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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.

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.


Calgary, AB


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.






P.O. Box 2640 Calgary, AB T2P 2M7 888-711-7111


A Decade of Travel for Toque and Canoe

Ten years ago this month, the multiple award-winning Canadian travel blog Toque & Canoe launched here in Calgary. Co-founders Jen Twyman and Kim Gray portaged a bright red canoe through downtown to mark the occasion. The two women, one a photojournalist and another a writer, were determined to re-invigorate what media coverage of travel in Canada could look like. They felt like mavericks in the digital media space however, a decade on, Toque & Canoe continues to produce their own brand of...


How Canada and Alberta Can Help Rescue the Planet

Best-selling author, and long-time New Yorker writer, Tony Hiss has written a prescription for a planet in trouble as he looks at the damage done to Earth and how to move forward. "Rescuing The Planet" takes readers on a journey to meet people who trying to save place for nature to flourish and explains why it is in all our interest. He's especially excited by climate efforts being made in Canada and in Alberta. Russell reached Tony Hiss in New York City.


Writing and Analyzing the Grieving Process

In her latest look at a new Alberta book, Angie Abdou (This One Wild Life, The Bone Cage) reviews a new memoir by Reinekke Lengelle, "Writing the Self in Bereavement."


New Music From new Musician

Born and raised in small town Alberta, singer, Jennie Harluk, has spent much of her life exploring music and honing her craft. She was studying piano at six, and by age 10 she was performing regularly and writing her own songs. She's already been on the stage at the Calgary Stampede and the Country Thunder Festival. Jennie's debut single “Blame It On Me” came out to all streaming platforms on July 23 and she spoke with Russell about her life and new single.


The Struggle and Strain of Rural Alberta Healthcare Staff

The amount of physicians and health care professionals available to cover shifts in rural Alberta have been scarce and it's led to a string of temporary emergency room closures, as well as breaks in certain medical procedures for months in smaller communities. A shortage of physicians and other health care staff in rural Alberta isn't new as rural hospitals have always struggled with attracting and retaining physicians and health care professionals for various reasons. However, what hasn't...


Undoing Habits On A Daily Basis

Calgary educator, David Gaudet, has been on a mission to help others improve their lives by thinking about our thinking habits. During 2020 , he blogged and podcasted daily about ways to undo our patterns of behavior. He's collected those thoughts, but a host of exercises for readers, into "The Daily Undoing: Being Better At Being Human." He spoke with Russell about his 8 pillars of competency.


Angie Abdou Stocks Up On Alberta Non-Fiction

Grab a pen and paper to take notes. Author and book reviewer, Angie Abdou, has a strong list of 4 non-fiction books connected to Alberta.


Facing the Reality of Post-Partum Depression

For most women, the birth of a child is the most memorable and emotional moment of their lives. However, that isn't always the case and for some women, the aftermath of giving birth is post-partum depression. For women affected by this, it can be frustrating because they may not realize what's happening to them and the medical profession isn't always ready to spot the signs. Yalda Kazemi experienced post-partum depression following the birth of her son and she's just published a book about...


A Scenic Hike Through Alberta Geology

It's being called an antidote for the Stay-at-home blues. Geologist Dale Leckie is back with a new book that guides readers through Alberta’s landscape evolution with a trek that goes from Waterton Lakes National Park, to Dinosaur Provincial Park, into the Prairies, and across Alberta’s North. “The Scenic Geology of Alberta - A roadside touring and hiking guide" is now at local bookstores and award-winning geologist, Dr. Dale Leckie will give a talk from his book, with a focus on parks like...


A Major Shift in the World of the Oil Giants

During the week of May 24th, three major events happened for 3 of the major international oil companies. Firstly, a court in the Netherlands ordered Royal Dutch Shell that it has to reduce it's carbon footprint to 45% of their 2019 emissions. Meanwhile, the corporate board of Exxon saw two new directors appointed who were from an activist hedge fund intent on making Exxon fight climate change. And then Chevron shareholders voted in favor of a proposal to cut emissions generated by the use of...


