Articles written by: Irwin Block

Editorial: Reasonable approach to Hasidic growth needed in Outremont
Editorials

Editorial: Reasonable approach to Hasidic growth needed in Outremont

Outremont borough council is headed for yet another clash with its Hasidic communities over new zoning restrictions that are clearly aimed at them.

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
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Professor Cornett discusses jazz

Tord Gustavsen, the Norwegian jazz pianist and composer who is featured at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival, will be participating in two conversations with Prof. Norman Cornett.

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

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

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Montreal goes for Baroque with 16th-17th century pearls

Montreal’s worldwide reputation as a major centre of Baroque music goes on display June 23-26 with a series of concerts at various downtown venues.

Is Montreal ready to laugh at Adolph Hitler?
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Is Montreal ready to laugh at Adolph Hitler?

This is the gamble the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is taking in presenting the hit musical The Producers.

Lyric Theatre’s Raise Your Voice! rarin’ to rollic
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Lyric Theatre’s Raise Your Voice! rarin’ to rollic

There is something glorious when 47 skilled choral singers deliver a soul-lifting song in multi-part harmony.

Montreal Fringe Festival: Spoken word around the edges
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Montreal Fringe Festival: Spoken word around the edges

Our lives are never simple, and it can take a lot of inner strength to get through the tough parts. That calls for artistic treatment.

Montreal Fringe Festival: Drama and comedy in 10-minute plays
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Montreal Fringe Festival: Drama and comedy in 10-minute plays

Among the shows is Adrift in the Zigzag, five short plays directed by veteran Corey Castle that reflect ostensibly simple slices of urban life.

John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on June 15. Photo: Courtesy Folk Fest sur le Canal
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Folkfest on the canal: John McEuen, Sharon and Bram, Joel Plaskett

We came of age with folk music, and still love what it has to offer – lyrics about life, love, loss, history and her story, mystery and adventure, with melodies that mean something, can be hummable, and often memorable.

Tannenbaum is home for not-to-be-missed gig. Photo by Irwin Block
Features

Dawson emeritus philosopher Chaim Tannenbaum releases first CD

At 68, after 50 years in the music business, he is releasing his first CD, with a concert at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill June 9.