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November 2013 Archives

SATURDAY November 30

Host: Mary Ito

0630 What's On columnist Aparita Bhandari offered a selection of events taking place around Ontario today.
Listen audio (runs 3:49)
You'll find links to Aparita's suggestions in today's What's On posting.

0730 Christine Tizzard is host of CBC TV's Best Recipes Ever.
She's a huge fan of slow cooking...and she elaborated for the benefit of everyone who has a slow cooker sitting---idle---on their kitchen counter.
Listen audio (runs 7:21)
Thre's a load of slow cooking recipes on the Best Recipes Ever website.
And don't forget about the new Best Recipes Ever Cookbook, Volume Two. It's published by Transcontinental Books and it's in stores now.

0800 The holiday shopping season is moving into high gear with the arrival of December. Doug Stephens, president of retail business consultancy, Retail Prophet, dropped by to discuss this year's trends and their potential impact on consumers.
Listen audio (runs 9:58)
Check out Doug's Retail Prophet website if you'd like to know more about what he does.

0830 Alejandra Ribera is about to release her sophomore album. It's called "La Boca"---it's going to be available in early 2014. But she brought in an advance copy to play a few tracks from as she talked about her musical career.
Listen audio (runs 10:18)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Alejandra will be part of CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season event on Friday, December the 6th. All the details are on the Sounds Of The Season website.
Learn more about her music at Alejandra's website.

What's On for November 30

Here are today's What's On selections:

First Light/Saint Marie Among the Hurons
Alexandria Festival of Lights
Owen Sound Festival of Northern Lights
Kapuskasing Festival of Lights
Let It Snow @ Oneo Gallery/Bloomfield
Masterpieces from the Guggenheim Collection/AGO

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

Sounds Of The Season 2013

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. It takes place on Friday, December the 6th. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.
If you plan to attend CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre, you can view the entire day's schedule here.
Fresh Air's portion takes place beginning at one o'clock in the afternoon.
Featured musical guests are Mandippal Jandu, Amanda Martinez and The Justin Abedin Trio.

SUNDAY November 24

Host: Mary Ito

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan dropped by to profile the Malian singer who's responsible for what he thinks is the "best world music album of the year". Take a stroll to Reuben's column to learn who he's talking about.

0800 On Grey Cup Sunday, two Hamilton Tiger-Cats fans talked about their allegiance to the team and the team's close links with Hamilton. Carol Rose is president of the TiCats' fan club, the Cats Claws. And Mike Ball is a self-described "biggest Ticats fan ever". Oskee-wee-wee!!!!
Get the lowdown on the Ticats fan club at the Cats Claws website.

0830 Gabriella is a member of the Toronto organization Women at the Centre. One of their initiatives is called MASAVAW: Mothers and Sons Against Violence Against Women. And Gabriella and her son will be joining five other mothers and their sons to climb Africa's highest peak, Mount Kilimanjaro in January, to raise funds for the centre.
Listen audio (runs 11:23)
Learn more at the Women at the Centre website.

Selfies...and more!

This coming weekend on Fresh Air....new media watcher Rhonda McEwen will join Mary Ito to reflect on the "selfie" phenomenon. It's become so endemic that the Oxford Dictionaries people have chosen it as their word of the year. Fresh Air's favourite medic, Dr. Mike Evans, will also drop by. And musician Alejandra Ribera will be here as well to preview some tracks from her new album "La Boca".

Rokia Traoré

Rokia Traoré is an award-winning Malian singer, songwriter and guitarist. Her newest album is called "Beautiful Africa". And Reuben Maan told Karen Gordon all about Rokia and what prompted her latest recording.
Listen audio (runs 4:36)
Rokia Traoré will appear in concert at Koerner Hall in Toronto on November 27th.
Learn more at Rokia's website.

What's On for November 24


Here are today's What's On selections:

Santa in Orillia
Santa in Streetsville
First Nations Arts and Crafts show London
Can You Can Ottawa
European Union Film Festival Ottawa

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

Sounds Of The Season 2013

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. It takes place on Friday, December the 6th. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.
If you plan to attend CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre, you can view the entire day's schedule here.

