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CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag on Saturday August 21 focused on the launch of the 2010 Eden Mills Writers Festival in our second hour.

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place from September 17-20, 2010 in the beautiful riverside village of Eden Mills and features readings from some of North America’s best-known authors as well as music workshops and writing seminars. Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, bestselling novelist Joy Fielding, mystery writer Linwood Barclay, The Wayfinders’ author Wade Davis and young adult author Shane Peacock are just a few of the writers who are attending this year. For more information, visit www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca.

On Wednesday August 18 the Bookshelf in Guelph hosted the media launch of the 2010 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival featuring short readings from 2009 Trillium Award finalist Nino Ricci (The Origin of Species), as well as from three 2010 Trillium finalists: Cordelia Strube (Lemon), Alexandra Leggatt (Animal) and Susan Holbrook (Joy Is So Exhausting). The evening also celebrated the life of the late Paul Quarrington, a good friend to the festival.

All of the songs in this hour of the show were from the great posthumous Paul Quarrington album, The Songs.

Music:
Paul Quarrington, All The Stars from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, This Old Body from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, Celestial Navigation from The Songs
Paul Quarrington, Wherever You Go from The Songs

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Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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This Saturday, CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag will be focusing on the Eden Mills Writers Festival in our second hour (9-10 a.m.).

The Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place from September 17-20, 2010 in the beautiful riverside village of Eden Mills and features readings from some of North America’s best-known authors as well as music workshops and writing seminars. Giller Prize winner Linden MacIntyre, bestselling novelist Joy Fielding, mystery writer Linwood Barclay, The Wayfinders’ author Wade Davis and young adult author Shane Peacock are just a few of the writers who are attending this year. For more information, visit www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca.

This evening, Wednesday August 18 the Bookshelf in Guelph will be hosting the media launch for the 2010 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. This free event features short readings from 2009 Trillium Award finalist Nino Ricci (The Origin of Species), as well as from three 2010 Trillium finalists: Cordelia Strube (Lemon), Alexandra Leggatt (Animal) and Susan Holbrook (Joy Is So Exhausting). The evening will also celebrate the life of the late Paul Quarrington, who was a good friend to the festival.

Royal City Rag will be attending the launch and will be bringing the flavour of the event to Saturday’s radio show. You won’t want to miss it!

Eden Mills Media Launch & Quarrington Remembrance
featuring readings by Nino Ricci, Cordelia Strube, Alexandra Leggatt and Susan Holbrook
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec Street (in the EBar)
Guelph, ON
7 p.m.
Funding and some refreshments will be provided by Eden Mills Writers Festival and the Trillium Book Awards. Donations to help with the cost of putting on the Eden Mills Writers Festival will be gratefully received.

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 8-10 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm in Guelph. Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live, you can always pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, a day or so later.

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In the first hour on May 8 we welcomed Rob Case from local non-profit organisation Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC) back to the show.

GIRC is celebrating its 30th anniversarythis year. GIRC’s mission is to increase community awareness of global issues, including their local aspects, while encouraging action to promote a just and sustainable future.

For the past 10 years GIRC have been promoting the use of rain barrels to aid in water conservation. GIRC had their first Rain Barrel Sale of the season on Saturday at Planet Bean on Grange. They have another two sales planned for later this month; Saturday May 15 from 10. 00 a.m-1.00 p.m. at the West End Recreation Centre and Wednesday May 19 from 5.00-8.00 p.m. at the Stone Store, 14 Commercial Street, Guelph.

Barrels for these sales are being assembled by volunteers from Parkwood Gardens Neighbourhood Group. Proceeds from the sales will support the services and events the neighbourhood group provides to its community, as well as the various non-profit initiatives of the Guelph International Resource Centre including the Guelph Festival of Moving Media taking place in November.

GIRC rain barrels are durable, locally made from used food import barrels and available in three colours. They are easy to maintain, repair and customize. A 220 litre rain barrel is only $60 (while supplies last, Visa and Mastercard accepted). You can pre-order your rain barrels HERE.

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In the second hour of the show, our culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (currently executive director of the Hillside Festival), was back in the studio for a relaxed chat about the arts focusing on three of the summer festivals the area has to offer; The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (June 3-6), Hillside Festival (July 23-25) and Eden Mills Writers Festival (September 19). We also had an apportunity to play some music from the headliners at this year’s Hillside. Check it out.

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Music:
Buddy Guy, Ain’t No Sunshine from Bring Em’ In
Blackie & The Rodeo Kings from Let’s Frolic
Stephen Fearing, Yellowjacket from Yellowjacket
James Gordon, I’ve Come Along from My Stars Your Eyes
Neko Case, Buckets Of Rain from Live From Austin Texas
Dom Amero, Life Gets Better from Deepening
Sarah Harmer, Escarpment Blues from I’m A Mountain
Gord Downie And The Country Of Miracles, The Grand Bounce from The Grand Bounce
Calexico, Two Silver Trees from Carried To Dust
Los Lobos, Hearts Of Stone from Good Morning Aztlan

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Royal City Rag will be back on CFRU 93.3fm this coming Saturday, May 8 from 7-9 a.m.

In the first hour we will be welcoming Rob Case from Guelph International Resource Centre (GIRC) back to the show. GIRC have their first Rain Barrel Sale of the season, this Saturday May 8 from 10.00 a.m. – Noon at Planet Bean Cafe, Grange Plaza (259 Grange Road East, Guelph).

