Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Podcast Alert! A Great Concert From Calgary

I invite you to listen to the CBC Calgary Unplugged Concert Podcast. It was a benefit for the Interfaith Food Bank produced and recorded Monday, September 12 by locked out members of the Canadian Media Guild in the lobby of the Jack Singer Concert Hall at the EPCOR Center in Calgary. It was terrific!

The people at CBC Calgary called up musicians, actors, playwrights and poets to donate their time and talent. The result was a powerful concert that is a testament to the CBC’s enduring relationship with the arts community. And it has a wonderful surprise at the end!

It's a big concert, so to fit it all into the blogosphere, we've divided it into three parts and you can listen to it by clicking on the links at the end of this blog.

Now, that surprise finale I was talking about...

If you're the type of person who can't stand surprises, a person who just has to unwrap that birthday gift at the earliest possible opportunity, our web master has a solution: click here for Calgary Unlocked Concert Slideshow. The first image in the slideshow gives the secret away.

But my advice is...wait. Grab a cup of coffee, open up that first MP3 file, get comfortable in your chair and enjoy the show with us.

But wait! There's more from Calgary!

Earlier in the day I joined my colleagues on the picket line at CBC on Westmount Boulevard in Calgary. Later we moved over to the famous Saddledome...or the Pengrowth Saddledome, as they call these days. Whey were we there? you ask. Well,we thought it was an excellent way to get our message across to the good people attending the Canadian Country Music Awards. As you'll hear in our podcast, waving our picket signs at the Steson-ed delegates had a surprising...and wonderful results.

To see our family photo album of the picket line, click here.

Before I leave you, some thank-yous: to you for reading this and responding with your comments and good wishes. To the good people of CBC Calgary for the concert and to our host in Calgary, Romie Christie — producer extraordinaire of Wild Rose Country at CBC Calgary and former senior producer at Sounds Like Canada.

Thank you for making the last few days feel so, well...normal.

Bless you.

- Shelagh

We encourage you to use the blog comment feature below to pass on your thoughts and/or you can write Shelagh while she’s on the road at: shelaghscaravan@yahoo.ca

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3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is a letter I've just sent prompted by the Calgary podcast show - with thanks and warmth.

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To the CBC management - again!!

This is my second letter to implore you to reconsider your position on flexible versus permanent employees, aka the disputed hiring clause in the collective agreement. I’ve finally figured out my own emotional reaction to the lockout and subsequent silencing of the CBC staff I’ve listened to for 20 years. So listen up!

We, CBC faithful, value the quality of the work the corporation produces - the variety, integrity, entertainment smiles and so on. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, we value the style, warmth, heart and soul of your employees who develop and deliver that product every morning, daytime and evening in all parts of Canada. That’s why I’d rather listen to Shelagh’s podcast, than Susan and Rob doing their wan, pale version of a morning show, despite any differences in news depth or coverage. I want the regulars, not just their scripts, darnit. And their work deserves to come from them in PERMANENT jobs with all of the rights, responsibilities and privileges associated with that status.

And I miss, not your corporate positions or strategic plans on the business, but the many, many personal renderings of my Canada through the eyes of your very talented, but locked out employees. So I’ve now switched off all of the official CBC and I’m going to the CBC unlocked for my daily fix.

Figure it out, management.

Mary Cavanagh

9:51 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Shelagh!

I've come up with a potential new job for you. Listen to it tomorrow (Thursday) on the cbcunplugged website.

Take care girl!

Video Diva - Cathi Bond

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

A question. Will you just give up your new found network freedom when the lockout is over, or would you consider getting with the times and establish a permanent presence on the net. To tell you the gawdawfull truth, I would like having the option of listening to Shelagh when I want and not miss her or any other cbc programs I love that so uniquely define Canadian culture. Why can't we have both? No ones job is permanent these days, as multi-tasking, multi-degreed techno artists are being pumped out of the universities on a daily basis, the competition for media jobs is unprecedented. I'm sure some must see the irony of "in touch with the people" content that is now occurring, and the camaraderie of fellow workers. These are real issues that would not have been discussed without the strike. Lets face it, "the times they are a-changing". The mother corp will be changed along with them. You think you are just fighting for your jobs, when in reality we are fighting for the very existence of our Canadian identity.

10:45 PM  

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