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SATURDAY, February11

0630 World Music columnist Reuben Maan joined Mary Ito to preview a concert by the Israeli singer Yasmin Levy. The details are as close as Reuben's column.

0700 Laugh Out Loud Presents takes place on Thursday (Feb 16) at Glenn Gould Studio in Toronto. It features comedians Dave Merheje, Ali Hassan, Keith Pedro and Gilson Lubin. You can get ticket information at the Laugh Out Loud website.

0730 Tia Brazda has just unveiled her first recording. It's an EP called Cabin Fever . And the ex-Vancouverite says she had to come to Toronto to find a home for her mix of musical styles. Tia came into the Fresh Air studio to talk with Mary and play some tracks from the recording.
Listen audio (runs 12:17)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
Tia will launch her EP--- Cabin Fever ---at The Cadillac Lounge in Toronto tonight (Feb 11). Showtime is 9:00 pm. All the details are on Tia's website.

0800 Valentine's Day is almost here. What better way to say "I love you" than with a good book,.. But choosing the right read for your sweetie can be a challenge. Erin Balser from CBC Books and her partner, Matt Elliott, shared their literary ups and downs with Mary.
Listen. audio (runs 7:55)
There's lots about books and other literary topics at the CBC Books website.

0830 It's called Big Chill marketing. It's the use of hit songs by advertisers. And it's Terry O'Relly's topic this weekend on Under The Influence. Terry gave Mary a sneak "listen".
Listen audio (runs 13:14)
Under The Influence airs Saturdays at 11:30 am on CBC Radio One...and repeats the following Monday, also at 11:30 am.
Get the full story about the show at the Under The Influence website...and take time to check out Terry's website, too.