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Sochi 2014—-The Big Picture

The Sochi 2014 Olympic Winter Games are finally here. And CBC National Sports reporter Peter Armstrong is IN Sochi. Guest host Karen Gordon will talk with Peter to get a sense of the buzz at The Winter Olympics. That's this Sunday on Fresh Air.

The Nellotones

Lawyers by day...musicians by night. That's The Nellotones. This Ottawa-based combo specializes in a combination of jazz and the blues. And they've earmarked the proceeds from their debut CD to OrKidstra, a program that provides musical instruments and training to children in under-served communities. Two members of The Nellotones will elaborate when they join Mary Ito this coming Sunday.

Blackie And The Rodeo Kings

Two members of Blackie And The Rodeo Kings---Tom Wilson and Stephen Fearing---will be Mary Ito's guests on this coming Saturday's Fresh Air. They'll talk about the band's new album---"South"---and share a few tracks from it.

Ellen Roseman, Robyn Dell'Unto and Andy Orchard

Toronto Star personal finance columnist Ellen Roseman, singer-songwriter Robyn Dell'Unto and University of Toronto professor Andy Orchard---who's currently on loan to Oxford University---are among Mary Ito's guests on Fresh Air this weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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.

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.

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".

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Return Of Reno Man

Renovation expert Jorge Rodrigues will be here this coming weekend. He'll join guest host Karen Gordon. And he'll tell us how our obsession with tech gadgets is influencing the latest home reno trends.

The ULTRA Marathon Man

David Carroll runs marathons. But these are no ORDINARY foot races. David participates in ULTRA marathons---we're talking up to 160 kilometres, non-stop. What's more, David has turned his experiences into a new book for younger readers. It's called "Ultra"...and David Carroll will join Mary Ito this coming weekend to elaborate.

Cookbooks, ultra marathons and Rush

Lots of variety on the upcoming weekend's worth of Fresh Airs. Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store will have a round-up of the autumn publishing season's tastiest offerings. Ultra marathoner David Carroll has written a book for younger readers about this gruelling sport. And motorsport expert Norris McDonald will tell us if "Rush", the new film about Formula 1, is worth rushing to the theatres to see. All this and new music from some of Ontario's best musicians with host Mary Ito.

Dr. Mike, Barbra & Lou...and the key to a long life

Lots happening this coming weekend on Fresh Air. Dr. Mike Evans is back with news from the medical front. Singer Barbra Lica has teamed up with producer/arranger Lou Pomanti to create some very hummable melodies---they'll debut a few. And longevity expert Sharon Basaraba will tell us if eating fish really will lead to a longer life. Join host Mary Ito for all this...and much more!

The Big Chill...And More!

Meg Tilly, one of the stars of the 1983 classic "The Big Chill", will join Mary Ito this coming weekend. But there's more to Meg than movies to talk about---Meg is also an accomplished author. Tune in to get the whole "story".

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Whither Twitter?

Has the Twitter bubble burst? Or has the messaging tool simply taken a new shape? Social media expert Rhonda McEwen will join guest host Danielle Harder this coming weekend to talk about the evolution of Twitter...and some interesting changes at other social media platforms, too.

Cottages, movies and music...

It's a perfect combination for the summer. Architecture expert Shannon Kyles will tell us why there's more to the term "cottage" than you imagined. Film guy Thom Ernst will remind us about some excellent movies that were blocked by blockbusters. And musician, composer, arranger and producer Justin Abedin will talk about his multi-faceted career. They'll all join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

Carson's Back...

Landscape designer Carson Arthur will be here this coming weekend. Carson specializes in creating outdoor "living rooms" that incorporate the latest environmental and ecological advances. This time his topic is "hot weather trends"---summer strategies to improve your property while reducing your environmental footprint. That's in store when Carson and guest host Karen Gordon sit down together.

Overscheduled Kids

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

Summer songs...

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

Paddles...and Putters

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

Jason and The Dumbells

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

The Forest Rangers...Reunited

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

Behind Closed Doors

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

Dr. Mike on...

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

Parenting In A Digital Age

That's parenting columnist Samantha Kemp-Jackson's topic on Sunday's show. It's a challange that previous generations of parents didn't have to deal with. Tune in to hear Samantha's advice on how to keep your kids plugged in...without losing control.

Landscape Design 101

When it comes to outdoor design advice, you'll want to turn to Carson Arthur. That's his business...and he'll join guest host Jill Dempsey this weekend to talk about making your yard and grounds more LIVEABLE...and more VALUABLE. Be sure to tune in...

He's The Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is Fresh Air's eye on the world of retail marketing. Doug's the founder and president of Retail Prophet, one of the world's foremost retail industry consultants. And he's making a return appearance to the show this coming Saturday. Join Doug and guest host Jill Dempsey to hear what he's focusing on this time.

