Stationbreak Newsletter

                                                                 FEBRUARY 2018


A monthly newsletter from my office, updating you on what’s ahead for CBC British Columbia. 

Welcome to February!  Yes, it’s hard to believe that we’re already into the second month of 2018!

February promises to be chock-full of activities in the West as we start drawing near our fiscal year-end in March.  To that end, the senior management team for the West will be meeting in Vancouver February 27 and 28 to discuss and develop our objectives for 2018/2019.  A big part of this discussion will centre on aligning our current resources to best deliver on our strategic priorities around Content, Community, and Culture. 

Speaking of culture, the results of the Dialogue Survey 2017 are out!  We have made some excellent strides in the West towards creating a more engaging working environment, but we still have more opportunities ahead.  Conversations will be starting this month with your teams to discuss the results and develop new action plans for the year ahead.

And finally, as we continue to take pride in celebrating anniversary milestones, we're happy to mention the following people who have reached the 35 year mark during the months of ​January and February 2018  This achievement will be celebrated in 2019.
35 years - Helene Dupre-Espeut, Harold Dupuis.
Thank you from everyone at CBC!

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Johnny Michel
Senior Managing Director
CBC English Services
British Columbia & Alberta.

Hello from Treena Wood - this is my first Insider note! Wayne Williams has now officially retired and we wish him all the best as he starts this next chapter. I'm busy learning everything I possibly can - including a lot of names! - and if you haven't met me yet, I'd be overjoyed if you reached out to say "hello." A couple of news meetings will be scheduled in Vancouver this month to talk about priorities and strategies going forward. We'll make sure those are live-streamed for people in the bureaus.
Karen had a well-attended Lunch & Learn on JSP issues. It generated some great discussion. If you have a suggestion for a L&L, please let us know.
The wacky world of BC politics continues on February 3rd with the Liberal Party picking the next opposition leader. We have it well-covered with a Facebook Live event and Justin McElroy providing analysis. We're also looking forward to having the Junos in Vancouver in March.
The radio news reporter/editor posting has now closed. We hope to have an announcement about the successful applicant this month.

February 2:  Radio West is heading to Penticton for the Scotties for a live show from the lobby of the curling rink. Should be lots of fun with host Sarah Penton and producer Josh Pagé
February 2:  On the Coast celebrates the Nisga'a Nation's new year-- Hoobiyee, at the PNE. Host Gloria Macarenko catches up with young people, change makers and game changers who are creating new relationships and reclaiming their power at Hoobiyee, produced by Angela Sterritt.
February: In Kamloops, we're launching an experiment in community storytelling.  We're inviting listeners to become a Daybreak Correspondent, by pitching a story they're passionate about.  And then, we'll work with them to tell their story on air. Jenifer Norwell is taking the lead on this project.  She'll ask for submissions, we'll choose the best few over the next several weeks.
February 3:  Hot Air, BC's jazz show hosted by Margaret Gallagher kicks off Black History Month with a feature length interview with legendary pianist, Monty Alexander.
As a teen, Monty Alexander became the go-to pianist in Kingston, Jamaica's exploding early ska and reggae scene. Moving to Florida, then New York found Alexander playing in some of the great jazz clubs and accompanying the likes of Frank Sinatra. He has made over 70 recordings under his own name and was a soloist on Natalie Cole's 7x Grammy award winning recording, "Unforgettable."
Alexander dropped by the Hot Air studio while in Vancouver recently and told Margaret about his deep friendship with Oscar Peterson and other Canadians he has worked with over the years. Airs Saturday February 3rd at 5:05 PM on CBC Radio 1. 
February 6 - 7:  The Debaters make their annual trip to Ottawa on February 6th and 7th. Producer Josh Bailie, AP Nicole Callendar and team are  eagerly anticipating the recordings of "award show categories should be gender neutral", "robots make the best partners"  and  "heavy metal is the greatest music of all time" .

February 12:   BC Family Day: The Early Edition & On The Coast are BC wide with a focus on BC's connections to the Winter Olympics, produced by Bridgette Watson.

And we hear a rebroadcast of Michelle Eliot's one hour holiday special Millennials 2.0 about young families over the noon hour.

February 13-16:  Lunar new year series: Caroline Chan explores how various cultures including Korea, Vietnam & China welcome the new year in a series of short docs airing on our morning shows across B.C.
February 20:  Youth and Reconciliation--the Next 150 Years.  Gabrielle Scrimshaw is 27 years old, is a proud Dene, has an MBA from Stanford and is finishing her Masters in Public Administration at Harvard this Spring.   She was the keynote speaker at Vancouver Island University's Indigenous Speaker Series in November.  That event is the focus of the February 20th episode of Ideas produced by Anne Penman
February 20:  The Current will host a Public Forum on Racism and Healthcare in Studio One on Tuesday February 20th or broadcast on February 23rd.
February 22:  CBC Victoria is planning to head to Langford for remotes with On the Island and All Points West. It's a great chance to reach out to the community in a growing part of this region.

CBC Victoria is out in the community in February as sponsors of the Victoria Film Festival and Pacific Opera Victoria.

Contest alert! – Watch for our#lovelettersyvr contest running from January 29th – February 12th. This social media only contest invites Vancouverites to share photos, videos and posts about unique and under-celebrated things they love about this city. The winner – announced on Valentine’s Day, February 14th, will receive a “Hearts of the City” package of memberships and tickets to over a dozen of the region’s most iconic cultural and recreational attractions. #LoveLettersYVR

Celebrating all things cinematic, the Victoria Film Festival is back for a 24th year from February 2 – 11. Sponsored by CBC British Columbia, the festival offers the most diverse cinematic experiences on Vancouver Island and, this year, offers 110 films from almost 30 countries.

