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December 2012 Archives

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Photographer David DuChemin

The Print and the Process by David Duchamin
It was so hard to decide what to talk to David DuChemin about!  He is a photographer who travels the world.  He works for a number of humanitarian organizations photographing people in many countries and he travels on his own explorations of natural beauty too.
He's also an author; his latest book is The Print and the Process, a workshop leader, a former theology student and stand up comedian!

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The Beachcombers at 40!

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Can you believe it's 40 years since the Beachcombers began on CBC Television?  I find it hard to comprehend that, as does actor Jackson Davies aka Constable Constable.  Jackson teamed up with Marc Strange who was a co-creater, writer and actor with The Beachcombers to have a look back to the very successful series with some great behind the scenes stories and photos. Their book is titled Bruno and the Beach.

You can hear my conversation with Jackson Davies on Sunday after 7:30 am.

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Lee Rosevere's Best Albums of 2012

20. BMX Bandits - In Space
19. Donald Fagen - Sunken Condos
18. Garlands - self-titled
17. Emily Wolfe - Director's Notes
16. Lightships - Electric Cables
15. Dropkick - Paper Trails
14. Cindy Church - Sad Songs Make Me Happy
13. Alice Cohen - Pink Keys
12. Tony Banks - Six Pieces For Orchestra
11. Sandra Dedrick - It's A Blue Hill Day: tribute to Chris Dedrick
10. The Benvereens - Ready To Go
9. Tanita Tikaram - Can't Go Back
8. Mary Chapin Carpenter - Ashes and Roses
7. Graham Gouldman - Love and Work
6. Chilly Gonzales - Solo Piano II
5. The School - Reading Too Much...
4. Lori Carson - Another Year
3. Shoes - Ignition
2. Corner Laughers - Poppy Seeds
1. Burning Hearts - Extinctions

Best Albums of 2012 (Top 20 edition) by Leerosevere on Mixcloud

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New life for an old piano

Eileen Power's family piano is being given a whole new lease on life.  Rod Verhnjak of White Rock is the "piano man" and he's restoring the instrument inside and out. 

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Victoria sculptor Birgit Piskor and the Whale that changed her Life - and Art!

Sculptor Birgit Piskor
Victoria artist Birgit Piskor creates beautiful, undulating sculptures from concrete.

In spite of the rigidity of the form, her sculptures have a fluidity and movement.

They have an added dimension of transcendence and transition -- ever since she had an

incredible encounter with a grey whale off the coast of Baja last year. Birgit tells us her

amazing story...

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Famed Soloist George Zukerman puts down his bassoon...

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The great Canadian classical musician George Zukerman has truly been an ambassador for a sometimes-overlooked instrument -- the bassoon -- in his long and distinguished career as a soloist.

He's travelled the world with the bassoon, played with great orchestras and had bassoon concertos composed for him.

Order of Canada winning musician George Zukerman is retiring at the age of 85. He has many fascinating stories of where the bassoon has taken him over the decades...
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June Goldsmith's Christmas Music selections

 June Goldsmith shares her insight into the seasonal music of Vivaldi, Handel and Bach. You can hear the music - and the interview on Sunday after 7:30.

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Cooking Club:

Rob Feenie at the North By Northwest Cooking Club

Rob Feenie is the executive chef at Cactus Club Cafe and he was Canada's first Iron Chef America champion.
He joined us at the Cooking Club at Barbara Jo's Books to Cooks to talk about his new book Rob Feenie's Casual Classics. And he showed us how to make Asian Sloppy Joes with cabbage cilantro slaw. Hear more just after 7 am this Saturday.

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Snap Crackle Christmas with Roy Forbes.

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It's always great to have Roy Forbes on the show.  As you probably know, besides being a song writer and a singer he is a devoted collector of records and especially of 78's, the records that came before LPs.
He does a regular radio show called Roy's Record Room on CKUA in Alberta.
He's dropping by with a sack full of Christmas tunes from the 1940's and 50's on Saturday just after 7:15.
Here's a link to Mincemeat Tarts!

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Sparkling Wines

Here are the sparkling wines mentioned by Shelley Boettcher on the show Saturday

In the legendary category:
Paul Roget Champagne
Bollinger Champagne
 
In BC
Sumac Ridge  - Stellar's Jay Brut
Summerhill - Cipes Brut
Blue Mountain  - Brut Sparkling Wine
 
Shelley also talked about Prosecco and  Cava which are sparkling wines from Italy and Spain. They are good, less expensive alternatives to champagne.
 

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A Callanish Christmas: When Grief Comes for the Holidays

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Callanish facilitators - Janie Brown far right
Ian, Kirsten, Miles and Finnegan

All you have to do is listen to the news to know that tragedy and loss don't take a holiday at Christmas.  It can be a hard time of year for people dealing with the death of a loved one; a job; a home - illness -- many kinds of loss.

