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Wake up to the weekend with Daybreak Alberta and find out what Albertans are up to when they leave the workweek behind. Host Russell Bowers connects Albertans with one another through news, weather, music and stories from across the province.

Wake up to the weekend with Daybreak Alberta and find out what Albertans are up to when they leave the workweek behind. Host Russell Bowers connects Albertans with one another through news, weather, music and stories from across the province.
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Calgary, AB

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CBC

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Wake up to the weekend with Daybreak Alberta and find out what Albertans are up to when they leave the workweek behind. Host Russell Bowers connects Albertans with one another through news, weather, music and stories from across the province.

Twitter:

@CBCCalgary

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English

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


Episodes

For Fran Kimmel, There's No Good Asking

11/17/2018
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Fran Kimmel returns to Daybreak with a new novel. The Lacombe author visited with Russell Bowers in her hometown during a Daybreak@Night in 2017 and she's returned with a tome entitled "No Good Asking." The book takes a stark look inside a family when they decide to take in a troubled child, Hannah. Even though her time with the family seems short, the book asks how long family can impact our lives. Russell caught up with Fran Kimmel in the Daybreak studio.

Duration:00:12:58

Ben Heppner's Legacy In Opera

11/16/2018
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The Calgary Opera is launching a new endeavour called the Legacy Society, the focus of which is to build long-term financial sustainability for the company. To do that, they are encouraging donations and gifts from patrons who wishing to leave a lasting legacy that goes beyond their lifetime. To help start the society, the Opera enlisted some legendary help from singer and CBC Host, Ben Heppner who will make a guest appearance at the Calgary Opera's performance of Romeo and Juliette. To chat...

Duration:00:13:46

The Kinkonauts Make It Up As They Go Along

11/16/2018
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You've likely seen Improv comedy on TV or maybe you've been to a live show. It might seem easy to get on a stage and just make stuff up but it's trickier than it looks. For one Calgary troupe, improv can also unlock hidden talent and in some cases, it helps people find skills they never knew they had. Starting on November 20th, the Kinkonauts are inviting people to take improv workshops and to find out more Russell met up with actor and improv instructor, Nicole Zylstra.

Duration:00:13:12

"Lest we forget" isn't a worry for these veterans

11/10/2018
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The meaning behind "Lest we forget" isn't something that's lost on veterans, but what about younger folks? Guest host Paul Haavardsrud visited the Royal Canadian Legion #285 to get the thoughts of three veterans -- Jamie Jamison, Skip Saunders and Arnie Falls -- on Remembrance Day and what they think it means to different generations.

Duration:00:11:17

Plebiscite?!

11/10/2018
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Calgarians are taking the Olympics plebiscite in stride, but it's not like they do it everyday. It's fairly rare, but does seem to be becoming less so these days. Guest host Paul Haavardsrud talks to University of Calgary political science professor Melanee Thomas about the pros and cons of plebiscites in general and what this one means for Albertans, in particular.

Duration:00:13:35

Inspiration on and off the ice

11/10/2018
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Names like Gretzky, Howe, Richard and Orr are typically what comes to mind when one thinks about hockey heroes. Not so for long-time hockey commentator Bob Mackenzie. He stopped by the Daybreak studio to chat with guest host Paul Haavardsrud about his latest book "Everyday Hockey Heroes".

Duration:00:10:36

What do coffee, a new library, and an independent drug store all have in common?

11/10/2018
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The first thing that stands out about the new and instantly iconic Calgary Central Library is the architecture, but that's not all. The food concession didn't go to a big chain like Starbucks or even an emerging local powerhouse like Phil & Sebastian or Cafe Rosso. Instead it went to Luke's Drug Mart, which only started selling coffee a handful of years ago. Guest host Paul Haavardsrud visited Lukes Cafe at the new library to find out how third-generation drug store proprietor Gareth Lukes...

Duration:00:12:08

This one's about rock 'n roll, and comic books, and bubble gum

11/10/2018
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Live fast, die young, and leave a good lookin' corpse. That was the early expectation for actor and Headstones' front man Hugh Dillon. But a funny thing happened on the way to becoming James Dean. Hugh Dillon chose life instead. Guest host Paul Haavardsrud talks to Hugh Dillon about his early days in Kingston, the Headstones, and the 25th anniversary of his band's debut album, Picture of Health.

Duration:00:13:04

Morning radio legend Gerry Forbes hangs up his mic

11/10/2018
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On Daybreak, it's a shade too early to play Crazy Train by Ozzy Osbourne or Welcome to the Jungle by G 'n R, but if you're legendary morning DJ Gerry Forbes then it's not quite early enough. Really, it's likely never early enough. After 45 years on the air, Gerry hung up his microphone in the spring. Gerry came by the Daybreak Studio to talk to guest host Paul Haavardsrud about a career in radio, what he's doing now and what it's like to wake up at a reasonable hour.

Duration:00:12:48

From shop class to the head of the class in animation

11/3/2018
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The National Film Board of Canada's helped celebrate International Animation Day by making 5 new animated films available for free online. The NFB has long had a sterling reputation at home and abroad for making some of the best animated films anywhere and this new batch of 5 films includes one from Edmonton-born creator, Hart Snider. It's called "Shop Class" and it was inspired by his school days at Parkview Junior High. Russell Bowers caught up with the animator via Skype.

