Sounds like Canada from the Château Frontenac Café Live broadcast open to public

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Shelagh Rogers


CBC Radio One host Shelagh Rogers and company are enjoying winter in Quebec City this week as they prepare for a special Sounds Like Canada broadcast at the Château Frontenac’s Café de la Terrasse on Friday morning.

No stranger to the city, Rogers admitted that this is her first foray in February.

“It’s the very first time in winter,” she said. “I used to go every summer. We used to go camping in the Gaspé. Seeing it in the winter is an absolute revelation,” said Rogers, still on a high from descending the snowy hills of downtown during Tuesday’s snowstorm. “I feel like I’m three years old again; I want to kick the snow and build forts!”

She has caught the spirit of the city’s 400th festivities already. “Historian Alain Laberge gave us history of New France 101 [including a bit about the former Château St-Louis dig along the Dufferin Terrace]. He’s so passionate and his interest is infectious,” she said, adding, “This is such a great walking city!”

Quebec City will be her home base for the next few days as Rogers completes her daily broadcasts and prepares for some fun on skates this weekend.

Rogers will broadcast Sounds Like Canada from Quebec City’s Radio One Quebec Community Network studio on Rue St-Jean on Thursday. Among the guests will be Laberge.

“We’ll have some regular stories, our regular think tank,” said Rogers. “In our first half-hour we’ll talk to [folks from] Beenox and Exfo, looking at new Quebec business.”

On a more serious note, Rogers said, “We’ll do an update on the search for Cédrika. Our reporter will be back from an evening for parents of young children in Trois-Rivières. I really don’t want that story to be forgotten.”

Friday, February 8, will see the crew set up shop at the Château’s café, with a view of the mighty St. Lawrence.

“We hope people will come. We have the mayor coming. It’s a party!”

Other guests include Townships mystery writer Louise Penny and the Château’s own top chef, Jean Soulard. There’ll be live music featuring Quebec City’s Clément Jacques. “The theme is passion,” said Rogers.

“We’ve also asked the audience to bring with them a piece of Quebec City history — an old plate or a teacup that goes back to whenever — or bring a person with them. It can be that creative: something to eat, linked to recent history or deep past history. We hope to put those people on the radio with what they brought along,” added Rogers.

Yvette Michelin will talk about the meaning behind the colours in the Carnaval favourite, the ceinture fléchée, and how her daughter has taken an interest in a tradition that has been passed down in her family for generations.

Audience members can show up at the Château Frontenac any time after 8:30 a.m. The live broadcast begins at 9 a.m. in order to be aired on time in the Maritimes.

400th a draw for CBC celebs

‘Twas the city’s 400th anniversary that drew Rogers to town — in the form of an invitation to enjoy the wintry weather and partake in a special public skating party co-hosted by Radio Canada’s Claude Saucier. The Radio Canada Éspace musique bilingual broadcast will take place from 2 to 4 p.m. at the PEPs arena on the Université Laval campus.

“People can come and skate,” said Rogers, who added, “I used to skate to school when I lived in Ottawa. I don’t do a lot of skating in B.C. so I loved the invitation.”

Once she was coming, Rogers said, “I thought we should do our own thing. I am very grateful to the Château Frontenac.”

In addition to Rogers, word has it that CBC Radio’s Brent Bambury – host of GO! – and his team plan to touch down at Morrin Centre for a taping in mid-March.