GIRC rain barrels are durable, locally made from used food import barrels and available in three colours. They are easy to maintain, repair and customize.  A 220 litre rain barrel is only $60 (while supplies last, Visa and Mastercard accepted). To guarantee availability, pre-order yours now HERE.

Proceeds from the rain barrel sale support the GIRC’s other initiatives, including the Guelph Festival of Moving Media taking place in November.

Staff from The Elora Centre for Environmental Excellence will also be on hand at Planet Bean from 10.00 a.m. till 4.00 p.m. to provide FREE home energy advice. Non-perishable food items will also be graciously accepted for the Grange Hill East Neighbourhood Group’s food cupboard.

There will be two other opportunities purchase a GIRC rain barrel:

  • Saturday May 15, 2010; 10:00-1:00 p.m.; at the West End Recreation Centre
  • Wednesday May 19, 2010; 5:00-8:00 p.m.; at the Stone Store, 14 Commercial Street, Guelph

In the second hour of the show we’ll welcome back to Royal City Rag our culture vulture, Marie Zimmerman (currently executive director of the Hillside Festival), for a relaxed chat about the arts focusing on three of the main summer festivals the area has to offer; The Guelph Contemporary Dance Festival (June 3-6), Hillside Festival (July 23-25) and Eden Mills Writers Festival (September 19).

As usual we’ll wrap up the whole show with some great music. You won’t want to miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station.

Remember if you don’t catch Royal City Rag live on CFRU93.3fm, you can pick it up later that day via the CFRU archive or here, on the blog, the next day.

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Ajay Heble

In the first hour of Royal City Rag on February 6, Ajay Heble, Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival, joined us to chat about some of the great artists taking part in the Help Haiti benefit show at the River Run Centre on February 7 at 7.00 p.m.

The event features Kevin Breit, Scott Merritt, Jane Bunnett, Dionne Brand, the University of Guelph choirs and The Guelph music revue, an ensemble featuring some of Guelph’s renowned musicians and singer-songwriters.

Ajay selected some great music to complement the discussion. Check it out if you can, you’ll not be disappointed.

Tickets for the benefit are $30 and available from the River Run Box Office: 519-763-3000 or online. All proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross.

All of those involved, including the River Run Centre facilities, are donating their services for the event.

Please consider attending, or, if you can’t make it, buy a ticket and give it to friend. It would be great to sellout for such a worthy cause.

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In the second hour, Jane Hastings, Executive Director of the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival joined us to chat about the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival Fundraiser, Unlucky in Love taking place at the E-Bar, appropriately enough, on February 13.

Unlucky in Love offers something for everyone, not just for the broken hearted!

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with woeful readings by Leon Rooke and Marianne Micros. Then the stunning Sarah Kramer takes the stage, her beautiful soprano voice accompanied by pianist Anna Ronai.

The fun continues with the always-unpredictable open-mic session emceed by Guelph Spokenword’s Beth-Anne Fischer at 8 p.m. An opportunity to tell some of your own stories and poems of lost or unrequited love.

Prizes will go to the audience-chosen top performers.

This year the featured poet at Unlucky in Love is Alexandra Oliver. We were fortunate to have Alexandra join us by by phone later in the hour to chat about her poetry.

Check out this video of Alexandra  in action, courtesy of  SlamNation.

This year’s Unlucky in Love is dedicated to the memory of Paul Quarrington, a giant in Canadian literature who left us all too soon. As a further tribute to Paul we played two great songs from his band, Porkbelly Futures’ eponymous first album.

Unlucky in Love takes place at the E-Bar (41 Quebec St.), downtown Guelph, at 7 p.m. (6pm for registration), Saturday February 13.

Tickets will be available for $13 at the door.

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Music:
Joan Baez, God Is God from Day After Tomorrow
Kris Kristofferson, From Here To Forever from Closer To The Bone
Eddie Vedder, End Of The Road from Into The Wild
Jane Bunnett/Don Pullen, Gratitude from New York Duets
Scott Merritt, Burning Train from Violet And Black
Scott Merritt, Bell to Bell from Violet And Black
Kevin Breit/Cyro Baptista, Love Is All Around from Supergenerous
Tannis Slimmon, Weathervane from Lucky Blue
Basia Bulat, Heart Of My Own from Heart Of My Own
Porkbelly Futures, Ain’t For Me To Say from Porkbelly Futures
Porkbelly Futures, I’m In Love from Porkbelly Futures
Ani Difranco, You Had Time from Canon
Bahamas, Lovely Bones from Pink Strat
Martin Sexton, Happy from Seeds

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We have another busy Royal City Rag planned for February 6.

In the first hour, the Artistic Director of the Guelph Jazz Festival, Ajay Heble, will be joining us to talk about some of the great artists taking part in the Help Haiti benefit show taking place in Guelph at the River Run Centre on February 7. The event features Kevin Breit, Scott Merritt, Jane Bunnett, Dionne Brand, the University of Guelph choirs and The Guelph music revue, an ensemble featuring some of Guelph’s renowned musicians and singer-songwriters.

Tickets are $30 and available from the River Run Box Office: 519-763-3000 or online. All proceeds go to the Canadian Red Cross. All of those involved, including the River Run Centre facilities, are donating their services for the event.

In the second hour, we’ll be focusing on the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival Fundraiser, Unlucky in Love taking place at the E-Bar on February 13.  Executive Director of the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival, Jane Hastings and Guelph Spokenword’s Beth-Anne Fischer will be joining us live in the studio.

Unlucky in Love offers something for everyone, not just for the broken hearted!

