Echo Essentials North Bay Edition

Apr 23, 2024

A handy package of curated 
news and podcasts.

News reports this afternoon outline the charges laid against a North Bay physician after an incident at the North Bay Regional Health Centre last Thursday. The unnamed 45-year-old man is accused of assaulting a patient and uttering threats to a staff member. See the story about the charges HERE and a statement by the hospital’s Chief of Staff HERE.


Top Shelf

  • Baytones Harmony Chorus Inc. celebrating 60th anniversary
  • Canoeing the rapids of conservationism with Hap Wilson


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Today’s Rage

callander bay turbulent

TURBULENT TIMES: A man and his best friend get an unplanned shower in this screen capture from a video taken last Friday evening. A full-to-the-brim Lake Nipissing churned up by blustery west winds crashed into Callander Bay. The break wall and dock were battered and broken, leaving the municipality with a new repair project. See the BayToday story.


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In today’s To North Bay With Love podcast, Dianne Cerka and Wanda Olsen joins host Lisa Boivin to chat about the Baytones, North Bay’s barbershop quartet, that is set to celebrate its 60th anniversary.

The talk about the history of barber shop quartets and what it is like to be involved with interested individuals invited to check them out at rehearsals, which are Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the St. Andrew’s United Church on McIntyre Street.

  • Dianne and Wanda join the studio 1:40
  • How to get involved with the Baytones 12:30


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from Grey Owl set

Hap Wilson, an award winning author, artist, photographer and conservationist, joins the Backroads Bill show tomorrow morning. Hap has created a number of guidebooks that charted different waterways in Ontario and created the company Eco Trailbuilders to help safely build trails that are enjoyed by thousands every year.

Hap also worked with famous actor Pierce Bronson, teaching him how to paddle a canoe, and describes how he butted heads with the actor and the producers over inaccuracies while working on the film Grey Owl.

Check out Hap’s Website


Today’s Zen Suggestion: Did you miss Earth Day last Sunday? Don’t worry, it’s Earth Day every day, actually. You might want to get with the program.



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To North Bay With Love:

Gerry Mendicino joined the To North Bay With Love podcast last Thursday to talk about his life working in the film industry, including an iconic role in My Big Fat Greek Wedding.

Gerry shares his passion for acting and his desire to eventually come back to his hometown in the future, while also talking about his involvement in the third rendition of his Five: The Dionnes musical at the The Davedi Club on May 25. It’s part of the Dionne Quints Home Museum’s 90th birthday celebration week.

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Backroads Bill:

Follow the Backroads Bill podcast in video form on the North Bay Echo YouTube channel, on this website under the Echo Shows or Spotify.

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Echo Essentials:

Last Thursday, Dionne family descendant Brian Callahan outlined the “tragedy” that ensued after the Dionne Quintuplets were born May 28, 1934. We now have a full dozen Echo Essential Podcasts in our directory!

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Catch the North Bay Battalion playoff action as the Troops take on the host Oshawa Generals for the first game of their Eastern Conference championship series Friday night. The Battalion earned their berth in the conference final by sweeping the Sudbury Wolves 4-0.

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Find out if the Frontline crew know their hockey or not by listening to their April 18 podcast. They gave their best predications about the North Powassan Voodoos taking on the Greater Sudbury Cubs before their NOJHL Championship series … which sees Powassan down 3-1 and facing elimination in Sudbury on Thursday at Countryside Arena.

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Marianne Vander Dussen:

In today’s featured tutorial, learn how to paint realistic landscapes using acrylic on paper with Marianne Vander Dussen / Visual Artist, the most recent addition to the North Bay Echo Community Podcast Network.

View All Marianne Vander Dussen Episodes

Wingspan Entrepreneur:

Wingspan Entrepreneurs by Joel Arndt is all about financial issues and provides the inspiration and information to lift your business to the next stratosphere. Check out the audio-only show on our website network page or follow on Spotify.

View All Wingspan Entrepreneur Episodes

Cheap Seats:

Drew brought a water bottle. It was the biggest mistake of the week. Cheap Seats returns with a discussion about the film Madam Web! Throw in some hypotheticals, a game about acting, killer deer, and how one of us is getting censored at work… well now we have an episode!

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Events Echo

Tuesday, April 23

Wednesday, April 24

Thursday, April 25


V-EH New Ontario Brewing Company - Veterans and Every Day Heroes Event - North Bay, Ontario - May 4, 2024

(For more events further out on the calendar, check Tourism North Bay’s comprehensive events listing guide. On Facebook, check out Creative Industries North Bay and take a gander at its April newsletter with month-long highlights HERE.)



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