Articles written by: Irwin Block

Lyric Theatre celebrates magical Broadway tunes
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Lyric Theatre celebrates magical Broadway tunes

Those catchy tunes with gorgeous harmonies, stories both funny and serious, and exciting staging are what make the Broadway musical such a big part of our cultural heritage.

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017: Irwin Block’s picks
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Montreal International Jazz Festival 2017: Irwin Block’s picks

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

It’s all in the view for this Montreal walker
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It’s all in the view for this Montreal walker

Frances Stober always liked walking and hiking, but found that something was missing from the pathways of Canadian and American landscapes.

China on their own — they did it and so can you
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China on their own — they did it and so can you

When you want to see everything, the lure of heavily advertised China as a tourist destination is powerful. For many, the temptation is strong to sign up for an all-inclusive tour: you don’t have to worry about anything, says the pitch, including not speaking Chinese. The good news, from Dennis […]

La Bohème returns to Place des Arts with Canadian cast
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La Bohème returns to Place des Arts with Canadian cast

Fans of classic opera are excited about the return of Puccini’s La Bohème, one of the most popular in the repertoire.

Anthony Braxton, photo by Martin Morissette
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Anthony Braxton returns for solo gig at Victoriaville fest

With a mix of high-profile artists and musicians performing here for the first time, the lineup for this year’s Festival international de musique actuelle May 18-21 is exciting and challenging.

Make the city accessible for all, says Valérie Plante. Photo by Barbara Moser
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Projet Montréal leader ready to give Coderre a run for the job

Meeting Valérie Plante for the first time is like getting together with an old friend.

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.