The evening kicks off at 7 p.m. with woeful readings by Leon Rooke and Marianne Micros. Then the stunning Sarah Kramer takes the stage, her beautiful soprano voice accompanied by pianist Anna Ronai. The fun continues with the always-unpredictable open-mic performances at 8 p.m., emceed by spoken-word poet Alexandra Oliver. Bring your own stories and poems of lost or unrequited love and share them with a supportive and enthusiastic crowd. Prizes will go to the audience-chosen top performers.

This year’s Unlucky in Love is dedicated to the memory of Paul Quarrington, a giant in Canadian literature who left us too soon.

Unlucky in Love takes place at the E-Bar (41 Quebec St.), downtown Guelph, at 7 p.m. (6pm for registration), Saturday February 13th. Tickets will be available for $13 at the door.

As usual, we’ll be wrapping the whole show up with some cool music. Don’t miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturdays from 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3 fm, Guelph’s Campus and Community Radio Station. Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm, or, after the fact, via the website. If it happens in Guelph you’ll hear about it on Royal City Rag!

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We are all planning to be Unlucky in Love at the Eden Mills Writers Festival Fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 at 7.00 p.m. Great entertainment and shenanigans are promised. Don’t miss it!

We’ll also be ‘Unlucky In Love’, live on CFRU 93.3fm‘s Royal City Rag, with a cast of thousands (well, a few anyway!), on February 6 between 8-9 a.m. Promises to be lots of fun. Don’t miss it!

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It was another jam-packed Royal City Rag on September 19. During the first hour we talked to Lea Tran, Horticultural Therapist at the Guelph Enabling Garden about their fall workshops. We also played a series of short interviews recorded at the Eden Mills Writers Festival in 2006. Unfortunately Bob Gordon was unable to be on the show to provide another update on the ever-evolving Hanlon Creek Business Park situation. We hope to have Bob back on the show next week. Expect to hear and read a lot more about this issue on Royal City Rag over the coming weeks.

We devoted the whole of the second hour to the Eden Mills Writers Festival which takes place this coming Sunday, September 20. Local authors Andrew Hood and Mary Swan joined us live in the studio with added colour commentary from Eden Mills Writers Festival Artistic Director and Royal City Rag contributor, Marie Zimmerman.

Music:
Andrew McPherson, In Your Sea from Lefty Singer
Bill Garrett and Sue Lothrop, Never No More from Red Shoes
Ken Whiteley, Peace Peace Peace from Afghanistan On Guard For Thee
Lambchop, National Talk Like A Pirate Day from OH (Ohio)
Rita Chiarelli Loving You Is Killing Me from Uptown Goes Downtown

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colmusic ad web72There’s a little bit of bubble and a lot of squeak on Royal City Rag this week!

During the first hour we’ll be talking to Lea Tran, Horticultural Therapist at the Guelph Enabling Garden about their fall workshops. We’ll also catch up with Bob Gordon for another update on the ever-evolving Hanlon Creek Business Park situation. Finally, in the first hour, we’ll check in with Magee McGuire at the Guelph Farmers Market.

This week, we’re devoting the whole of the second hour to the Eden Mills Writers Festival which takes place this coming Sunday, September 20. Local authors Andrew Hood and Mary Swan will be joining us live in the studio with added colour commentary from Eden Mills Writers Festival Artistic Director and Royal City Rag contributor, Marie Zimmerman.

Gwynne Dyer The Mess They MadeDon’t forget that Gwenne Dyer will be in Guelph this Saturday to give a special talk entitled “After Iraq…?”.

He’ll also be chatting with fellow author and broadcaster Ray Robertson. This pre-festival session takes place in the Bookshelf cinema at 12 noon.  A reception and book-signing will follow.

Tickets cost $10 and as a special deal you can pay $15 and get the Gwynne Dyer talk plus admission to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival on Sunday. Tickets will be available at the door.

Yet another busy Royal City Rag.

Join us Saturdays 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via this website or CFRU archive. A great way to start your Saturday!

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Royal City Rag on September 12 had everything, one of our best ever shows. Community issues, local politics, arts, music, books… it was all there, with some fine music selections thrown in for good measure.

LEAF_Ad_Guelph_400x500_WEBDuring the first hour we talked to Karen McKeown from Healthy Landscapes at the The City of Guelph about the Cool Communities tree rebate program.  The project is aimed at encouraging homeowners to plant trees for energy conservation.  Shade trees planted on the southern and western sides of a home can save 25–40%, and reduce peak energy demand in summer by up to 30%. By planting trees, homeowners also improve their neighbourhoods by cleaning the air, decreasing pollution, attracting pollinators, and increasing biodiversity.

The project is being launched as a pilot by Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests (LEAF), an award-winning, Toronto-based urban forest non-profit organization and is supported by both Guelph Urban Forest Friends (GUFF) and the City of Guelph. Funding has been provided by the Ontario Power Authority’s Conservation Fund. For more information on the Cool Communities project, including a list of participating nurseries, visit www.yourleaf.org/coolcommunities. The program runs from September 12-13 and September 19-20. To take advantage of the discount, and save up to $100, please visit one of the participating nurseries.

Bob Gordon joined us on the phone to provide an update on the Hanlon Creek Business Park, this week pointing out how a proposed condo development, 1291 Gordon Steet, is also raising concern amongst environmentalists because of the potentially serious impact it may have on a neighbouring wetland. Expect to hear more ab0ut 1291 Gordon Street and the continuing furore around the HCBP on upcoming shows. 

Finally, in the first hour, Jennifer, Marsaye and Wendi joined us to chat about Guelph Community Singers, who officially came to life on September 16 at the Guelph Youth Music Centre.

