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October 2013 Archives

SUNDAY October 27

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Ron Brown KNOWS Ontario. He's written many books about its hidden and unusual features. The latest is a revised version of his classic "Backroads Of Ontario"
Listen audio (runs 8:03)
"Backroads Of Ontario" is published by Firefly Books.
There's more about Ron Brown and his many books at Ron's website.

0800 Off Course On Campus: The Student Mental Health Crisis is a special series that CBC Toronto will transmit on radio, television and on-line during the week of October 28. Mark Wilchesky is a psychologist at York University and he's well aware of the challenges of meeting the mental health needs of post-secondary students.
Listen audio (runs 8:55)
CBC Toronto will stage a Town Hall as part of its Off Course On Campus special programming---members of the public are invited to attend.
It takes place in the Fleck Atrium of the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto on the evening of Wednesday, October 30.
Details and a full listing of the programmes in this series are available at the CBC Toronto website.

0830 Bruce Poon Tip is the founder of Toronto-based travel company G Adventures. He's also the author of "Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business." It's published by Harper Collins.
Listen audio (runs 12:58)
Learn more about Bruce at the G-Adventures website.

The Doctors Are IN

Dr. Natasha Saunders and Dr. Jeremy Friedman are pediatricians...and authors. They've written a book called " The A to Z of Children's Health: A Parent's Guide from Birth to 10 Years". And it's the perfect resource for anxious parents whose children fall ill on the weekend. Doctors Saunders and Friedman will join Mary Ito this COMING weekend.

100 Day Olympic Countdown

CBC is Canada's Official Olympic broadcaster and this coming WEDNESDAY we're counting down 100 days until the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
If you're in the Toronto area you can join us as we reveal CBC's 2014 Sochi Winter Games Broadcasting Team.
It's happening in the Atrium of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 250 Front Street West.
That's October the 30th from noon to 1pm.
For more information, visit the CBC 100 Day Olympic Countdown website.
Once again...it's the launch of 100 days until the Sochi Olympic Winter Games ...at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto...this coming Wednesday.

SATURDAY October 26

Host: Mary Ito

0700 Hey---fans of CBC Radio's "The Debaters"! You can be in the audience when the show comes to Toronto. "The Debaters" will record new episodes at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio on November 5th and 6th. All the deets are at The Debaters' website.

0730 Hallowe'en is almost here. Film critic Thom Ernst unveiled his THREE lists of scary flicks for pre-October 31st viewing.
Listen audio (runs 9:13)

Thom's recommendations:

1/ Top Five Horror Films You've Probably Never Heard of:

Dead of Night (1945) Alberto Cavalcanti, Charles Crichton, Basil Dearden, Robert Hamer.
This multi-directed chiller gathers several people in a house swapping scary stories - each one played out for the camera.

You're Next (2012) Adam Wingard
An entertaining and sometimes gruesome twist on the home-invasion/whodunit genre.

Lady In White - (1988) Frank LaLoggia
Genuinely spooky story about a young boy (Lukas Has) who is visited by the ghost of a little girl murdered years before. Okay for older kids. Might be too intense for anyone under 10.

The Spiral Staircase (1945) Robert Siodmak
In an old Victorian home, during a night-time thunderstorm, a young mute woman begins to feel threatened by a serial killer who's been targeting women with afflictions.
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Theatre of Blood (1973) Douglas Hickox
This is it. This is the granddaddy of Vincent Price films. A campy, gruesome, outrageous horror film about a spurned actor killing off theatre critics in the style of Shakespearean tragedies.

2/ Top Five Horror Movies Made in Canada

Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973) Bob Clark
Be warned: this is likely the lowest budget film you will ever see. No stars. No money. No special effects. AND the acting is terrible. Yet this still can creep me out. Directed by the man who gave us Porky's, A Christmas Story, and Black Christmas.

Ginger Snaps (2000) John Fawcett
A smart horror drama about two outcast sisters and the possibility that one of them might be a werewolf. It's a coming-of-age story like no other.

