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Homerun-Canada Reads "Half-Blood Blues" special

suedon better.jpg On Wednesday February 26th Sue Smith and the Homerun team were live from Indigo Books with Donovan Bailey. The Olympic champion is defending the book Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyen in this year's Canada Reads competition.  During the show we looked at Montreal's special relationship with jazz and examined issues around identity and race with members of Montreal's black community.  Click below to hear our conversations featuring live music from Dawn Tyler Watson and Paul Shrofel.

 

Little Burgundy jazz
Felix award-winning drummer Norman Marshall Villeneuve, Anne Rockhead, the daughter-in-law of Rufus Rockhead who owned Rockead's Paradise, and local tap dancer and choreographer Ethel Bruneau. 

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Montreal's jazz community today
Dave Turner, Chet Doxas, and Dawn Tyler Watson.

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Stereotypes in the spotlight
Rapper and poet Cadence Weapon, singer Murray Lightburn of The Dears, and former-NHLer Georges Laraque.

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"Half-Blood" perspective
David Shelton, Abisara Machold, and Tracy Biddle.

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Montreal's black community
Fabienne Colas of Montreal International Black Film Festival, Frances Waithe of the DESTA Black Youth Network, and Trevor Williams of the Trevor Williams Kids Foundation.

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