What do you do when your reality is not the 'Norman Rockwell' portrait of Christmas. When grief takes up the space where joy used to be?

For the last 17 years, a non-profit group of health professionals in Vancouver has provided nature retreats and healing support for people with cancer and their families. It's a group that knows all too well about what a delicate balancing act of joy and sadness this season can bring.

It's called 'Callanish' - named for the 3000-year-old circle of stones in the Scottish Hebrides. The name came from their Scottish founder, Janie Brown, a former nurse-practitioner at the BC Cancer Agency - and now, counselling psychologist, who wanted to bring a more holistic approach to the big issues that cancer brings.

Pamela Post brings us this documentary story of two people struggling to find new meaning this Christmas -- or just get through it -- and the Callanish community that supports them.

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Poet Lorna Crozier's Book of Marvels

Award-winning poet and writer Lorna Crozier writes about linoleum, bikes, buttons and more in "Book of Marvels: A Compendium of Everyday Things." Hear my conversation with Lorna as we pore over her new book on Sunday morning after 7 a.m.
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Author Susan Ketchen - "Grows That Way"

"Grows That Way" is a new novel from Vancouver Island author Susan Ketchen. It's the third book in a series about a girl named Sylvia, who loves horses, has some struggles at school and finds her parents exasperating by times...all pretty typical stuff. Except that Sylvia also has Turner Syndrome, a condition that prevents her from growing.

In this lastest novel Sylvia has begun taking a drug therapy which will help with her symptoms. You can hear the conversation on Sat. Dec. 16 after the 7:00 am news.

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Our book panelists share their top picks for 2012

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The panel had a tough challenge paring down their list of top books for the year. Deb McVittie is the owner of 32 Books in North Vancouver. And Robert Wiersema is a book reviewer and events coordinator for Bolen Books in Victoria.

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Fiction

British Columbia

  • Jack Whyte - The Renegade
  • Bill Gaston - The World

Canada

  • Alice Munro - Dear Life
  • Tanis Rideout - Above All Things

Other

  • Justin Cronin - The Twelve
  • Barbara Kingsolver - Flight Behaviour

Non-Fiction:

B.C.

  • Tom Hawthorn - Deadlines

Barry Gough - Juan de Fuca's Straight

Other

  • Salman Rushdie - Joseph Anton
  • Susannah Cahalan - Brain on Fire

Kids/YA:

B.C.

  • Susin Nielsen - The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen
  • Kenneth Oppel - Such Wicked Intent

Canada

  • Various authors - Seven the Series
  • Charles van Sandwyk - Full Moon Eyes

Other

  • John Green - The Fault in our Stars
  • Levi Pinfold - Black Dog

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Matthew MacFarlane: Christmas and Winter ale

Here are the beers/ales that Matthew talked about on Dec. 16

R & B: Auld Nick Winter Ale
Deschutes Brewery: Jubulale Winter Ale
Phillips: Instigator Doppelbok
Vancouver Island Brewery: Hermannator Icebok
Spinnakers: Happy New Beer

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Vancouver North Pole Express

Bring your imagination and get on board the Vancouver North Pole Express. The National Railroad Historical Society of B.C. aims to recreate some of the scenes from the Polar Express... while teaching kids about the history of railroading. You can hear more on Saturday after the 6:30 news.

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Pyrrha jewellery

Stag's head by Pyrrha worn by Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes, Taylor Swift, Brad Pitt all wear it.  You can see it on television in Once Upon a Time, CSI, Weeds and House.  I am talking about Pyrrha jewellery and especially the 18th and 19th century wax seals that have become the company's trademark.  Things have been so successful with Pyrrha that the Vancouver based company now has a store in Los Angeles.
It didn't start that way though.  In the beginning Pyrrha involved founders Wade Pepin and Danielle Wilmore working from the bedroom of their apartment!
You can hear my conversation with Danielle on Saturday morning just after the 7:30 news.

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Arjan Stephens of Nature's Path

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Arjan Stephens loves his work, in fact he loves it so much it was a significant part of his wedding!  Arjan is VP of Marketing and Sales for Nature's Path, the biggest organic cereal maker in North America, a business started by his father.
And Arjan is one of the  the Top 40 under 40 being recognized by Business in Vancouver newspaper.
You can hear my conversation with Arjan after the 8 am news on Sunday.

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Susin Nielsen : The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen

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Susin Nielsen won the Governor General's Literary Award for Children's text for her latest novel, The Reluctant Journal of Henry K. Larsen. 
The book tells a compelling story of a family trying to survive after tragedy.  It touches on themes of suicide and bullying and the importance of friendship and the book also features some of Susin's trademark humor.

Susin Nielsen will be my guest after 7:30 on Sunday morning.


