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June 2013 Archives

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Podcast Sunday June 30

"Professor Banjo" Paul Silveria on the square dance revival, BC Almanac's Mark Forsythe and Greg Dickon on their new WW1 book project, Adventure filmmaker Frank Wolf on his expedition to canoe across the Northwest Passage.

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Travel columnist Kim Grey

When it comes to Canadians, one thing we know for sure is that we love to travel in our own backyards. In fact, 80 per cent of the tourism dollars spent in Canada are spent by Canadians. Kim Gray is editor-in-chief of Toque & Canoe, an award-winning Canadian travel blog. This summer, she's sharing her Canadian Travel Bucket list with us, here on NXNW. You can find out about her next must-see destination this Sunday at 7:15.  

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World War I - Mark Forsythe and Greg Dixon

Next summer marks the 100th anniversary of the start of the "Great War."

BC Almanac host Mark Forythe and longtime collaborator Greg Dickson are putting together a book and a living archive.

It's built around the stories of British Columbians who have been touched by World War 1.

You can hear that conversation after the 7:30am news Sunday
Here's a link to the website: World War I

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Square dance caller Paul Silveria

There are plenty of ways to spend an evening in Vancouver: great restaurants, great music, great theatre, all of the usual suspects. But, one option that you may have overlooked is a good, old-time square dance. 

Paul Silveria is a seasoned square dance caller who presides over dances throughout the Pacific Northwest. His alter ego, Professor Banjo, performs a spirited live show for children.

Paul stopped by the studio to share his enthusiasm for all things old-time with guest host Margaret Gallagher.

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Adventure filmmaker Frank Wolf

We all love the comforts of our modern, urban lives. It's nice to go to sleep at night in a bed with a soft mattress, and wake up to a well-stocked refrigerator and an electric stove to fry up your bacon and eggs.

But that kind of life makes filmmaker Frank Wolf restless, and spurs him on to grand, intrepid adventures in the Canadian wilderness.

This summer, Frank and his crew will row their way through the polar waters of the Northwest Passage: a 3,000 km voyage.

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

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Faces of Palliative Care - Dr. Hal Siden


Absolutely Vancouver is the name of a summer TV documentary series that starts tonight on CBC. (Sat. Jun 29 at 7pm) Dr. Hal Siden is one of the medical professionals who contributed to the documentary and he's the Medical Director at Canuck Place Children's Hospice in Vancouver. You can hear that conversation after the 8:30 am news on Saturday.

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NXNW Podcast June 29, 2013

Dr Hal Siden on the new documentary "Faces of Palliative Care," Meeru Dhalwala and Eylem Sonmez on the Joy of Feeding Festival, and Wells-based "outlaw folksinger" Joey Only on paying tribute to Stompin' Tom Connors.

 
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BC Musical Festivals

CBC Music producer Derek Bird gave us a preview of a few of the great festivals happening the weekend of July 5-7. He gave his top picks from the Steamboat Mountain Music Festival  in Edgewater,  the Smithers Midsummer Music Festival, and the Keloha Festival in Kelowna. Derek will be back next week with more festival previews and tickets.

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Singer/Songwriter Joey Only

If you're looking for a musician who might be able to take up Stompin' Tom's lofty mantle, look no farther than B.C. songwriter Joey Only.

Joey's music, like Stompin' Tom's, is all about Canada.

He's traveled across Canada playing shows in big cities and small towns, and collecting material for his brand of musical Canadiana.

And in addition to all of that, Joey has been known to stomp. 

He's putting on a Stompin' Tom tribute show at 8:00 pm tonight (Jun 29) at the Sunset Theatre in Wells.

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

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Joy of Feeding Festival

Tomorrow, 16 home-cooks with roots in 16 different homelands will gather at the UBC Farm to serve up a feast like no other at the Joy of Feeding Festival. Besides home-cooked dishes from Serbia, Mexico and Malaysia, guests will enjoy a healthy serving of love and community. 
One of the founders of the festival, Meeru Dhalwala and home-chef Eylem Sonmez-originally from Turkey- join host Margaret Gallagher Saturday, after the 7:30 news.

Follow the jump for Eylem's story and recipe.
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Podcast June 22, 2013

Hula hoop performance artist Alley Oop, a tour of the Touch Wood sculpture exhibit at Van Dusen Botanical Garden with curator Celia Duthie, financial columnist Nisha Patel on loyalty cards.

