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December 2013 Archives

SUNDAY December 29

Karen Gordon hosted an all-music edition of the show.

Here's a link to the music that she played.

SATURDAY December 28

Karen Gordon hosted an all-music show.

Here's a link to the music that she played.

SUNDAY December 22

Host: Mary Ito

0630 What's On columnist Aparita Bhandari offered some suggestions for "last-Sunday-before-Christmas" activities around Ontario.
Listen audio (runs 4:12)
You'll find links to Aparita's recommendations in the What's On posting for today.

0730 Christmas---and this holiday season---can mean many things to many people. We asked Fresh Air listeners to e-mail and call in and tell us what will make Christmas and this special season unique for them THIS year.

0800 Doctor Mike Evans is a regular guest on Fresh Air with his medical insights. But he's not the ONLY doctor in his family. Dr. Sue Edwards is Mike's wife. And they talked about the challenges they face as they attempt to balance their professional and personal lives.
Listen audio (runs 12:15)
Check our Mike's My Favourite Medicine website for his always-entertaining take on a wide range of medical issues.

0830 Ruth Ewart and Mary Jo Leddy epitomize the the true spirit of giving. Ruth works with homeless youth at Toronto's Evergreen Centre for Street Youth. Mary Jo has long helped refugees who come to Romero House, also in Toronto. They talked about what motivates them.
Listen audio (runs 12:27)
Learn more about the work that Ruth and Mary Jo do by visiting the websites for the
Evergreen Centre for Street Youth and Romero House.

A Musical Salute to 2013

Fresh Air's final weekend of 2013 will highlight the fine music and musicians which we featured throughout the year. Guest host Karen Gordon will be at the helm.Tune in on December the 28th and the 29th to hear her selections and why she chose them. That's six hours of great music...on the concluding weekend of 2013...here on Fresh Air.

What's On for Dec 22

Here are today's What's On selections:

A Pioneer Winter Ottawa
Community Christmas Brockville
A Cozy Christmas Peterborough
Feed The Need Whitby
Holiday Skate Orillia

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 continues until Dec 31

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it was just the beginning. The Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going online. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC

SATURDAY December 21

Host: Mary Ito

0630 What's On columnist Aparita Bhandari offered some "it's the last Saturday before Christmas" event suggestions.
Listen audio (runs 4:00)
You'll find Aparita's recommendations in the What's On posting for today.

0730 CBC Toronto TV anchor Mike Wise offered his suggestions for "unplugging" from all your electronic devices for the holidays.
Listen audio (runs 8:44)

0800 Fresh Air's favourite film guy, Thom Ernst, offered up his very personal list of the best movie Santas. Here are Thom's selections:

6/ Ed Asner - Elf (2003) Asner channels a bit of Lou Grant into his portrayal of Santa. A perfect mix of seasonal joyfulness and dogged determination - Asner plays Santa as like an amazing employer who you wouldn't dare disappoint..

5/ Francis De Wolf - A Christmas Carol (1951) - arguably not Santa but The Ghost of Christmas Present - But if ever there was someone who fits the description of Saint Nick, it's this jolly, white-bearded spirit with a big laugh and a bundle of presents.

4/Paul Giamati - Fred Claus (2007) - You have to wonder who thought Giamti would make a good Santa...he's not the first name the jumps to my mind - but Giamati is such a great actor that he probably could have played Mrs. Claus and pulled it off. This is a Santa with family issues, a huge workload, and an important job.

3/ David Huddleston - Santa Claus: The Movie (1985) - this is the movie that wanted to be the quintessential Santa Claus movie. That didn't happen despite employing one of the Best Movie Santas ever. Huddleston is a character actor known for his work with Mel Brooks in Blazing Saddles and The Producers. His Santa looks like he just stepped out of a 1940s Coca-Cola ad.

2/ Jan Rubes - One Magic Christmas (1985) - a film by the late, great Philip Borsos (The Grey Fox) - filmed in Owen Sound. Canadian actor, Jan Rubes gained international fame as the Amish grandfather in the Harrison Ford thriller, Witness. Rubes has the look and a whimsical, magical spirit to make his Santa one of the best.

1/Edmund Gwyn - Miracle on 34th Street (1947) - Gwyn set the bar for movie Santa Claus. He's likely to be the top Santa on everyone's list. He's a magical, caring, Santa who many kids, including myself, thought was the real Santa in the role.

If you're a film fan, you'll want to check out the Reel Thom Ernst website.

