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• His work with Artists for Peace and Justice
• UN Ambassadorship for The World Food Programme
Monday, December 31, 2007
As of this moment.... there is absolutely nothing on the "Upcoming on the Hour" portion of the website...
We have heard that the show will be back on the air on Jan 2, 2008.
So instead of fascinating guests bio's and pictures... I bring you a link to http://www.strombo.com
Go check it out...
George is Sleepless in Vegas.
We also have an interesting debate happening still under our guest poster Tracy's post. Regarding Ike Turner... go check it out and comment.
With that being said...
We at The Stroumboulopouli wish you all a :
Very Happy New Year and all the best to you in 2008!
Sunday, December 23, 2007
My choices are for a man that works tirelessly for others around the world and here in Canada and a woman who brings us humour about daily life into our lives everyday.
Stephen Lewis is talking with George at the Newsstand... Stephen is on The Hour each season and I would not mind if he was on each week.
A gift I would wish for Stephen Lewis would be many many donations to the Stephen Lewis Foundation . I would also like him to be heard by Canada's politicians about the poverty issues in Canada and worldwide.
Lynn Johnston interviewing George half way through.... I love this interview.
Lynn Johnston is in remission from spasmodic torticollis... my Christmas wish for her is that it stays in remission or they find a cure or treatment that works.
I wish all the guests and everyone Happy Christmas, Merry Holidays and continued good health and success for the New Year. ;-)
Well...when I started thinking about my "gift wish", several recipients came to mind...
...to Christie Blatchford, a wish that she will continue to tell the stories that so desperately need to be told.
May love & happiness surround you. Merry Christmas!!
"If we were Santa Claus...." We would provide a hopeful future to the lives of Pakistanis, in the wake of yesterday's absolute tragedy.
Thinking of past guests I would want to help & what to post, I stumbled onto the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in the news.
She may not have been a guest on the show, but I believe this falls into one of the shows themes, of people making a positive impact on the world.
How overwhelmingly sad. My heart is heavy for her family, her followers, and the potential of what could have been.
She was an amazing woman who held a bright tomorrow in her hands, her voice and her heart. I find it hard not to compare her situation, with that of JFK, but obviously with present affairs at stake, for not only Pakistan's future, but for the rest of the world's. Within her vision and grasp, she held hope for what her beloved country could be as a united front, contributing to the fight against terrorism and poverty with an unwavering goal of democracy for her people.
One of her quotes that will now stay with me:
"Democracy needs support and the best support for democracy comes from other democracies. Democratic nations should ... come together in an association designed to help each other and promote what is a universal value — democracy."
— 1989 speech at Harvard University.
To quote from a recent CBC News article:
"Perhaps, sadly and ironically, her death may have a more productive impact on the political future of her beloved Pakistan than her election victory might have."
I'm saddened to say, I certainly hope so.
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
WOW! He was so great to listen too.
I think that what he said about giving back to the community was genius!
I so wish more Canadians felt that way about our country and communities and tried to make them better places to live.
Wait, isn't that what our government is supposed to be doing.....!??!??!!?!?!?!?
The funny thing here is... Is Pinball a Canadian!? or is he Landed? and if he is Landed...
WOW! the irony.
Saturday, December 15, 2007
New CEO and former coach of the Toronto Argonauts
Tuesday, December 18
Award winning Canadian R & B singer and songwriter Jully Black
Wednesday, December 19
Check here for up-to-date details.
Thursday, December 20
"The Naked Chef" Jamie Oliver
Humanitarian and member of the Order of Canada Judy Feld Carr
In preparation for this post, I stumbled upon a "mystery" on The Hour's Blog. Check it out.
Friday, December 07, 2007
Albom’s tribute to family and particularly motherhood is his second novel and the first to feature a female protagonist. It explores questions of regret, divorce, and how we would spend one special day with the ghost of someone we loved.
