Articles written by: Irwin Block

As Canadian soldiers, Jews fought hard to defeat Hitler
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As Canadian soldiers, Jews fought hard to defeat Hitler

Eight days after the Sept. 1, 1939 German invasion of Poland, the Canadian Parliament voted to support England and France in their campaign to defeat Hitler.

Photo: Courtesy of Gregory Charles
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Gregory Charles brings modern edge to Lanaudière

He’s so suited to the job, it’s surprising it’s taken this long for the venerable Festival de Lanaudière in Joliette to select musician-entertainer-cultural entrepreneur Gregory Charles as its artistic director.

At 111, Cecile Klein is a witness to Montreal history
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At 111, Cecile Klein is a witness to Montreal history

Cecile Efros Klein had two birthday parties last month, and given her remarkable status as a supercentenarian, who could blame her for going all out.

Sun Youth: Sid & Earl parlayed one-time read into a humanitarian empire
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Sun Youth: Sid & Earl parlayed one-time read into a humanitarian empire

Life in the crowded Plateau Mont-Royal in the post-war years was a time of modest beginnings and big dreams

Heroes in her head helped Judy survive abuse
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Heroes in her head helped Judy survive abuse

Courage and conviction are characteristics many associate with prominent feminist, journalist, and activist Judy Rebick, but it was only well into therapy sessions that she began to understand the source of her personality and commitments.

Broadway musical jewels hit Montreal stage in June
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Broadway musical jewels hit Montreal stage in June

What would Beethoven think?

Hopping Upstairs hosts hot-ticket jazz fest series
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Hopping Upstairs hosts hot-ticket jazz fest series

Of all the ways we enjoy music, especially jazz, nothing compares to live performance.

Dennis Brott has added new and potentially spectacular events to this year’s chamber music festival. Below, Itamar Zorman and Vira Lozinsky will perform. (Courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival)
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Chamber Fest dazzles in June

Montreal’s annual chamber music festival is offering what looks like an electrifying and expansive series of concerts, three of them free!

Jewish accomplishment in the modern era: no easy answer
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Jewish accomplishment in the modern era: no easy answer

For his 22nd documentary film, producer and writer/director John Curtin focused on an issue that few like to discuss in public but that has always been close to his heart. Why the Jews? consists of a series of interviews with some of the most articulate and accomplished men and women […]

Gabrielle Soskin’s first play is about reaching new heights after 50
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Gabrielle Soskin’s first play is about reaching new heights after 50

The living room in their cozy Westmount cottage is dominated by a century-old baby grand piano, a Heintzman rebuilt so its robust sound fills the room with sunshine.