In the second hour, we had the first of what will be a regular chat with  Sally Wismer from Guelph Arts Council about upcoming arts events in Guelph, including Schmoozefest taking place on September 22 and their innovative FourPerformance Pass, the perfect gift, and, a great deal for anyone interested in the performing arts. 

Later in the hour, Ed, Sarah and John joined us to wax lyrically about some of the classic rock from the 70s including Fanfare the Common Man, Live and Let Die and Born to Run

Euphoric Flight

Euphoric Flight

The event is a collaboration between the Guelph Symphony Orchestra and Euphoric Flight,  a pop-rock band formed this year from an outstanding line-up of Guelph musicians including the wonderful guitarist John Tonin.

Rockin’ with the GSO which takes place at the at John F. Ross High School’s E.L.Fox Auditorium on September 19 at 8.00 p.m. Tickets can be purchased from riverrun.ca or the River Run Centre box office at 519-763-3000. Promises to be great fun. 

We wrapped everything up with a phone chat with Drew Hayden Taylor who you can catch in the Adisokaun area at the Eden Mill’s Writers Festival on September 20.

A great show. I hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed putting it together.

Music:
Sarah Jane Morris, Mad Woman Blues from Love & Pain
Johnny Cash, What Is Truth? from The Legend
Steve Earle and The Del McCoury Band, Pilgrim from Mountain
Les Paul and Mary Ford, Chicken Reel from The Ultimate Collection
Emerson Lake and Palmer, from Fanfare For The Common Man  (Live in Montreal)  from Youtube
Billy Joel, Scenes From An Italian Restaurant from Live At Carnegie Hall 1977
Royal Wood, Don’t Fall Apart from The Lost and Found EP

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colmusic ad web72We’re not talking about the weather here although September has, so far, been wonderful.

We have a packed show lined up for September 12 featuring Healthy Landscapes Karen McKeown from The City of Guelph on Cool Communities, an update on the Hanlon Creek Business Park issue with Bob Gordon and, finally, Guelph Community Singers. And that ‘s just the first hour!

In the second hour, we’ll be talking to Sally Wismer from Guelph Arts Council, Rockin’ with the GSO and, then, catching up with Drew Hayden Taylor on the Eden Mill’s Writers Festival.

Phew, what a scorcher, indeed!

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your Saturday!

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Billy Bragg

Billy Bragg

The start of Royal City Rag on September 5 had a distinct labour flavour, with music by icons Pete Seeger, Woody Guthrie and Billy Bragg. There may be some of you who would quibble about including the Bard of Barking (Bragg) in such exalted company but over the years he really has done a great deal to support the rights of the downtrodden worker. You can catch Billy Bragg in Hamilton at the Studio in Hamilton Place on November 18.

Later in the first hour, freelance journalist Bob Gordon and Judy Martin from the Sierra Club joined us to for the latest installment in what is rapidly becoming the Hanlon Creek Business Park fiasco. 

The City of Guelph spinmeisters have been falling over themselves to paint the opposition to the business park as just a small band of misguided activists holding the city to ransom.

Nothing could be further from the truth.

As Judy pointed out, well-known and respected local organisations such as the Sierra Club, Guelph Chapter of the Council of Canadians, Wellington Waterwatchers and Guelph Urban Forest Friends have all expressed concern about the project as currently envisaged.

They don’t necessarily want it stopped but they would like more changes made to protect the area’s sensitive ecology, endangered wildlife, and aquifier groundwater recharge important for our water supply.

Read this post to get a better understanding of the well-orchestrated public relations campaign the city has been running.

As Bob Gordon put it, it may be a well-run campaign and you can admire it for that but is it fair or accurate?

The Guelph Mercury, in a recent editorial, called the city out over the hyperbole they have been using,  in what some would say, is a deliberate attempt by the City to demonize the occupation and alienate the activists from the general population of Guelph.

The project is now on hold to next Spring which hopefully will give the City time to consider re-engaging some of those with concerns or, of course, they could just try bullying everyone into submission.

What seems clear is that it ain’t over till it’s over, and this issue is far from over.

Look for it to be an issue in next year’s municipal elections if it doesn’t get resolved fairly swiftly.  We’ll endevour to keep you updated.

dantes-warIn the second hour, we caught with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella at the Guelph Farmers Market and talked to local author Sandra Sabatini, about her most recent book, Dante’s War. Sandra will be reading at the Eden Mills Writers Festival  on September 20.

We  finished the show with a conversation with Culture Vulture Marie about some of the other authors to look out for at the festival. Check out the cool festival website  at www.edenmillswritersfestival.ca for more details.

All in all, I thought it was a great show. Feedback would, of course, be appreciated.

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Music:
Eve Goldberg, Rosie The Riveter Revisited from Crossing The Water
Pete Seeger, Deliver The Goods from Talking Union
Billy Bragg, There Is Power In Union from The Essential Billy Bragg
Woody Guthrie, This Land Is Your Land from The Ultimate Collection
Billy Bragg, Waiting For The Great Leap Forward from The Essential Billy Bragg
Nina Simone, Backlash Blues from The Nina Simone Story
Scott Merritt, Moving Day from Gravity Is Mutual
Steve Earle, To Live Is To Fly from Townes
Catie Curtis, 100 Miles from Hello Stranger
Sam Turton, Without Love from Feel

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Labour_Day4Not sure what to do on a Saturday morning?

I’d suggest that you head downtown to the Guelph Farmers Market to buy some local produce and sample the delights this city has to offer. 

