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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.

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@CBCCalgary

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English

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


Episodes

30 Years of a Man In Motion

12/8/2018
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From a life-changing accident at age to 15, to three decades of changing lives, it has been a full life for Rick Hansen. His Man-In-Motion tour of the world in the late 1980's drew attention to the needs of those with physical disabilities. Since the tour ended, Hansen has stayed at the forefront of the discussion and he says his work has affected society in ways he never thought possible. As he launches a new book to mark the anniversary of his tour, Rick Hansen sat down with Russell Bowers...

Duration:00:22:01

The Surprising Nature of Santa's Reindeer

12/7/2018
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You know Dasher, Dancer and all of the other reindeer. During December, at parades, in books, and in Christmas displays, the jolly old elf can often be seen in his sleigh being pulled by a team of 8 tiny reindeer. In many cases, the reindeer have antlers and that got Russell Bowers wondering about these hard working creatures.

Duration:00:06:31

Drumming Up Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas

12/7/2018
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In 1964, San Francisco musician, Jerry Granelli, had just scored a regular gig with the Vince Guaraldi Trio. After playing with a number of ensembles, he welcomed the opportunity to have a steady group. As part of his 2 years with Vince, he played on the recording sessions for a soundtrack to a Christmas TV special featuring characters from the comic strip, "Peanuts." Jerry moved on to other projects before "A Charlie Brown Christmas" wven went to air in December of 1965, however, he never...

Duration:00:16:35

A Spotlight On News in the Land of the Midnight Light

12/1/2018
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Musician and author Dave Bidini (On A Cold Road, Tropic of Hockey) is sharing stories from a sojourn to the Northwest Territories. "Midnight Light" tells the story of the local newspaper, The Yellowknifer, and what Bidini learned from his introduction to life in the northern Canadian city, Bidini met with Dene elders, entrepreneurs, artists, politicians and police officers who share their unique perspectives on home and the ways they seek to transform it.

Duration:00:12:24

A Version of Calgary Through the Family of The Figgs

11/28/2018
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Each month on Daybreak, award-winning author Angie Abdou (The Bone Cage, Home Ice) drops by to review a new Alberta book. This month, Angie is live on stage with Russell at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod to chat about the new book by Calgary writer, Ali Bryan and her novel "The Figgs."

Duration:00:12:28

Small Town Papers Doesn't Mean Small Town News

11/24/2018
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The federal government has annouced nearly $600 million to help bailout Canada's beleaguered print media. While publishers welcome the help, others fear it could have an effect on newspapers cover the Trudeau government. On the where level where smalltown papers operate - like the Nanton News, Vermillion Standard, Tofield Mercury, or Stony Plain Reporter - it's a different set of priorities. Melanee Thomas is an Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Calgary and she...

Duration:00:18:47

The Macleod Gazette - 136 Years And Counting

11/21/2018
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Imagine a world where the government wants to silence dissent and newspapers are seen as the biggest culprits. The head of the government wants to pass a law that will ensure newspapers publish only the news and information the leader wants public. That might sound like a premise we see in the American media these days, however, that scenario is closer to home. In 1937, the Alberta government headed up by Premier William Aberhart was upset with stories in Alberta newspapers about his...

Duration:00:09:14

Keeping the Santa Claus Parade Going in Fort Macleod

11/21/2018
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The Empress Theatre Society invited CBC to come to Fort Macleod to record another Daybreak@Night. Part of the stories we collected at the show was that of the annual Fort Macleod Santa Claus parade. Russell sat down on stage with Louise Heric, the woman who helped get the original parade up and down the Main Street all those years ago.

Duration:00:11:02

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