Black Christmas (1974) Bob Clark.
The late Bob Clark made more hits for Canada than I think anyone has given him credit for. This 1974 thriller was a massive hit when first released. An unseen killer (and heavy breather) is stalking the left-behind students at a university sorority house during the Christmas Holidays.

The Changeling (1980) Peter Medak
George C. Scott plays a man mourning the loss of his family moves into a secluded old house and begins to experience strange and unsettling sounds.

Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Zack Snyder
A remake of the George Romero classic that in some ways improves on the original. The opening ten minutes of this film is one of the most frightening moments on film. Stars Sarah Polley.

3/ Top Five Monster Movies You Can Watch With Your Kids

Abbot & Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948) Charles Barton
Abbot & Costello met a lot of monsters in their career: The Invisible Man, The Killer, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, The Mummy - but they're at their best when the meet Frankenstein. The movie also includes The Werewolf played by Lon Chaney Jr., and Dracula played by Bela Lugosi

The Invisible Man (1933) James Whale
This is the classic H.G. Wells story told with a surprisingly amount of humour. Preston Sturges fans will be pleased to know that he had a hand in writing the script.

Ghostbusters (1984) Ivan Reitman
Bill Murray, Dan Akroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis are at the height of their career as scientist who set up a ghost-hunting business. Because of some frightening (albeit comic) scenes and some adult situations - best to keep this one for the 12 and ups.

The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966) Alan Rafkin
Don Knotts plays a small town reporter is sent by his editor to spend one night in the local haunted mansion. Enough said?

Beetlejuice (1988) Tim Burton
Another one best left to those 10 and up. This is director Tim Burton's breakout film, and a major performance from Michael Keaton as malicious, wise-cracking ghost who befriends the introverted goth teenager who just moved in.

Check out Thom's Reel Thom Ernst website for more on all manner of movies.

0800 Recent surveys show that many Canadians don't have money put aside for health emergencies. Personal finance columnist Nisha Patel told us why it's important to save up in case you face a health emergency...and how to do it.
Listen audio (runs 6:46)
Nisha covers the business beat for CBC---learn more at the
CBC Business News website.

0830 Singer/songwriter David Leask came to Canada from Scotland 20 years ago. That's when he made the decisionto give up a career in financial planning to become a professional musician. David has just released his fourth album. It's called "Underneath".
Listen audio (runs 9:48)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
David will officially launch "Underneath" with two concerts on November the 3rd and the 17th at Toronto's C'est What.
Learn more at David's website.

Backroads Worth Taking

Ron Brown's latest book will guide YOU to places you've probably never visited in Ontario...so long as you're willing to take some backroads! Ron will be on Sunday's show to tell us why these trips are worth taking. We'll also meet adventure travel entrepreneur Bruce Poon Tip who'll tell us about his VERY early beginnings as a businessperson. He's documented them in his new book "Looptail: How One Company Changed the World by Reinventing Business."

100 Day Olympic Countdown

CBC is Canada's Official Olympic broadcaster and this coming WEDNESDAY we're counting down 100 days until the Sochi Olympic Winter Games.
If you're in the Toronto area you can join us as we reveal CBC's 2014 Sochi Winter Games Broadcasting Team.
It's happening in the Atrium of the Canadian Broadcasting Centre at 250 Front Street West.
That's October the 30th from noon to 1pm.
For more information, visit the CBC 100 Day Olympic Countdown website.
Once again...it's the launch of 100 days until the Sochi Olympic Winter Games ...at the Canadian Broadcasting Centre in Toronto...this coming Wednesday.

Hallowe'en Fright Flicks

Movie critic Thom Ernst will be here this Saturday with THREE lists of scary films that you can watch NOW to get you in the mood for Hallowe'en. Also on the show, personal financial columnist Nisha Patel will tell us why we should all have an emergency fund. And musician David Leask has a new CD called "Underneath"---he'll be here to play some tracks from it and he'll also talk about the challenges and rewards of songwriting.

IFOA 2013

0800 Fresh Air's resident "page turners"---Erin Balser from CBC Books and editor/publicist/columnist Becky Toyne---came in to talk about the International Festival of Authors and its Ontario outreach project.
Listen audio (runs 7:36)
There's always plenty to "read" at both the CBC Books and Becky's websites.