Heritage Communities...and Cheap Wine

They don't really have anything in common...except that they'll both be on this coming weekend's Fresh Air. Heritage architecture expert Shannon Kyles will tell us about Ontario communities that have managed to retain their disctinctive street fronts. And wine blogger Irvin Wolkoff will prove that it IS possible to choose good wines that DON'T cost much. All this and more with guest host Jill Dempsey.

CBC Open House—-Canada Lives Here

At CBC, we're always looking to open our doors and connect with audiences face-to-face.
Well, this May long weekend, we're doing it again! For four days, CBC is hosting a FREE large scale open-house to do what we do best - help Canadians to be better informed, engaged and entertained.
Our open house features The Canada Lives Here Experience, a huge interactive exhibit that offers the ultimate inside look into the news, music, sports and people that shape our nation.
Sign up for one of the Canada Lives Here Experience hourly tours and stay to enjoy a wide variety of fun, family-friendly activities in the Barbara Frum Atrium - get your red carpet photo, try your hand at being a news anchor, share your stories in the video zone, and meet some of your favourite CBC stars!
So join us at the CBC Broadcasting Centre here in Toronto, Thursday May 16th through Sunday May 19th.

Consumed

Locavore Sarah Elton's new book is called "Consumed: Food For A Finite Planet". It's her contention that we should replace factory farming with small scale local and urban agriculture. Sarah will make her case when she joins guest Fresh Air host Karen Gordon this coming weekend.

Dr. Mike's Rx for Fatigue

Feeling tired? You're not alone. But how can you tell when tiredness has become fatigue?
Dr. Mike Evans will give us his prescription for dealing with this very real medical condition.
And he'll do it when he's Karen Gordon's guest this coming Saturday.

Eliana's Back!

It's been five years since Eliana Cuevas released her last CD. That means she's had plenty of time to consider her musical options. And with her new album---"Espejo"---she's pushing her personal musical envelope. Eliana will join guest host Karen Gordon on Sunday's show to talk about her music...and play some tracks from the new CD.

Jorge on Landscaping?

What's Fresh Air's home reno expert doing on the landscaping beat? Turns out your gardening and landscaping plans can have an impact on your home's structural integrity.
Jorge Rodrigues will explain when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on this Saturday's show.

The Gourmet Camper

Kevin Callan is usually referred to as "The HAPPY Camper"...but he's donning a chef's hat for his latest book. It's called The New Trailside Cookbook and it contains 100 recipes for the camp chef. Kevin will elaborate when he joins guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Parenting 101

Parenting writer and blogger Samantha Kemp-Jackson will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

I Remember When

That's the name of Kellylee Evans' new album. It's her take on the music of Kanye West, Eminem, Alicia Keys, A Tribe Called Quest and many more. The CD will be released on April 16th, And Kellylee will be Karen's Gordon's special guest this coming weekend.

Spring Into Spring...Recipes

Looking for some "spring cookin'" inspiration? Christine Tizzard from CBC TV's Best Recipes Ever will drop by this coming weekend. And she'll tell us why Spring is a great time to explore fresh, seasonal foods and spice things up in your kitchen. Join Christine and guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday.

Big Trouble In Appliance Land

You probably have all five in your home---a stove, fridge, dishwasher, washing machine and dryer. Sooner or later something is going to go wrong with one...or all. What are the most common maladies with these major appliances...and what's the best fix? Steve Brannan from Brannan's Appliance Repair will troubleshoot on Sunday's show with guest host Karen Gordon.

Open A Door...

And you'll find Shannon Kyles. Shannon covers the heritage architcture beat at Fresh Air. A few weeks ago she talked about the evolution of windows...and this Saturday, she'll treat doors to the same scrutiny. It's so much more than an open-and-shut case...as guest host Karen Gordon will discover.

SUNDAY March 31

0730 World Music columnist Reuben Maan joined guest host Karen Gordon with the unusual story behind a new recording by Mali musician Bassekou
Kouyate. Here's a hint: There's a connection to Montreal band Arcade Fire.
You can hear their conversation by going to Reuben's column.

0800 Nick Saul was executive director of The Stop Community Food Centre in Toronto for fourteen years. He and his wife, writer Andrea Curtis, have now wtitten a book about the transormation of the food bank into a community hub. They talked with Karen.
Listen audio (runs 10:42)
The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement is published by Random House Canada.
You'll find more about the book and what it's about at the The STOP and the
Community Food Centres websites.

0830 Award-winning biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart was Karen's guest. Rob's new film is called "Revolution"---it's the follow-up to his acclaimed "Sharkwater" documentary and continues his examination of the negative impact of humankind on the world's ecosystems.
Listen audio (runs 13:39)
Learn more about Rob and "Revolution" at
Rob's website.

