Articles written by: Irwin Block

How to identify potential elder abuse
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How to identify potential elder abuse

Elder abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional, psychological, or financial, is a reality in our society.

Friendly, folksy fest fêtes Penny Lang
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Friendly, folksy fest fêtes Penny Lang

It’s one of the friendliest and musically fun events of the spring festival season, tickets are affordable, and the site is enchanting.

Jane Bunnett photo courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival
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Jane Bunnett’s Afro-Cuban sounds are laced with jazzy improv

Almost as soon as saxophonist Jane Bunnett got a taste of Cuban music in its many forms, she was hooked.

Lyric Theatre celebrates magical Broadway tunes
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Lyric Theatre celebrates magical Broadway tunes

Those catchy tunes with gorgeous harmonies, stories both funny and serious, and exciting staging are what make the Broadway musical such a big part of our cultural heritage.

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017: Irwin Block’s picks
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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017: Irwin Block’s picks

Here are my picks for the most promising shows at this summer’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. Choices focus on what qualifies as jazz.

It’s all in the view for this Montreal walker
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It’s all in the view for this Montreal walker

Frances Stober always liked walking and hiking, but found that something was missing from the pathways of Canadian and American landscapes.

China on their own — they did it and so can you
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China on their own — they did it and so can you

When you want to see everything, the lure of heavily advertised China as a tourist destination is powerful. For many, the temptation is strong to sign up for an all-inclusive tour: you don’t have to worry about anything, says the pitch, including not speaking Chinese. The good news, from Dennis […]

La Bohème returns to Place des Arts with Canadian cast
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La Bohème returns to Place des Arts with Canadian cast

Fans of classic opera are excited about the return of Puccini’s La Bohème, one of the most popular in the repertoire.

Anthony Braxton, photo by Martin Morissette
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Anthony Braxton returns for solo gig at Victoriaville fest

With a mix of high-profile artists and musicians performing here for the first time, the lineup for this year’s Festival international de musique actuelle May 18-21 is exciting and challenging.

Make the city accessible for all, says Valérie Plante. Photo by Barbara Moser
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Projet Montréal leader ready to give Coderre a run for the job

Meeting Valérie Plante for the first time is like getting together with an old friend.