0830 Countermeasure is a 14 voice, a capella group which has just released its debut CD, "14 Characters". Artistic director/composer Aaron Jensen and his fellow Countermeasure vocalist, Tara Park (who's also Aaron's wife) talked about the appeal of creating music with just the human voice.
Listen audio (runs 9:42)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Learn all about the group and "14 Characters" at the Countermeasure

What's On for Dec 21

Here are today's What's On selections:

Cobourg Farmers' Market
Westfield Heritage Village
Ignatius Jesuit Centre Guelph
Monthly Movies Sudbury
Winter Festival of Lights Niagara Falls

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 continues until Dec 31

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it was just the beginning. The Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going online. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC

SUNDAY December 15

Host: Mary Wiens

0630 There's plenty going on in Ontario today...as our What's On columnist, Aparita Bhandari told us.
Listen audio (runs 4:07)

0730 Nelson Mandela was buried today in his South African hometown. His long battle against apartheid was inextricably linked with music. And World Music columnist Reuben Maan told us about some of the many musicians who supported Nelson Mandela's efforts through their lyrics.
You can view videos of the songs that Reuben talked about by going to his Music For Nelson Mandela posting on the CBC Music website.

0800 Christmas Eve is coming...and that means a trip down MANY chinmeys into MANY fireplaces for a jolly old elf. Heritage architecture columnist Shannon Kyles told us all about the evolution of the fireplace/chimney.
Listen audio (runs 8:18)
Shannon has created special sections on the
chimney
hearth and
fireplace on her Ontario Architecture website.

0830 Twelve under twelve. That's 12 good but affordable wines that each cost less than 12 dollars...courtesy of wine critic Irvin Wolkoff. And just in time for holiday entertaining.
Listen audio (runs 13:52)
You'll find the complete list of "12 under 12" wines (plus a Canadian "ringer") on Irvin's A Glass Of His Own website.

There's a Santa in that movie...

Actually, there have been a LOT of movie Santas through the years...some better than others. So Fresh Air's movie guy Thom Ernst has decided to rate the BEST of the Santa Claus film bunch. You'll hear him this coming Saturday on the show.
Plus...two members of a FOURTEEN voice a capella group called Countermeasure. And...they not only SING together...they're MARRIED to each other. Tara Park and Aaron Jensen will tell us how THAT works.
We'll also have a great selection of seasonal music...so tune in to catch host Mary Ito with the "Last Two Shows Before Christmas" editions of Fresh Air.

Music For Nelson Mandela

Nelson Mandela was buried today in his South African hometown. His long battle against apartheid was inextricably linked with music. And World Music columnist Reuben Maan told us about some of the many musicians who supported Nelson Mandela's efforts through their lyrics.
You can view videos of the songs that Reuben talked about by going to his Music For Nelson Mandela posting on the CBC Music website.

Sounds Of The Season continues

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it's just the beginning. The Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going to the Sounds Of The Season website. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC

SATURDAY December 14

Host: Mary Wiens

0630 What's On columnist Aparita Bhandari dropped by with some suggested excursions for a Saturday in Ontario.
Listen audio (runs 4:23)
Check today's What's On posting for links to her suggsted events.

0730 Lester McLean is a man of many musical talents. He plays both guitar and sax...he also writes songs...and he sings them. But that's only PART of his life. Think sports...in a major way. We asked the REAL Lester McLean to "stand up".
Listen audio (runs 12:50)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
If you'd like to catch Lester playing live...he'll be at The Rex in Toronto on New Year's Eve with the band "Grooveyard".
Then, on January 16th, he'll bring The Lester McLean Band to the Queensway Bier Market...also in Toronto.
The details are on Lester's website

0800 The holidays are a time of merriment for humans...but they can pose all kinds of threats for our pets. Veterinarian Dr. Ted Morris told us what to watch out for to keep our four-legged friends safe.
Listen audio (runs 8:33)

0830 Looking for the perfect gift for the handyperson on your Christmas list? Home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues knows which tools are naughty (potentially dangerous)...and which make nice presents. He elaborated.
Listen audio (runs 12:13)


Sounds Of The Season continues

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it's just the beginning. The Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going to the Sounds Of The Season website. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC

Sounds of the Season

Watch highlights of our special fundraising day, featuring performances from Amanda Martinez and more! You have all month to join us in supporting local food banks.

More Sounds of the Season Videos »

Men's Health Questions...and Answers!

Many men have questions about their health. Dr. Mike Evans has answers. He shared some of the most popular questions that he receives and supplied the answers.
Listen audio (runs 13:54)
Check out Dr. Mike's My Favourite Medicine website for more information on this and other health-related topics.
And don't forget to watch Mike's very popular whiteboard videos on his Doc Mike Evans' YouTube channel.

Sounds Of The Season continues...

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it's just the beginning. The Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going to the Sounds Of The Season website. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC or 1-855-768-7222

Judy Maddren's 22 Questions


Here are the twenty questions that Judy Maddren has suggested that are sure to get conversations going around your dinner table!