By Land And By Sea

Sarah Slean's latest album is a 2 CD set called "Land And Sea". She's been busy touring it all over Canada. But this coming weekend she'll take a break from her travels to sit down with Fresh Air's Mary Ito for a chat. Sarah has many stories to share---you'll want to be tune in.

Revolution

That's the name of biologist, photographer, conservationist and filmmaker Rob Stewart's new documentary. It picks up where his previous film, "Sharkwater" left off. And Rob will be guest host Karen Gordon's guest on Sunday's Fresh Air.

He's Got The Blues...

But that's a GOOD thing. You see, Chris Antonik gives the blues a whole new sound on his latest recording. It's called "Better For You" and Chris will join guest host Karen Gordon to talk about it. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Blood Pressure

That's the name of a new film from Canadian director Sean Garrity. It's a thriller...but a thriller with a difference. And that difference lies in the quality of the acting. It's head and shoulders above most movies of this genre. Sean Garriity will be Karen Gordon's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Mary Ito in Kitchener on March 16


CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th to help celebrate the arrival of CBC's new Kitchener-Waterloo station. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with "The Morning Edition" host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and astrophysicist Niayesh Afshordi from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics.
After 9:00 a.m., Mary will host a Q & A session with Craig and Anna Maria Tremonti, host of "The Current". You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. There will also be chances win some cool prizes and then meet some of your favorite CBC Radio and TV celebrities at a Meet and Greet.

What: Kitchener Market St. Patrick's Day Event
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free

Join Mary Ito in KW on March 16

What: Kitchener Market St.
Where: 300 King St. East, Kitchener
When: March 16, 2013 from 7 am - 2 pm
Admission: Free
What the event is about:
CBC invites you to the Kitchener Market on March 16th. Join us in welcoming the new local CBC show, The Morning Edition on 89.1FM. There will be plenty to do and see. Fresh Air's Mary Ito will be there to do live interviews with The Morning Edition host Craig Norris, local musician Alysha Brillinger and a special guest from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics. You can also meet the entire team that will be bringing you local stories, news, weather and traffic on the radio and online from the Waterloo Region. Enter to win some cool prizes and meet some of your favorite CBC celebrities. The Kitchener Market will also be providing entertainment throughout the day with Irish dancers and the music of Irish band Shananigans.

Zoe's Musical Muses, Sleep Apnea and Jack

Guest host Karen Gordon will welcome musician Zoe Sky Jordan, sleep expert Colleen Carney, and actor Rick Roberts and executive producer Laszlo Barna from CBC TV's new film "Jack" on Sunday's show. Please try to join them!

Movies, March Break and Spring House Advice

Guest host Karen Gordon will welcome TVO's Saturday Night At the Movies host Thom Ernst, Multiple Mayhen Mamma parenting writer Samanatha Kemp-Jackson and expert contractr Jorge Rodrigues on Saturday's show. Be sure to join all of them!

He's Got The Blues

But Chris Antonik gives the blues a whole new sound on his latest recording. It's called "Better For You" and Chris will join guest host Karen Gordon to talk about it. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

The Retail Prophet

Doug Stephens is a retail futurist. He's also Fresh Air's window on the world of retail marketing. Doug's new book is called "The Retail Revival: Re-Imagining Business for the New Age of Consumerism. And he'll talk about it when he's Mary Ito's guest on this coming weekend's show.

Films of the Coen Brothers

Joel and Ethan Coen have made a series of intriguing and often challenging movies saince their debut with 1984's "Blood Simple". Toronto film critic Adam Nayman will trace the trajectory of their joint film career when he joins Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Teen Movies

What do teens REALLY want to watch at the movies? The answer might surprise you.
Here's a hint---it's not all explosions and zombies.Three teens who've helped programme the movies at the Next Wave Film Festival in Toronto will join Mary Ito to elaborate. That's on this Saturday's Fresh Air, just after the eight o'clock edition of World Report.

New Media Primer

Tumblr...Instagram...Pin It. These types of "social networking" sites are appearing...and disappearing faster than SOME of us can keep track of. Rhonda McEwen specialises in the study and application of "new media" websites from her base at the University of Toronto/Mississauga's Institute of Communication, Culture and IT. She'll be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend to clarify which sites do what...and why we should care.

Sunday Saloning...

Fresh Air's Sunday Salon is back. And what a line-up for this installment: Joshna Maharaj, chef, activist, and food consultant for The Sick Children's Hospital in Toronto; Andy Orchard, Provost of Trinity College at the University of Toronto; and our very own Michael Enright, host of The Sunday Edition. They'll all join Mary Ito in the final part of Sunday's show to tackle all manner of topics.