But, before you do that, why not start your day with a nice cup of coffee and CFRU 93.3fm’s Royal City Rag?

Two hours of chat about community issues and coming events in Guelph with some cool music thrown into the mix.

This week we’ll be talking about the true meaning of Labour Day, and following up on this week’s exciting installment of the local soap opera known as the Hanlon Creek Business Park with local freelance journalist Bob Gordon and Judy Martin from the Sierra Club.

The big question we’ll be asking this week is…

Will the Hanlon Creek Business Park and Jefferson Salamander come back to haunt Karen Farbridge in 2010?

After all, it is an election year. Promises to be an interesting twelve months.

In the second hour, we’ll be catching up on some of the artistic goings-on around town with a special emphasis on the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival featuring Culture Vulture, Marie and local author, Sandra Sabatini.

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We’ll also touch base with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella Table at the Guelph Farmers Market.

Sounds like it will be lots of fun. Don’t miss it!

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your day!

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On August 22, Bob Gordon joined us to follow up his great coverage of the Hanlon Creek Business Park Stand-Off with a report on how other Guelph environmental groups have reacted to the business park occupation.

Later in the show we checked in with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella , a great community information resource at the Guelph Farmers Market.

Finally, local heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe joined us to give her perspective on some of the featured authors at the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Music:
Proclaimers, Love Can Move Mountains from Notes And Rhymes
Wilco, You Never Know from Wilco (The Album)  
Les Paul/Mary Ford, The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise from The Ultimate Collection 
Sonny Boy Williamson, Don’t Start Me To Talkin’ from His Best  
Walela, I’ll Turn My Radio On from Walela 
James Gordon, Mr. Developer Man (Demo/Youtube)    
Jayhawks, Two Angels from Music from The North Country, An Anthology 
Conor Oberst And The Mystic Valley Band, To All The Lights In The Windows from Outer South 
Mike Mucci, On The Sunny Side Of Guelph from M Mucci E.P.
Mike Stevens & Raymond McClain, I Am A Pilgrim from On The Mojo
Carolyn Mark, The One That Got Away With It from Nothing Is Free

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From Jane Hastings, Operations Manager at the Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Hello to you all.  The father of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival also paints. He will be exhibiting his art at the Bookshelf/Ebar from September 6-20.

Join us for a glass of wine at the Opening Reception on September 6 between 5 and 7 p.m . Hope to see you there.

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We’re settling into our new Saturday groove on Royal City Rag. We’re now officially in our new Saturday 7-9 a.m. slot. Two hours of fun and chat to start your day.

On this week’s show, Bob Gordon will be following up his great coverage of the Hanlon Creek Business Park Stand-Off with a report on how other Guelph environmental groups have reacted to the business park occupation. We’ll also be checking in with Magee McGuire at the Big Umbrella Table at the Guelph Farmers Market.

In the second hour, local heritage activist Susan Ratcliffe will be joining us to give her perspective on some of the authors to catch at the upcoming Eden Mills Writers Festival.

Royal City Rag, Saturday 7-9 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm. A great way to start your day!

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On August 5, Culture Vulture Marie joined us to for another trip around the Guelph art scene, this time focusing heavily on our wonderful summer festivals.

Dancehall Free For All 9 -5 LivesWe started off the show with Dancehall Free For All, fresh from their very successful return to the Hillside Festival, with Danny Knows from their great album, 9 – 5 Lives. Dancehall Free For All are a wonderful live band, with an on stage swagger that defies their young age. Definitely check them out if you can. Also check out their website to download two cool new songs Shameless and Kelsey for free!

Marie also shared her highlights from Hillside 2009, with a special mention for phenomenal young Quebecois Beatrice Martin known as Coeur de Pirate, and Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy

Other events included in the discussion were the Downtown Guelph Friday Noonhour ConcertsLiam Titcomb’s Busking For Change, Sunlight Music Festival, Eden Mills Writers Festival and Fergus Scottish Festival.

Royal City Rag has TWO tickets to give away to the Sunlight Music Festival taking place at the Riverside Park Concertshell on August 15 from Noon till 11.00 p.m., rain or shine.

Artists confirmed for the one day solar-powered festival include James Gordon, Ian Reid, Blindsided Poets, Red Balloon, Pascal, Nabi Loney, Lost for Thoughts, The Canned Goods, City Wide Panic, Noizy Naybrz and headliner, Cape Breton fiddler extraordinaire, Ashley MacIssac.

Tickets for the festival are $25.00. Proceeds from the festival will support Guelph Wellington Women in Crisis.

If you’d like to enter the draw for the tickets send an e-mail to info@royalcityrag.ca.

Also, don’t forget that we are moving to Saturdays, 7-9 a.m., from August 15.

Royal City Rag: New Day, New Time, Still A Great Show!

Music:
Dancehall Free For All, Danny Knows from 9 – 5 Lives
Ian Reid, At The Open Stage from Somewhere Inbetween
Liam Titcomb, War from Peace Songs
Coeur de Pirate, Comme des Enfants from Coeur de Pirate
Jaso Raso, Ava’s Song from Black Mamba
The Mudmen, Underdog from The Mudmen

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emwf-words-that-singRoyal City Rag on May 27  focused on the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival. Festival Director of Operations Jane Hastings, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and local author, Andrew Hood joined us live in the studio.

This year’s festival takes place on Sunday, September 20.

