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• His work with Artists for Peace and Justice
• UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme
Sunday, December 27, 2009
From the Facebook group, The Strombo Show:
"Anyone listening in strange wintery places?
Dare we say, an All-Country Sad Off tonight? Bob is in with his Saddest Country songs.
The Strombo show continues with our last show of 2009.
8pm- Midnight All Across Canada.
Saving Radio 2. (That's a joke)
Fife Master's, Parisian hipsters, Twins and Love and... Porn are just some of the things we will be serving up tonight."
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The Hour's shows for Dec 28 - Jan 1
Mon, Dec 28
Michael Moore, Nickelback, Morgan Freeman
Tues, Dec 29
Howie Mandel, Michaelle Jean, Stephen King
Wed, Dec 30
Andre Agassi, Jimmy Carter, Drew Barrymore
Thur, Dec 31
NYE SPECIAL ~ Featuring Al Gore
Fri, Dec 1st ~ Repeat: NYE SPECIAL
Don't forget, if you didn't get a chance to see The Hour's Holiday Music Special you can watch it on their site: cbc.ca/thehour
AND.... if there's any tracks from the show that you can't do without, you can download them HERE.
Happy New Year's Everyone!
The Hour will continue the season with brand new shows, starting on Mon, January 4th, 2010.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Tuesday, December 22
During the much deserved Holiday Hiatus from taping,
The Hour will bring you some of the best interviews from all of 2009, including...
Comedic Master Carol Burnett
Journalist John Roberts
Talk Show Legend Larry King
Because once isn't enough, The Hour's music special is on for a repeat performance. Here's a sneak peek of Michael Buble's performance...
And to keep the festivities going, it's a repeat of the first Music Special from 2007.
I hope everyone has a wonderful and festive holiday. Don't forget that the New Year's Eve Special is just around the corner. Tickets are already available for the in-studio version of The Hour, make sure you check out the ticket availability page for more information.
Sunday, December 13, 2009
As always, the week begins with a new edition of The Strombo Show on CBC Radio 2. Find your frequency here.
Unfourtunately, we have not yet received a list of the guests scheduled to appear on The Hour this week. Therefore, the following may be subject to change...time will tell.
Monday, December 14th
Tuesday, December 15th
A few weeks ago, George had mentioned the story of six year old Elena Desserich. Elena, suffering from brain cancer, knew she was dying. In the time she had left, she began leaving hundreds of notes hidden everywhere in her family home. Her parents, Keith & Brooke Desserich have compiled these notes into a book, Notes Left Behind 135 days with Elena. Keith will be on The Hour. I could write more, but instead I would ask that you watch the brief clip below, as it will preview Elena's story far better than I could.
Wednesday, December 16th
Thursday, December 17th
Actor, writer, animator, director and Monty Python alumni Terry Gilliam.
In case you missed the memo, the world will be coming to Vancouver in February! No one is more aware of this fact than John Furlong, Chief Executive Officer for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Presumably, Mr. Furlong will be providing an update on the Vancouver preparations as the Olymic Torch is currently making its way across Canada. This week "the flame" will be passing through my community. Has it come to your town yet? Let us know!
Friday, December 18th
This "best of show" includes Stephen King, Shawn Ashmore and Anika Noni Rose.
In other news...
Did you happen to catch the holiday special Deck the Halls with Steven and Chris? You can watch it here. George participated in the show and created a rather 'interesting' gingerbread house, now up for auction on Ebay. Proceeds from the sale of George's creation will go to Serve Canada, an organization that "empowers youth to become caring, confident, and contributing members of their community through experience-based learning". Also still up for grabs on Ebay is that infamous Toronto Maple Leafs jersey!
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CBC Learning has released a five volume DVD set of The Hour for use in the classroom. The set includes "The Hour’s best interviews on key curriculum-relevant subjects, including politics, civics, the environment, business and character education". If you are an educator, you may want to check it out. Also, if you have someone on your gift list who is a fan of CBC programming, be sure to check out the CBC Shop Online.
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And finally...don't forget to cast your vote for The Moose Award.