Please comment on what you would do with one more day with a loved one who has passed on. I got the idea from Jim Richards' CFRB radio show and I have been thinking about it since then...
“The Sceptical Environmentalist” Bjorn Lombourg
Wednesday December 12 th
Raine Maida of Our Lady Peace
and also (maybe)
Thursday December 13 th
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
I'm glad you asked.
Media in Canada published the following article on their website:
Strombo virtually bumped to 70 minutesby Kara Nicholson
Yesterday, CBC launched a 10-minute online after show to complement The Hour. The aptly named After the Hour is being sponsored by Labatt Breweries of Canada, and will feature behind-the-scenes footage, including out-takes and extended versions of host George Stroumboulopoulos's interviews with guests. Each episode will be available on-demand and also streamed at cbc.ca/thehour.
The sponsorship is a great way for the company to reach consumers, says Labatt media strategist Ben Seaton. "Both the Keith's Family and CBC Television's The Hour are wholly committed to supporting our Canadian roots and culture, which makes this partnership a natural fit."
Adds CBC GM of media sales and marketing: "By offering viewers exclusive digital content, we are furthering our connection with our audiences and engaging them at another important touchpoint."
Sunday, December 02, 2007
The outspoken singer has a new album motivated by personal struggle.
The famous artist is bringing kids closer to nature.
Tuesday , Dec 04
Adam The Dream Healer
An alternative healing source from this student and best selling author.
Founder and star of the popular show, 'Corner Gas'.
Wednesday, Dec 05
Nazanin Afshin Jam
Campaigning to end child executions in Iran.
The creator of the famous cartoon 'For Better of For Worse'.
Thursday , Dec 06
A Canadian born supermodel who is carving out her own niche.
In search of environmentally friendly innovations.
Tune in today to hear George's interview with Matthew Good, some fine, fine music & call-ins.
You can go to Strombo.com to put in any song requests or to see if he posts any videos of songs he's playing.
I've got one:
"Winter Wonderland" by The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here is the puppet's Gemini moment on youtube...
What we need on youtube is more Gemini moments like the opening skit. No controversy there.
Sunday, November 25, 2007
The hysterically funny duo of Kenny Hotz & Spenny Rice
British "domestic goddess" and best-selling author Nigella Lawson
And also coming up this week...
Canadian music icon and Springhill, NS native Anne Murray
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
1. In Bloom- Nirvana
2. Believe- Newsboys
3. Rental Car-Beck
4. Universe- Sarah Slean
5. Elsewhere- Sarah McLachan
6. Just -Radiohead
7. LA Song-Christian Kane
9. Rocket Man- Elton John
10. Whipping Boy-Ben Harper
11. Keep It Down- Kelis
12. Local God- Everclear
14. Love Addict- Family Force 5
15. Limp-Fiona Apple
16. 6 Underground- Sneaker Pimps
17. Over My Head- Furslide
18. Red Flag- Billy Talent
19. Tripping- Robbie Williams
20. Everybody Got Their Something -Nikka Costa
Barbara -I would like to add I would make a disc and drop it somewhere but how would that person picking it up know it's virus free? Not that I would add a virus... but who is to say that can't happen? Just a thought.
I added 4 songs to the group playlist. No harm could come of it if you buy those songs. I added the album names and links to help you in your search.
If you go on itunes and check out Celebrity Playlists you will find on page 4, George Stroumboulopoulos' playlist choices... You can find George sandwiched between George Lopez and Glass Tiger and no those aren't his musical choices. His choices (in 2005) included The Clash, Bob Dylan and Kathleen Edwards.
