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Daybreak Alberta with Russell Bowers

CBC Radio's Daybreak Alberta connects the province through music, chat and weekend culture. From the arts to the news, retail therapy to health tips, music to chat, leave the workweek behind with your host, Russell Bowers.

  • 20:15
    Sandra Murdock, originally from Cold Lake, AB, has been announced as the winner of the 2018 CBC Nonfiction Prize. Sandra won the grand prize for "Easy Family Dinners" and now she gets a residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. Alberta had a very good showing for the 2018 prize, as two of the runners-up also have connections to the province. Kat Main of Calgary won for "How to Catch a Nightcrawler," and Lee Thomas (born in Whitecourt and now residing in Calgary) was a finalist for True Trans. Russell Bowers spoke Grand Prize winner from her home in Nova Scotia.
    Sep 22, 2018
  • 09:24
    It may not seem like an obvious place to start but for one Calgary non-profit, a DIY cellphone charger could lead to sustainable change in the world. And for they group, Light Up The World, they want to showcase that idea at Beakerhead. For nearly a decade, the Beakerhead science festival has been bringing people together at the crossroads of art, science and engineering. The five day spectacle wraps up this weekend with engineered installations and artworks. Nearly 150,000 people will be part of the event in 2018. Beakerhead celebrates tech and art, but sometimes those things can be very simple, like building your own cellphone charger. Christolph Schultz is the Executive Director of Light Up The World (LUTW), a Calgary based non-profit focused on providing access to energy to communities around the world, and he is leading the DIY cellphone charger event. The group provides education, work opportunities, and training to help communities have a more sustainable future. Christoplh Schultz dropped into the Daybreak studio to chart with Russell Bowers.
    Sep 22, 2018
  • 11:04
    On Wednesday, September 19, a panel of creator and advocates will host a fundraiser and open discussion on the issue of human trafficking. Calgary foundations, BRAVE and the Canadian Children Optimist Foundation want to raise, not just awareness, but action on this serious problem that the group says is far more omnipresent than the public would like to think. One of the speakers at the event is Calgary career psychologist and novelist, Laura Hambley Lovett. In her books, "Losing Cadence" and "Finding Sophie," she deals with the human trafficking and its effects. In advance of the event, she came by the CBC studio to speak with Russell. Tickets for "Not On My Watch" are available through Eventbrite.
    Sep 16, 2018
  • 11:33
    Most of us wait for something. Sometimes it's a simple thing like our turn in line. It could be something profound like a change in a job. Waiting can even be a matter of life and death. The idea of waiting became such a compelling idea that writers and editors Julie Sedivy & Rona Altrows decided to put together an entire book of essays about it. The result is "Waiting," and the anthology contains non-fiction stories from award-winning aurthors such as Sharon Butala, Aritha van Herk, Susan Olding, and more. Co-editor Julie Sedivy is the author of "Sold On Language" and has written for Politico. And co-editor Rona Altrows is the author of "The River Throws a Tantrum" and "At This Juncture." They both spoke with Russell Bowers about the new collection.
    Sep 16, 2018
  • 17:40
    In 2013, the museum in High River was devastated by the epic flood that swept through southern Alberta. Over 80% of the museum's archives were destroyed. The facility has proven resilient like the town itself, and the Museum of the Highwood has become an unofficial hub for all the film productions that have used High River as a backdrop - whether that's past movies like "The Unforgiven" of "Superman III" or current TV series like "Heartland" and "Tin Star." On Saturday, July 15, residents and visitors alike can help celebrate High River's history by taking part in the 10th Annual Historic Homes Tour. The event raises money for the museum and gives the public a glimpse inside some iconic local structures. Irene Kerr is Director with the Museum of the Highwood and she took Russell on a mini-tour.
    Sep 15, 2018
  • 13:46
    Painter, Jay Bigam, already knew he was fascinated by the big stormy skies of Alberta. He had already commited some images to canvas when a chance encounter with a meteorologist set off in search of even more skies. Soon he was chasing storms with other storm chasers and the result is a 6-painting exhibit at Udell Xhibitions in Edmonton from September 15-30. Jay sat down with Russell to recount how he came to paint "Turbulent Skies."
    Sep 15, 2018
  • 18:20
    Journalist, Bruce Dowbiggin, has watched sports leagues in North American transform from elite organizations with a limited number of teams to commercial juggernauts whose priorities moved from winning championships to creating an illusion of competition. But beyond the teams and arenas, sports now drives capital works and other real estate concerns. One need only look at the Ice District in Edmonton or the Calgary Next proposal from the Flames to see what's at stake for all citizens, not just sports fans. But even though championship dreams fuel prestige, should cities like Calgary and Edmonton even be in the NHL? That's a question central to Bruce Dowbiggin's new book, "Cap In Hand - How Salary Caps are Killing Pro Sports and Why the Free Market Could Save Them." Bruce spoke with Russell Bowers about why professional players should earn what they reasonably can demand.
    Sep 9, 2018
  • 21:41
    John Wort Hannam quit his job as a teacher and spent the next ten months depleting his savings and writing his first 10 songs. Now, 17 years later, Hannam has released album number 7. It's been quite a ride for the Alberta musician who, in recent years, has become a father, turned 50, and moved to "the big city" of Lethbridge. He's also suffered through bouts of depression and episodes of losing his singing voice. He sat down with Russell Bowers to chat about his life and play the title track from his new record, plus the tune "Only Love."
    Sep 2, 2018
  • 13:18
    A new documentary has debuted at as part of the Absolutely Alberta series and it's from Edmonton fiilm-maker, Brandy Yanchyk. It's called "Ms. Scientist," and some of Canada's top female scientists reveal the challenges they face, as well as their groundbreaking work and their inspirational success. To find out more about the film which you can stream for free, Brandy Yanchyk joined Russell Bowers in the Daybreak studio.
    Sep 1, 2018
  • 20:00
    Edmonton singer-songwriter Ben Sures wrote a song almost a decade ago about a family friend. That song has come back into his life as a children's book. Ben sits down with Russell to discuss what it was like to be entrusted with this story, how it will live on through young readers, and they also plays new music from Ben Sures' new album, "Poema Poematis."
    Sep 1, 2018
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