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Podcast June 23, 2013

Jay Ruzesky on his polar travels and his new book In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage, Fiona Tinwei Lam on her new children's book The Rainbow Rocket, actor Jonathon Young on playing Hamlet, and Bettina Matzkuhn gives us a preview of "Sea Level to Treeline," a new exhibition at the Circle Craft Gallery.

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Children's book: "The Rainbow Rocket"

Across Canada, half a million people suffer from Alzheimer's disease. Fiona Tinwei Lam's new children's book, "The Rainbow Rocket," tells the story of a young boy who finds a creative way to cope with losing his grandmother to the disease. Guest host Margaret Gallagher talked to Fiona about her book earlier this week. You can hear that conversation this Sunday at 8:10.

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Textile Artist - Bettina Matzkuhn

Bettina Matzkuhn loves to tell stories through her artwork. And she draws on the language of fibre arts to tell these often playful stories.

Bettina is part of a new exhibit at Circle Craft Gallery on Granville Island called "Sea Level to Treeline."

That story after the 7:00 am news Sunday.

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Jay Ruzesky: Author of "In Antarctica"

Jay Ruzesky's new book In Antarctica: An Amundsen Pilgrimage traces his voyage to the bottom of the world. His journey follows the path of his famous relative, the polar explorer Roald Amundsen. He'll be giving a lecture with a slide show at the Vancouver Maritime Museum on Sunday, June 23 at 2:00 PM. 

He explained to guest host Margaret Gallagher what travelling to Antarctica meant to him. You can hear that conversation after the 8:30 news.

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Hamlet - Jonathan Young

Bard on the Beach kicks off another season of Shakespeare performed in a huge tent in Vanier Park in Vancouver.

One of this year's undertakings is Hamlet. 40 year old Vancouver actor Jonathan Young takes on the iconic role for the first time in his life.

It's an enormously challenging role and Jonathan came by to talk a bit about those challenges.

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BC Music Festivals

CBC Music Producer Derek Bird highlights a few music festivals coming up in BC this summer.

Lighthouse Bluegrass Festival in Qualicum Bay 
Tall Tree Music Festival in Port Renfrew
Vancouver International Jazz Festival including Downtown Jazz Weekend
Victoria International Jazz Festival

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Loyalty Cards - Nisha Patel

According to a 2012 survey more than 90 percent of Canadian consumers belong to at least one loyalty program.

And we hold an average of at least four cards in our wallets. You can hear Margaret's conversation with the NXNW personal finance columnist Nish Patel after the 8:00 news.

Nisha mentions the apps. "Stow Card" "Keyring" and "Card Store." The website to combine pints was points.com

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Hoop dancer Alley 'Oop

You probably remember the hula hoop. Maybe you even still have one. But, you probably can't do the sort of remarkable stunts with it that Allison Collins can. For "Alley 'Oop," as she calls herself on stage, hula hooping is a performance art. She's part of the Madskillz Circus Arts Festival going on in Vancouver right now. Alley stopped by North by Northwest earlier this week to talk with Margaret Gallagher about her unique brand of artistry. You can hear their conversation this Saturday after the 8:30 am news.

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Touch Wood sculpture exhibition

If you wander the verdant grounds of Van Dusen Botanical Garden over the next couple of months, you'll encounter more than just beautiful flowers and trees. You'll also come across more than two dozen wooden sculptures and installations, scattered throughout the garden. The exhibition is called "Touch Wood," and it opened earlier this week. Celia Duffy, the curator of the event, gave Margaret Gallagher a preview. You can hear their conversation after the 7:30 am news this Saturday.

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NXNW Podcast June 15, 2013

Bramwell Tovey on Stravinksky's The Rite of Spring, Richard Blaghorne takes us through Saturna Island history and the Fog Alarm Building, and the mother and two daughter team behind Sea Salt: Recipes from the West Coast Galley.


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NXNW Podcast June 16, 2013

The many musical lives of guitarist Paul Pigat AKA Cousin Harley, Wells-based artist Bill Horne on art and advocacy, Robert Budd's "Voices of British Columbia" featuring Constance Cox


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Voices of BC - Constance Cox

In this episode of Voices of BC, historian Rob Budd introduces us to Constance Cox, one of the very first interviews recorded by Imbert Orchard.