The festival also has a very special  fundraiser, “Words That Sing”, taking place at Norfolk Street United Church on Sunday May 31 at 2.00 p.m. The fundraiser features renowned Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke. They will be reading from their work and taking part in a discussion facilitated by Linda Spalding. Soprano Theresa Thibodeau supported by John McClelland (piano), Tim Kramer (bass)  and Adam Zaatinge (drums) will compliment the spoken word with some awe-inspiring music.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph.

Guelph author Andrew Hood studied in the creative writing program at Concordia University in Montreal and won the Irving Layton Award for Undergraduate Fiction there. His first collection of stories, Pardon Our Monsters (Vehicule Press), won the 2007 Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in English. Andrew will be appearing at the Elora Writers Festival on June 7 and at the Eden Mills Writer’s Festival on September 20.

Music:
Harry Manx, Lay Down My Worries from Dog Not Cat
Moxy Fruvous, My Baby Loves Loads Of Authors from Bargainville

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emwf-words-that-singWe’re devoting the whole of Royal City Rag on May 27 to the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival which takes place on Sunday, September 20.

Festival Director of Operations Jane Hastings, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and local author, Andrew Hood will be joining us live in the studio.

The festival has a very special “Words That Sing” fundraiser on May 31 featuring renowned Canadian authors Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke. They will be reading from their work and taking part in a discussion facilitated by Linda Spalding.

Soprano Theresa Thibodeau supported by John McClelland (piano), Tim Kramer (bass)  and Adam Zaatinge (Drums) will compliment the authors with some awe-inspiring music.

The fundraiser takes place at Norfolk Street United Shurch on Sunday May 31 at 2.00 p.m.

Tickets are $20 ($15 for students) and available from The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph.

It promises to be a great show.

Join us on Wednesday, May 27 from 6-7 p.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus Community Radio Station.

Listen live on CFRU 93.3fm or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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emwf-words-that-singYou know that summer is just around the corner when we start discussing the wonderful festivals that take place in Guelph!

The 21st season of the Eden Mills Writers’ Festival takes place on Sunday September 20.

This year, to kick things up a notch, there is an afternoon of readings and song that looks back to the festival’s origins.

Twenty-one years ago, the first festival brought together some of Leon Rooke’s friends to celebrate his publication of A Good Baby.

Those friends were Michael Ondaatje and Jane Urquhart.

On Sunday, May 31 at 2:00 p.m. at the Norfolk St. United Church, Eden Mills Writers Festival is honoured to present Michael Ondaatje, Jane Urquhart, and Leon Rooke for a day of exceptional readings.

In the true spirit of the Festival, the afternoon promises to be a celebration of literature, both written and spoken, its authors, and its readers.

Theresa Thibodeau will add one more element of artistry to the afternoon with her awe-inspiring soprano solos. Whether you are a faithful attendee of the Festival or hearing about it for the first time, you will be among friends.

Spread the word and be sure to get your tickets in advance. Look for them soon at The Bookshelf, 41 Quebec St. downtown Guelph. Tickets are $20 ($15 for students). Proceeds will go to support this years festival.

See you on May 31!

Also, look out for a special Eden Mills Writers Festival edition of Royal City Rag on May 27.

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Culture Vultures, Daniel and Lynn were back in the studio for our monthly trip around the Guelph Art Scene on May 6. Great fun, as usual. There must have been something in the air as we were decidedly giddy this time around. Cool music, fun events. Hope you enjoy it.

This month we had one special group pick, Harry Manx Helps Sue. Blues Guitarist Harry Manx will be back in Guelph for a special concert for good friend of Royal City Rag, Sue Richards. Sue is battling Parkinson’s Disease. As an artist she doesn’t have the benefit of the health insurance policy those of us more fortunate often take for granted.

The show takes place at Guelph Little Theatre on June 13  at 7.30 p.m.  Also on the bill: Tannis Slimmon & the Uplifters, Brenda McMorrow, Jessy Bell-Smith, with emcee Jane Miller, magic by Ben Caesar, piano by Jeremy Shute and a photo exhibition by the Guelph Photo Club. Tickets are available at Wild Rose 519-763-2233, Ground Floor Music 519-827-1444 or online at www.helpingfriends.ca.

You can learn more about our individual picks for the month below.

Daniel’s Picks:

Lynn’s Picks:

 

Jan’s Picks:

Music:
Harry Manx, Goodtime Charlie from Harry Manx and Friends Live At The Glen Gould Studio
Jenn Grant, I’ve Got The Two Of You from Echoes
Ian Reid, Sunday Blue from Tiger School

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unlucky_in_love_colour5x5A special Valentine’s Day trip around the Guelph art scene with Culture Vulture, Daniel.

Unfortunately Culture Vulture Marie has had to take a hiatus from the show.  We are already missing her lots!

The good news is that Lynn Broughton has agreed to join the Culture Vulture team on Royal City Rag.

There is a lot going on in Guelph over the coming weeks. We’ve tried to cover as many of the events as possible.

Enjoy the show! We had fun putting it together.

Here is the information on the events mentioned on the show.