SATURDAY November 23

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Facing up to your dog or cat's mortality is one of the most difficult parts of pet ownership. Fresh Air's house vet Dr. Ted Morris came by to talk about why some pet owners are choosing to have their pets euthanized at home.
Listen audio (runs 8:53)

0800 From Harry Potter to Twilight to Enders Game---more and more films are based on books for younger readers. Melissa Bourdon-King has been watching this trend---she's general manager of the venerable Toronto children's book store Mables Fables.
Listen audio (runs 8:29)

Here are Melissa's YA suggestions:
1. THE FIFTH WAVE by Rick Yancy.
2. THE COLDEST GIRL IN COLDTOWN by Holly Black
3. MORE THAN THIS by Patrick Ness
4. MATCHED by Ali Condi
5. THE GONE series by Michael Grant
6. THE RAVEN BOYS. by Maggie Stiefvater
Check out the Mable's Fables website for more literary suggestions on the Young Adult front.

0830 Musician Colin James has an ear for the blues. He also has a large collection of blues albums. And he's sharing his favourite tracks on them with YOU. All you have to do is tune into Colin's Blues Channel at CBC Music. He came in to elaborate.
Listen audio (runs 12:11)
Here's the link to Colin's Blues Channel at CBC Music.
If you'd like to hear Colin performing live, he's currently on tour in Southern Ontario.
Tonight (Nov 23) he'll be in North Bay at the Capitol Centre. And on Monday night (Nov 25) he'll be in Guelph at the River Run Centre.
You can get fully up to date on his career and his recordings at Colin's website.

What's On for November 23


Here are today's What's On selections:

Bronte Tree Lighting
Goderich Tree Lighting
Aurora Santa Parade
Elliot Lake Tree Trimming
Huronia Players Midland

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

Sounds Of The Season 2013

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. It takes place on Friday, December the 6th. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.
If you plan to attend CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season at Glenn Gould Studio in the CBC Broadcasting Centre, you can view the entire day's schedule here.

Colin James, Ticats fans...and more!

Musician Colin James doesn't just PLAY the blues...he now has his own Blues Channel at CBC Music. He'll be along this weekend to talk about his fascination for this musical genre. We'll also met a pair of die-hard Ticats fans as their team prepares to play for the Grey Cup. And Reuben Maan will profile a Malian musician with an incredible voice---Rokia Traoré. That's this weekend on Fresh Air with Mary Ito.

SUNDAY November 17

Host: Mary Ito

0730 They're called Irene Torres & The Sugar Devils. Their music has a distinctly New Orleans vibe to it. And there's a very good reason for that. Irene explained when she brought in a copy of the band's new CD "In The Details".
Listen audio (runs 10:18)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
If you're in the Sarnia area, Irene & the Sugar Devils will be at Paddy Flaherty's Irish Pub on November the 29th.
Learn more about the band and its music at The Sugar Devil's website.
Irene & the Sugar Devils will be part of CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season day of live broadcasting to benefit food banks in the GTA and the rest of Ontario. See the separate listing on the Fresh Air website for full details.

0800 A growing number of post-secondary students face mental health challenges. CBC Toronto recently explored this phenomenon by meeting some of these students, finding out how institutions are addressing the issue, and exploring what needs to be done to better support the post-secondary student population. This special series was called Off Course On Campus and, as part of that series, CBC Toronto hosted a Town Hall meeting to gather together students, their families, healthcare workers, mental health advocates and administrators who have either dealt with mental health issues themselves or support students with mental health challenges.
You can learn more at the Off Course On Campus website.

0830 A growing number of post-secondary students face mental health challenges. CBC Toronto recently explored this phenomenon by meeting some of these students, finding out how institutions are addressing the issue, and exploring what needs to be done to better support the post-secondary student population. This special series was called Off Course On Campus and, as part of that series, CBC Toronto hosted a Town Hall meeting to gather together students, their families, healthcare workers, mental health advocates and administrators who have either dealt with mental health issues themselves or support students with mental health challenges.
You can learn more at the Off Course On Campus website.