SUNDAY October 20

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Lucy Waverman and Beppi Crosariol are "deskmates". Lucy is a food columnist and Beppi is a wine columnist...both for the Globe and Mail. They've teamed up to create a new cookbook called "The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses with Food and Drink".
Listen audio (runs 9:14)
"The Flavour Principle: Enticing Your Senses with Food and Drink" is published by HarperCollins.
Learn more at Lucy and
Beppi's websites.

0800 Fresh Air's resident "page turners"---Erin Balser from CBC Books and editor/publicist/columnist Becky Toyne---came in to talk about the International Festival of Authors and its Ontario outreach project.
Listen audio (runs 7:36)
There's always plenty to "read" at both the CBC Books and Becky's websites.

0830 Matt Dusk is a travelin' man. The self-proclaimed crooner is just back from a tour of Poland. He came in to share some travel anecdotes and feature a few tunes from his latest album "My Funny Valentine: The Chet Baker Songbook".
Listen audio (runs 7:44)
Matt's next two Ontario concerts are tonight (Oct. 20) at the Sean O'Sullivan Theatre at Brock University in St. Catharines and on October 25th at Toronto's Winter Garden Theatre. You can learn more at Matt's website.

The Doctors Are In...

Dr. Natasha Saunders and Dr. Jeremy Friedman are pediatricians...and authors. They've written a book called " The A to Z of Children's Health: A Parent's Guide from Birth to 10 Years". And it's the perfect resource for anxious parents whose children fall ill on the weekend. Doctors Saunders and Friedman will join Mary Ito this COMING weekend.

CBC Annual Public Meeting

Radio is changing.

Hear how new technology is enriching the Canadian conversation during a special panel discussion at CBC's Annual Public Meeting.

Anna Maria Tremonti from The Current, Steve Patterson from The Debaters and CBC Toronto's Matt Galloway will be part of the panel.

And you can join the discussion on Wednesday, October 23, from 11:30 am to 1pm at CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

You have to register to guarantee your seat .

For information on how to register, visit the CBC Toronto website.

And if you can't be there in person...you can watch the live webcast on your computer.

Instructions for logging on are also at the CBC Toronto website.

That's the CBC Annual Public Meeting...Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm.

SATURDAY October 19

Host: Mary Ito

0630 Scott Russell from CBC Sports dropped by to preview CBC TV's Sports Weekend's coverage leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.
Listen audio (runs 6:37)
Check out the Sports Weekend broadcast schedule.
And keep up to date with CBC's Olympics coverage by following Scott's Field Of Play blog.

0700 Hey, fans of CBC Radio's "The Debaters". You can be in the audience when the show comes to Toronto. "The Debaters" will be recording new episodes at the CBC's Glenn Gould Studio on November 5th and 6th. All the deets are at The Debaters' website.

0730 How many guitars can one person play on the same CD? Kevin Laliberté is the person to ask. His new album "One" consists of him---and ONLY him---playing MANY guitars.
Listen audio (runs 10:17)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Kevin will officially launch "One" with a concert at Hart House at the University of Toronto on October the 25th.
The detyails are on Kevin's website

0800 E-commerce is big business in Canada...and it continues to grow. But what will the future of on-line shopping hold for us? Doug Stephens from business consultancy Retail Prophet looked into his crystal ball.
Listen audio (runs 8:43)
Doug is also the author of "The Retail Revival---Re-imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism". It's published by Wiley.
Learn more at the Retail Prophet website.

0830 Tim Flannery is an Australian mammalogist, palaeontologist, environmentalist and global warming activist. He's currently visiting Ontario and spoke about the role that we in Ontario can play when it coms to creating a sustainable future.
Listen audio (runs 9:29)
You can learn more at Tim Flannery's website.

CBC Annual Public Meeting

Radio is changing.

Hear how new technology is enriching the Canadian conversation during a special panel discussion at CBC's Annual Public Meeting.

Anna Maria Tremonti from The Current, Steve Patterson from The Debaters and CBC Toronto's Matt Galloway will be part of the panel.