That's coming up after the 8:00 news Sunday.

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Bill Horne

Bill Horne is a photographer, a print maker, an award-winning book designer, and a teacher. He's also worked hard to advocate for artists' rights.

From helping other artists navigate the business side of the art world, to building mentorship, to speaking out against arts cuts.

Earlier this month, Bill Horne was awarded the National Visual Arts Advocacy Award. The award honours a professional artist who has made a significant contribution to the Canadian Visual Arts Community.

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Stravinsky's Rite of Spring - 100th Anniversary

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring is widely considered to be one of the most influential musical works of the 20th century.

To mark it's 100th anniversary the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra will perform it tonight at the Orpheum. VSO Music Director Bramwell Tovey stops by after the 8:30 news to talk about the importance of this piece of historic music.



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Grant Lawrence and the CBC Beetle Roadtrip Sessions


CBC Music's Grant Lawrence has been crossing the country for the last few weeks wracking up uniquely Canadian musical experiences along the way. He's been doing it all in a Volkswagan Beetle Fender Edition. You can follow his journey at The Beetle Roadtrip Sessions and you can hear his final conversation with Margaret after the 8:00 am news on Saturday.

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Sea Salt Cookbook

Lorna Malone and her daughters Hilary and Alison have been sailing around the West Coast for over 20 years, using their hometown of Nanaimo as a base.

Along the way they've eaten very well, creating dishes that showcase the many local food producers.

They've just published a beautiful new cookbook called "Sea Salt: Recipes From a West Coast Galley."

It's filled with gorgeous pictures, delicious recipes, and great stories.

You can hear Margaret's conversation with the family after the 7:00 am news Saturday.

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Saturna Island Fog Alarm Building

1791, the Spanish schooner Santa Saturnina cut through the Salish Sea and rounded the south east tip of what is now called Saturna Island. They would have been greeted by the sight of a glorious meadow, and perhaps a noisy herd of sea lions...or even some orcas. These days, that meadow, those sea lions and even those orcas remain at Saturna's East Point. East Point is punctuated by a small white building at the top of the hill. The historic Fog Alarm Building and it's also home to a small, community-run interpretive centre.

Take a tour with Margaret after the 7:30 news Saturday.

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NXNW Podcast Saturday June 8, 2013

Kathryn Gretsinger interviews singer Jill Barber. She is part of our "Shelf Life" series.Hear about some of the books that have shaped Jill's life. Then we connect with Jill's husband, Grant Lawrence, from CBC Music. He's on a 'cross-Canada musical road trip and he shares some of his adventures and discoveries from Ontario. And a story about a student exchange that's left a big mark on the lives of a few young people in Nelson.
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NXNW Podcast Sunday June 9, 2013

Guest host Kathryn Gretsinger interviews "Ted" Chamberlin. He is the author of Island: How Islands Transform the World. And, it being strawberry season, a call to chef Bobby Lax in Tofino to hear some great ideas about using strawberries in your recipes.

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Michael Juk on Berklee College of Music

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This is the season of gowns, tuxes, and limo rides. It's graduation season in B.C. Michael Juk brings in some music by the musical grads of the esteemed Berklee College of Music in Boston. People associate the school with jazz, and so they should. But a whole lot of amazing musicians from other genres have attended Berklee too, including: Quincy Jones, Gary Burton, Bill Frisell, Branford Marsalis, and Diana Krall as well as Howard Shore, Aimee Mann, and John Mayer. We'll hear more about the Berklee College grads on Sunday after the 8am news.

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​Slowpoke takes audiences to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion​

​​Billy Marchenski and Alison Denham visited the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone in 2011 - and then created a play about their trip. The production explores what's happened to the region in the 25 years since the nuclear reactor explosion. Slowpoke premieres in Vancouver early next week with Radix Theatre.
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BC Strawberries

Many BC fields are bursting with strawberries right now. 
We asked listeners for their favourite ways to eat strawberries... and we got a lot of ideas, both sweet and savoury. We'll speak with Bobby Lax, a chef and community food coordinator for theTofino Ucluelet Culinary Guild. That's just after 7:30 am on Sunday.

