Articles written by: Irwin Block

Fine Arts Quartet perform June 14, 2016.
Reviews & Previews

Chamber music festival presents another great lineup

Now in its 21st year, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival is offering another varied and tempting program for music lovers.

With mental illness, early intervention makes all the difference
Health

With mental illness, early intervention makes all the difference

As with any illness, including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, diagnosis and intervention are better done earlier than later.

Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel
Food / Reviews & Previews

Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel

That a small number of Jews, who also observe Passover, claim to like the taste of matzoh could be seen as a kind of culinary Stockholm Syndrome.”

Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile
Reviews & Previews

Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile

Leonard Cohen likes to say he returns to Montreal to renew his neurotic affiliations.

Health reform centralizes, enhances anglo rights, lawyer says
Features

Health reform centralizes, enhances anglo rights, lawyer says

It’s been over a year since Bill 10, the Quebec government’s complex reform of health and social services, came into effect. But what about its implementation?

Miss Roula spreads joy at TMR’s Carlyle Elementary School preschool classes
Features

Miss Roula spreads joy at TMR’s Carlyle Elementary School preschool classes

You don’t have to be an expert or trained professional to be a successful and fulfilled volunteer. Just ask Roula Dafniotis.

John Zorn performs The Concealed. Photo by Martin Morissette
Reviews & Previews / What's Happening

Festival International de Musique Actuelle: Zorn’s bagatelles biggest draw

Fans of John Zorn, the prolific and imaginative musical innovator, will be flocking to this city starting May 19.

Lorraine Guay proudly shows off NDG’s long awaited community space
Features

New Benny Library offers free 3D printing lessons

What sets it apart from other Montreal libraries is that 40 to 45 per cent of the books and documents are in English, with the remainder in French, reflecting the linguistic mix of western NDG.

Syrian Family: Raghad Zammar (mother), Hani Khouri (father),
Mary and Zinah (sisters)
Features

An Imam, a Priest, and a Rabbi, helping Syrian refugees

Once they arrive in Montreal, Syrian refugees have to start from scratch, and setting up a home is their main priority.

Photo courtesy of Shen Yun 2015
Reviews & Previews

Shen Yun operatic spectacle dazzles at Place des Arts

Convulsive changes in Chinese society have rekindled a yearning for free expression, cultural diversity, and creativity linked to traditional arts.