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Friday, December 21, 2018

Nadia Lawand, blogger, Mommyville.com

Bella Lawand, Nadia’s daughter

Santa Claus is coming to town, are you ready? Nadia Lawand and her daughter Bella share their favourite ways for preparing to welcome Santa and his reindeer.

Preparing for Santa

Twitter: www.twitter.com/nadiastar

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nadiastar

Website: www.MommyVille.MOM


Chef Vanessa Gianfrancesco

Unexpected guests showing up for the holidays? It happens to many of us. Chef V is back in the BT kitchen with some last-minute sides to pair perfectly with your main course.

Last-minute holiday sides

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cookingwithv

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/cookingwithv

Instagram: https://instagram.com/cookingwithv

Website: www.cookingwithv.com & http://chefenvous.com/en/


Santa Claus, Father Christmas

Santa Claus is here!


Ariel Fitz-Patrick, The Fitz-Patrick Sisters

Elasah Fitz-Patrick, The Fitz-Patrick Sisters

Get in the holiday spirit with a Christmas medley from the Fitz-Patrick Sisters.

Performance:  A Christmas medley

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fitzpatricksisters/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thefitzpatricksisters/

Website: https://www.fitzpatricksisters.com/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/the-fitz-patrick-sisters-perform-o-holy-night/

Thursday, December 20, 2018

Claudia Martino, author of My Magic Box

Alicia Talarico, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada

Joe Cacchione, comedian

Montreal comedian Joe Cacchione is hosting a series of comedy shows in December and January to celebrate his 30 year career. He has decided to donate proceeds of the shows to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada in honour of his sister.

Comedy to cure blood cancers

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/sllcquebec/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/c1audia13/?hl=en


Website: www.llscanada.org

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/comedy-to-cure-blood-cancers/

Janette Ewen, Cityline lifestyle expert

Holiday entertaining & decor trends

Are you hosting a holiday party? Cityline’s Janette Ewen shows us how to make holiday entertaining simple, affordable, stress free and fun.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/janette_ewen

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Janette-Ewen-117051768353067

Instagram: www.instagram.com/janetteewen

Website: www.janetteewen.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/holiday-entertaining-decor-trends-with-janette-ewen/

Florence Sydney, dietitian & cookbook author

Are you cringing at the thought of having to prepare so much food during the holidays? Florence Sydney gives us tips on how to keep things simple to make the holidays more enjoyable.

Mom Talk: Quick & easy holiday meals

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SNAXO/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thatsnaxogirl/

Website: http://florencesydney.com/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/quick-easy-holiday-meals/

Zeeta Maharaj, BT fashion contributor

With the holiday season comes numerous holiday parties: with friends, family, and co-workers. Trying to find what to wear for each? Zeeta Maharaj has fashion tips and style ideas that will keep you looking your best for any event this holiday season.

Holiday looks for all occasions

Twitter: www.twitter.com/zeeta

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/zeeta.ca/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/miss_zeeta/

Website: http://zeeta.ca/

 La Vie En Rose





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Arti Gogna












Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Kathleen Trotter, fitness expert

We tend to wait for the new year to get started on our resolutions, but why wait? Fitness expert Kathleen Trotter shares her tips for ensuring you get a head start on finding your fittest future self.

Set yourself up for a healthy 2019

Twitter: www.twitter.com/KTrotterFitness

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KathleenTrotter

Instagram: www.instagram.com/KathleenTrotterFitness

Website: www.KathleenTrotter.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/set-yourself-up-for-a-healthy-2019/

Dr. Zach Levine, ER physician MUHC

Madeleine Levine, Dr. Zach’s daughter

Janet, Charlotte’s mother

Charlotte, Janet’s daughter

Dr. Zach, his daughter Madeleine and family friends Janet and Charlotte join us to share a heartwarming story that’s fit for the season.

Touching Holiday Story

Twitter: https://twitter.com/cusm_muhc

Website: www.drzach.ca

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/heartwarming-story-for-the-holidays/

Nikki Balch, The Beat 92.5

The Beat 92.5’s Nikki Balch shares her favourite tunes to get in the holiday spirit.

Christmas music

Twitter: @NikkiBOnAir

Facebook: @NikkiBOnAir

Instagram: @NikkiBOnAir

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/nikkis-favourite-holiday-tunes/

Denise Wild, Cityline DIY expert

Will you be entertaining guests over the holidays? Cityline’s Denise Wild has a few tricks to make your holiday entertaining easy and memorable.