All About Appliances

It's a major investment---a major appliance. But before you make that purchase...spare a few moments for Steve Brannan. He's the owner of Brannan's Appliance Repair in Toronto and he'll offer some advice on what you should consider when sizing up that new fridge, washer or stove. Steve will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming Saturday.

Six contenders...

...but only one position to fill. Ontario Liberals are about to choose a new leader and, by extension, our next provincial premier. That happens on Saturday, January 26th. And this coming Sunday, CBC News provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley will join Mary Ito to profile the two people who are "top of the heap" in the race for Dalton McGuinty's job.

Six Candidates....

...but only one position to fill. Ontario Liberals are about to choose a new leader and, by extension, our next provincial premier. That happens on Saturday, January 26th. And this coming Sunday, CBC News provincial affairs reporter Mike Crawley will join Mary Ito to profile the two people who are "top of the heap" in the race for Dalton McGuinty's job.

Mark's Music...Best of 2012

He's our special set of "ears" when it comes to new music from Ontario-based artists. And now, after careful consideration, Mark Rheaume is ready to reveal his four "most memorable" selections from the past year. Tune in this coming Sunday to hear which artists made the cut. That's on the January episode of "Mark's Music"...right after the 7:30 news.

Sounds Of The Season Continues...All Over Ontario!

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 7th. 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 CBC Toronto Sounds Of The Season website.

CBC Windsor, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks.
You can make donations of non-perishable food as well as financial donations to the Windsor Sounds Of The Season campaign through the end of December. Full information is at the CBC Windsor Sounds Of The Season website. CBC Sudbury's Sounds Of The Season campaign is accepting financial donations through December 31. Please visit the CBC Sudbury Sounds Of The Season website for details. And in Thunder Bay, the campaign to raise funds for food banks is called Music For Food. It's also continuing to accept financial donations throughout December. Visit the CBC Thunder Bay Music For Food website for details.

And please view the special CBC Toronto Sounds Of The Season
slide show that was created by CBC Toronto web master Dwight Friesen.

Sounds Of The Season Continues...All Over Ontario!

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 7th. 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 CBC Toronto Sounds Of The Season website.

CBC Windsor, Sudbury and Thunder Bay are also collecting food and funds for area food banks.
You can make donations of non-perishable food as well as financial donations to the Windsor Sounds Of The Season campaign through the end of December. Full information is at the CBC Windsor Sounds Of The Season website. CBC Sudbury's Sounds Of The Season campaign is accepting financial donations through December 31. Please visit the CBC Sudbury Sounds Of The Season website for details. And in Thunder Bay, the campaign to raise funds for food banks is called Music For Food. It's also continuing to accept financial donations throughout December. Visit the CBC Thunder Bay Music For Food website for details.

And please view the special CBC Toronto Sounds Of The Season
slide show that was created by CBC Toronto web master Dwight Friesen.

A Musical Salute to 2012

Fresh Air guest host Karen Gordon will say "so long" to 2012 with two special all-music editions of Fresh Air this coming weekend. There'll be great tunes aplenty with a special emphasis on the music that captured Fresh Air's fancy in the year-gone-by.

Cider House Rules

It's the latest thing. It's the explosion of demand for "hard" cider. And Spirit Tree Cidery is on the leading edge of producing new versions of this heritage beverage. Co-owners Nicole Judge and Tom Wilson will elaborate when they join guest host Karen Gordon on Sunday's Fresh Air.

New Holiday Classic Films

"A Christmas Carol"..."It's A Wonderful Life" They're emblematic of films that people watch each and every holiday season. But what are the NEW holiday classic movies?
TVO Saturday Night At The Movies host Thom Ernst will be here with HIS list of holiday movies that he believes qualify. He'll join guest host Karen Gordon this coming Saturday.

Gaming Galore

Gaming isn't just for teen-aged guys. Everyone is into gaming...and the fastest growing market is adult women. Alison Harvey studies the evolution and impact of gaming. She'll join Mary Ito this coming weekend to talk about her findings.

Best Books 2012?

Well, not exactly. Fresh Air's books panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---will offer a slightly different review of last year's literary landscape. Catch their idiosyncratic take on what was hot...and what was not...on Sunday's show.

Sounds Of The Season

Fresh Air's portion of Sounds Of The Season will be recorded on the stage of Glenn Gould Studio at the CBC Broadcasting Centre in Toronto on Friday, December 7 from 1 - 2 p.m.
Please join Mary Ito and special guests singers Barbra Lica and Rita Chiarelli, as well as Daily Bread Food Bank executive director Gail Nyberg. If you can't be there in person you can listen to this hour-longspecial on Saturday's Fresh Air in the 8 - 9 a.m.portion of the show. For more info about Sounds Of The Season---which runs all day long at CBC Toronto, visit the Sounds Of The Season website.