Daniel’s Picks

  • Elora Centre for the Arts, Love of Poetry and Poetry of Love – February 13
  • Theatre Guelph, Diaries of Adam and Eve – February 13-15
  • McCrae House, Valentine’s Tea – February 13
  • Guelph Civic Museum, Family Heritage Day – February 16
  • Ed Video, Climax Soiree – February 14
  • Out on the Shelf, Dance it Out Queer/Queer positive fundraiser, Guelph Googleheim – February 14
  • Touchmark Theatre, Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead – February 19-22
  • Jan’s Picks (see individual blog posts)

  • Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser “Unlucky in Love”, E-Bar – February 13
  • Hylozoists with Le Cyc, Guelph Little Theatre – February 13
  • Guelph Civic League Dance Party “Under the Covers”, Mitchell Hall – February 14
  • K9 Helpers Valentine’s Tea,  The Cutton Club – February 15
  • Dimitri Roussopoulus, 10 Carden St – February 15-16
  • ALS Fundraiser, Let’s Kick It!, E-Bar – February 15
  • Campfire Sessions, Cornerstone Cafe – February 15
  • Jill Barber with Kevin Fox, Dublin St United Church – February 23
  • Music:
    Blackie And The Rodeo Kings, Loving Cup from Let’s Frolic
    Hylozoists, Hearts And Harps from La fin du monde
    Hylozoists, Dark Scene Waltz from L’ile des sept villes
    Jill Barber, Never Quit Loving You from Chances
    Josh Ritter, Wait For Love from The Historical Conquests of Josh Ritter

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    Sounds like a lot of fun whether you are currently relationship-challenged or not… or just love the spoken and written word.

    The Eden Mills Writers Festival have a fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. entitled “Unlucky in Love”. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

    The evening will feature readings by Leon Rooke, Stephen HenighanSandra Sabatini and Paul Quarrington as well as an open mic for you to read your own stories of lost or unrequited love.  There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience.

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    I had the opportunity to sit in for my good friend and host of CFRU 93.3fm’s music show Chelsea Morning, Alden Hadwen, on February 7

    In the first hour we had an interview with author Sandra Sabatini who will be taking part in the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser, “Unlucky in Love”, at The Bookshelf E-Bar on February 13 from 7 – 9 p.m. with Leon Rooke, Stephen Henighan  and Paul Quarrington. Sandra has a new novel coming out in March entitled “Dante’s War”.

    In the second hour, Guelph poet Beth-Anne Fischer joined me for a chat and to read some poetry composed especially for the show! 

    Beth-Anne will be coordinating an open mic portion at the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser where you can read your own stories of lost or unrequited love. There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience.

    Tickets for the fundraiser are $13.00 at the door.

    Hope you enjoy the show as much as I did putting it together!

    Music:
    Mary Margaret O’Hara, A New Day from Miss America
    The Acorn, Hold Your Breath from Glory Hope Mountain
    James Gordon, If You Hear The River Call from Pipe Street Dreams
    Eddi Reader, Muddy Water from Peacetime
    Mike Mucci, For R.M. from Under The Tulip Tree
    Bon Iver, For Emma from For Emma, Forever Ago
    Randy Newman, Losing You from Harps And Angels
    Gustavo Santaolalla, Brokeback Mountain from Brokeback Mountain (soundtrack)
    Proclaimers, Life With You from Life With You
    Tannis Slimmon, Our Time Now from Lucky Blue
    Sam Turton, Without Love from Feel
    Sue Smith, I Caught Myself Falling from I’m So
    Carl Strygg, Make Me Do Anything You Want from Sings The Classics
    Nick Lowe, Love’s Got A lot To Answer For from At My Age
    Kathleen Edwards, Asking For Flowers from Asking For Flowers
    Warren Zevon, Keep Me In Your Heart For A While from The Wind

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    em-fundraiserA special show devoted to “Unlucky in Love”, the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser taking place at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m.

    Jane Hastings from the Eden Mills Writers Festival, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and author Stephen Henighan joined us live in the studio for a a fun chat about the fundraiser, relationships and Friday the 13th.

    Who knew there was a new movie in  the Friday the 13th franchise coming out?

    Some very appropriate songs from Bon Iver, Guelph’s own Ragg Mopp, Randy Newman and Joe Ely rounded out a very enjoyable show.

    The fundraiser on February 13th will feature readings by Leon Rooke, Stephen Henighan, Sandra Sabatini and Paul Quarrington and an open mic where you can read your own stories of lost or unrequited love under the expert supervision of Royal City Rag spokenword favourite Beth-Anne Fischer. There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

    Music:
    Bon Iver, For Emma from For Emma, Forever Ago
    Ragg Mopp, Maria from Here Today, Gone Later Today (EP, Independent)
    Randy Newman, Losing You from Harps And Angels
    Joe Ely and Joel Guzman, Where Is My Love? from Live Cactus

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    Author and University of Guelph professor a-grave-in-the-air2Stephen Henighan will be on Royal City Rag on Wednesday February 4.

    Stephen will be joining Jane Hastings from the Eden Mills Writers Festival, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf to talk about the Eden Mills Writers Festival fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. entitled “Unlucky in Love”. Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

    I had the opportunity to interview Stephen at the 2007 Eden Mills Writers Festival where he read from his short story anthology, A Grave In The Air (Thistledown Press, 2007)

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    Promises to be lots of fun.

    Listen live, Wednesday 6-7 p.m., or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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    em-fundraiserThe Eden Mills Writers Festival have a fundraiser at the E-Bar on February 13 from 7.00 – 9.00 p.m. entitled “Unlucky in Love”.

    The evening will feature readings by Leon Rooke, Stephen HenighanSandra Sabatini and Paul Quarrington as well as an open mic for you to read your own stories of lost or unrequited love.  There will be prizes for the best stories, after voting by the audience.

    Tickets are $13.00 at the door.

    We’ll be devoting the whole of Royal City Rag on February 4 to the fundraiser.

    Jane Hastings from the Eden Mills Writers Festival, Dan Evans from The Bookshelf and author Stephen Henighan will be joining us live in the studio.

    Promises to be lots of fun.