Steph A. - Anyone who knows me in the three-dimensional world knows that I LOVE music. I have many cd’s…if you are up on your Roman Numerals, think “M” and add a few! I still enjoy buying music the "old-fashioned" way….browsing the racks, looking at the cover art and when I buy the cd, reading the liner notes from beginning to end. To me, music is a very personal thing, as we each draw from it what we need at any particular moment. I like songs that tell a good story and in many ways, I think sad songs are the best songs. My list of old and new is as follows:
Prayer to St. Peter – Edwin McCain
Where Angels Sing – Meatloaf
Close Call - Under the Blacklight
Mama’s Arms – Joshua Kadison
Windowsill – Arcade Fire
Friend to a Stranger - Emmerson Hart
Devil You Know - Pinback
Godspeed – Shaye
Black Betty – Ram Jam
Unguided - The New Pornographers
(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding
Let's just say, I have a large eclectic taste for music. I have some strong feelings towards many, a mild liking for others, and an opposition to some.
Often, I wildly enjoy anything that evokes movement out of me, such as toe tapping, head banging, surface drumming, and occassional air guitar riffs. I love cranking the tunes as inspiration for artwork or domestic chores, although at times, I find it blissfull to shut my eyes alone in the dark, picking out specific instruments or lyrics.
It's amazing how a song or band can take you back to memories past, both good & bad, and bring out emotions that went with those times. Having said that, I'm a HUGE fan of new music & totally enjoy discovering new artists.
So, in no particular order, here are a few:
1. Blister in the Sun - Violent Femmes
2. A Penny More - Skydiggers
3. Run to the Hills - Judas Priest
4. You Make Me Feel So Young - Tim Tamishiro
5. Passage into Midnight - Omar (instrumental)
6. Sweet Jane - Cowboy Junkies
7. Blackened Waters - Black Label Society
8. Pathetique -Tchaikovsky (Symphony No. 6 in b minor, Op. 74)
9. Used to Get High - John Butler Trio
10. All the Things I Wasn't - Grapes of Wrath
11. True Colors - Tuck & Patti
12. Sweet Strabane - Irish Rovers
13. You're No Good - Linda Rondstat
14. Find the Cost of Freedom - Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
15. Just a Gigalo - David Lee Roth
Mich's turn... First off, music is a huge part of my life, it's everywhere and fits in everything I do. I think exposing people to new music and new performers is a fantastic idea and something everyone should do. That said... Operation Disc Drop has me conflicted. I think it's a great idea, because it does expose people to new music and hopefully gets them out of their comfort zone. The part that I'm conflicted about is the legal/moral/ethical issue I see with distributing copyrighted music without permission. For years, I've been a strong advocate against illegally sharing and downloading music, which is a very unpopular stance. My view started to change when I saw the BNL interview on The Hour, where they were talking about copyright restrictions and such. If the artists are okay with it, then who am I to be against it? But then I think of my own work and how much it would bother me if people were using it, unauthorised and not paying for it. But then I hear about Radiohead launching their latest album online as a "pay as you wish" album. Where does that take things? For as long as I can remember, it's been all about protecting copyright and protecting the artists and the livelihood of the everyone involved in the process. With the grayness of the laws, and the diverse stance on the moral and ethical stance on freesharing music, I don't know where I stand, so for now I remain conflicted.
But I do have a playlist to share (though honestly, it's hard to pick just a few, because what I like is so dependent on my mood) :
Violet Light - Raised by Swans
The Past is Never Past - Andrea Revel
Brian Wilson - Barenaked Ladies
Son of a Bitch to the Core - The Headstones
London Calling - The Clash
The Girl in the Other Room - Diana Krall
The Wonder - Royal Wood
Breakthrough - Rhea's Obsession
Ragged Ass Road - Tom Cochrane
Brothers in Arms - Dire Straits
1. Bang The Doldrums- FallOutBoy- Janna
2. Always- Newsboys- Janna
3. Where's Your Head At?- Basement Jaxx- Janna
4. Sleep- Riley Armstrong- Janna
5. Feeling Good - Nina Simone -(I Put A Spell On You) - BW
6. Never Been To Spain - Three Dog Night - (The Best Of Three Dog Night) - BW
7. Deux Fois La Meme Histoire - Eric Lapointe -(Invitez les Vautours ) - B
8. Striptease - Hawksley Workman - (Last Night We Were- The Delicious Wolves) - BW
9. Whole Lotta Love - Led Zeppelin (SA)
10. Down by the River - Neil Young (SA)
11. Unloved - Jann Arden (SA)
12. Forever Young - Youth Group (SA)
13. A Sunday Kind of Love - Etta James - Jenuine
14. Drop Kick Queen of the Weekend - The Dudes - Jenuine
15. Everybody's Free to Wear Sunglasses - Baz Luhrmann - Jenuine
16. Cornflake Girl - Tori Amos - Jenuine
17. Once - Royal Wood
18. Turn up the Dark - Stirling
19. Hockey Skates - Kathleen Edward
20. Castles in the Sky - Philosopher Kings
Monday, November 19, 2007
This week's menu prepared by the creative team of The Hour
and always delivered in style by your host: George Stroumboulopoulos.