A Satellite of Love

On Daybreak, there have been several conversations about the impact of loneliness and isolation on our mental health and loneliness is at the heart of a debut novel from Genki Ferguson, "Satellite Love." It's a simple story, about a girl, a boy, and a satellite. In the end, the book reveals what it can mean to be human. Genki Ferguson joined Russell to chat about his new life as a writer.


Can You Eat Your Way To A Better Brain?

One of the things that has come into sharp over the last couple of years is the mental health crisis as an estimated one in five adults suffer from some form of mental illness. Billions is spent researching the issue yet we are more depressed and anxious than ever before. University of Calgary professor, Bonnie Kaplan, and clinical psychologist Julia Rucklidge, have a new book which they say studies the role of nutrition in mental health. It's called "The Better Brain - Overcome Anxiety,...


A Trio of Alberta Books Recommended by Angie Abdou

Each month the books pile up on the desk of Angie Abdou. The acclaimed author ("The Bone Cage" "This One Wild Life") is back for the month of May to make recommendations for three books that piqued her interest. "Bootleg Stardust" by Glenn Dixon; "The Hill" by Ali Bryan; and "Rough" by Robin Van Eck.


A Glimmer of Hope and A Lesson in Resilience

The last 12 months or so have taken a toll on so many of us because even if you haven't been sick with Covid, or even known anyone with Covid, the demands on all of us to prevent the spread of the virus has been a constant. Lost in this is the usual health issues the health care system deals with. However, in the midst of all the dire news we see, there are moments of light and that was highlighted for Russell when he got a call from one of his dearest friends a few weeks ago. Russell asked...


Making A Game of Ending Discrimination

Would you play a game if it promised to make you feel awkward? Some new game developers are thinking you will say yes to that idea. Not That Funny is a tabletop game that creates everyday allies against racism and discrimination, one awkward conversation at a time. One of the developers of the game is Jesse Lipscombe, an Alberta actor and public speaker, who works with schools and companies to help everyone learn how to be inspired to end stereotypes. Jesse spoke with Russell about this new...


Angie Abdou and Her One Wild Life

Angie Abdou is a teacher, writer and frequently, she's on Daybreak to review some Alberta books. Angie's first novel, "The Bone Cage," was championed by Georges Laraque on Canada Reads back in 2011. Her other books include the novels "The Canterbury Trail," "Between," and "In Case I Go." A couple of years ago, she brought forth the nonfiction book "Home Ice," about her life as a hockey mom. Her latest is called "This One Wild Life," a personal story of a mother and daughter bonding over...


Success Chased Sharon Pollock

Tributes poured in for Sharon Pollock, the former artistic director of Theatre Calgary died on April 23 at age 85 after battling cancer. Pollock twice won the Governor General's Award for Drama for her plays, "Blood Relations" and "Doc." Theatre Calgary called Pollock a "giant" and a "fierce, bold and groundbreaking artist" whose work helped shape the Canadian landscape. Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a noted theatre-goer, praised her for telling "our stories in new ways and forced us to look...


What To Say If The Boss Asks If You Got Your Shot

For better or worse, vaccination programs are underway with many of us receiving our first shots, and more will come in the weeks ahead. For those lucky to still be working, and maybe even going in to our workplace, some may be wondering if we have to tell our boss if we have gotten the vaccine. Does the boss have the right to ask. And then there is interactions with customers, clients, and other visitors to the workplace. Should they know if staff at a retail space have been vaccinated?...


What NHL Fans Can Learn From the ESL Debacle

It's being called a big win for fans of the "beautiful game." The international soccer world was rocked earlier this week when twelve of Europe's top clubs announced their intention to form a new super league, however, the upstart move prompted a swift and strong backlash. From fans to players to politicians, there was widespread condemnation. Many of the teams have now withdrawn from the group, leaving the proposal in shambles. It's a big contrast in the way sports teams and leagues are...


Poetry Painting and Pizza for A.B. Dillon

The debut book of poetry for Alberta writer, A.B. Dillon, garnered some early praise with Matronalia winning the Alberta Writers' Guild award for poetry. Her newest work is called Murmuration and one of the poems in it, entitled Miss Mercy, was long listed for the CBC Poetry Prize. Murmuration explores the past through patterns in colour and even in the flight paths of birds. A.B. (Angela) spoke with Russell from her home.