Archive for June, 2012

Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop
Features

Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop

BY IRWIN BLOCK The irrepressible Vic Vogel was on the phone from his home near the Jacques Cartier Bridge, searching for words to explain what he does with Cuban music. Words failed him, so he put down the phone, went over to the piano and played a few bars of […]

Amy Newborn with Diego and Geordi.
Travel

Los Angeles: Travelling with Diego, the Malibu chihuahua. Viva la fiesta!

BY BARBARA MOSER I know we just had a column, penned by our travel scholar, Mark Medicoff, on travelling with dogs, but he didn’t have the pictures to prove it. This May, Irwin and I took a wonderful 10-day vacation to L.A. to visit my daughter Amy, her partner, Todd, […]

Hotel Salta
Travel

Argentina: Immerse yourself in the Salta the earth

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK We left magnificent Iguazu Falls, straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, feeling elated: Yes, life is a trip and our world in its natural splendour can be magnificent. We boarded the bus heading for Salta—in northwestern Argentina just below the Bolivian border and […]

Richard Galliano plays Bach to Piazzolla at Maison Symphonique de Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the jazz fest)
Reviews & Previews

Montreal International Jazz Festival: Discover a taste for every ear

BY IRWIN BLOCK Jazz fan or not, there is a tremendous range of music in free outdoor venues and paid indoor ones to satisfy most tastes at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The first of hundreds of daily shows starts Wednesday, June 27, and continue until Sunday, July 7, […]

In Out of the Fog, two women duke it out over a child in private school. (Photo courtesy of Motet)
Reviews & Previews

At the Montreal Fringe Festival, don’t bet on the horse, bet on the jockey

BY BYRON TOBEN Wow. The Montreal Fringe Theatre Festival is entering its 22nd year. Who woulda thunk? Now, to the chase. Shrewd gamblers quip, “Don’t bet on the horse, bet on the jockey.” With that in mind, I pick (among English language shows running June 14-24), in alphabetical order: Act […]

At Residences Symphonie, painting and sculpture are part of animated life
Features

At Residences Symphonie, painting and sculpture are part of animated life

BY DANIEL SAILOFSKY From sculptors and singers, to painters and programs, Donna Farmer and the people who live at Residences Symphonie know how to have a good time. While Farmer, an animator at Symphonie, may have been the primary group leader and coordinator of this year’s event on May 31, […]

Montreal student protests: Language divide evident in tuition conflict, Dawson students say
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Montreal student protests: Language divide evident in tuition conflict, Dawson students say

BY DANIEL SAILOFSKY Much has changed since the European colonization of the New World began more than 500 years ago, but one thing remains true: the French and the English remain distinct. As Dawson student Daniel Etcovitch explained, while the conflict of the day may be tuition hikes instead of […]

Columnists

Smart Shopping: Furnish your nest with twigs from many trees

By: SANDRA PHILLIPS Getting married doesn’t involve just the wedding itself. What it really means is that you are about to set up a new life—and a home—together. You have to combine what you each have and then blend your personal tastes to form a comfortable nest. Buying furniture can […]

Past performances at the River to River festival include Laurie Anderson (above), Rufus Wainwright and Chrisette Michele. (Photos: GODLIS)
Columnists

New York’s River to River festival: Bridges, ports, parks and alleyways give way to theatrics

BY HARRY ROLNICK One year ago, this column started with a guide to getting almost-free food in Manhattan. That was hardly good enough. So may I apologize by modestly presenting a month of absolutely free music, dance, painting, poetry and theatre amid the most beautiful (and unknown) sites in New […]

A sea of green surrounds Tucker's Barn in Tunbridge, Vermont. (Photo: M.S. Maguire)
Travel

In Tunbridge, Vermont, history is in the front seat

If we Canadians decide to invade Vermont this summer, let’s be more pleasant about it than we were in 1780. In October of that year, 300 aboriginals under the command of British soldiers took 28 Tunbridge-area boys and men prisoner. Known as the Royalton Raid, it was the last gasp […]