A delightful bold entree of Naomi Klein
with a lingering, yet zingy serving of Paul Anka.
Accompanied by a unique, yet refreshing mix of Jeff Goldblum
and a small delicious sampling of Craig Ferguson.
A sharp roasted entree of Rick Mercer
served with an exotic & exquisite helping of Jane Goodall.
Georges St. Pierre and The Foo Fighters
will add a punch of flavour enhancement to this robust meal.
A timeless dish of hot & wild Joan Jett,
harmonized with a spicy serving of Carlo Rota,
and balanced with a mild hint of Jason Priestley.
A contrasting buffet of main courses to sample from:
A modern country taste of Brooks & Dunn,
a complex European platter of Henry Morgentaler,
a fresh invigorating Scottish helping of KT Tunstall,
or the tried & true favorite, homestyle fare of Stephen Lewis.
Always a surprise, and often a leftover mix of popular,
"back by demand" items.
Thank you for choosing The Stroumboulopouli and we hope you enjoyed your visit.
As always, we encourage you to leave your critiques & suggestions in our comment box.
Friday, November 16, 2007
So what made you yell at the television over the past couple days? What made you go "hmmmmm" in the middle of the interview? What are your thoughts on the issues?
1) The Cold Opener on Wednesday was all about those super vivid dreams or nightmares that some of us have. I know lately my dreams are going all weird, involving jelly donuts and trenches (like the ones in wars)... and oddly enough, the CBC building. And I do have some reoccuring nightmares, like George's, but not involving wrestlers. Nope. Mine involve bees... and identical quintuplets.
2) Ani DiFranco, discussed candidates in the American election (which feels like it's gone on forever... and there's still a year to go. This is why I hate set terms and election dates... no one ever stops campaigning. Elections should be surprises... like root canals or burst appendix. They certainly seem just as painful). DiFranco commented that the public are becoming "media sheep" and have stopped thinking for themselves when it comes to candidates because of the spin phenomenon. Is there anyone who doesn't spin these days? Is it true that the common man isn't thinking for him/herself and just voting the way the media says they are going to? Is is the term "unelectable" valid? Is any candidate who throws their hat in the ring truly "unelectable" or is that just another PR move to get the vote away from candidates?
3) Matt Damon was named "Sexiest Man Alive" or whatever by People Magazine. Honestly, I don't get it. Sure Damon's a looker. Sure some people think he's sexy. So it's not the choice that baffles me, it's the whole bloody concept. Why? Why choose one man who is the "sexiest" when everyone's tastes differ. Do we really have to turn men into a piece of meat? I don't know. Maybe I just don't get the whole "cult of the celebrity" thing... or why I should care that Matt Damon is the sexiest man alive. Honestly, I'd rather hear about what he's working on and his charitable work than be told he's the sexiest man alive. And really, what criteria do they use? I apologize for the rant, but I've just never understood: a) the appeal of this subject for People magazine and b) how these people choose ONE man as the sexiest. I just don't get it.
