Link hosts: Lynn Desjardins, Marc Montgomery, , Carmel Kilkenny

The LINK Online, Sun Mar 19, 2017

Share

Your hosts this week Lynn, Carmel, and Marc (the Facebook video is at the bottom)

Listen
The Irish influenced band “Leahy” from Ontario. The entire band are all siblings. © YouTube (Call to the Dance)

We start off with a change to our opening theme music as part of our way to celebrate St Patricks Day.

The music behind the opening is the family band Leahy from Lakefield Ontario. The video “Call to the Dance” is on Youtube HERE.

The members are all siblings but the line-up changes from time to time due to various family commitments. All of them musicians, they also are all dancers performing in the Irish step-dancing style, although a little more expressive in the arm movements.

Irish (and Scottish) music has had a huge influence on Canadian music, with many bands and individuals performing in various styles and adaptations of Celtic music.

*

Arun Daniel from Sri Lanka doesn’t seem to mind taking a spill while getting tips on curling. © PC/Frank Gunn/The Canadian Press

Government-sponsored refugees were excited when offered the chance to try a sport that is very popular in Canada.

The community-based agency COSTI Immigration Services teamed up with a curling club in Toronto to introduce curling to 45 refugees over the age of 10 this week. The idea was to give them an introduction to Canadian life and a step towards helping with their integration to this country. Although they had never seen nor even heard of curling before, the response was enthusiastic.They even asked if they could be brought back to the arena to try it again.

Lynn spoke to Mirna El Sabbagh, a COSTI manager.

*

A picture of the Ontario lake where the *booming* was recorded. © M Montgomery

Here’s something rather unique; some intriguing sounds of Canada…well perhaps anywhere where there are frozen lakes.  People who live or have experience with frozen lakes know the lakes are not hibernating.   In fact, the ice and water are moving all the time, shifting and cracking as temperatures go up or down, or depending on the wind. The lakes sometimes make loud gurgles while the ice cracks and shifts, sometimes dramatically with loud low-pitched booms almost like distant thunder.

For the many people who have never heard it, I recorded some of the sound on a recent trip in Ontario. It’s just a little taste of a Canadian winter for you.

*

Popular Quebecois group *La Volee de Castors* (a flight of beavers) with fidddle, Irish bohran, accordion, etc in a lively blending of Irish and old French-Canadian styles © Youtube

Again in relation to St Patrick’s day, an examination of music in the province of Quebec.

French Canadians are descended in large part from early immigrants from Normandy, which is (or was) rather Celtic.

Now however, what is considered typical French-Canadian traditional music, sounds a lot like Irish music. The Quebec traditional step dancing is very much like Irish step dancing.  This is in large part due to heavy Irish immigration to the province in the mid-1800’s.    Marc spoke to Jeremy Tetrault-Farber who is a musician and  a third year PhD candidate at Concordia University in Montreal whose thesis looks at the heavy influence of Irish music on traditional French-Canadian music.

*

The Irish Descendants – Robert Kelly (bass), Ronnie Power (bouzouki), Con O’Brien (guitar) and Patrick Moran (fiddle)

For our Canadian music selection this week, something in keeping with St Patrick’s Day.

These are the Irish Descendants, a group from Newfoundland who perform many of the Irish classics as well as other Irish inspired tunes, and folk songs about Newfoundland.

On the show today, a classic tune called “The Rocky Road to Dublin”.

*

Oh those math people, they’re just a wild bunch.  And, they love Pi, and apparently pie as well

Pi Day is one of three events celebrating the mathematical concept at the University of Waterloo.
Pi Day is one of three events celebrating the mathematical concept at the University of Waterloo. © Facebook

March 14, is represented as 3:14, which is also the mathematical concept of Pi.

The University of Waterloo, in Ontario, which is also the birthplace of the Blackberry phone, has one of the largest math faculties in North America.

They celebrate Pi on this day with pies, about 200 of them

Carmel spoke with Lily Horne who is completing  her Bachelor of Mathematics who tells that the math folks actually celebrate three times a year.

Images of the week

Share
Posted in

Do you want to report an error or a typo? Click here!

@*@ Comments

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

 characters available

Note: By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that Radio Canada International has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Radio Canada International does not endorse any of the views posted. Your comments will be pre-moderated and published if they meet netiquette guidelines.

Netiquette »

When you express your personal opinion in an online forum, you must be as courteous as if you were speaking with someone face-to-face. Insults and personal attacks will not be tolerated. To disagree with an opinion, an idea or an event is one thing, but to show disrespect for other people is quite another. Great minds don’t always think alike—and that’s precisely what makes online dialogue so interesting and valuable.

Netiquette is the set of rules of conduct governing how you should behave when communicating via the Internet. Before you post a message to a blog or forum, it’s important to read and understand these rules. Otherwise, you may be banned from posting.

  1. RCInet.ca’s online forums are not anonymous. Users must register, and give their full name and place of residence, which are displayed alongside each of their comments. RCInet.ca reserves the right not to publish comments if there is any doubt as to the identity of their author.
  2. Assuming the identity of another person with intent to mislead or cause harm is a serious infraction that may result in the offender being banned.
  3. RCInet.ca’s online forums are open to everyone, without regard to age, ethnic origin, religion, gender or sexual orientation.
  4. Comments that are defamatory, hateful, racist, xenophobic, sexist, or that disparage an ethnic origin, religious affiliation or age group will not be published.
  5. In online speak, writing in ALL CAPS is considered yelling, and may be interpreted as aggressive behaviour, which is unpleasant for the people reading. Any message containing one or more words in all caps (except for initialisms and acronyms) will be rejected, as will any message containing one or more words in bold, italic or underlined characters.
  6. Use of vulgar, obscene or objectionable language is prohibited. Forums are public places and your comments could offend some users. People who use inappropriate language will be banned.
  7. Mutual respect is essential among users. Insulting, threatening or harassing another user is prohibited. You can express your disagreement with an idea without attacking anyone.
  8. Exchanging arguments and opposing views is a key component of healthy debate, but it should not turn into a dialogue or private discussion between two users who address each other without regard for the other participants. Messages of this type will not be posted.
  9. Radio Canada International publishes contents in five languages. The language used in the forums has to be the same as the contents we publish. The usage of other languages, with the exception of some words, is forbidden. Messages that are off-topic will not be published.
  10. Making repetitive posts disrupts the flow of discussions and will not be tolerated.
  11. Adding images or any other type of file to comments is forbidden. Including hyperlinks to other websites is allowed, as long as they comply with netiquette. Radio Canada International  is in no way responsible for the content of such sites, however.
  12. Copying and pasting text written by someone else, even if you credit the author, is unacceptable if that text makes up the majority of your comment.
  13. Posting any type of advertising or call to action, in any form, to Radio Canada International  forums is prohibited.
  14. All comments and other types of content are moderated before publication. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to refuse any comment for publication.
  15. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to close a forum at any time, without notice.
  16. Radio Canada International  reserves the right to amend this code of conduct (netiquette) at any time, without notice.
  17. By participating in its online forums, you allow Radio Canada International to publish your comments on the web for an indefinite time. This also implies that these messages will be indexed by Internet search engines.
  18. Radio Canada International has no obligation to remove your messages from the web if one day you request it. We invite you to carefully consider your comments and the consequences of their posting.

*