Sounds Of The Season

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season event closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

SATURDAY November 16

Host: Mary Ito

0730 The Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives is celebrating its 40th anniversary. Scott Kettles is general manager of the CLGA and Don McLeod is a long time volunteer. They talked about its significance in the context of the evolution of gay rights through the past 40 years.
Listen audio (runs 13:39)
Learn more about the Archives at the CLGA website.

0800 The devastating impact of Typhoon Haiyan continues to be felt in the Philippines. Here in Ontario, members of Canada's Filipino community have mobilized to help family and friends who've been affected. Toronto musician Casey Mecija is one of those people.
Listen audio (runs 7:06)
Casey will perform at a special fundraiser in support of disaster relief efforts in the Philippines. It's presented by the Kapisanan Philippine Centre for Arts and Culture and it takes place on December 4th at Toronto's Great Hall.
You can visit the Kapisanan Philippine Centre's website for more information.

0830 Jackie Richardson is a commanding presence when she steps on stage to sing. But for many years throughout her long and successful career, she suffered from a serious case of stage fright. She talked about the challenges involved in surmounting it.
Listen audio (runs 14:06)
Jackie will be part of a special show presented by Acting Up Stage Company. It's called "UnCovered: Sting & The Police". It plays one night only---November 18---at Koerner Hall in Toronto.
Learn more at the Acting Up website.

Sounds Of The Season

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season event closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

Sounds Of The Season

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season event closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

Winter Travel Tips

Kim Gray from travel blog Toque & Canoe is back with to offer a selection of Canadian winter travel destinations. She'll start this four part series by taking us to Western Canada. That's on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

SUNDAY November 10

Host: Mary Ito

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan profiled Indian sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar who's just released a new album called "Traces Of You". You can hear his conversation at Reuben's website.

0800 The intense scrutiny of Toronto mayor Rob Ford's actions this past week could result in a heightened interest in municipal politics. Shauna Brail offered her thoughts on what good might come from this unfortunate affair---she's director of Experiential Learning and senior lecturer in the Urban Studies Programme at the University of Toronto's Innis College.
Listen audio (runs 9:37)

0830 Author Linda Granfield is the author of a series of books for young people about Canadians who fought in the First and Second World Wars...as well as later wars. Her latest is called "The Road To Afghanistan"----it deals with the experiences of our most recent war veterans.
Listen audio (runs 10:19)
"The Road To Afghanistan" is published by Scholastic.
Learn more about it at the Scholastic website.
And visit Linda's website for more about all of her books.

Anoushka Shankar

Sitar player and composer Anoushka Shankar was Reuben's focus---Anoushka has just released an album called "Traces Of You" that's a tribute to her late father, Ravi Shankar.
Listen audio (runs 4:52)

Here's a posting that Reuben wrote for CBC Music about the influence that Indian music has had on other musical genres.
And here's an obituary that Reuben wrote when Ravi Shankar died.

Sounds Of The Season

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's Ontario-wide. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season event closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

SATURDAY November 9

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Jordana Talsky has TWO careers. She's a lawyer...and she's also a jazz singer. Jordana has a new album---it's called "Standard Deviation".
Listen audio (runs 10:03)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Jordana's next live appearance is at the Old Mill Inn's Homesmith Bar in Toronto on November the 29th.
Details are at Jordana's website.

0800 Home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues---president of J. B. Rodrigues & Associates, building contractors and consultants in Toronto---dropped by with some ideas that are short on time commitment but big on impact...just in time for the holidays.
Listen audio (runs 9:46)

0830 Author and hockey enthusiast Randi Druzin has written a book about twelve of professional hockey's most intriguing goalies, focusing on the personality trait that makes each one unique.
Listen audio (runs 10:14)
"Between The Pipes" is published by Greystone.
Lean more at Randi's Between The Pipes website.