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Here is Chef Lax's recipe for Poached Spring Salmon Salad with B.C. Strawberries, goat cheese, toasted hazelnuts, garden fresh nasturtiums and an orange sherry vinaigrette

Orange Sherry Vinaigrette
Step 1: Zest and juice 1 orange
Step 2: Add 1/4 cup sherry vinegar
2 tbsp maple syrup
1 tbsp grainy mustard
1 shallot
Salt and pepper
Step 3: Now slowly whisk in 3/4 cup good olive oil

For the Salad
Step 1: Toast in oven at 375 degrees for 6-9 min ¼lb hazelnuts
Step 2: Roughly chop the hazelnuts once toasted and set aside
Step 3:  Remove the green tops and cut in half
1/2lb of strawberries
Step 4: Salt and Pepper generously on 4 5oz pieces of salmon
Step 5: In a wide bottomed pot bring up to a very gentle simmer
2L Fish stock or salted water
Step 6:  Turn stock or water down to just under a simmer and place fish gently in the pot in a single layer making sure they are covered by the liquid
Step 7: Cook fish in liquid for 6-8 minutes depending on the thickness of the portion.  When ready it should flake easily with a fork
Step 8:  Arrange on 4 plates 2-3oz of a hearty mix of nutritional/salad greens
(Chef's note:  Make sure to buy a sturdy mixture of salad greens that will still stand up in the bowl rather than withering at the sight of a cooked piece of fish.  These are best found at farmers markets and can include more traditional braising greens like baby kale or swiss chard.)
Step 9:  On top of the greens place your piece of salmon and the strawberries. 
Step 10: Then add large flecks of B.C. goat cheese like Salt Spring Islands "flower chevre"
and nasturtium flowers
Step 11:  Dress each salad with a couple of spoonfuls of dressing and then top with hazelnuts
Step 12:  If this is a brunch, lunch or dinner enjoy this meal with a chilled glass of B.C. Rose, which in its best form can smell like strawberries in a glass.

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Crab and Strawberries.

2 avocados cubed
1 english cucumber
2 cups strawberries, quartered
1 can of crab meat
juice of 2 limes
olive oil
salt and pepper

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J. Edward Chamberlin Author of Island

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"Ted" Chamberlin is the author of Island: How Islands Transform the World. Guest host Kathryn Gretsinger talks to Ted about his exploration into the cultural, natural, and historical significance of islands. Ted will be at the Denman Island Readers and Writers Festival. You can hear the conversation this Sunday after the 7am news.

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Students from Nelson benefit from the North South Exchange

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Freelance contributor Bill Metcalfe brings us the story of a group of aboriginal students from Fort McPherson (just inside the Arctic Circle) who traveled to Nelson. And we'll hear what a group of students from Nelson gained when they traveled to Fort McPherson. We'll bring you the story of the North South Exchange this Saturday after the 8:30am news.

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Master Gardener Trine Helsoe

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From her home in Prince George, master gardener Trine Helsoe will talk about vegetable gardens and how to to deal with those pesky caterpillars. That's on Saturday just after 8 a.m. 

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Grant Lawrence's Beetle Roadtrip Sessions

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CBC Music host Grant Lawrence continues his cross Canada road trip. We check in with him as he passes through Ontario. He has some tall tales about Stompin' Tom Connors, horse back riding, and of course, a few wildlife encounters. That's coming up Saturday morning after the 7:30am news.

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Shelf Life With Jill Barber

Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber talks
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with guest host Kathryn Gretsinger about the books that influenced her life in this edition of our regular feature, 'Shelf Life'. Saturday morning after the 7am news.

Favourite childhood book - Anne of Green Gables - Lucy Maude Montgomery
Book you'd give to your young adult self - To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
Book you like to lend - Everything was Goodbye - Gurjinder Basran
Book that's changed your life -  A Hard Chance: Sailing into the Heart of Love - Tom Gallant
Guilty Pleasure - Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen

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Kathryn Gretsinger hosts North by Northwest this weekend

