll speak with Joanne Kates, director at Camp Arowhon. The camp on Teepee Lake - her spiritual "home" - has been part of her family since "Granny Lillian" decided to lease the land in 1934.

Summer camp is so many things. A chance to commune with nature, learn and test new skills, make and deepen friendships, eat, laugh, cry and grow. If you were a camper or counsellor, send us an email to Fresh AirFreshAir@cbc.ca a>. Tell us about your most memorable camp moment, something that somehow influences who you are today.

SUNDAY August 18

0730 Sandra Martin is an award-winning journalist at The Globe And Mail where---among other things---she writes feature obituaries. She's also the author of "Working The Dead Beat---Fifty Lives That Changed Canada". Sandra Martin joined Mary Ito when the book came out late last year and guest host Karen Gordon replayed that conversation.
Listen audio (runs 13:22)
"Working The Dead Beat---Fifty Lives That Changed Canada" is published by Anansi.
Learn more about the book at the Anansi website.

0800 George Zotii is the owner of the Silver Snail stores in Toronto and Ottawa. He joined Karen on the eve of "Fan Expo"-- an event that brings together fans and the stars of movies and television shows that were inspired by comic books.
Listen audio (runs 11:09)
There's more on what you'll find at George's stores AND at Fan Expo at the Silver Snail website.

0830 Toronto-based musician Roveena has just released her debut album. It's called "Perfect World". Roveen joined Karen to talk about her music, which incorporates South Asian influences to reflect her Sri Lankan heritage.
Listen audio (runs 13:37)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
There's more about "Perfect World" at Roveena's website.
You might also like to check out Roveena's music videos on her YouTube channel.

SATURDAY August 17

0730 Toronto jazz musician Shirantha Beddage released his latest album "Identity" earlier this year. That CD was subsequently nominated for a JUNO Award in the Traditional Jazz Album of the Year category. And, more recently, Shirantha won the Galaxie Rising Star Award at this year's Montreal Jazz Festival. Guest host Karen Godon listened to a conversation that Shirantha had with Mary Ito at the time of "Identity's" release. Listen audio (runs 12:18) NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item. Learn more about his music at Shirantha's website. 0800 Fresh Air's Your Health columnist Dr. Mike Evans joined Karen to discuss the health threats posed by melanoma. You can listen to that conversation and find a link to Mike's new whiteboard YouTube video on the subject at Dr. Mike's column. 0830 Sports psychologist and York University professor Paul Dennis gave Karen a lesson in the importance of mental fitness for athletes of ALL skill levels. Listen audio (runs 15:19)

Melanoma Explained

Dr. Mike joined Karen Gordon to talk about the health risks posed by melanoma.
Listen audio (runs 9:37)

Mike's latest whiteboard video is about melanoma. You can watch it and ALL of Mike's medical videos on his Doc Mike Evans' YouTube channel.

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

SUNDAY August 11

0730 Allison Davis is the creator of a new website called Zoo Critic which rates zoos in-and-around Ontario. Allison joined guest host Karen Gordon to talk about her motivations in creating the website.
Listen audio (runs 10:36)
You can check out the zoos which Allison has rated by visiting the
Zoo Critic website.

0800 Karen listened to a reprise of a conversation that Dr. Mike Evans had with Mary Ito about the impact of smoking on your health...and the best ways to quit.
Listen audio (runs 8:49)
Go to Dr. Mike's YouTube website to view his whiteboard video on the health impacts of smoking. That's where you'll also find Dr. Mike's other whiteboard tutorials on a range of health issues.

0830 Appliance repair expert Steve Brannan from Brannan's Appliance Repair joined Karen to take her "Behind Closed Doors"...as he continued his series on the major appliances in your home and how to diagnose problems before they become breakdowns. Today's appliance---the fridge.
Listen audio (runs 17:29)
Check out Steve's website if you have an appliance issue (and you live within the area that he services in the Greater Toronto Area).

What's On for August 11

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Earth Rangers live animal show - Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa
Annual Experimental Aircraft Association Chapter 245 - Ottawa
Sheep Dog Trials 26th Anniversary - Kingston
Scarborough Town Jazz Festival

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

SATURDAY August 10

0730 Guest host Karen Gordon listened to an encore presentation of Mary Ito's conversation with composer, keyboardist, arranger, band leader, music director and occasional vocalist, Lou Pomanti.
Listen audio (runs 13:15)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Lou's latest album is called "Welcome To The Boogaloo Lounge".
Visit Lou's website for more on his CD and on his musical career.

0800 Retail Prophet president Doug Stephens joined Karen to talk about the response of retailers to the collapse of the Bangladeshi garment factory and resulting 1,100 deaths---has anything really changed in the intervening four months?
Listen audio (runs 11:25)
Learn more about Doug's work in the field of retail business consultancy at his Retail Prophet website.