Holiday Cheer

Just in time for the entertaining season...wine expert Natalie MacLean will join Mary to talk about wines for the holidays. And, yes...she'll offer suggestions...and, no, they won't be out of the stratosphere, price-wise! That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Night

That's the name of Holly Cole's new album. It's an eclectic collection of songs by artists as diverse as Tom Waits, Gordon Lightfoot and Terry Jacks. But WHY is it called..."Night"? Holly will explain when she joins Fresh Air host Mary Ito this coming weekend.

Beating Bullying With Music

Ottawa high school student Megan Landry had first-hand experience with bullying. But she turned a negative into a positive...by turning to music. Now she's written a song that's becoming an anti-bullying anthem. And Megan Landry will be Mary Ito's guest this coming Sunday on Fresh Air.

Hikers Ahoy!

The Bruce Trail stretches almost 900 kilometres. Most hikers have favourite sections. But two Toronto-area women are hiking the Trail...in its entirety. Now THAT'S a hike! We'll meet Magdalena Vanderkooy and Marian Booy on this coming Saturday's Fresh Air.

Remembrance Day

November the 11th IS Remembrance Day. It has special significance for many Canadians. And on Sunday's Fresh Air, we'll ask you what Remembrance Day means to you. We'll invite both your e-mails and, in the 0800-0830 half hour, we'll take your phone calls.

Christmas Comes Early...

At least, Christmas and holiday marketing has certainly come early. But how soon is TOO soon for merchandisers to try to get us into the holiday buying spirit? Brynn Winegard from the Ted Rogers School of Management in Toronto will join Mary Ito this weekend to tackle this oh-so-topical question. That's Saturday, just after World Report at 8 o'clock.

What's Cookin'?

If you're looking for the latest trends from the culinary world, tune in to Fresh Air this coming weekend. Alison Fryer from The Cookbook Store in Toronto will be Mary Ito's guest. And Alison will review what's hot (and tasty) on the fall and winter cookbook front.

Working The Dead Beat

Sandra Martin writes feature obituaries for The Globe And Mail. She's also just published a book called "Working The Dead Beat---Fifty Lives That Changed Canada". And Sandra will join Mary Ito this weekend on Fresh Air.

A Tribute To Ed

Ed Bickert is probably Canada's finest contribution to jazz guitar playing. The long-time Torontonian is now retired. But he'll be celebrated at a special tribute concert on November 6th at Glenn Gould Studio. Guest host Karen Gordon will talk with the woman who's staging the concert---Jennifer Thorpe---and jazz guitarist Lorne Lofsky, a long time friend of Ed. That's on Sunday's show.

Cigarettes and Truckstops

That's the name of Lindo Ortega's new album. The alt-country singer from Toronto recently relocated to Music City, USA. Lindi will tell guest host Karen Gordon why she made the move when she drops by the Fresh Air studio on Saturday.

"The Turk"

That was his nickname when he was a high flying centre for the Stanley Cup-winning Boston Bruins. But Derek Sanderson's life went into a downward spiral as his hockey career waned. What he did to turn his life around is the subject of a new biography by Kevin Shea. And both Kevin and Number 16, Derek Sanderson, will be Karen Gordon's guests this Saturday on Fresh Air.

The Newest Dragon

Meet the newest Dragon. That would be David Chilton. And he's joined the other entrepreneurs on CBC Television's Dragon's Den. for the 2012-13 season.
Of course, David is already well-known for his The Wealthy Barber financial advice books. You can hear all about him when David Chilton joins Mary Ito this coming Saturday.

Jaffa Road

The Toronto-based world music group takes listeners on a real road trip with their new album. You'll hear Jewish, Arabic and Indian music...along with jazz, electronica, rock, pop and dub. And Aviva Chernick and Aaron Lighstone of Jaffa Road will be Mary Ito's guests this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

The Clock!

Is it a film? Or is it an art installation? Well...it's both. It's called "The Clock". And it's an intriguing homage to the portrayal of time in the movies. People in Southern Ontario currently have a chance to experience "The Clock". It's at The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto. And the Power Plant's director, Ga√ętane Verna, will join guest Fresh Air host Mike Ewing on Sunday's show. That's just after the 7:30 news. .

The Weather Watcher

He's a weather watcher extraordinaire. His name is David Phillips. And he's senior climatologist at Environment Canada. If ANYone knows what to expect---weather-wise---in the weeks and months to come, it's Dave. He'll share his conclusions on Saturday's show, after the 8 o'clock edition of World Report.