    Listen live, Wednesday 6-7 p.m., or after the fact via the website or CFRU archive.

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    Following up on this week’s very enjoyable Royal City Rag with Barb Minett and Dan Evans from The Bookshelf, Eden Mills Writers Festival Coordinators including our very own Culture Vulture Marie Davis Zimmerman have kindly given us a list of their favorite books for gift-giving this holiday season. Enjoy!

    Babies & Pre-schoolers, Marie Davis Zimmerman

    • i-touchBoard books by Helen Oxenbury:  Tickle, Tickle; Clap Hands; I Can; Say Goodnight; All Fall Down; I Touch. Ethnic and racial diversity; simple text; beautiful round-headed children drawn by a remarkable professional illustrator.  Many parents have used these books to help children adjust to daycare.
    • Jeremy Tankard’s Grumpy Bird and Me Hungry.  (Canadian)
    • Any book of mursery rhymes (preferably including bouncy lap lyrics and finger games).  Some good ones:  Here Comes Mother Goose and My Very First Mother Goose, edited by the inimitable children’s scholar, Iona Opie and illustrated by Rosemary Wells and A Child’s Treasury of Nursery Rhymes by Kady Macdonald Denton (Canadian).
    • Anything by Dennis Lee  (Canadian), Nick Butterworth, Julia Donaldson, Mo Willems or Jack Prelutsky.

    Children’s Books by LOCAL Authors, Marie Davis Zimmerman

    • priscillas-paw-de-deuxAdwoa Badoe (The Queen’s New Shoes and Crabs for Dinner are particularly good, if you can find them.)
    • Linda Hendry (particularly good are Priscilla’s Paw de Deux and Priscilla and Rosy)
    • Tom King (he has written a brilliant series of Coyote stories)
    • Jean Little (Pippin the Christmas Pig and Listen, Said the Donkey—both illus. by Werner Zimmermann—are her latest and very popular Christmas stories).
    • Robert Munsch (Some favourites are Stephanie’s Ponytail, The Paper Bag Princess and Thomas’ Snowsuit.)
      Kathy Stinson (Red is Best, illus. by Robin Baird-Lewis, is a classic.  A Pocket Can Have a Treasure in It is her latest.)
    • Janet Wilson  (her 2008 title is One Peace:  True Stories of Young Activists, an inspiring, picture-filled collection of stories about young people who have been agents of social change all over the world.

    Picture Books for School-Age Children, Marie Davis Zimmerman

    • norman-mchennessyJohn Burningham, John Patrick Norman McHennessy, The Boy Who Was Always Late.
    • Russell Hoban & Quentin Blake, How Tom Beat Captain Najork and his Hired Sportsmen.
    • Manjusha Puwagi, The Girl Who Hated Books.  (Canadian)
    • Linda Bailey, Stanley’s Party, Stanley’s Wild Ride, Stanley at Sea, The Best Figure Skater in the Whole Wide World (Canadian)
    • Donn Gillmor & Marie-Louise Gay, The Christmas Orange, Yuck, A Love Story (Canadian)
    • Melanie Watt, Scaredy Squirrel (Canadian)
    • Richard Scrimger, Eugene’s Story and Bun-Bun’s Birthday (Canadian)
    • Quentin Blake, The Green Ship
    • Ulana Snihura, I Miss Franklin P. Shuckles  (Canadian)
    • Jules Feiffer, Meanwhile, I Lost My Bear!

    Young Adult Fiction, Clare Hitchens

    • little-brotherCory Doctorow, Little Brother (I am buying two copies this Christmas for two boys on my list)
    • Richelle Mead, Vampire Academy (the first in a series. Frostbite and Shadow Kiss are books 2 and 3. Shadow Kiss is newly released. This is an alternative to Twilight, of which I am not a fan. For teens not tweens).
    • Martha Brooks, Mistik Lake (This one is not new, but it’s stunningly good and probably under read. Plus, I wanted to include Canadian titles, which seemed a bit slim for teens this year.)
    • Kristin Cashore, Graceling (For fans of Tamora Pierce–older readers. This one has everyone on my book club list buzzing. I haven’t had a chance to read it yet.)
    • Mariko Tamaki, Skim (Great graphic novel, nominated for a 2008 Governor General’s Award; appeared at 2008 Eden Mills Writers’ Festival)

    My Picks for Family Members, Jenny Kitson

    “For the last few years I have simplified gift purchasing by only giving books, whenever possible bought from The Bookshelf.  For my grandsons I’ve also been purchasing goats, chickens etc. from World Vision.  This may seem
    hopelessly altruistic but in fact is liberating, satisfying and allows me to keep away from the dreaded malls.”

    • Amanda Boyden, Babylon Rollinga-fair-country
    • Marina Endicott, Good to a Fault
    • Sara Gruen, Water for Elephants
    • Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers
    • Rawi Hage, Cockroach
    • John Ralston Saul, A Fair Country
    • Jon Meacham, American Lion: Andrew Jackson in the White House
    • Thomas Wharton, The Shadow of Malabron
    • Conn Iggulden & Hal Iggulden, The Dangerous Book for Boys

    My Personal Favourite, Donna McMurdo

    Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes.

    “It’s a brilliant book.  Lawrence was a hit at the Writers’ Festival this past year”.

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    Our Eden Mills Writers Festival show with Marie from The Culture Vultures. The festival may have been soggy this year, but this was a great show. Enjoy!

    The audio for this show is no longer available on the website.  If however you wish to hear it again, please contact us at info@royalcityrag.ca. Thank You.

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