Thursday, February 26, 2009

Writer in Residence, 1-act plays, Steel drums and a bronze medal

Guests on the Show:

1. Guest: Ronna Bloom – Poet, Teacher and Psychotherapist
Hart House writer in residence Ronna Bloom came by to speak about her involvement at UofT. She is charged with the unique task of using poetry as a tool to address the needs, interests and passions of students and staff. Ronna also conducts writing workshops at Hart House.
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2. Guest: Doug Floyd – UofT Drama Festival
Doug spoke about the upcoming U of T Drama Coalition’s 17th Annual Drama Festival taking place February 26-28, 2009. Throughout the three day event, eight one-act plays will compete for five coveted awards.
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3. Guest: Jeremy Ledbetter – Musician, Composer and Leader of Cane Fire
Jeremy Ledbetter, member of the musical group Cane Fire sat down to talk about their upcoming performance as part of Stages in the Arbor Room at Hart House. Cane Fire is a high-energy Caribbean music experience that features the steelpan (steel drum) and combines Trinidadian calypso with Latin rhythms, jazz, and blues to create a unique sound.
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4. Guest: Byron Macdonald – Varsity Swim Coach
One of Canada’s most decorated university coaches, MacDonald has coached over 200 swimmers to all-Canadian status and over 50 swimmers to international teams. Today he spoke about the successful results of the Nationals, where the UofT swim team won bronze, their highest ranking this season.

Music on the Show:
Jenn Grant- Heartbreaker
Final Fantasy- Crush Love Crush
dd/mm/yyyy- Imagine
Cane Fire - Kasio Blue
Hank- Distraction

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Director of Dishonour Defied, Eco Friendly Soiree, and War Child

Thursday February 19th 2009
Guests on the Show:

1. Guest: Azra Rashid – Film Director
Azra, the director and co-writer of the documentary Dishonour Defied came by CIUT to discuss her film. The work revolves around the story of Mukhtar Mai, a woman who was gang raped in a remote village in Pakistan five years ago. Mukhtar Mai defied the conventional thinking and fought against a discriminatory system in which tribal leaders decide a woman's fate. Instead she decided to take her battle to the highest courts in Pakistan and fight for justice. Mukhtar Mai became an international figure in the struggle for women's rights. Dishonour Defied is the story of how Mukhtar Mai made a life with courage after the tragedy that befell her. It's also the story of other women and girls struggling for their rights in Pakistan in the wake of the Mai case.

Azra traveled to Pakistan to interview Mukhtar and shared with us her experiences during this emotional journey. The film will be featured at the 8th Annual U of T Film Festival in March.
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2. Guest: Tommy – ecoSuave 2009
Tommy spoke about the upcoming event ecoSuave taking place on February 21st. The evening is a green affair for young professionals interested in minimizing their environmental footprint. Together in one setting, guests will have the opportunity to sample delicious wines, beers, and finger foods that have been produced right in our backyard.
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3. Guest: Emmanuel Jal - Former child solider, author and hip hop artist
We aired an excerpt from an interview with Emmanuel Jal who had a remarkable story to tell. In the mid 1980s during Sudan’s civil war, Emmanuel was separated from his mother and after learning of her death he was conscripted into the Christian Sudanese Liberation army as one of 10,000 child soldiers. He was seven years old. Today he shares his story in his memoir War Child with the hope of bringing peace to his homeland. He is also pursuing a successful music career performing with the likes of Moby, Bono and Peter Gabriel.
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Thursday, February 12, 2009

Canadian Roots, Valentine's Ball, Live Music & Multi-Faith Events

Guests on the Show:

1. Ronan and Ian -Canadian Roots Aboriginal Exchange Program and Right2Speak
Ronan and Ian spoke to us about their organizations and their unique and exciting events.
In partnership with Operation Groundswell, Ronan and Ian plan excursions to learn about and experience Aboriginal Canadian Culture.
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2. Guest: Kathryn Tang – Director for SKULE
Kathryn spoke today about the valentine’s Ball happening Friday, February 13 - 8pm in the Hart House Great Hall. The event will feature dance lessons, hor d’oeuvres, licensed bar, professional photographer and a 50 member live orchestra.
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3. Guest: John Tayles - Musician
John Tayles, singer/songwriter from Mississauga, came by to talk about his CD release party tonight and the journey he has taken since winning an international songwriting competition in November 2007. John performed his song “Take me home with you” live in studio.
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4. Guest: Emma Burns and Ali Shaikh- From the Multi-Faith Centre
Emma and Ali spoke about upcoming events at the Multi-Faith Centre including From Charity to Justice happening February 28, 2009. They also shared their personal experiences with us, how they discovered the Centre, and what it has to offer UofT students of all faiths and backgrounds.
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Music on the Show:
Jenn Grant- Heartbreaker
Jenn Grant- Only Love can Break your Heart
Bruce Peninsula- Steamroller
Bruce Peninsula- Weave Myself a Dress
John Tayles- Get it Right
The Assistants- Fiction
Jenn Grant- You'll go Far
Pacifika- Sweet

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Love Poems that don't Suck, Photography, Music & Political Films

Guests on the Show:

1. Billeh Nickerson – Poet & Performer
Billeh Nickerson shared some of his poetry writing tips with us and spoke about his upcoming workshop at Hart House, How to Write a Valentine's Love Poem That Doesn't Suck. The event is happening on February 13th from 1 PM to 2:30 PM.
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2. Day Millman & Hannah Fleisher – Program Advisor and Exhibition Coordinator of Hart House Camera Club
Both Day and Hannah joined us to speak about several upcoming and ongoing Camera Club events happening this semester. On February 11th at 6 PM there will be a guest lecture event, featuring the prominent Canadian fashion photographer Miguel Jacob. Next month, the club will be presenting the 87th Annual Exhibition of Photography on March 18th, with all submissions due on the 9th. Every semester the club also hosts a wide array of photography courses from Knowing your Camera to Portraiture.
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3. Robin Jessome – Trombonist & member of Blunt Objects
Robin Jessome is a trombonist and one of the 11 members of Blunt Objects. The group showcases young jazz talent and Jessome’s imaginative compositions and arrangements. Blunt Objects will be performing for Jazz at Oscar’s on February 6th at 9 PM in the Arbor Room.
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4. Nina Boric- ReelPolitik Film Festival
Nina Boric spoke to us about the ReelPolitik film festival running from February 5th-7th.
The festival showcases outstanding political films, both contemporary and historical, and promotes public education on global issues.
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Music on the Show:
Final Fantasy – Horsetail Feathers
Luke Doucet – The Lovecats
Jeremy Fisher – Ain’t Got Nothing but Plenty of Time
Kevin Fox – The Signs
The Hylozoists – Dark Scene Waltz
The Hylozoists – Soixante-Sept