In celebration of the 2018 PyeongChang Winter Games, we’ll be onsite at the Richmond Oval during the Family Skate on Family Day, February 12th.  Join in the fun with kids' activities and special prizes.

The Talking Stick Festival celebrates Indigenous performance and art featuring some of the best emerging and established Indigenous artists; CBC Vancouver is a proud sponsor. This festival provides a stage for artists from a variety of artistic expressions - theatre, storytelling, writing, music, spoken word, dance and visual arts. The festival runs February 14-25.

CBC Vancouver is proud to sponsor Chutzpah! This annual festival brings a variety of artistic experiences to Vancouver from February 15 – March 15. The festival takes audiences through an energizing and thrilling journey from stand-up comedy to theatrical drama to rich global music and dance.

And we’re back on Vancouver Island to sponsor Pacific Opera’s performance of La Bohème. One of the most beloved operas of all time, this Puccini classic will run February 15 – 25 at The Royal Theatre.

CBC Vancouver will be out in full force at the 45th annual Lunar New Year Parade on Sunday, February 18th celebrating The Year of the Dog from 10:30am – 2:30pm. Bring the family, represent CBC Vancouver, and be a part of this exciting community event! If you would like to take part and join the parade, please email Hobson Lin at

Get ready for the JUNO Cover contest!   Running from February 19 – March 4, British Columbians are invited to submit a 30-second cover of a 2018 JUNO nominated song. The Grand prize includes airfare from any location in B.C. to Vancouver; two tickets to the 2018 JUNO Awards and more!  Sadly, CBC folks aren’t eligible to win, but perhaps a creative friend will win ... and take you!  

Calling all entrepreneurs! Dragons’ Den auditions are back on the West Coast and welcome participants of all ages, with businesses in any stage of development. A few B.C. locales include Vancouver, February 17 & March 17, Kelowna – March 8, Victoria – March 10, and Prince George on March 14.
CBC Music begins 2018 by championing the best in new Canadian music with the return home of The Juno Awards and our annual Searchlight competition.
Searchlight, CBC Music’s long-running annual hunt for Canada’s next undiscovered talent, has begun for 2018. Emerging Canadian artists enter their best original song on and through a combination of audience voting and votes from our celebrity judges, the top song will be crowned the 2018 Searchlight winner. Contestants could be showcased on CBC Radio One, CBC Music and Radio 3 in addition to our prizes - this year are our best ever. Check them out:

Allan Slaight Juno Master Class and Juno Awards experience
By winning Searchlight, you will have earned your spot in Canada’s premiere talent development program — the Allan Slaight Juno Master Class — for a week in Toronto surrounded by the music industry’s best, culminating in a live showcase. Then it’s off to the 2019 Juno Awards to perform at JunoFest and take in all the Juno festivities, including the awards!
National Music Centre residency in Calgary
You’ll spend a week in Calgary at the National Music Centre’s new building, Studio Bell, where you will be given access to more than 300 musical instruments, a recording studio and a recording engineer to create your next masterpiece.
CBC Music Festival performance
You’ll also receive another trip to Toronto to perform alongside Canada’s best artists in front of thousands of fans at the 2018 CBC Music Festival at Echo Beach on Saturday, May 26, 2018.

PLEASE NOTE:  The deadline to enter is Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, at 3 p.m. ET.

Mark Macarthur
Executive Producer
CBC Music


The Vancouver Sales Team have already surpassed their Fiscal target!  This marks the fourth consecutive year that the team has surpassed target.
The focus now is Olympic Sales.  The West Sales Team has surpassed Olympic revenue projections, with more still to come!
Canada's 47th annual JUNO Awards and Juno week 2018 will take place in Vancouver from March 19 through March 25, 2018, culminating in The JUNO Awards on CBC, broadcast from the Rogers Arena, hosted by Michael Buble on Sunday, March 25.  Barenaked Ladies will be inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame.  Jann Arden and Bob Rock will Host Songwriters Circle presented by SOCAN.  This year's awards mark the first time the Junos will air on CBC in 16 years.
Nominees in key categories:
  • Juno Fan Choice: Alessia Cara; Arkells; Hedley; Jessie Reyez; Justin Bieber; Shawn Hook; Shawn Mendes; The Weeknd; Theory; Walk Off The Earth.

  • Artist of the year: Daniel Caesar; Gord Downie; Lights; Ruth B; Shania Twain.

  • Album of the year:  Everything Now, Arcade Fire; Revival, Johnny Reid; Nobody But Me, Michael Bublé; Safe Haven, Ruth B; Now, Shania Twain.

  • Single: How Far I'll Go, Alessia Cara; Everything Now, Arcade Fire; Knocking at the Door, Arkells; I Feel It Coming, The Weeknd; There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back, Shawn Mendes.

  • Group:  A Tribe Called Red; Alvvays; Arcade Fire; Broken Social Scene; Hedley.

  • Breakthrough artist:  Allan Rayman; Charlotte Cardin; Jessie Reyez; NAV; Virginia to Vegas.

  • Breakthrough group:  James Barker Band; The Beaches; The Dead South; The Franklin Electric; The Jerry Cans.

  • Songwriter: Amelia Curran; Charlotte Cardin; Gord Downie & Kevin Drew; Rose Cousins; Scott Helman.

Jessie Reyez and Daniel Caesar are the first set to perform at the awards show, organizers announced

Posted Friday February 2 2018.

The next Insider Newsletter, CBC Music and other departmental updates will be posted early in March,