Articles written by: Irwin Block

A YouTube screen grab of the Herzl Family Practice Centre in its early days.
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The evolution of the Herzl Family Practice Centre

It started in 1912 as a small dispensary providing free medical care to newly arrived, often poor, immigrants of all backgrounds, sponsored by Montreal’s Jewish community. It grew and developed into what is today the multi-faceted and bustling Herzl Family Practice Centre, part of the Jewish General Hospital. This evolution, […]

CD review: Fern Lindzon
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CD review: Fern Lindzon

Fern Lindzon Like a Circle in a Spiral (Iatros/MAPL) This 11-song collection reveals the growing confidence and expanded scope of singer/pianist Fern Lindzon. On this, the third CD by the classically trained Toronto artist, we hear a more nuanced vocal treatment than on previous recordings, with less emphasis on her […]

Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding
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Richard Yufe has designs on Mount Royal riding

He’s young, smart, accomplished, and committed to a set of values. He believes the Mount Royal riding is ready to vote Conservative in next year’s federal election, and, after helping run their last campaign, is considering taking the plunge himself. Meet Richard Yufe, 35, a long-time Hampstead resident who graduated […]

Explore Jewish Montreal with walking tours
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Explore Jewish Montreal with walking tours

Much of Montreal’s history is still visible today in the buildings, streets and alleyways of the city’s older districts, and that includes Jewish Montreal. A series of walking tours has been developed by the Museum of Jewish Montreal and runs this summer until Labour Day weekend. It’s an opportunity to […]

Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal
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Jonathan Goldbloom eyes Liberal seat in Mount Royal

The federal election may be a year off, but the battle for the Mount Royal riding has begun with the unexpected entry of a new candidate for the Liberal nomination. Jonathan Goldbloom, 58, a veteran public relations professional and member of one of the city’s most distinguished Jewish and Liberal […]

Renos coming right along
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Renos coming right along

A sense of anticipation was in the air during a June visit to the Cummings Centre. Work was proceeding on major renovations to the Westbury Ave. home-away-from-home for the active and creative 50-plus crowd. The $2.5-million price tag is expected to cover a new and improved entranceway, an expanded atrium or […]

Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

Montreal’s Ratchet Orchestra performs on opening night at the Victoriaville fest. (Courtesy of Victoriaville fest)
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Victoriaville festival: Musical adventurers and explorers meet

If you want to explore music that is unexpected, unique, challenging and varied, the place to be May 15-18 is Victoriaville. That is where the Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville will present a remarkable series of 20 concerts for its 30th edition. Over the many years that I have […]

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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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: Spirit of friendship, musical creativity reign

To appreciate Montreal is to celebrate its greatness as a centre for creative expression, and for many that means music at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. With 22 concerts from May 8 to 31 at the lovely and accessible St. George’s Anglican Church at Peel and de la Gauchetière, the […]

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CD reviews: Kleztory, Spaces

Kleztory Arrival AMERIX This Quebec-based Klezmer group has been around for more than a decade, but it has never sounded better. A sextet with a mix of Quebec-trained and European musicians, the collective is rooted in the traditional Romanian/Gypsy/Turkish party music that is so easy to love, yet broadened by […]