Duration:00:11:31

Shelagh Rogers celebrates the 2018 Giller

11/3/2018
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For book lovers, the Autumn is a time when new titles appear on store shelves. As the holidays approach, publishers will vye for our attention to get books bought as gifts. In a couple of weeks, the biggest and most glittery book event of year happens -- the Giller Prize will be handed out on Monday, November 19 and on CBC Radio. Shelagh Rogers, of The Next Chapter, will host live coverage of the Giller Prize. Shelagh visited with Russell in the Daybreak studio.

Duration:00:20:12

Saluting the Heroes of Alberta

11/3/2018
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It was the start of October when Calgary, Banff and southern Alberta got hit with a sudden snowstorm, seeing over a foot of snow cause traffic havoc in the cities and on the Trans Canada Highway. One of the people who made the most of being stranded for 10-hours on the highway was trumpet soloist Jens Lindemann, an Edmonton-born musician who has been accalimed the world over for his virtuoso playing. With snow faling and with cars and trucks backed up for miles, he decided to get out of his...

Duration:00:20:20

Confessions of a Self-defined "Dirt Bag"

11/2/2018
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Each month on Daybreak, Angie Abdou stops in to review a new Alberta book, and many listeners know Angie as an accomplished writer, whose latest book is a memoir called "Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom." However, Angie is back in the Daybreak studio with Russell to review a new book and this time it's an autobiography called "End of The Rope," by Jan Redford.

Duration:00:10:46

TD Canadian Children's Literature Nominee Visits Alberta

10/18/2018
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Each Autumn, five books for young readers are finalists in the running for the TD Canadian Children's Literature Award. The $50,000 prize is the richest for Canadian kids lit and its awarded to the creators of one book for readers up to the age of 12. As part of the lead up to award getting announced next month, the authors of the 5 books get to travel the country where they meet readers and do demonstrations at various local schools. This year, Bowcroft Elementary in Calgary was selected...

Duration:00:22:05

The Power of Letters

10/18/2018
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As you might have seen this week in the news, Canadian postal workers could start rotating strikes as early as next week (Oct 22). The public often wonders if Canada Post is losing relevance in our modern society, but one person who still has faith in the postal service is Alberta writer, Rona Altrows. She shows off her faith in a new book called "At This Juncture - A Book of Letters," where the lead character, Ariadne, is alarmed that Canada Post is losing money, so she decides to launch a...

Duration:00:16:30

Albertans Are Highest In Incomes And Debt

10/13/2018
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Albertans make more money than Canadians in any other province, yet, according to a new survey, nearly three out of 10 of us find it financially challenging to put food on our tables. The problem, for many, isn't a lack of income but more overwhelming debt. Despite this, a surprising number of Albertans say better days are ahead. To look at these numbers, Russell Bowers spoke with Craig Fryzuk, a Senior Vice President with BDO Canada, the financial company that commisioned this survey on...

Duration:00:12:32

Fatherhood and Music Are New to T Buckley

10/13/2018
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Roots artist T. Buckley is launching a new album in October with shows in Calgary, Edmonton and Fort Macleod. "Miles We Put Behind" is the 5th recording for the singer and guitarist, a project that he says delivers "timeless, flowing melodies with a little grit on the edge that taps into a pure vein of country soul." Buckley has topped radio charts, sold out shows across Western Canada, playing classic country ballads and energetic roots rock. Buckley came by the Daybreak studio to play his...

Duration:00:19:47

Tilting At the Health Claim Windmill

10/13/2018
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Whether it's homeopathy, vitamins, or even cannabis, claims about what supposed "natural" health products can achieve have had a lot of free reign to make all manner of claims. However, science has continually sounded the alarm on these claims to often a chorus of skepticism thanks in part to celebrity endorsements. And then you have false claims against proven health remedies like autism vaccines and flouride that have had their effecacy challenged by very famous and very un-scientific...

Duration:00:15:02

Crime and Frizzbees

10/12/2018
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New Zealand author, Paul Cleave, commands an audience of millions of readers in dozens of countries, all thanks to a series of compelling crime mysteries like "Joe Victim," "Trust No One," and his latest, "A Killer Instinct." Despite hours and hours of travel across several time zones and continents, Paul Cleave still found time to stop in to the Daybreak studio and chat with Russell Bowers about his work and his travel.

Duration:00:16:52

Rosencrantz and Gildenstern Are (Still) Dead... But Now They Are Women

10/12/2018
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The awarding-winning Tom Stoppard play about two Shakespeare characters from "Hamlet," reimagined Rosencrantz and Gildenstern as the misfit heroes of their own out-of-context adventure. The play is a modern classic, but Calgary's Shakespeare Company and Hit & Myth Productions wanted to take it to new places. That included casting two of top female actors to interpret the titular characters. The show runs at the Martha Cohen Theatre until October 21, and Russell Bowers sat down for a chat...

Duration:00:13:12