Return Of The Thousandaire

Fresh Air's personal finance columnist Hilary Doyle---AKA "The Thousandaire"---will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend. Hilary will share advice on how to deal with a university student's worst enemy---debt.

New Books For Fall

The autumn book season is shifting into high gear. But with so many books to choose from, how can you be sure you're getting the best of the bunch? Fresh Air's resident "bookies"---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---will join Mary Ito to preview some of their picks for "best books to read" this fall. That's this coming weekend on the show.

Lunarcy!

It's a film about the moon. Actually, it's more than that. LUNARCY! is an out-of-this-world look at the past, present and future of humanity's always fascinating, and often bizarre (and hilarious) obsession with the Moon. Simon Ennis is the film's director. He'll join Mary Ito in the final half hour of Sunday's show to elaborate.

A Winter's (Coming) Tale

It may be hard to believe...but the season of dropping temperatures and falling white stuff will soon be upon us. Which raises the inevitable question...will your house be ready for the worst that winter can throw its way? Toronto contractor Jorge Rodrigues will join Mary Ito with a checklist of what you can do to make sure YOUR home is ready for winter's fury. That's this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

The Stinking Rose

We're talking garlic. And Liz Primeau knows all about garlic. She's written a book about it called In Pursuit Of Garlic. Liz will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Shannon's Ontario

Fresh Air's "eye" on the "world" of Ontario architecture is Shannon Kyles. She'll join Mary Ito this coming weekend to take all of us on a virtual tour of some of the province's most interesting---from a heritage perspective---towns.

The Doctor is In

That would be Dr. Mike Evans. He's going to make a house call on this coming weekend's Fresh Air. His topic: What weekend warriors can learn from the types of injuries that Olympic athletes are suffering in London. You'll want to be here for his prognosis and his prescription.

Daniel comes home...

Daniel Lanois is a world-class music producer AND musician. While he's originally from the Hamilton area, he currenty calls California home. But Daniel will be back on home turf next month for a very special music festival. He'll offer an explanation and a preview when he joins Karen Gordon on Sunday's Fresh Air.

He wrote the book...

...on Canadian music. Literally. Bernie Finkelstein is the man behind True North records...and now he's recorded his music industry experiences in a book called True North: A Life Inside the Music Business. Bernie will share some of those stories when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

Book the classics!

Erin Balser has been reading again...and this time she's tackling some classics. Books that deserve a second (or third...or fourth) pulling down from the book shelf come-summer. Erin will tell us why when she joins Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

It's electro-Persian...

That's the style of music that Mahmood Schricker creates. And with good reason---Mahmood is originally from Iran. His first album of music is called Null and it blends traditional Persian rhythms with modern electronica. Null is about to be officially released...and Mahmood will be Mary's guest this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

They're a couple ON-stage...

And OFF. Deborah Hay and Ben Carlson are co-starring in Much Ado About Nothing at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival. But they also share the stage in real life...because they're married to each other. They'll talk with Mary Ito about their on- and off-stage lives on Sunday's show.

Hot and Dry...

That sums up the weather in much of Ontario this summer. And it's wreaking havoc on gardens, lawns and even mature trees. Fresh Air's favourite gardener, Marjorie Harris, will join Mary to discuss the impact of all that sunshine and recommend coping strategies to ensure your plants will survive. That's Saturday morning after World Report at eight o'clock.

Before you go on vacation...

There are things that you should do. Some are obvious---stopping newspaper delivery, arranging for someone to water your plants---but some are less-obvious. And yet, they're just as, if not MORE, important. Citizen Talin will spell them out this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Canada Day special

Fresh Air won't be here on Canada Day. Instead, you'll hear Sing For Your Song, Canada. Grant Lawrence will be your host as he invites Canadians from coast-to-coast to request songs by Canadian musicians. The only catch is that you literally have to "sing" some of the song to get it played. That's in place of Fresh Air on Sunday, July 1.
Mary Ito and the Fresh Air gang will all be back the following weekend.

House swapping, books for boys...and the arranger!

You'll hear all this...and more..on Saturday's Fresh Air. Two people who've taken vacations by house-swapping with people in other countries...a three-city book panel with suggested summer reading for boys...and a conversation with a woman who arranges music for a living. They'll all be Mary Ito's guests.

It's not just a "guy" thing

Move over, fellows. Motorcycles aren't just for men. Danielle Stockley and Keshia Ince are dedicated motorcyclists. They'll tell Mary Ito why two wheels are more appealing than four when they join her this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Sophisticated Lady

Elizabeth Shepherd is just one of the vocalists who've joined Canadian jazz legend Peter Appleyard on his new Sophisticated Ladies album. Peter supplies the swingin' vibes while Elizabeth and her jazz singing peers provide the voices. And both will join Mary Ito to talk about the project on this coming weekend's Fresh Air.