Kathryn Gretsinger is our host June 8-9. She'll be speaking with singer-songwriter Jill Barber as part of our Shelf Life series to hear about some of the books that have shaped Jill's life. Then we'll connect with Jill's husband, Grant Lawrence from CBC Music. He's on a cross-Canada musical road trip and he'll be sharing some of his adventures and discoveries from Ottawa. We'll hear some tips on vegetable gardening in Prince George from a master gardener... and we'll tell you about a student exchange that's left a big mark on the lives of a few young people in Nelson.
On Sunday - we'll get some great ideas for how to eat the big juicy strawberries coming from the BC fields, plus we'll hear about a Vancouver play that takes audiences to the site of the Chernobyl nuclear explosion, 25 years later.
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NXNW Podcast Sunday June 2, 2013

Mandy Spottiswoode on her book South Islander: Memoirs of a Cruising Dog, signpainter John Lennig on the One Shot at Glory: The Art of the Signpainter, and Grant Lawrence on the CBC Music Beetle Roadtrip Sessions.

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Cruising with Dogs

Amanda (Mandy) Spottiswoode has just written a cruising guide-with a difference. She explains to guest host, Margaret Gallagher how cruising the west coast-with dogs, differs from regular cruising in her discussion of her book, "South Islander (Memoirs of a Cruising Dog.)"
You can hear their discussion after the 8:30 news, Sunday.

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Big Data and Your Shopping Habits

Companies have been tracking our habits for years... but now big data technology is helping them figure out what we want BEFORE we even realize it. Our retail contributor "Retail Prophet" Doug Stephens will tell us all about the enormous potential of big data. Tune in to learn more after the 7:00 news, Sunday.

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The Art of the Sign Painter

The show "One Shot At Glory: The Art of The Sign Painter" is running May 31-June 29th at the Smash Modern Art Gallery in Vancouver, running in conjunction with the upcoming Canadian premiere of the Sign Painter movie. Join guest host Margaret Gallagher as she chats with painter John Lenning who has been making his living painting signs for 50 years in Vancouver. You can catch their conversation after the 7:30 news, Sunday.

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Beetle Road Trip Sessions-with Grant Lawrence

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CBC Music's Grant Lawrence has packed all his radio gear into a Volkswagen Beetle to begin driving across the country to visit some of Canada's best musicians. It's a new project called the "Beetle Roadtrip Sessions."
Margaret Gallagher will catch up with Grant somewhere in Manitoba after the 8:00 news, Sunday to find out the chilling conclusion to his white water rafting trip with Shred Kelly. .

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Inder Kooner Bhangra Musician

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Inder Kooner is one of the performers at Vancouver's City of Bhangra Festival running until June 8th. Hear his music and an interview with guest host Margaret Gallagher Saturday right after the 7am news. You can see the youtube video to his new single, Gut Nagni here.

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NXNW Podcast June 1, 2013

Musicians James Hill and Anne Janelle on "Ukele Magic", beer columnist Matthew McFarlane on fruit beer, yoga on a stand-up paddleboard.


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James Hill and Anne Janelle

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The Vancouver International Children's Festival continues this weekend on Granville Island. And one of the performers is ukulele super star James Hill. It's a bit of a homecoming for the Langley based musician. He will be performing with his partner in life and in music Anne Janelle. Hear them in conversation with guest host Margaret Gallagher Saturday after the 8:30am news.

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Foncie Street Photos

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Pamela Post takes us on a personal and nostalgic journey into the history of her own family (that's her parents pictured left) through a beautiful photo taken by Vancouver street photographer Foncie Pulice or one of his cohort. She also takes us on a tour of new Foncie exhibit at the Museum of Vancouver starting June 8th. You can upload your own Foncie photos at the Knowledge Network's Foncie corner.
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Fruit Beers-with Matthew McFarlane

Summer brings to mind delicious fruit, and also delicious beer. Our beer columnist, Matthew McFarlane joins guest host, Margaret Gallagher to discuss 5 fruit beers, available now in BC.
This includes one of the series of five Canadian Band Beers all named after Canadian bands-more or less.

Catch up with Matthew and Margaret Saturday, after the 8:00 news.
Here's a list of Matthew's beers: Cherry Bomb Pale Ale (Mission Springs), Super Jupiter IPA (Howe Sound), Mellow Moon Pineapple Hefeweizen (Tree Brewing),  St Ambroise Apricot Ale (McAuslan Brewing), Blackberry Porter (Cannery Brewing) and Said the Ale (Townsite Brewing.)

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