Articles written by: Irwin Block

CD review: Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems
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CD review: Leonard Cohen’s Popular Problems

The Leonard Cohen we know and love is back with the gift that keeps on giving: his magical way with words, his spiritual side, the music that flows therefrom, and that distinctive voice – limited in range, but deeply resonant.

Norman Marshall Villeneuve makes those drums sing. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Norman Marshall Villeneuve bops away at House of Jazz

Norman Marshall Villeneuve is back in town, and the party’s on.

Irwin Tauben’s parents rarely talked about their past. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Finding restitution: Montrealer reclaims property in Poland

Irwin Tauben’s parents were among the fortunate few – Polish Jews who endured sub-human conditions in labour and concentration camps to survive the Holocaust. They rarely talked about the past as they rebuilt their shattered lives.

Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa
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Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa

The Altsys Jazz Orchestra has carved out a special place for itself over the past quarter century, performing beautiful and challenging works by modern masters.

Theatre preview: Of the Causes of Wonderful Things
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Theatre preview: Of the Causes of Wonderful Things

Those of us who have seen Talya Rubin perform know her one-person shows are unique, moving and memorable, often laced with humour.

Montreal Gazette editorial cartoonist Terry (Aislin) Mosher with Sparky. (Photo by Barbara Moser)
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Aislin, master of satire, publishes book No. 47

The targets of editorial cartoonist Aislin’s pen are local, Canadian and world leaders, and though they may not be amused at first, readers gobble it up.

Harriet Johnson is among 33 people who have signed on to a class-action lawsuit against the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children.
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Home for Colored Children: Nova Scotia government backtracks, apologizes

In Halifax Friday, Premier Stephen McNeil apologized for the abuse of former residents of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children, calling it “one of the great tragedies in our province’s history that your cries for help were greeted with silence for so long.”

FACE School in Montreal
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Dowson urges anglos to vote in school-board elections

The stakes have never been higher for anglophones in local school board elections to be held Nov. 2, and broadcaster Anne Lagacé Dowson is urging community members to register and vote.

CD reviews: Rio-Paris, Brazil
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CD reviews: Rio-Paris, Brazil

There is a lot more to Brazil than football prowess and a boom economy with a nominal GDP of US $2.5 trillion, seventh in the world.

Heureux Naufrage (Fortunate Shipwreck)
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Preview: Heureux Naufrage (Fortunate Shipwreck)

The Charter of Values, as proposed by the former Parti Québécois government, raised inter-communal tensions, sparked an impassioned debate, and is now history. But what about the back-story, the historical developments that saw Quebec transformed from one of the world’s most pious Roman Catholic enclaves to this latest push for […]