AfroCubism?

It's not a new kind of art. It's what happens when musicians from Mali meet their musical counterparts in Cuba. Fresh Air's world music columnist, Reuben Maan, has heard the results. And he'll share them with host Mary Ito---and you---on Saturday's show.

The doctor is IN

This doctor makes house calls. His name is Mike Evans. And he's Fresh Air's favourite GP. Recently, Dr. Mike has been creating medical videos for his You Tube channel. In fact, his 23 1/2 Hours video on the medical benefits of exercise went viral. Now he has a new one that deals with stress. And Dr. Mike will join Mary Ito to talk about it...this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Transforming Lives

Christine McFarlane and Kevin Conlon have each faced extreme adversity in their lives. But they overcame a series of challenges that would defeat many people. That's why they're being recognized by Toronto's Centre tor Addiction and Mental Health. Christine and Kevin are amng the winners of this year's Transforming Lives awards. And they'll tell their stories to Mary Ito on Sunday's show---that's in the final half hour.

It's a Tug Of War...

Tug Of War is the title of Lesley Pike's new album. It's a real labour of love for this Wingham native who now calls Toronto home. It was three years in the making...and Lesley will tell Mary Ito why it was worth the effort on this coming Saturday's show.
Also this weekend on Fresh Air...Shannon Kyles on Queen Anne Revival architecture, Mark Rheaume's monthly round-up of new Ontario music and historian Peter Vronsky with the story behind the Battle of Ridgeway.

That's What I Do...

That's What I Do is the name of Barbra Lica's debut album. She may be only in her early 20s...but Barbra is already an accomplished jazz singer. She'll talk about her influences and her musical adventures---to date---when she guests on Fresh Air this coming weekend.

Ordering a fine vintage

Ordering wine in a restaurant can be a daunting experience. Citizen Talin to the rescue. Our consumer columnist will join guest host Karen Gordon on Sunday's show with everything that you need to know about choosing a vino that's both pleasing to the palate and affordable.

Get your gardening gloves on...

Victoria Day weekend is the traditional start to gardening season. If you're looking for some "green thumb" advice, you're in luck!, Expert gardener Marjorie Harris will join guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday's Fresh Air.

Wilderness Etiquette

People from all over Ontario will flock to provincial parks this weekend. But some are more interested in having a good time than in becoming one with nature. Outdoors author Kevin Callan will offer his thoughts on making the most of your wilderness experience when he joins guest host Karen Gordon on Saturday's Fresh Air.

It's BBQ Time!

And Rob Rainford is a man who's Born To Grill. That's the name of his latest cookbook. And Rob will join guest host Karen Gordon this coming weekend on Fresh Air. If you're thinking about tossing some burgers on the barbie, tune in to hear what a master griller has to say.

Welcome To The Monkey House

Musician Don Breithaupt IS Monkey House. He's the keyboard player, vocalist, songwriter, producer, arranger and who knows what else. Don's latest Monkey House release is an album called Headquarters. And, after hearing it, you might notice that Don's more than a little familiar with the music of Steely Dan. That's OK because he's also written a book about the reclusive duo's best known album, Aja. Don will join Mary to talk about his music and much more this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

A Very Funny Couple

You know HER from her role as Mayor Popowicz on CBC TV's Little Mosque On The Prairie. You know him from his improv antics on Whose Line Is It Anyway. Their names are Debra McGrath and Colin Mochrie. But what you might NOT know is that they're married. Debra and Colin will talk about that---and much more---when they're Mary Ito's guests this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Sundays are made for Salons like this...

The Sunday Salon returns to Fresh Air this coming---wait for it---Sunday. Historian Margaret MacMillan, journalist Ron Graham and restaurateur Roberto Martella will be Mary Ito's guests. And the topics will be...whaver Mary pulls out of the Sunday Salon idea bowl. Anything can happen...but you're assured of plenty of lively conversation and clever banter.

Sexy books...

THAT got your attention, didn't it? Well, Fresh Air's book panel---Becky Toyne and Erin Balser---have been thinking about the astounding popularity of a "daring" new novel called Fifty Shades Of Grey. They want to share their reflections on the merits of books that push the limits when it comes to sex. And they'll do it this coming weekend with Mary Ito.

That sinking feeling...

The Titanic sank 100 years ago. But we're still talking about it today. The question is...why?
Toronto author Hugh Brewster has some theories. He's written a number of books about that ill-fated voyage. He'll be Mary's guest on Sunday's show.

Drawing the reno line...

It's a fine line to draw. When do you put down the tools on your DIY project and call in the professionals? Contractor Jorge Rodrigues has some thoughts to share on this subject. And he'll bring them to the Fresh Air studio when he joins Mary Ito this coming weekend.

