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A photograph from Expo 67 showing the Canadian Pulp and Paper Pavilion. A Canadian flag flies high over a striking building. The roof is made up of many green pyramid-shaped towers, creating the appearance of a forest.


Show notes for Thursday April 27, 2017

  • We speak with director Larry Weinstein and musician Steven Page about the documentary they're making, titled "The Jews Who Wrote Christmas." Their offbeat, irreverent musical documentary will tell the story of Irving Berlin and the other Jewish songwriters who wrote the soundtrack to Christmas.
  • This day 50 years ago was the official opening of Expo 67. Veteran broadcaster Lloyd Robertson shares stories from his time reporting from the events in Montreal.
  • On Tuesday Tom Dekker talked about a calendar app that has been custom-made for blind users. Today, Mike Feir explores the capabilities of Apple's free, mainstream equivalent.
  • Remember when we tried to see how many hot peppers Kelly can handle? That was back in February, when we interviewed Ana and Drew Stevens from Pepper North - a family-owned hot sauce company in Oshawa, Ontario. We replay that segment.


Show notes for Wednesday April 26, 2017

  • Our colleague Dawn Dickinson talks about some of the Health highlights from this week on AMI-audio's reading service.
  • Our contributors Margrett Weldon and Bill Shackleton tell us about the do's and don't when attending sporting events.
  • Linda Silver Dranoff joins us in studio. She is a retired family lawyer who took cases to the Supreme Court of Canada. She was also Chatelaine magazine’s legal columnist for 25 years. She tells us about her new book, titled Fairly Equal: Lawyering the Feminist Revolution.
  • On International Guide Dog Day, volunteer puppy raiser Joan McGouran speaks to Sharon from the CNIB building in Toronto. The CNIB is launching a program to raise and train guide dogs. This is part two of our series for National Volunteer Week.
  • Our TV critic Greg David talks about the announcement that the APTN show Mohawk Girls will not continue beyond its fifth season. He also discusses the controversy around the CBC series "Canada: The Story of Us."


Show notes for Tuesday April 25, 2017

  • What should you consider before taking your pet along on your summer travels? Our veterinarian Dr. Danielle Jongkind joins us over the phone from Orangeville, Ontario.
  • Our contributor Fern Lulham brings us more Misheard Lyrics. This time she tells us about Taylor Swift's "Starbucks lovers."
    Writer and comic shop owner Jazmine Joyner tells us about the accessibility challenges she wrote about at WonderCon, a comic book convention in Anaheim.
  • We speak with Ottawa neurologist Dr. Antoine Hakim, who recently received the prestigious Gairdner Award. He tells us about his new book, titled "Save Your Mind: Seven Rules to Avoid Dementia."
  • Tom Dekker demonstrates the new user-friendly interface for iOS Calendar, which includes a voice memo recorder for appointments.


Show notes for Monday April 24, 2017

  • Our financial consultant Ron Malis explains some of the recent news in housing, where some governments are talking about rent control and a foreign buyers' tax.
  • Our "Know Your Rights" contributor Danielle McLaughlin continues last week's conversation about the 35th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
  • To mark National Volunteer Week we begin a three-part CNIB series highlighting the work of three dedicated volunteers. Our first guest is Florence Carter, a retired educator who has been called 'the Queen of Rehabilitation.' The 90-year-old, who lost her sight as a teenager, has been volunteering since she retired about 25 years ago. She trained and set up the first CNIB peer support group in the 1980s, and also co-authored the first Canadian braille textbook.
  • We speak with Montreal filmmaker Kalina Bertin about her documentary titled "Manic." The film will have its world premiere at the Hot Docs film festival in Toronto on April 30. The film chronicles Bertin’s search for the truth about her father, a man known alternately as a cult leader, a scam artist, a prophet, and a father of 15 children around the world. Note: This film is not available in Described Video.
  • We get our monthly update from Lily and Alex, student correspondents at the W Ross MacDonald school in Brantford, Ontario.


Show notes for Friday April 21, 2017

  • A #GoPro for your dog? Our colleague Dawn Dickinson tells us why she's intrigued by this and other lifestyle headlines from AMI-audio's reading service.
  • Saskatoon’s Steph Cameron joins us in studio ahead of her set at Canadian Music Week. She performs a few songs off her sophomore album, “Daybreak Over Jackson Street.”
  • Dr. Keiko Shikako-Thomas, Canada Research Chair in childhood disability at McGill University, tells us about the Jooay app. It helps find accessible recreation options for kids.
  • Our audiobook contributor Ryan Hooey brings us a children's book that's really for adults. It's titled Go The F*** To Sleep.
  • Newfoundland musician Amelia Curran chats about her new album “Watershed,” which speaks to mental health and the gender gap.

We also share some information about a casting call for Kelly MacDonald's other show, See? We're not jealous at all. We can share Kelly. Here is the casting notice:

  • Breakthrough Entertainment is seeking people who are blind or partially sighted to participate in the third season of ‘Blind Sighted with Kelly MacDonald’, airing on AMI-tv.
    They are looking for people older than 18 to be part of the show's Comedic Troupe. Open to someone with a fantastic sense of humour or someone with a comedy or Improv background. Acting experience is an asset but not a requirement.
    If selected, compensation would be $300 per day, for three to seven days of filming in May.
    Auditions will take place Friday April 28 or Saturday April 29, 2017 in Toronto.
    Filming will take place on three to seven days out of these dates: May 9 to 19 and May 24 and 25, 2017 in Toronto.
    To be considered for an audition, please send the following info as soon as possible:
    1) Your name.
    2) Your phone number.
    3) Tell us about your comedy / improv experience if you have any? If not, do you have a great sense of humour?
    4) 1 or 2 photos of you (with no hat and sunglasses please).
    5) Tell us about your interests and hobbies.
    Must be legal to work in Canada.
    This casting call is also posted on the AMI Facebook page.