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
The jersey earned $635.00
George posted this plea on twitter today Get this complicated jersey out of my life & help raise dough for the Stephen Lewis Foundation http://tr.im/H7D4 (@stephenlewisfdn) #leafs
Why is he posting that tweet? To remind Canada that he has a Strombo Leafs jersey with the autographs of the Battle of the Blades stars, plus his own, for sale on eBay with proceeds going to The Stephen Lewis Foundation A Dare to Remember fundraising campaign.
How did George earn a Maple Leafs jersey?
Only on a dare!
You may want to view episode 28 to see The die hard Habs fan wear the blue and white Maple Leafs jersey while figure skating with Kurt Browning.
At the time of this post the bidding was at $280
Bidding closes December 18th at 11AM EST!
Saturday, December 05, 2009
*This article in NOW asks The Frantics Comedy troupe (love the Frantics!) a few questions.
A couple of the questions are Strombo related.
*There is voting going on over at The Hour's website for the Moose Awards. There are twenty nominees making the news over the past year that will be whittled down to one newsworthy Moosie winner to be declared on New Years Eve. Go check out the details and vote with your heart and your head if you like because you get to vote for more that one Moosie favourite
Did I mention Al Gore will be a featured guest for this New Years Eve Special?
Sunday Dec 06
The Strombo Show
Don't have a radio handy to listen to The Strombo Show? If you have an iPhone, there is an app for that.
The Strombo Shows starts at 8 pm Sunday up until Midnight on CBC Radio 2 http://www.cbc.ca/radio2 (To listen online) . If you aren't near a radio or a computer and you have an iphone, check the CBC Radio App.
The Strombo Show fans, thanks to Mariposaland, have a new chat room friendly listeners are welcome to join. Just register and chat while the radio show rolls...
Sorry about it being a Toronto Ontario number a 1-800 is still in the works...
On the show tonight Journalist and Writer Sir Harold Evans
Toronto Raptor' s own Olympic Gold medal winning All Star
Mark Bresslin founder of the Yuk Yuks empire, has produced TV and hosted Radio
Co-Author of Notes Left Behind
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Plus Hulkomaniacs favourite wrestling hero Hulk Hogan
Favourite Fridays show will include
The Legendary Canadian Comedian
From Glee Cory Monteith
Norah Jones again.
Wednesday, December 02, 2009
This Friday, December 4th, the Glen Gould theatre will come alive with the annual Sounds of the Seasons, a full day of live, on air performances from some of Canada's favourite performers. Starting at 5:30 am with Metro Morning, the day's line up includes Matt Dusk, Hawksley Workman, Jully Black and many more according to the schedule.
The Sounds of the Seasons Silent Auction has a wealth of unique items to bid on donated from a variety of CBC shows, including a package to attend a taping of The Hour and dinner at a Prime Restaurant.
Speaking of The Hour, everyone attending live tapings in studio from now until the last 2009 taping on December 17th is encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to donate to the Sounds of the Season initiative. Donation bins are located next to the Sign In desk.
Last year, Sounds of the Season raised over $300 000 and 8500 pounds of food for the Daily Bread Food Bank. This year, Sounds of the Season will help support food banks across the Greater Toronto Region.
In other CBC fundraising news, The Rick Mercer Report teamed up with a group of Sheridan Institute students for the last two tapings of 2010 to raise funds and collect new, unwrapped toys for children who will spend the holidays in McMaster Children's Hospital. At the November 27th taping, it was announced that the initiative had successfully raised over $1000 dollars and collected over 300 toys.
This post focuses on the fundraising initiatives at CBC Toronto, but now we want to hear from YOU about what's going on in your community. Leave us a comment on this post to let us know what's happening in your community to help the less fortunate during the holiday season. Let's give our local charities some national exposure!
Monday, November 30, 2009
When we think of December 1st, many of us think of it as just 24 days until Christmas. For those living with HIV/AIDS, it's a day to remember, promote and work towards finding a cure for the devastating disease. 2009 is the 21st annual World AIDS Day and the crusade towards a cure struggles on.
World AIDS Day began in 1988 and from the beginning it has focused attention on the global HIV/AIDS epidemic. The movement's ultimate goal is to bring attention to the ongoing fight to find a cure and bring attention to the care and support AIDS patients need.