0830 Dr. Tiffany Chow is the author of "The Memory Clinic, Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and their Families". She's also a Senior Clinician-Scientist at the Rotman Research Institute and the Sam & Ida Ross Memory Clinic at Baycrest in Toronto. Tiffany joined Karen to talk about how our memory works...or doesn't.
Listen audio (runs 13:43)
The Memory Clinic, Stories of Hope and Healing for Alzheimer's Patients and their Families is published by Penguin.
For more on the book, you can visit the Penguin website.
And if you'd like to know more about Tiffany's work, you can visit her Baycrest website.
You can also follow her on Twitter: @tchowbella

What's On for August 10

Here are Mariel's What's On selections:

Jerk Food Festival - Etobicoke
A Century of Chinese Cinema - Toronto
Scout House Invitational Tattoo - Waterloo
Downtown Oakville Jazz Festival

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

Behind Closed Doors

Appliance repair expert Steve Brannan is coming back to continue his series that looks behind the "closed doors" of your major appliances. This weekend Steve will tell us how our fridge is SUPPOSED to work...and what's the likely cause if it's NOT working.

SUNDAY August 4

0730 Mark Rheaume and guest host Karen Gordon sat down in the Fresh Air studio for the latest edition of Mark's Music. To check out his August picks, visit Mark's column.

0800 Cottages can bring out the best---and the worst---in families.
They can be a place to make memories... sitting on the dock, singing around a campfire or playing cards well into the night. But when parents retire or die, those good times are often replaced by emotional rifts and financial challenges as cottages change hands. Peter Lillico is a lawyer in Peterborough who specializes in cottage succession. He joined Karen to discuss HOW to transfer cottages from one generation to the next.
Listen audio (runs 9:47)
Learn more about Peter at his law firm's website.

0830 She was the Martha in Martha and the Muffins (remember "Echo Beach"?). That was 33 years ago. But Martha Johnson never stopped making music. And now...she's just released her first solo album. It's called "Solo One". Martha Johnson, along with her husband and fellow Martha and the Muffins bandmate, Mark Gane, sat down with Karen Gordon to talk about Martha's musical journey.
Listen audio (runs 15:30)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Check out Martha's website for more on her solo album.
And may also want to visit the Martha and the Muffins website.

How's Your Memory

Dr. Tiffany Chow has written a book about our ability to remember...or not. It's called "The Memory Clinic". And Tiffany will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

Mark's Music August 2013

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Artist: Philip May Quartet
Album: Sudbury
Song: Elgin Street Shuffle
Website: Philip May Quartet


Artist: Amanda Rheaume
Album: Keep A Fire
Song: Not This Time
Website: Amanda Rheaume


Artist: Cooper Brothers
Album: Southbound
Song: Waiting for the Hammer to Fall
Website: Cooper Brothers



What's On for August 4

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Kempenfest Knitting Nancy-Barrie
Piratefest-Gravenhurst
Blueberry Blast in Nipigon
Blueberry Festival in Sioux Lookout
Buskers Festival-Ottawa

Would you like us to feature YOUR event? Let us know about it!
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SATURDAY August 3

0730 She's a musician...but that's only ONE facet of Sarah Slean's abilities. You can add composer, poet, actress, painter...well, the list just goes on and on. But music is Sarah's primary focus...and that's the focus of a conversation that Fresh Air host Mary Ito had with her earlier this year.
Listen audio (runs 12:01)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn more about this multi-faceted artist at Sarah's website.

0800 Gardeners are a special breed. They take great pride in their handiwork. But even the best gardeners can make simple mistakes. That's why Fresh Air's favourite gardener---Marjorie Harris---dropped by. She told guest host Karen Gordon what NOT to do.
Listen audio (runs 12:33)
Marjorie's most recent book is most recent book is "Thrifty Gardening: From The Ground Up". It's published by House of Anansi.
For an abundance of gardening advice...visit Marjorie's gardening and her Marjorie Harris Gardens websites.

0830 Summer means, fun, food and entertaining friends and family. But the stress of organizing a summer party can be daunting. That needn't be the case according to Christine Tizzard. Christine is the host of Best Recipes Ever on CBC Television. She joined Karen to offer some advice.
Listen audio (runs 10:13)
For more summer entertaining suggestions, visit the Best Recipes Ever and Best Recipes Ever Entertaining Menus websites.

Melanie Doane's "The Stupider I Am" video

Here's the link to Melanie Doane's new video for her song The Stupider I Am
You may have a new respect for the use of Post-It notes after you watch it...

What's On for August 3

Here are Danielle's What's On selections:

Antique Extravaganza-Ayton in Grey County
Sandcastle Festival-Cobourg
Island Soul @ Harbourfront Centre-Toronto
Ribfests-Ontario-wide
End Polio Now

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

Martha And The Muffins

Remember "Echo Beach"...the worldwide hit in 1980? Well, Martha Johnson was THE Martha in the band Martha and the Muffins. And she's never stopped making music. But she's only now released her first solo CD. It's called...Solo One. And Martha Johnson will join Karen Gordon this weekend on Fresh Air.