4) Top TV Icons of all time: The Associated Press has prepared a list of the Top 50 TV Icons of all time as part of a TV special airing Friday night at 8 EST. George revealed the Top Ten on The Hour.
10) Dick Clark
9) Homer Simpson
8) Jerry Seinfeld
7) Mary Tyler Moore
6) Carol Burnett
5) Walter Cronkite
4) Bill Cosby
3) Oprah Winfrey
2) Lucille Ball
1) Johnny Carson
Agree or disagree? Who's in your top ten?
5) Mark Cohon, the Commissioner of the CFL made the comment that the CFL and the NFL can work together through cross-promotion of NFL games with CFL games. Do you think it's a good idea for the NFL to start infringing on the CFL's turf? Do we really need American football or should we concentrate instead on building and maintaining Canadian football? Is this even something to be concerned with or should we be concerned that the Buffalo Bills will be playing in Toronto in the near future? Can the CFL survive if the NFL comes to town?
6) I think it's very cool that Letterman is paying his staff out of pocket during the Writer's Guild strike. I can totally understand why... in television, you really want to build and then keep a team together that you can trust and work well with. I have that kind of team, and if I could, I'd pay them even when we're on a dark period. Michael Landon did that with his crew between productions. It just means that the team can stay together and still manage to pay those pesky bills.
Other than that, I thought it was a pretty interesting week of interviews. So what did you think?
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Despite the ridiculous hat and gown! (George complained of wanting the "cool black gowns" everyone else was wearing.) But in usual form, George was dressed for the occasion in a black hoodie, black jeans, and his runners...(totally awesome) but the funniest part... was seeing G in his heavy winter coat and scarf... (Calgary isn't THAT cold... HA HA HA.) Oh! and the guy who ran up on stage to kiss one of the graduates.
More then that his inspiring speech sent the new Alumni out into the world with a fresh look upon life.
George stated that " his mom had two dreams in life for George 1. to get into heaven and 2. Get a degree and at least now one has happened".
Monday, November 12, 2007
Well, that's all about to change. Talking to Barbara and Steph last week, I mentioned that it would be interesting to post random thoughts inspired by the show so that we could start a discussion here on the blog about the topics the show covered. They liked the idea... so here I am.
Tonight's show brought up a lot of different topics for me...
1) Disgraced pediatric pathologist Dr. Charles Smith apologized through a statement read by his lawyer. Because you know, apologies read by someone else always ring with sincerity. This whole case infuriates me. This pathologist's work sent people to prison for crimes they didn't commit... and for crimes that never happened. How does an apology on paper fix that? Can anything fix that? The whole situation blows my mind. I can't write anything else because all I can do is shake my head... how does something like this resolve itself? How does something like this happen in the first place?
2) Record stores going the way of the Dodo: The last Canadian player in the music store business, MusicWorld, announced they are shuttering the business because they can't compete. Sir Richard Branson said that he thinks there will be no record stores in 10 years. And it's all to do with the shift in how we get our music (legal or otherwise). When was the last time you bought a CD or even set foot in a music store? I know the way I buy music has changed over the past few years, particularly since getting my iPod. The last time I bought a CD was 3 weeks ago... Feist's album (it's awesome... pick it up). The thought of not physically holding music in my hand kind of makes me sad... I love album art.
3) Celebrities going to Africa: I know this raises a lot of ire with some people I talk to. They see it as the celebrity exploiting the situation to make themselves look good. Branson seems to see a benefit to it, by raising awareness and money for the needs of the people of Africa. Good thing? Bad thing? I don't know. I can see both sides of the coin. I'm sure there are some celebs that go merely to raise their profile, but I also think that many go because they see something they can use their notoriety for good. And those that do try and make a difference, good for them. We need more people to step up and do what they can to make a difference in the world.