And you can join the discussion on Wednesday, October 23, from 11:30 am to 1pm at CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

You have to register to guarantee your seat .

For information on how to register, visit the CBC Toronto website.

And if you can't be there in person...you can watch the live webcast on your computer.

Instructions for logging on are also at the CBC Toronto website.

That's the CBC Annual Public Meeting...Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm.

SUNDAY October 13

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Gail Lord is co-president of Lord Cultural Resources, an organization that creates cultural capital worldwide. She talked about the evolving role of museums in Ontario.
Listen audio (runs 7:20)
Gail is the keynote speaker at the Heritage Toronto awards this coming Tuesday (Oct. 15) at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
All the details are at the Heritage Toronto website.

0800 Downton Abbey fans, take note. There's plenty of lushious Edwardian architecture right here in Ontario. And Shannon Kyles knows where to find it.
She shared some of her favourites...
Listen audio (runs 8:28)
CAUTION: Spoiler alert for fans of Downtown Abbey who haven't seen the final episode of the most recent season!!!!
Visit Shannon's Ontario Architecture website for more information about Edwardian buildings in this province.

0830 Three musicians. Three songs. And a Thanksgiving theme. Wendy Lands, Liam Titcomb and Marc Jordan told us why they're thankful for these songs.
Listen audio (runs 8:53)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Wendy's latest album is called "Mumble" and her next show is at the Paintbox Bistro in Toronto on October the 18th.
Liam's latest CD is titled "Cicada". You'll next catch him on stage on October 19th at the Skydiggers 25th anniversary show at Toronto's Winter Garden...and then Liam's performing on November 3rd in Dunnville at Flyer's Cafe.
And Marc has a brand new album called "On A Perfect Day". He'll be performing songs from it at the Centre for the Arts at Brock University in St. Catharines on October the 16th...at the Shenkman Arts Centre in Ottawa on the 17th...and then at Hugh's Room in Toronto on October 23rd.
Get caught up on ALL their musical activies at Wendy,
Liam and
Marc's websites.

Matt Dusk's Poland

Crooner Matt Dusk is just back from a tour of Poland. And did HE ever have some adventures. He'll drop by this coming weekend to share some of them.

CBC Annual Public Meeting

Radio is changing.

Hear how new technology is enriching the Canadian conversation during a special panel discussion at CBC's Annual Public Meeting.

Anna Maria Tremonti from The Current, Steve Patterson from The Debaters and CBC Toronto's Matt Galloway will be part of the panel.

And you can join the discussion on Wednesday, October 23, from 11:30 am to 1pm at CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

You have to register to guarantee your seat .

For information on how to register, visit the CBC Toronto website.

And if you can't be there in person...you can watch the live webcast on your computer.

Instructions for logging on are also at the CBC Toronto website.

That's the CBC Annual Public Meeting...Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm.

SATURDAY October 12

Host: Mary Ito

0700 The Debaters is coming to Toronto for a series of recordings. You can join host Steve Patterson and a clutch of guest comedians at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre. It happens on November 5th and 6th. Check out The Debaters website for ticket info.

0730 It's Thanksgiving weekend and Christine Tizzard had kitchen-friendly tips for all the chefs as they prepared their Thanksgiving meals. Christine hosts Best Recipes Ever on CBC TV.
Listen audio (runs 9:03)
Visit the Best Recipes Ever website for more culinary inspiration.
And look for the new Best Recipes Ever Cookbook, Volume Two in your local bookstore.
It's published by Transcontinental Books.

0800 Curb appeal is the way to go if you want to dress up your home and grounds for a possible sale. Landscape designer Carson Arthur explained why it matters...and how to make it happen.
Listen audio (runs 7:43)
Check out Carson's website for more exterior design ideas.

0830 Singer/songwriter Amanda Martinez has a new album. It's called "Manana". She dropped by to talk abut what went into making it.
Listen audio (runs 9:35)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Amanda's next performance is after the screening of CICLO---a documentary about her father and his brother's trip by bicycle from Mexico to Canada when they were young men. It takes place at Innis Town Hall at the University of Toronto on November 3rd.
You'll find the details at the Diaspora Film Festival website. And you'll find more information about Manana at Amanda's website.

