Articles written by: Irwin Block

Cuba’s trade-off: sacrificing free expression and WiFi for universal, quality education, and healthcare
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Cuba’s trade-off: sacrificing free expression and WiFi for universal, quality education, and healthcare

Anyone who spends hours walking around popular neighbourhoods of this sprawling city of more than two million, as I did recently, will notice something unusual and surprising

Their love was “forever,” but watch it fall apart in this first novel
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Their love was “forever,” but watch it fall apart in this first novel

When you’re over 50, finding love can re-invigorate your existence and give it that deeper meaning that comes with having a sharing and caring life partner.

Blue Metropolis 2017 celebrates creative work
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Blue Metropolis 2017 celebrates creative work

Blue Metropolis – the city’s 19th annual celebration of writers – kicks off April 24 and during an event-filled week, offers something for all tastes, ages, and orientations.

Beethoven’s string quartets — all 16 — brought to life at Chamberfest in May and June
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Beethoven’s string quartets — all 16 — brought to life at Chamberfest in May and June

Lovely and brilliant, varied, and innovative pieces for smaller ensembles by Ludwig van Beethoven are the focus of this year’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Curated by cellist Dennis Brott, the festival begins in May and features huge musical talents who can be expected to demonstrate why “genius” and Beethoven have […]

CD review: Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble
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CD review: Rémi Bolduc Jazz Ensemble

The first time I played this CD – signature tunes by pianist Oscar Peterson, transcribed, arranged, and interpreted by Rémi Bolduc – the music lit up the room.

From Pierrefonds to Ecuador — living the dream and building the future
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From Pierrefonds to Ecuador — living the dream and building the future

Fed up with the Canadian winter and yearning for a liveable climate year-round, Donald Bosch and his wife Monique settled on Ecuador.

CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff: Flux
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CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Canadian tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff is the kind of musician that stands out from the pack.

Joyce Wright is building a future for children
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Retired teacher makes a difference for Mexican children

A recently retired mother of two never expected to end up building structures for others – with her own hands.

Stuart McLean’s love of Canada started on the streets of Montreal
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Stuart McLean’s love of Canada started on the streets of Montreal

There was one person in that crew of perhaps a dozen talented and ambitious producers who responded to my distress – Stuart McLean.

Shortage of medications reaches critical point in Cuba
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Shortage of medications reaches critical point in Cuba

Ricardo was different. He was desperate, almost frantic.