4) What does risk mean to you? To some, it's riding a motorcycle. To others, it's trying to get a car to go over 1000 miles per hour. To others, risk is not so out there, it's choosing to wear a red dress instead of the regular black one. Are you a risk taker? Do you step up and put yourself out there, like Steve Fossett who put his life on the line and achieve 125 world records after the age of 55? Or does risk mean taking a different route to work or trying something new? I think I walk the middle.
5) Alan Alda said he doesn't talk politics in public, but then made the following statement as the one political thing he will say: "Why won't they listen to each other?". He was referring to those in government who are supposed to be in charge and trying to make a difference for the people they govern, but are seemingly embroiled in a petty partisan battle that involves putting each other down instead of trying to get something done. I'm pretty sure he was talking about the American government, but it certainly rings true in our own federal government. I don't know about you, but I haven't figured out how I'm supposed to take a political party seriously, if all they do is attack each other, instead of doing what they are supposed to. I don't care if you (the political party) thinks that the other person is a big poopy head, just learn to get along for the sake of the group. Isn't that what we're taught in kindergarten, you may not like someone but you have to learn to get along for the sake of the greater good?
And on an unrelated, yet related note... I found an article online today from The Muse, Memorial University's paper. It's from the Geminis, but it's a good read. Though if you are not a fan of the F-word, be warned, it's used a couple of times. Shocking. I know.
Saturday, November 10, 2007
Friday, November 09, 2007
I recently wrote elsewhere that there is no day on the calendar that I honour with as much reverence as Remembrance Day. As the grand-daughter and niece of men who served our great nation with distinction, I was raised to have a good understanding of WHY November 11th is so significant. In my house it was never just another day.
As a child (in the 70's) my mother would take me to the cenotaph at Old City Hall in Toronto. I would watch the Remembrance Day ceremonies unfold among the veterans who experienced war first hand. From my recollection, it was always cold, raining or windy. But the inclement weather never showed on the faces of our veterans. They had a job to do...honour the memory of their fallen comrades.
Fast forward to my teenage years. I distinctly remember the focus of Remembrance Day slowly switch from remembering those lost in war to the concept of "peace'. So much so, that the name of our assembly was officially changed to "Peace Day" ceremonies. This never sat well with me. We were not remembering peace. We were remembering the ultimate sacrifice of war...the loss of human life.
In my 20's I would tape the Remembrance Day ceremonies from Ottawa. Just like the images from my childhood, there were our veterans, standing at attention, proudly displaying their various medals, seemingly unaffected by the weather. I would watch the Silver Cross mother lay a wreath in memory of her child, taken too soon. Everyone seemed to be getting older and older. The numbers of veterans in attendance slowly diminishing. The crowds gathering appeared to be getting smaller too. I started to feel that sadly, the significance of Remembrance Day was being lost. Up to that point in my lifetime, war was not really a consideration. Canadian Forces were leaving our soil for peace-keeping missions, not combat.
Sunday, November 04, 2007
"Big Toronto Hippie… with his ears pierced… think he'll come and mock the Prairies, is that it?"
For the past week, the mere thought of the cold opener from the Geminis has brought random giggles into my life. So much so, that the people I work with and those nearest and dearest to me think that I've finally gone over the edge. Maybe it's the Prairie Girl in me… maybe it's growing up in Alberta and the constant rivalry between the two provinces... or maybe it's just the fact that I'm a transplant in Ontario and I miss home. Whatever it was, the cold opening at the Geminis this year had me on the floor laughing. Literally. Not just in internet terms, but physically on the floor, laughing. Why? Because in some areas of Saskatchewan… it's true!
Saskatchewan isn't totally flat… there are occasional hills and valleys… but compared to other provinces (say, Alberta)… it could easily be considered flat. And Albertans know how to milk that for everything it's worth. That said, Saskatchewan cannot be defined by it's topography… Saskatchewan has a lot going for it. It's the home of universal health care in Canada. It's economy, like it's neighbour Alberta, is booming. The Mounties call it home for their academy. The Snowbirds are based there. To be honest, Saskatchewan is a pretty cool place. Despite being flat. Or maybe, because of it.