1. Tell one thing that your Mother taught you.
2. Tell one thing that your Father taught you.
3. What was your most spectacular... fall or tumble?
4. What was your favourite present from childhood?
5. When did you really get into trouble as a child?
6. If you had $100 to give away, who would you give it to?
7. If you could have a perfect day, what would be in it?
8. Who has been kind to you?
9. What is your earliest memory?
10. What are you really good at?
11. What is the most beautiful place in the world...and why?
12. What is your pet peeve...what drives you crazy?
13. What was your best Hallowe'en costume?
14. When were you first on stage? How did it go?
15. What was the hardest thing you had to do yesterday?
16. What is the hardest thing about school or work?
17. What is your favourite song? Why?
18. What is your favourite food? Why?
19. What do you think is the biggest difference for children today from when your parents and your grandparents were children?
20. What is the most important thing about being a good friend?

If you'd like to know more about Judy's audio memoirs business, go to her Soundportraits website.

SUNDAY December 8

Host: Mary Ito

0630 Aparita Bhandari brought us a Sunday edition of her What's On column.
Listen audio (runs 4:02)
You'll find the links to Aparita's suggestions in today's What's On posting.

0730 Jane Clark is a Toronto writer who's passionate about trees. Espcially the ash tree...which is threatened by the emerald ash borer. Jane spent much of her summer trying to save ash trees in her part of the city...and she told us why this matters so much to her
Listen audio (runs 7:50)
Here's an excellent website if you'd like to know more about the threat posed by the
emerald ash borer

0800 Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store in Toronto dropped by with a selection of cookbooks that would make great Christmas presents.
Listen audio (runs 9:53)
Here's Alison's recommendations:
1. Bountiful, Recipes inspired by our garden by Todd Porter & Diane Cu (Stewart Tabori & Chang) There is something deeply comforting about this book, when I open it up it never lets me down. Familiar ingredients turned into dishes that make you smile and give you a warm fuzzy feeling. They write a very popular blog called The White on Rice Couple.
2. Isa Does It by Isa Chandra Moskowitz (Little, Brown) This picks up on the ever increasing popularity of vegan cooking. If vegetarian cooking is now mainstream then vegan is where vegetarian was in the mid/late 1980's. I see no end in sight for its ongoing momentum. This author is a guru of vegan cooking, and has the popular blog Post Punk Kitchen. This is a serious looking book but doesn't take itself too seriously.
3. Pimentos & Piri Piri by Carla Azevedo (Whitecap Books from Fitzhenry and Whiteside) Carla wrote the incredibly popular Uma Casa Portuguesa long gone out of print, but here is the new one and it's fabulous. Portuguese cuisine comes alive and with a passion we don't often associate with Portugal.
4. One Good Dish by David Tanis (Artisan) A good simple food book for those who want less fuss, contemporary flavours all in one pot. NY Times writer and formerly of Chez Panisse. Covers off the "lets get simple" cookbooks juxtaposed against all the fabulous chef books out this fall.
5. Butter Baked Goods by Rosie Daykin (Appetite/Random House) from a hugely successful bakery in Vancouver named, Butter. What's not to like!! And it's a beautiful book too.
There's always plenty of "appetizing" reading at the Cookbook Store website,

0830 Former CBC News presenter Judy Maddren has a new business. It's called Soundportraits and it creates audio memoirs. Judy elaborated when she came into the Fresh Air studio.
Listen audio (runs 11:25)
You can learn more at the Soundportraits website.

Handyperson holiday gifts...and more!

Up next this coming weekend on Fresh Air...

* Home reno expert Jorge Rodrigues with advice on the best gift for your favourite home handyperson

* Veterinarian Dr. Ted Morris on how to deal with issues involving pets and the holidays

* And heritage architecture enthusiast Shannon Kyles with the final word on fireplaces...just in time for Santa's annual Christmas Eve adventure...

All this and some great seasonal music...with your host Mary Ito.

What's On for December 8

Here are today's What's On selections:

The Nutcracker in Ottawa
Dickens Christmas Craft Show in Simcoe
Messiah in Elora
Outdoor Christmas Party for Animals near Kingston

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 continues...

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it's just the beginning. The Toronto Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going to the Sounds Of The Season website. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC or 1-855-768-7222

SATURDAY December 7

Host: Mary Ito

0630 Aparita Bhandari brought us a Saturday edition of her What's On column.
Listen audio (runs 4:26)
You'll find the links to Aparita's suggestions in today's What's On posting.

0730 Who says that writing cards and letters by hand is a lost art? Not Simone Castello. She's a big fan of the hand-written letter or postcard. And she told us why it matters in this age of e-mail and texting.
Listen audio (runs 7:59)
Simone is the life and relationships web editor for Canadian Living magazine and she recently blogged about this topic. You can read her Lost Art Of Letter Writing entry.