Holiday hostess hacks (wear Xmas sweaters)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/medenisewild

Instagram: www.instagram.com/MeDeniseWild

Website: DeniseWild.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/holiday-hostess-hacks-with-citylines-denise-wild/

Julie Gagnon, Nintendo of Canada

In less than two weeks, Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has become one of the fastest selling games ever. With the help of Julie Gagnon from Nintendo of Canada – and Mario! – we learn how to play the game.

Playing Nintendo Switch: Super Smash Bros.

Twitter: www.twitter.com/NintendoCanada

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nintendo

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nintendoofcanada

Website: www.nintendo.com/en_CA

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/playing-super-smash-bros-ultimate-on-the-nintendo-switch/

Natalia Machado, culinary director at Ville-Marie Collection Inc.

Natalia is back in the BT kitchen with some bubbly holiday cocktails.

Bubbly cocktails for the holidays

Facebook: facebook.com/decca77

Instagram: restodecca77

Website: decca77.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/bubbly-holiday-cocktails/

David Marino, singer

Local singer David Marino gets us in the holiday spirit with his newest single “The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire)”.

Performance:  “The Christmas Song”

Twitter: @DavidMarino98

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/davidmarinoofficial/

Instagram: @davidmarinomusic

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/david-marino-performs-the-christmas-song-chestnuts-roasting-on-an-open-fire/

Eat to the Beat

The 7th annual Eat to the Beat free luncheon is bringing Christmas cheer to the students at Riverview Elementary school in Verdun.

Website: www.youthstars.org

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/eat-to-the-beat-free-luncheon-brings-joy-to-verdun-kids/

Tuesday, December 18, 2018


Stephanie Erickson, family caregiving expert

Corrie Sirota, social worker

After the death of someone close, the holidays can be a difficult period. But there are ways to honour the memory of a loved one and still enjoy the holidays through new rituals. Stephanie Erickson and Corrie Sirota explain.

Enjoying the holidays after a loss

Twitter: https://twitter.com/FamCareExpert


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Stephanie-Erickson-Family-Caregiving-Expert-115638081801824/


Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephericksonhost/

Website: www.ericksonresource.com


Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/enjoying-the-holidays-after-a-loss/


Sante Fortunato, performing artist

Corteo, the emotional celebration of Mauro the clown’s funeral, brings its lavish scenery, music, costumes, acrobatics and artistry to Montreal for the holidays.

Cirque du Soleil Corteo + performance

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Cirque

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/CirqueduSoleil/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/cirquedusoleil

Snapchat: https://www.snapchat.com/add/CirqueSnap

Website: https://www.cirquedusoleil.com/corteo

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/cirque-du-soleils-corteo-is-back/


Jean-Francois Archambault, food waste expert

Did you know that each minute, Canadians waste enough food to feed a stadium? And that 47% of food waste in Canada occurs at home? Food waste expert Jean-François Archambault is here to help with the Hellmann’s real food rescue program.

Hellmann’s Real Food Rescue program

Twitter: www.twitter.com/hellmanns

Facebook: www.facebook.com/HellmannsCanada

Website: www.hellmanns.com/ca/en/real-food-movement.html

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/real-food-rescue-program-reduce-food-waste/


Kavita Ajwani, DashingDate.com

The holidays aren’t exactly the easiest time to be single… But dating expert Kavita Ajwani takes some of the stress out of the holidays with her tips for singles.

Holiday tips for singles

Twitter: www.twitter.com/DashingDate

Facebook: www.facebook.com/DashingDate

Website: www.DashingDate.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/holiday-tips-for-singles/


David Freiheit, YouTuber

As a father and YouTuber with a particular affinity for tech toys and gadgets, David Freiheit knows what the average dad would love for Christmas.

Dad Christmas gifts

Twitter: TheVivaFrei

Facebook: Viva Frei

Instagram: @VivaFrei

Website: www.vivafrei.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/christmas-gifts-with-youtuber-dad-viva-frei/

On Location:

Spreading holiday cheer at Sun Youth

Derick and Catherine were at Sun Youth to help spread holiday cheer by packing Christmas baskets — with food, toys and more — for those in need.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SunYouthOrg

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SunYouthOrg

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jeunesseausoleilsunyouth/

Website: https://sunyouthorg.com/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/helping-the-less-fortunate-this-holiday-season-with-sun-youth/

Monday, December 17, 2018

In Studio:


Tony Loffreda, Vice-Chairman, RBC Wealth Management

RBC’s Tony Loffreda compares the hot real estate market in Montreal compared to the equity markets.