All kudos to Saskatchewan aside, the opener was pretty slick. With fantastic writing (writer Paul Bates is a genius… I want to know, is he from the Prairies?), it was the perfect choice for the evening. It brings all that's the Toronto-Prairies "fight" together in a typically self-mocking Canadian manner. Very fitting for the boy from Toronto visiting the Prairies.
If you've made it this far, and enjoyed the cold opener at the Geminis last weekend, you'll be happy to know that the cold opener is now posted on YouTube. Enjoy!
Guest poster of the Stroumboulopouli
The Strombo Show in it's new body debuts today Sunday Nov 04. You can listen live with a link on this page.
Here is the link from the National Post about how to host a talk show
Monday Nov 05 on The Hour
Ralph Mellanby: Executive Producer who revolutionized Sports television.
and Ben Harper is back on The Hour.
Tuesday Nov 06
Journalist Jan Wong
Malalai Joya talks about the Enemies of Happiness.
Your life coach Tony Robbins
Wednesday Nov 07
Ani DiFranco singer/songwriter
Also on The Hour Nigella Lawson I looked up Nigella and one result on Google search was Nigella Lawson breasts and I found the link for a Slow-Roasted Garlic and Lemon Chicken by Nigella recipe but it was for chicken thighs not breasts... in any case She is a chef...
Thursday Nov 08
Canadian singing legend ( maybe you have heard of her)Anne Murray
For Kevin of The Hour I will do my Anne Murray Applause.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
Shelley, Lorraine and Stephanie the She Asked crew.
And for you, without farther ado, Jian from Q...part 2
Saturday, October 27, 2007
In preparation for this post, I compiled a list of Canadian television programs, both past and present. I was somewhat surprised by just how varied and substantial the list ended up being. I thought to myself, why wouldn’t Canadians watch the Gemini Awards? We have made some pretty awesome TV over the last few decades and our programming is getting better and better.
Currently, my schedule does not really permit me a whole lot of television viewing time. In addition to The Hour, and when I have the opportunity to watch, I also enjoy The Mercer Report, W-Five, Hockey Night in Canada, a really interesting program called How It's Made and of course, the nightly news. For the purposes of full disclosure, I do watch 24 and The Amazing Race.
Do I think that US television is better than ours? No. What it is, is different. I've always thought that our programming is, even in make believe, more realistic. In some instances, perhaps more theatre based and less celebrity driven. Without a doubt, Canadian television tends to celebrate our regional and cultural diversity, just as our nation does. It is a good representation of us.
Sunday night 8 pm The Geminis, hosted by George Stroumboulopoulos, produced by his production team and the CBC (and they worked their asses off to do this for you, so you should watch is all I am sayin')
One more link about the Gemini Awards from the Regina Leader-Post
OK another link from anonymous comment # 3 who suggests you view it from about 46 minutes in to see a behind the scene preview of the Gemini Awards.
Results of the Gemini Awards from the CBC site
What is on The Hour this week?
Tuesday October 30
Wyclef Jean While rooted in hip-hop, Jean takes in all of the musical spectrum, from rap to reggae, Miles Davis to Pink Floyd. Also, his lean childhood gave him a social conscience and keeps him from glamorizing life on the street the way other artists do.
Wedneday October 31
Kenny vs Spenny
Kenny Hotz and Spencer Rice produce a hit TV show and some gonzo Documentaries.
also on the show
President of Mexico from 2000 to 2006.
Thursday November 01
Famous music producer has worked with U2 and Bob Dylan.
Instrumental music "can speak louder than singing," Lanois explains
Coming this week on our blog
A conversation with Jian Ghomeshi
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
To quote his introductions:
THE STROMBO SHOW
"Hey it’s your old pal George....and it’s on my friends ....My brand new show every Sunday at (your time zone) right here.
