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Are you Nova Scotia's next great musical act? Searchlight is a new contest from CBC Radio One's Mainstreet Nova Scotia - your chance to show off your musical chops and be named the best new act in the province. Then it's off to the nationals for a chance to win $20,000 in gear from Yamaha Canada Music, a video session at CBC Music, and more! 

Bicycle Beater Contest

Posted by Dean Gallant

Vote on which bike deserves to go to its final resting place... to be replaced by a shiny new MEC Midtown Bicycle.

Contest Entries

jen-parker.jpgJen Parker

My bike was created in April 2009 after a trip to the Wallace dump. We found an old road bike frame, buried beneath scrap metal. Once we uncovered the frame, we noticed rust & dents, but we persisted. We salvaged the seat and the handle bars from other bikes at the dump. My boyfriend has collected bike parts since he was young, so we found enough old bike parts to build my salvaged bike - Sally. In the last 3 years, I've added bits & pieces to personalize my ride. But now the brakes are loud & shaky, and things just don't run smoothly, even with regular maintenance. If I get a new bike, Sally will go to the Ecology Action Centre bike workshop to be re-salvaged for parts.

kathryn-deveau.jpgKathryn Deveau

As a seven year old I discovered this bike in the stuffy attic of  our newly purchased old house, in Fredericton.  Imagine my exhuberance!  For the past 47 years I have driven it around NB and NS....mostly on flat ground, as there are no gears....but often over rough terrain... as its tires are solid.  It quite often attracts an audience, given its age.  A very early CCM.  I now use it mainly for deliveries...but honestly would retire it in a heartbeat for a new bike with gears...for those tough hills!  Its been faithful and long-serving, low maintenance and FUN!

mary-rose-mcintyre.jpgMary Rose McIntyre

In 1990, while living in Singapore, I bought my 1st mountain bike to commute & explore remote & exotic areas. On one trek, it carried me over a black cobra, thankfully too stunned to give chase. Occasionally bumped but not bruised by urban traffic, my trusty tandem & I travelled many kms in SE Asia before returning to Halifax in 1994. Relentlessly reliable, my bike carried me safely on city streets, rural roads & paths in NS, dodging mishaps & eluding impacts for many years. Sadly, after almost 20 years of service, the bike & I were struck by a car on Robie Street in 2009. I survived this collision but my sturdy Singapore cycle breathed it's last on that day. I miss my cherished companion everyday & would be grateful to have it replaced.

shawn-butt.jpgShawn Butt

My husband drives our son's used bike.  He cannot change gears, pedals are warped and the chain falls off. Driving down the street you hear a cracking noise.  For the past eighteen months he has changed his lifestyle by losing over 45lbs and quitting smoking. With diet and exercise he has completely transformed. He has worn the too small bike out.  He has ran the Navy 10k, Craig Blake Memorial fitness challenge and recently his first half marathon in 88 minutes.  When asked what motivates him he shares that "my wife was diagnosed with MS, so I have to be as healthy as I can be so that we can meet any challenges the disease may throw our way." His goal this year is to train to participate in the RONA MS bike tour 2013.  Having a new bike would help him reach this important fundraising goal.  He's my hero and he deserves a new bike.

tim-houtsma.jpgTim Houtsma

This is my beater.  It has been with me for many many kilometers, 40,000k at last count.  It was my sole means of transportation through university and my daily commuter for years.  My bike has been ridden on both coasts, to the tops of mountains and down again, and through more traffic than L.A. rush hour.  Cars have collided with it 3 times, been "car doored" and almost stolen.  Every moving part has worn out and been replaced.  I still ride it to work, but the frame is beginning to crack and it's time for retirement.

The Ultimate East Coast Workout Playlist

Posted by Dean Gallant

Last year we created a playlist of great tunes by great local artists to workout to.
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Children's Book Reviews

Posted by Dean Gallant

Every now and then, Mainstreet's Alex Mason pops into the studio to talk about a children's book that's become a hit at his house. And we've compiled all the reviews on this blog, in case you're looking for gift ideas for the children in your life. We'll also be talking about the benefits of reading to children over the next week or so, on Mainstreet.

Here are the books he's talked about on air:

Everybody Was A Baby Once And Other Poems
by Allan Ahlberg, illustrated by Bruce Ingman, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: hit and miss)
Everybody was a Baby Once

Can I Play Too? (An Elephant and Piggie Book)

by Mo Willems, published by Hyperion Books
(Alex's judgement: so funny he embarrassed himself in the book store;
Poppy's judgement: stop trying to make me spell things, and just read to me!)

Can I play too?

Pumpkin People
by Sandra And Ron Lightburn, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: great illustrations, delightful to read again and again)
Pumpkin People

The City Speaks in Drums
by Shauntay Grant, illustrated by Susan Tooke, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: fun to read and visit the places illustrated in the book)

Mabel Murple

by Sheree Fitch, illustrated by Sydney Smith, published by Nimbus
(Alex's judgement: a timeless delight with energetic new illustrations)
The City Speaks in Drums

City Dog, Country Frog
by Mo Willems, illustrated by Jon J Muth, published by Hyperion
(Alex's judgement: beautiful and touching)

Don't Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: good ol' crazy fun)

Knuffle Bunny Free: An Unexpected Diversion

by Mo Willems
(Alex's judgement: gets a little laborious after many many reads - the original Knuffle Bunny is a better book)

The Quiet Book & The Loud Book
by Deborah Underwood, illustrated by Renata Liwska, published by Houghton Mifflin
(Alex's judgement: delightful)

When I'm Feeling Scared

by Trace Maroney, published by Five Mile Press
(Alex's judgement: painful, even on the first read)
Quiet Book

Possum Come A-Knockin'
by Nancy Van Laan, illustrated by George Booth, published by Dragonfly Books
(Alex's judgement: amazing!)

Three Little Cajun Pigs

by Mike Artell, illustrated by Jim Harris, published by Dial Books For Young Readers
(Alex's judgement: really fun, especially if you have Acadian inlaws)

Possum Come

A Bad Kitty Christmas
by Nick Bruel, published by Roaring Brook press
(Alex's judgement: charmingly naughty)

Look At That Building!: A First Book of Structures
by Scot Ritchie, published by Kids Can press
(Alex's judgement: no character development, and not much of a plot, but a favourite anyway)

A Bad Kitty

Classic Poetry: An Illustrated Collection
selected by Michael Rosen, pictures by Paul Howard, published by Candlewick Press
(Alex's judgement: a wealth of great poems for any age, and a bargain)

The Oxford Treasury of Classic Poems
by Michael Harrison and Christopher Stuart Clark, published by Oxford University Press
(Alex's judgement: another bargain, but some darker content you might not want to read to young children)

Poetry Collections