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Erin Balser of CBC Books

Here are the books that Erin Balser mentioned as her top picks for 2012.
Novels
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder
Short stories
Mad Hope by Heather Birrell
Siege 13 by Tamas Dobozy
Non-fiction
Straphanger by Taras Grescoe
A Geography of Blood by Candace Savage


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Rachel Hartman and Seraphina

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I enjoyed Rachel Hartman's novel Seraphina so much, and I am not alone!  Seraphina is a New York Times bestseller and was nominated for a Governor General's Literary award this year in the Children's Text category.

Seraphina is a wonderful fantasy set in a world where humans and dragons live, sometimes uneasily, side by side and where dragons have learned to assume human forms in order to get along.

I really enjoyed my conversation with Rachel Hartman too.  You can hear her on the show on Saturday after the 8:30 news.



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Yael Cohen and F**k Cancer

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Yael Cohen wants to say f you to cancer.  In fact that is exactly what she does in the charity she's founded.  Since she started F**k Cancer she's given Ted talks, been featured in Forbes Magazine and been invited to the White House and the U.N.

This year Yael has been named one of the Top 40 under 40 by Business in Vancouver newspaper.

Yael is my guest after 8:15 on Saturday morning.

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Cooking Club:

Quinoa Revolution in the Cooking Club

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Patricia Green and Carolyn Hemming are passionate about quinoa!  In fact the sisters are so passionate they've just written their second cook book about this superfood!

The latest one has over 150 new recipes for cooking with quinoa and lots of nutritional information too.

They made The Better Burger recipe when they were in the NXNW Cooking Club and it was delicious!

You can find that recipe on the Cooking Club page (via link on the right of this page) and you can hear them Saturday morning just after 7:30.

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Jeff Molloy

The Adventures of Jack Pine is a new show from artist Jeff Molloy...and as you might imagine with a name like that, it's filled with images that shout Canada! Jeff Molloy lives these days on Gabriola Island and he grew up in Ontario, absorbing the history and landscape there...where he was encouraged as a very young man by none other than artist AY Jackson!

This latest show, which opens Thursday Dec 6th at the Winchester Gallery in Victoria features somevof Jeff Molloy's trademark paintings of point blankets and Hudson bay blankets.

You can hear that conversation Sunday after the 8:00 news.

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June Goldsmith and Beethoven's 5th

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June Goldsmith walks us through part of Beethoven's 5th Symphony, describing in detail what is happening musically along the way.

June is a musician, a music educator and was the founder and long time artistic director for the Music in the Morning concert series in Vancouver.


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Meshe

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Meshe or Michelle Dumond is thie 2012 winner of the BC Musician Bidiniband Songwriting Competition.  She's a singer, songwriter and yoga teacher in Vancouver who has recorded several cds.
This summer she got to spend a week making music and learning at the Songwriting Summer Camp in Wells and then she performed as part of the ArtsWells Festival.
Part of the prize is also an appearance on North by Northwest and I am glad to present that just after 8:30 this morning.

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Denman Island's 31st Annual Craft Faire

It's a true country faire experience, say the organizers. We'll speak with Meghan Rose Babb, a local artist who just moved back to the island and is exhibiting her work for the first time as an adult.
Here's some of her work: http://www.etsy.com/shop/rosepedalsjewelry
We'll chat with Meghan on Saturday morning just after 8 a.m.
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Billie Livingston

Billie Livingston's new book, One Good Hustle. tells the story of Sammie...a teen ager with two con artist parents. It's a novel that has the ring of authenticity....and perhaps that's because Billie's own father was a bit of a rounder himself who left the family when she was just a child.  

One Good Hustle was on the Giller list this year and has been getting great reviews.  


You can hear that conversation Saturday morning after the 8:30 news.

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Michael Kaeshammer

Michael Kaeshammer is in concert tonight in Victoria at Alix Goolden Hall. The show is called Inspired and it's a Music for Youth fundraiser. Michael has recently moved by to Victoria and he's playing hometwon host to his friends Measha Brueggergosman, Denzal Sinclaire, and Dan Hill in tonight's concert.

You can hear the conversation with Michael after the 6:30 news Saturday morning.

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The Pirates of Penzance sail into Vancouver!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 The Pirates of Penzance

 Who doesn't love pirates? And especially when they're singing pirates?

Vancouver Opera is hoping that's the case with its latest production of Gilbert and Sullivan's

'The Pirates of Penzance' opening tonight at the Queen Elizabeth Theatre.

They've got some pirate heavy-hitters on board the ship, including Christopher Gaze, from

Bard on the Beach, who directs the opera and plays the Major General; and acclaimed

Canadian mezzo-soprano Judith Forst, who sings the role of Ruth, the Pirate Maid.

Pamela Post has this documentary on the merry band of musical misfits - and what gives

Gilbert & Sullivan comic operas their staying power. (click 'read more' to see more photos of the production. All photos by Tim Matheson).

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