0800 CBC Toronto staged its annual Sounds Of The Season day of broadcasting for foodbanks on Friday, December 6th. Fresh Air's hour included musical performances and interviews. The first segment featured singer Mandippal Jandu and music from the Justin Abedin Trio.
The Sounds Of The Season campaign to generate food and funds for Ontario foodbanks continues through December 31.
You can get more information and pledge on-line by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website for the CBC location closest to you.

0830 CBC Toronto staged its annual Sounds Of The Season day of broadcasting for foodbanks on Friday, December 6th. Fresh Air's hour included musical performances and interviews. The second segment featured singer Amanda Martinez, an interview with food bank client and volunteer Lin-Lin Chou and more music from the Justin Abedin Trio.
The Sounds Of The Season campaign to generate food and funds for Ontario foodbanks continues through December 31.
You can get more information and pledge on-line by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website for the CBC location closest to you.

What's On for December 7

Here are today's What's On selections:

Christkindl Market in Kitchener
Christmas Decorating in Perth
Santa Shuffle for Salvation Army-all Ontario
Winter Wonderland in Newmarket

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 continues....

CBC Toronto's Sounds Of The Season annual, all-day celebration to collect food and funds for area foodbanks took place on Friday, December the 6th. But it's just the beginning. The Toronto Sounds Of The Season campaign will continue throughout the month of December. You can make a donation of a non-perishable food item in the collection bins that are located at the entrances to the CBC Broadcasting Center in Toronto. You can also make a monetary donation by going to the Sounds Of The Season website. And the Sounds Of The Season campaign isn't restricted to Toronto. CBC locations in Windsor, Hamilton, Kitchener-Waterloo, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks. Visit the Ontario-wide Sounds Of The Season website to connect with the campaign closest to you. You can also call this toll-free number to make a financial donation: 1-855 SOTS CBC or 1-855-768-7222

SUNDAY December 1

Host: Mary Ito

0630 What's On columnist Aparita Bhandari offered a selection of events taking place around Ontario today.
Listen audio (runs 4:46)
You'll find links to Aparita's suggestions in today's What's On posting.

0730 The December edition of Mark Rheaume's Mark's Music had a bluesey feel to it...with cuts from new albums from Soulstack and Terry Gillespie. There were also a couple of seasonal tunes from David Ian's latest "retro Christmas" CD. Get the details at Mark's column.

0800 It's the word of the year according to one dictionary. But why are "selfies" so popular? And what impact could they have on the ways that young people interact with social media? New media watcher Rhonda McEwen from the University of Toronto-Mississauga offered her thoughts.
Listen audio (runs 9:56)
Learn more about Rhonda's work with new media at her
University of Toronto-Mississauga website and at her personal blog.

0830 Many men have questions about their health. Dr. Mike Evans has answers. He shared some of the most popular questions that he receives and supplied the answers.
Listen audio (runs 13:54)
Check out Dr. Mike's My Favourite Medicine website for more information on this and other health-related topics.
And don't forget to watch Mike's very popular whiteboard videos on his Doc Mike Evans' YouTube channel.

Sounds Of The Season This Friday!

CBC Radio's Sounds Of The Season is back. It's our annual event to benefit food banks, Ontario-wide. It takes place this coming Friday, December the 6th.
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 between one and two in the afternoon.
Mary Ito's musical guests will be Mandippal Jandu, Amanda Martinez and the Justin Abedin Trio.
You can also get details about all the other Sounds Of The Season events taking place at CBC locations throughout Ontario by visiting the Sounds Of The Season website.

Mark's Music December 2013

Links to artist websites will open in a new window.


Artist: Soulstack
Album: Five Finger Discount
Song: Friend
Website: Soulstack


Artist: Terry Gillespie
Album: Bluesoul
Song: It Wasn't Me
Website: Terry Gillespie


Artist: David Ian
Album: Vintage Christmas Wonderland
Song: O Little Town of Bethlehem & Jingle Bells
Website: David Ian


Eliana Cuevas' Song Contest


Musician Eliana Cuevas wants to give YOU a holiday gift. She's offered to write a special song for ONE of her fans. It could be a song about you, about someone you love, or about something that means a lot to you. Everyone has a story...everyone is able to live many experiences in life...and everyone is able to feel a wide range of emotions. Now you have a chance to have a song written about what's important to you, courtesy of Eliana.
You'll find the details on Eliana's Facebook page.
The deadline for submissions is December 10th.

What's On for December 1

Here are today's What's On selections:

Advent Windows/Inverhaugh
Olde Tyme Christmas/Porrt Hope
Homestead Christmas/Bronte Creek
Elora Farmers Market
Spoken Word Open Mic/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.
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.