Articles written by: Irwin Block

Guidebook tells history of anti-Semitism in Canada
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Guidebook tells history of anti-Semitism in Canada

As part of its educational mission, the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre has produced a Brief History of Anti-Semitism in Canada.

NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis
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NDP’s Ryan Young hopes to stage upset in Lac-St-Louis

Mount Royal isn’t the only Montreal riding that’s too close to call, and NDP candidate Ryan Young in Lac-Saint-Louis believes he is well-positioned to score an historic upset in that Liberal stronghold.

Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music
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Eric Siblin reaches for a state of grace in words and music

The performance space at the Casa del Popolo on St. Laurent filled up quickly to standing-room-only overcapacity last month for a special premiere.

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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Our selections

Here are suggestions for top concerts at indoor venues at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival.

Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor
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Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor

The upcoming election is more than a numbers game for incumbent MP Francis Scarpaleggia in Lac-Saint-Louis, who looks back at the 2011 result as something of an anomaly.

A homeless man on Rene Levesque Blvd. in Montreal.
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Shelters not geared to special needs of older adults

They are the city’s homeless, part of the urban culture in North America and a living scar, a condemnation of our post-industrial society and its underside.

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book
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Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book

Montreal’s fascinating history, ethno-cultural mix, older neighbourhoods, architecture, and geographical setting make it a city for poets.

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
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Binney, Cary set for Dialogic sessions

Alto saxophonist David Binney has a large and growing following in the jazz community because of his unique style, total commitment, inspired and inspiring performances.

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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Virtuosi set to shine at chamber music festival

In its 20th season, Denis Brott’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival has become a much-anticipated celebration of the finest in small ensemble music, including a bit of traditional jazz and klezmer.

Gimpel the Fool at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2015. Photo courtesy of the festival.
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Gimpel’s no fool at Montreal’s Fringe festival

Much like I.L. Peretz’s Bontshe the Silent, Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer is among a pantheon of characters in Yiddish literature best described as beautiful losers.