Sounds Of The Season

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's Ontario-wide. And you can get details about the Sounds Of The Season event closest to you by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

SUNDAY November 3

Host: Mary Ito

0730 Mark Rheaume unveiled another episiode of his Mark's Music feature, showcasing new music from a trio of Ontario artists.
You'll find the rundown of who Mark played at his Mark's Music column.

0800 Wine critic Irvin Wolkoff explored the growth of good wines in the mid-price range from Chile.
Listen audio (runs 10:09)
Irvin's favourite white is Matetic EQ Chardonnay 2011 Chardonnay ($25, score 90). His top red is Odfjell Aliara 2010 ($36.95, score 90+).
For a full account of Irvin's Chilean wine adventure and even more wine recommendations, visit his A Glass Of His Own blog.

0830 Fashion desiger Izzy Camillieri is the creator of Adaptive Clothing, a collection that's specifically designed for men and women who have a physical disability and use a wheelchair. She talked about designging for her clients and marketing her line in the new age of e-commerce.
Listen audio (runs 9:56)
Learn more at the Adaptive Clothing website.

Reuben's Back!

World music enthusiast Reuben Maan will be back on the show this coming weekend to talk about new music from Anoushka Shankar. We'll also hear why Randi Druzin wrote a book about hockey's legendary goalies. And home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues will be here to talk about DO-ABLE projects to make your home more appealing for holiday entertaining.

Mark' Music November 2013

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.

Artist: Amanda Tosoff
Album: Live At The Cellar
Song: When Love Comes Your Way
Website: Amanda Tosoff

Artist: The Strumbellas
Album: We Still Move on Dance Floors
Song: In This Life
Website: The Strumbellas

Artist: Andria Simone
Album: Good Lovin'
Song: Change
Website: Andria Simone

SATURDAY November 2

Host: Mary Ito

0700 If you'd like to be in the audience for a recording of CBC Radio's "The Debaters"...and you live within driving distance of Toronto...the show will be at Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC's Broadcasting Centre for two nights, November 5th and 6th.
Ticket information can be found on The Debaters website.

0730 Thunder Bay-based singer-songwriter Nick Sherman talked about the influence of his First Nation heritage on his music. Nick's debut CD, "Drag Your Words Through", came out earlier this year.
Listen audio (runs 8:20)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Nick's next show is at The Foundry in Thunder Bay on November the 15th.
Check Nick's website for more on his music.

0800 Doctors Natasha Saunders and Jeremy Friedman are pediatricians at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto. They've written a book called "The A to Z of Children's Health: A Parent's Guide from Birth to 10 Years". It's designed to answer questions from parents whose children are ill...and who aren't sure if a trip to the doctor's office or a hospital emergency room is called for.
Listen audio (runs 7:50)
"The A to Z of Children's Health: A Parent's Guide from Birth to 10 Years" is published by Robert Rose.

0830 Ottawa author Denise Chong talked about her new book "Lives Of The Family: Stories Of Fate and Circumstance", which examines the experiences of Chinese families who came to live in Canada---particularly those who settled in Eastern Ontario,
Listen audio (runs 7:56)
"Lives Of The Family" is published by Random House Canada.
You can learn more about the book at the Lives Of The Family website

Wines Of Chile...and more!

Wine critic Irvin Wolkoff has some good news for people with an interest in wines from South America. Chile is now producing some very drinkable offerings at a very reasonable price. Irvin will be here on Sunday's show to elaborate. You'll also hear the November edition of Mark Rheaume's music column----it includes new tracks by jazz, alt country and soul/R&B artists. And fashion designer Izzy Camilleri will tell us why she started a clothing line for people who are confined to wheelchairs.

The Doctors' Book...and more...

If you're wondering what's on this Saturday's show...Thunder Bay musician Nick Sherman and his debut album "Drag Your Words Through" (he'll tell us what the title means!)...two pediatricians from Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children who've written a book called "The A to Z of Children's Health: A Parent's Guide from Birth to 10 Years"...and a conversation with Ottawa's Denise Chong about her new book "Lives of the Family: Stories of Fate and Circumstance".