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SATURDAY February 16

0730 The first National Blind Hockey Tournament is taking place this weekend (Feb 16-17) in Toronto. It's presented by Courage Canada Hockey for the Blind, a national registered charity that leads the development of the sport of blind hockey and provides children and youth with the opportunity to learn to skate and try blind hockey. Mark DeMontis is founder and president of Courage Canada---he's also a legally blind hockey player who'll be taking part in the Tournament. He and Karen Rosseau---who's also a visually-impaired hockey player who'll be competing at the Tournament---talked with Mary Ito.
Listen audio (runs 10:16)
The Tourament is talking place at Ryerson's University's Mattamy Athletic Centre---formerly known as Maple Leaf Gardens---today and tomorrow (Feb 16/17)
All the details are on the National Blind Hockey Tournament website.
The audio for this item will be posted on the following Tuesday.

0800 Teens and films. They're a natural match. But what kinds of films do teens REALLY want to watch. Mary put that question to Maiesha Zarin, Will Monahan and Samah Ali. They're part of a teen committee that helped programme the films at the Next Wave Film Festival at Toronto's TIFF Lightbox.
Listen audio (runs 10:14)
The Next Wave Film Festival runs all this weekend (Feb 16-17) and you can get all the details at the TIFF website.

0830 Shirantha Beddage first tuned into jazz while he was growing up in North Bay. He went on to get a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. But he wanted to come back to Canada...where he's now head of Theory and Harmony in the Music department at Humber College. He's also a baritone sax player and he's just released an album called "Identity". Shirantha joined Mary to talk about his music and why jazz matters.
Listen audio (runs 12:37)
NOTE: Music clearance restrictions prohibit inclusion of music originally contained in this item.
You can catch Shirantha on stage tonight (Feb 16) at Gallery 345 in Toronto as part of Mike Downes' "In The Current" ensemble. And then, on April 20th, he'll be at Toronto's Old Mill Inn with his own Trio
Learn more at Shirantha's website.