About the Show

Air Times


Sundays at 6:30 p.m.,Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. (3:30 p.m. NT)


Sundays at 6:30 p.m. ET, Tuesdays at 11:30 a.m. ET, Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. and Fridays at 8:00 a.m. ET

C'est la vie gives listeners a window into the life of French speaking Canadians through interviews with people in the news and documentaries from across the country. One of the program's most popular features is Word of the Week, a little lesson in learning the French language.

You can now also download the C'est la vie podcast as well as the Word of the Week podcast.

About The Host

Host Bernard St-Laurent
Bernard St-Laurent

Bernard St-Laurent is the host of CBC Radio One's C'est la vie, which he co-created in 1998. Heard Sunday evenings at 6:30pm (7:30 pm Maritimes,and 8 pm in Newfoundland) and Tuesday mornings at 11:30am (3:30 pm in Newfoundland) on CBC Radio One, this award-winning national program about life in French-speaking Canada explores areas such as media, arts and culture, sports and life in general.

The veteran broadcaster is also the host of Homerun, an eclectic program that provides listeners in Montreal with basic, news, weather and traffic information at the end of the workday. The program explores everything from the latest in politics to the latest in the worlds of art, science, business, music and entertainment- all the joys and challenges of city life!

For more than 30 years St-Laurent has covered all the major political events in Quebec from the election of the Parti Quebecois in 1976 to the 1995 referendum and the re-election of the PQ government in 1998. He has also been assignment editor and senior political editor for CBC television in Quebec from 1991 to 1994.

St-Laurent started with CBC in 1981, opening CBC Radio's bureau in the Eastern Townships and working as a CBC Radio National Assembly Reporter. He left the CBC in 1987, but returned once again in 1991 as Assignment Editor for CBC Newswatch. He has been National Reporter for Radio News since 1994.

As guest host on numerous national radio current affairs programs and news specials, St-Laurent has been heard on The Current, Sounds Like Canada, As It Happens, The House and Cross Country Checkup, and on local Montreal programs Radio Noon, Homerun, All in a Weekend and Daybreak.

Before joining CBC, St-Laurent was a political columnist for the Montreal Gazette and executive producer for Météomedia /the Weather Network in 1989 and 1990, and from 1988 to 1990 he was city editor and columnist at Montreal Daily News. In addition, St-Laurent taught broadcast journalism at Concordia University in Montreal for several years.

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About Johanne Blais, C'est la vie's Word Lady

Word Lady Johanne Blais
Johanne Blais

Johanne was born in Quebec City. She grew up in a totally French environment. At the age of 19, she went to Queen's University in Kingston on a summer exchange program to learn English. Those six weeks of true immersion had a huge impact on her future career. For the first time in her life, our Word Lady was exposed to the English culture and had a chance to practise her basic core English with "real" Anglophones. She loved it! Her passion for words and languages led her to study translation. She completed her master's degree at the University of Ottawa in 1981. Since then, she has taught French grammar and writing skills in various universities, colleges, and Crown corporations. For many years, she also worked as a reviser for the Canadian Bilingual Dictionary Project. She presently gives grammar and writing skills workshops at the University of Ottawa.