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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




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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A Chronicle of Losing Over 300 Pounds

The beginning of a new year is often a reset for people as the turnover of the calendar can be a time to re-commit to losing weight and feeling better. Sometimes, though, it's not a specific date that motivates us - moreover, it's a significant event and for some, it didn't get much more significant than being evacuated from their home. That's what happened to thousands of Fort McMurray residents in 2016 when the wildfires threatened to completely consume the town. One of those residents was...


Win a Home In Millarville

About 20 years ago, the movie Spitfire Grill, told the story of a contest designed to find a new owner for a local restaurant after the owner falls sick. In the decades since the films release several of these contests have popped up to find new owners for all kinds of homes and properties around North America. The most recent is happening now in Millarville, just south of Calgary for a 5000 square foot home which could yours for just a contest entry fee of $25 and some creative penmanship....


A Revolutionary Family

Each month on Daybreak, Angie Abdou (Home Ice, The Bone Cage) stops in to review a new Alberta book and this month, we have a memoir that takes us to revolutionary India, written by Meenal Shrivastava called "Amma's Daughters."


Ryland Moranz Live At The Empress Theatre

In the live session for Daybreak@Night, the show recorded at the historic Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod in November of 2018 and on the night, our musical guest was Ryland Moranz. Ryland grew up in a musical family and in addition to going to the University of Lethbridge, he's also busy as a player in Leeroy Stagger's band. We'll hear a chat with Ryland an exclusive live set from the stage of the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod.


When The Flood Falls from J.E. Barnard

Each month on Daybreak, Angie Abdou stops in to review a new Alberta book, however, Angie is an accomplished writer and her latest book is called "Home Ice: Reflections of a Reluctant Hockey Mom." Angie is back in the Daybreak studio with Russell to review a new book from Alberta author, J.E. (Jayne) Barnard, a mystery novel set in Bragg Creek. (This conversation was recorded at the Empress theatre in Fort Macleod.)


YYC For The Holidays

As the calendar creeps towards Christmas, two Calgary comedians will be "Making Spirits Bright." Ophira Eisenberg and Cory Mack will be live at Festival Hall on Friday, December 21. Ophira Eisenberg is a comedian, author and host of NPR's comedy quiz podcast and radio show Ask Me Another. She has also been featured numerous times on the award winning radio show and #1 podcast, The Moth Radio Hour. Her recent comedy special "Inside Joke" is available on iTunes and Amazon. Cory Mack is a...


30 Years of a Man In Motion

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...


The Surprising Nature of Santa's Reindeer

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.


Drumming Up Tales of A Charlie Brown Christmas

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...


A Spotlight On News in the Land of the Midnight Light

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.


A Version of Calgary Through the Family of The Figgs

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."


Small Town Papers Doesn't Mean Small Town News

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...


The Macleod Gazette - 136 Years And Counting

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...


Keeping the Santa Claus Parade Going in Fort Macleod

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.


For Fran Kimmel, There's No Good Asking

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.


Ben Heppner's Legacy In Opera

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...


The Kinkonauts Make It Up As They Go Along

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.


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

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.



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.


Inspiration on and off the ice

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".