Real estate market in Montreal compared to the equity markets

Twitter: www.twitter.com/TonyLoffreda

Website: www.rbc.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/montreal-real-estate-market-vs-equity-market/


Chris Ragan, director of McGill’s Max Bell School of Public Policy

Equalization payments are inflaming Quebec-Alberta tensions. Dr. Christopher Ragan explains what they are and how they add fuel to the fire.

Equalisation payment problems & Alberta- Quebec dispute

Twitter: www.twitter.com/ctsragan

Website: www.mcgill.ca/maxbellschool/our-people/mpp-teaching-faculty/christopher-ragan

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/the-ab-qcs-of-equalization-payments/


Melissa Dawn, life coach & author

Are you looking to put 2018 behind you? Author and life coach Melissa Dawn offers some surefire ways to help you start 2019 on the right foot.

6 things to ditch in 2019 if you want to have a great year

Facebook: www.facebook.com/joyfulcareer

Twitter: www.twitter.com/CEOofYourLife

Website: www.CEOofYour.Life/BT

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/ditch-these-bad-habits-if-you-want-to-have-a-great-2019/


Helen Lacroix, founder Animatch

Christina Monaco, Brandy’s Canine Café

Although pets might look cute under the Christmas tree, they are a huge and long-term commitment. Animal rescue shelter Animatch reminds us why it’s important to avoid offering animals as gifts this holiday season.

Holiday gift guide for pet owners

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrandysCanineCafe & https://www.facebook.com/animatch/

Instagram: @brandyscaninecafe  @animatchdogs

Website: http://brandys.ca  & http://animatch.ca/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/holiday-gift-guide-for-pet-owners/


Sarah Gunn, interior stylist

We all have that person on our list that is impossible to buy for! Sarah Gunn shares her gift ideas for people who have it all.

Gifts for people who have it all

Twitter: www.twitter.com/SarahGunnStyle

Facebook: www.facebook.com/SarahGunnStyle

Instagram: www.instagram.com/sarahgunnstyle/

Website: www.sarahgunn.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/gifts-for-the-people-who-have-it-all/

On Location:

EMSB’s Sox in a Box returns for 3rd year

The third annual Sox in the Box campaign is back and students from the EMSB are helping our community in a big way.

Gifts for people who have it all

Website: http://www.emsb.qc.ca/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/giving-back-to-the-community-with-socks/

Friday, December 14, 2018

In Studio


Caroline Calvé, former Olympic snowboarder

Olympian Caroline Calvé is back from a humanitarian trip to Rwanda with the organization Right to Play. It’s all about encouraging young kids from Ghana, Mozambique and Rwanda to continue their studies and to improve the quality of their education.

“Right to Play” all around the world

Facebook: www.facebook.com/carocalvesnowboard

Twitter: www.twitter.com/carocalve

Instagram: www.instagram.com/carocalve

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/former-olympian-caroline-calves-unforgettable-humanitarian/


Ryan Gullen, bass guitar  Ewan Currie, guitarist

For the first time, rock band The Sheepdogs prepare to embark on a cross-Quebec tour, stopping in Montreal on January 25. The band talks new music, their upcoming tour, and more!

The Sheepdogs on Quebec tour

Facebook: www.facebook.com/thesheepdogs

Twitter: www.twitter.com/thesheepdogs

Instagram: www.instagram.com/thesheepdogs

Website: www.thesheepdogs.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/the-sheepdogs-announce-first-ever-quebec-tour/


Janette Ewen, Cityline lifestyle expert

Cityline lifestyle expert Janette Ewen showcases the hottest gifts of the year for everyone on your list. She also shares a few tips to avoid holiday shopping stress.

Holiday gifts: Santa’s top pick

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Janette-Ewen-117051768353067

Twitter: www.twitter.com/janette_ewen

Instagram: www.instagram.com/janetteewen

Website: www.janetteewen.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/santas-top-picks-for-gifts/


Nonna Maria, celebrity grandmother

Celebrity grandmother Nonna Maria stops by the BT studios to share stories about her family traditions and her plans for the holidays.