CBC Annual Public Meeting


Radio is changing.

Hear how new technology is enriching the Canadian conversation during a special panel discussion at CBC's Annual Public Meeting.

Anna Maria Tremonti from The Current, Steve Patterson from The Debaters and CBC Toronto's Matt Galloway will be part of the panel.

And you can join the discussion on Wednesday, October 23, from 11:30 am to 1pm at CBC Toronto's Glenn Gould Studio.

You have to register to guarantee your seat .

For information on how to register, visit the CBC Toronto website.

And if you can't be there in person...you can watch the live webcast on your computer.

Instructions for logging on are also at the CBC Toronto website.

That's the CBC Annual Public Meeting...Wednesday, October 23rd from 11:30am to 1pm.

SUNDAY October 6

Guest Host: Karen Gordon

0730 Mark Rheaume paid his monthly visit to the studio to highlight some new music from Ontario artists. You can check out his suggestions by visiting
Mark's Music column.

0800 Parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson joined Karen to talk about the bugbear of every child...and parent: homework. More specifically, how to make the best of it.
Listen audio (runs 7:14)
For more of Samantha's thoughts on parenting issues, you can visit her Multiple Mayhem Mama website

0830 Kingston-based Kris & Dee are Kris Abbott and Dee McNeill. They each have a musical history of their own---Kris with The Pursuit Of Happiness and Dee with The Strap-Ons. But they teamed up---professionally and personally---a few years ago and now they've released their second album called "Bloom". Kris & Dee recently joined Mary Ito to talk about their music.
Listen audio (runs 11:02)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Kris and Dee's next Ontario show is this coming Thursday (October 11) at Irene's Pub in Ottawa.
Learn more at Kris & Dee's website.

Thanksgiving...Songs?

Thanksgiving weekend is almost here. And the members of Fresh Air's musicians panel are especially thankful...for some very special songs. Wendy Lands, Marc Jordan and Liam Titcomb will tell us which...and why...when they join Mary Ito.

Mark's Music October 2013

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: My Sweet Patootie
Album: Good Day
Song: Queen Ann's Lace
Website: My Sweet Patootie


Artist: A Sondheim Jazz Project
Album: City of Strangers
Song: Take Me To The World
Website: A Sondheim Jazz Project


Artist: Mendelson Joe
Album: Art Is The Healer
Song: Classical Joe
Website: Mendelson Joe


SATURDAY October 5

Guest Host: Karen Gordon

0730 Comedians Jean Paul and Arthur Simeon will both take part in "Accent On Toronto 12", CBC Toronto's annual night of comedy. It happens later this month. But first, they sat down with Karen to talk about the often complex life of a comedian.
Listen audio (runs 14:48)
You can get better acquainted with Jean Paul and Arthur Simeon at
Jean's website and
Arthur's Facebook page.
Accent On Toronto 12 takes place at the Danforth Music Hall on October 17th. You can get ticket info at the
Accent On Toronto website.

0800 We're all leading increasingly high-tech lives. And that extends to our houses. Jorge Rodrigues---president of J B Rodrigues & Associates, building contractors and consultants in Toronto---came in to talk about the incorporation of high technology into home renovations.
Listen audio (runs 10:21)
Hey...Jorge is now on Twitter. You can follow his tweets at @jbrtoronto

0830 David Buchbinder is a trumpeter, composer and leader of the band known as Odessa/Havana. It's just released its second album...called "Walk To The Sea". And David came into the Fresh Air studio to play some of Odessa/Havana's music and talk about the band's origins and evolution.
Listen audio (runs 10:41)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of the music originally contained in this item.
For more on the band, check out the Odessa/Havana website.
You may also want to visit
David's website.

Homework, Kris & Dee and Mark's Music

Parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson will wade into the "how much is too much homework" debate...Kingston musicians Kris Abbott and Dee McNeil will be in with their new album...and Mark Rheaume has new music from three OTHER Ontario artists. That's all tomorrow on Fresh Air...with guest host Karen Gordon.