So what's the new show all about?...Well it’s about...awesome music, celebrity guests, and your calls from across the country
It all kicks off Sunday November 4th. See you there!
Monday, October 22, 2007
Well, it was released.
From All of us here at notpaid CONGRATULATIONS!
U of C Degree for G
Photo courtesy of reuters.com
Kid Rock arrested in Atlanta on Sunday, after fight in Waffle House.
Go to rueters for full article:
Never being fully convinced of liking or disliking the guy; he's always intrigued me in some deranged way.
Could be that he reminds me of an old boyfriend, or perhaps it's because of his unconventional career/life choices....not quite sure, but was really looking forward to his interview.
Hopefully it was pre-taped for the show, if not, should add a great comic twist for any rescheduled visits to The Hour!
Sunday, October 21, 2007
Tuesday- Danny Glover
Wednesday- Kid Rock
Thursday- Rerun? We have heard a rumour Debbie Harry and AJ Jacobs will be on.
http://www.cbc.ca/thehour go there for daily updates as to who will be guests....
It is Gemini Week... George and his team are working hard to bring us the Gemini's so... not sure what this week in the Hour holds.
Oh yeah, The Gemini Awards air Sunday Oct 28th (a week today) on CBC, George is hosting. You should watch.
Thursday, October 18, 2007
We, here at notpaid knew yesterday that George and the Hour team had won but we wanted to see if George would say anything. We are glad he did. It meant we could...
CONGRATULATIONS!!!! ON WINNING THREE GEMINI'S!
Best Production Design or Art Direction in a Non-Fiction Program or SeriesCallum MacLachlan - The Hour - Prime Time Special
Best Host or Interviewer in a General/Human Interest or Talk Program or SeriesGeorge Stroumboulopoulos - The Hour
Best Talk SeriesThe Hour(CBC)Jennifer Dettman, George Stroumboulopoulos, Susan Taylor
Congrats! to Jennifer Dettman, Susan Taylor, Callum MacLachlan and George Stroumboulopoulos.
Sunday, October 14, 2007
There is an element of audience participation involved, as we can vote for "Favorite Canadian on a TV Series (Not Eligible for a Gemini)", in order to select the winner of the CBC Viewers’ Choice Award. The list of nominees for this category is huge, with twenty-six home-grown performers available for your consideration. Among this group are some recent visitors to The Hour including Adam Beach and the very funny Howie Mandel.
If contests are your thing, voting automatically enters your name in the draw for an “official Gemini Gift Bag”! Check the website for all the legal “mumbo jumbo”. The contest closes October 19th.
Friday, October 12, 2007
Monday October 15
Legend Ronnie Hawkins . The Hawk will be on The Hour Monday and according to George the Hawk is looking for lots of chicks to be in the audience...
Tuesday October 16
I will be there on Tuesday in the audience with a date, and we will see...
Writer, filmmaker, photographer Elyse Schein & her sister Paula Berstein will be on the show.
Plus opera singer Paul Potts discovered on Britain's Got Talent
If you have not heard Paul Potts sing before check out this
Wednesday October 17
Model and business woman Iman is on the show
Did you know Iman is married to musician/actor David Bowie?
In addition to running a successful beauty company, Iman is actively involved in several charities including Mother’s Voices, Action Against Hunger, The Children’s Defense Fund and The All Children Foundation. She recently completed her first book, I AM IMAN (Universe, 2001), an autobiographical sketchbook of her working life.
Thursday October 18
Suze Orman hosts two TV shows about finance and had just published a book called 'Women & Money - Owning the Power to Control Your Destiny,'
Also on Thursday
John Leguizamo A multi-faceted performer and Emmy Award winner, John Leguizamo has established a career that defies categorization... so watch the interview and learn more.
and Friday is always good because its the best of the week.
Speaking of good I would like to know what you thing of Good Idea with Hilary Doyle.
Here is the link to the clip if you missed it...