Italian Christmas

Facebook: www.facebook.com/nonnamariaandfriends

Website: www.nonnamaria.tv

Instagram: www.instagram.com/nonnamariatv

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/nonna-marias-italian-christmas/

Thursday, December 13, 2018

In Studio


Lisa Mastracchio, fitness expert & trainer

The glutes are one of the strongest muscles in our bodies, yet they are often our weak link because of sedentary living. Weak glutes can lead to overcompensation of other muscles. Lisa Mastracchio shows you how to train your glutes the right way.

Work on your glutes

Facebook: Lisa’s Fitness Inspired Living

Instagram: lisafitness

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/work-on-your-glutes/


Audrey Burt, recipient of Canadian Volunteer Leader Award

Every year, the government of Canada acknowledges the hard work and dedication of volunteers across the country. This year, Audrey Burt was honoured for the work she provides the autism community on the South Shore of Montreal.

Community leader wins volunteer award

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SoutienAutismeSupport

Instagram: S.Au.S.

Website: www.s-au-s.org

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/community-leader-wins-volunteer-award-for-advancing-autism-awareness/


Maureen Dennis, parenting expert

We can all be a smart Santa this holiday season by giving gifts that do more than just entertain kids! Parenting expert Maureen Dennis provides some educational toy ideas.

Mom Talk: Smart Santa?

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/weewelcome

Twitter: https://twitter.com/msmaureendennis

Instagram: https://instagram.com/msmaureendennis

Website: http://weewelcome.ca/

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/smart-santa-give-gifts-that-teach/


Ria Mae, singer-songwriter

In her newest single “Hold Me” (ft. Frank Kadillac), Canadian singer Ria Mae tackles issues about social media, anxiety and more. She joined us in studio to chat about her cross-Canada tour and her new music.

Ria Mae performing in Montreal tonight

Facebook: www.facebook.com/riamaemusic

Twitter: www.twitter.com/riaisawake

Instagram: www.instagram.com/riaisawake

Website: www.riamae.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/new-music-from-singer-ria-mae/



Vanessa Sicotte, Damask et Dentelle

Let’s face it, decorating your Christmas tree can be a huge hassle – the lights are always tangled and the ornaments are cluttered. But décor specialist Vanessa Sicotte shares some tips on making tree decorating fun and hassle-free.

Xmas tree decorating

Facebook: www.facebook.com/damasketdentelle

Instagram: www.instagram.com/damask_dentelle

Website: www.damasketdentelle.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/christmas-tree-decorating-101/

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

In Studio:


Michael Martella, financial security & investment advisor

With some market turbulence on the horizon, Michael Martella from Assante Wealth Management explains how you should invest your money.

End-of-year finances

Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/MMartellaRJ 

Website: http://www.michaelmartella.ca


Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/end-of-year-finances-how-to-navigate-market-turbulence/


Rabbi Boris Dolin, Congregation Dorshei Emet

The Reverend Steven Mackison, St. George’s Anglican Church

Imam Musabbir Alam, Imani Community Centre

A meeting of faiths: three different faith leaders – a rabbi, an imam and a reverend – weigh in on religious issues of this past year.

Cooking for the homeless & reflecting on turbulent year for religion

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/dorsheiemet1


Website: http://www.dorsheiemet.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/a-turbulent-year-for-religion-a-rabbi-an-imam-and-a-reverend-weigh-in/


Derry-Anne Perog, M&M food market director product development & quality assurance

Holiday get-togethers – with friends and family – are one of the best things about the holiday season! Derry-Anne Perog from M&M Food Market shares tips to get your home party prepped in an instant.

M&M Food Market: Keep your holiday meal planning simple

Facebook: www.facebook.com/mandmfoodmarket

Twitter: www.twitter.com/mmfoodmarket

Instagram: www.instagram.com/mmfoodmarket

Website: www.mmfoodmarket.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/keep-your-holiday-meal-planning-simple-and-stress-free/


Tanya Toledano, parenting blogger

If you aren’t sure what to get mom this year for the holidays, we’ve got you covered. From tiny treats and affordable finds, to special treats she’ll absolutely love, Tanya Toledano has your list.

Holiday gifts for mom

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/montrealmom/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/montreal_mom

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/montreal_mom

Website: http://montrealmom.com

Video: https://www.btmontreal.ca/videos/holiday-gifts-for-mom/

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