An integral part of World AIDS Day is the bringing together of people in the community to celebrate and remember the victims of the disease. The Canadian AIDS Treatment and Information Exchange has an extensive list of events happening across Canada. Make sure you check out the World AIDS Day schedule, but here are a few of the events:
Vancouver - The Positive Women's Network is hosting a Condom Blitz
Edmonton - HIV Edmonton's annual candlelight vigil at the Citadel Theatre, 7pm
Saskatoon - AIDS Saskatoon has a Glimmer of Hope Party from 1:30-3:30 to celebrate success stories.
Thunder Bay - AIDS Thunder Bay is hosting their Second Annual AIDS Day Breakfast
Montreal - La Maison du Parc's Voices of Hope World AIDS Day Concert at St. Andrew and St. Paul Church
Halifax - the Micmac Native Friendship Centre is hosting a candlelight vigil, 7pm
These are just a few events happening across Canada, please leave us a comment on this post if you know of any others.
Stephen Lewis, a frequent guest on The Hour and a champion to bring an end to the rampant epidemic in Africa has posted a World AIDS Day message on the Stephen Lewis Foundation Website:
Back in 2005, at the G8 Summit, all countries agreed unanimously to achieve “Universal Access” for AIDS treatment, prevention and care by the year 2010.
It’s not going to happen. We have slightly over four million people in treatment around the globe, but there are at least nine million who require treatment today, and millions of them won’t be reached by the end of 2010.
Prevention is not yet working. For every two people whom we put on anti-retroviral treatment so that they might live, there are five new infections. Prevention remains an elusive goal in the high-prevalence countries.
That leaves care. In this category, as well, the need greatly outstrips the response. Just think of the monumental numbers of orphans and grandmothers struggling to survive, let alone the vast host of people living with AIDS. ...
Do you do anything for World AIDS Day? Leave us a comment and let us know.
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Then there's the matter of a little program called The Hour.
Monday November 30th
The team for The Hour is kind enough to ensure we get a heads up of the guests scheduled a touch in advance. Imagine my dilemma when Patrick Trahan was listed... I certainly hope it`s the Football hero who will be gracing the Red Chair! If it`s the Jazz musician Patrick Trahan... I apologize profusely. Destined for greatness as a football hero, Trahan was suspended from College ball for poor academic performance caused by learning disability, which is very prevalent in college athletics, Trahan has taken some stigma off this issue with his personal struggles...
Shawn Ashmore has enjoyed a prolific career in films and television including X-Men, Smallville and a million other projects in between. According to his IMDB, he has 4 projects currently in production notably the remake of Bonnie and Clyde. If you thought Iceman only dwelled in the land of Top Gun, you should catch The Superhero Squad Show.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
This week on The Hour:
Michael Chabon - Pulitzer Prize of Fiction Award winner with his new book: 'Manhood for Amateurs'.
Aren't they all?! (Hee hee)
Eugene Levy - Starring in a soon to be released: 'American Pie Presents: The Book of Love'.
Oh lordy, what teachings will his character bestow in this one?
Steven Levitt - A 'rogue' American economist & chosen by Time magazine as one of 2006 '100 People Who Shape Our World' with his second book: 'Superfreakonomics'.
Personally, I'm a huge fan of super freaks...so should be good.
Anika Noni Rose - An award winning actress & performer, creating history by becoming Disney's 1st black princess, as the lead voice in the upcoming animated feature: 'The Princess and the Frog'.
Granted, Disney brought forth the cultures of Mulan & Pocahontas, but I mean, really....could this not have happened before Obama came into office? Just sayin'.
Naomi Klein - the author & activist regarding global profiteers & deregulated Capitalism in her books: 'The Shock Doctrine' & 'No Logo' visits The Hour for her 2nd appearance on the show.
Really looking forward to this interview!
Blue Rodeo - Jim Cuddy & Greg Keelor, promoting their new album: 'The Things We Left Behind'.
OMG, OMG, OMG....I have a concert ticket to see them on Thursday! I'm totally hoping Jim Cuddy will be sporting his HABS jersey to make my experience complete!
Not sure why, but it looks like our Canadian late night show will not be live and will be observing the American Thanksgiving......so anyhoo, in it's 'absence' they are offering us some great recent interviews with the following:
Michael Moore, Peter Sarsgaard, Juliette Lewis.
And to round off the week.....
Morgan Freeman, David Cross, John Irving.
Have a good week, all.......and Happy Thanksgiving to our neighbours of the South!