Sci-Fi Alert!

Author Robert J. Sawyer has a brand new science fiction thriller. It's called Triggers.
But it's not way-out-there sci-fi. It's all about issues and social commentary...packed in a highly entertaining package. And Robert will join Mary Ito this coming Saturday to talk about it.

Silence Is Golden

The success of the (mostly) silent movie The Artist has reawakened interest in this film genre. And it's prompted Thom Ernst, host of TVO's Saturday Night At The Movies , to choose some classic silent films that we should all see. Thom will reveal his list when he joins guest host Karen Gordon this coming Saturday on Fresh Air .

He's a country crooner...

And much, much more. His name is Johnny Reid. And he's nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Single of the Year. He's also performing at CBC TV's broadcast of The Genie Awards. So he's a busy guy. But Johnny is making time for a visit with Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Citizen Talin is back!

Fresh Air's consumer columnist, Talin Vartanian, AKA Citizen Talin, returns this coming weekend. Her topic---those social buying websites. Are they offering good value for the investment? Talin has investigated...and she'll share her findings with Mary Ito.

A Thrifty Garden

Marjorie Harris knows gardens. She's written a bunch of books about them. And she's no slouch when it comes to creating them, too. Now, she's come up with a book that tells YOU how to make your OWN garden...and not break the bank doing it. The book is called THRIFTY: GARDENING FROM THE GROUND UP. And Majorie will be Mary Ito's guest this coming weekend.

Just mumble...

It's an odd name for an album. But Wendy Landis chose Mumble as the name for HER new CD. And she had a good reason. She'll share it when she joins Mary on Sunday's show. You'll also hear a couple of songs from the album. That's in the 0730-0800 segment of the show.

He's The Winner

Andrew Westoll spent two years conducting research for his book The Chimps Of Fauna Sanctuary. It was time well spent as the book has just been named winner of the Charles Taylor Prize for Literary Non-Fiction. And Andrew will be Mary's guest on Saturday's Fresh Air.

He's a Country Crooner

And much, much more. His name is Johnny Reid. And he's nominated for a 2012 Juno Award for Single of the Year. He's also performing at CBC TV's broadcast of The Genie Awards. So he's a busy guy. But Johnny is making time for a visit with Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Sonja's Sideline

You probably know Sonja Smits as an actor. After all, she's starred in Street Legal, Traders and The Eleventh Hour. And that's just on television---it doesn't begin to cover her stage and film credits. But did you know that she also a "player" in the food and spirits biz?
Sonja reveals all...this coming weekend.

DK's Excellent NYC Adventure

DK Ibomeka gets around. The Toronto singer/songwriter has several European tours to his credit. He's also played major jazz festivals both in North America and abroad. DK is currently living in New York City where he's studying with a jazz mentor. And he's just released his latest album. It's called Ocean and DK will join Mary ito to talk about both it and his new "home" this coming weekend on Fresh Air.

Monkey Majik and DK in NYC

Monkey Majik is a Japanese pop band that's 50% Canadian---two of the four members are from Ottawa. DK Ibomeka is a Toronto musician who was originally going to be a doctor but who's now studing wth a jazz mentor in New York City. What do they have in common? They'll both be on Fresh Air this coming weekend.

He's Under The Influence

He's Terry O'Reilly---advertising guru. You know him as the host of the long-running CBC Radio One programme The Age Of Persuasion. But that was then. This is now...and Terry's new show is called Under The Influence. He'll be Mary's guest this coming weekend to explain why we've left the era of overt one-way messaging and entered a new world order of two-way dialogue.

Musician or photographer?

Emma-Lee is both. And she's very good at each of her vocations. But which came first? Emma-Lee will explain when she joins Mary Ito this coming weekend on Fresh Air. She'll also talk about her new album, Backseat Heroine.

Farewell Little Mosque...

It's the final season for CBC-TV's Little Mosque On The Prairie. Actor Zaib Shaikh has starred in the ground-breaking sit-com from Day One. Zaib will join Mary Ito this weekend to talk about the impact of the programme on viewers...as well as on his own career.

The Two Shannons

Fresh Air will welcome two Shannons to the show his coming weekend...but they'll tackle two entirely different topics. Singer Shannon Butcher will talk about balancing her music career with her new role as a mother. And architecture contributor Shannon Kyles will explore another aspect of Ontario's architectural heritage. That's on the January 21/22 editions of Fresh Air.

See you in 2012...

Fresh Air will be taking some time off for the rest of the holiday period. But Mary Ito and the Fresh Air gang will be back on the airwaves on first full weekend in January. Until then, we wish all of our many listeners the very best of the season and the very best in 2012. We'll talk with you again on January the 7th.