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Hopping Upstairs hosts hot-ticket jazz fest series
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Hopping Upstairs hosts hot-ticket jazz fest series

Of all the ways we enjoy music, especially jazz, nothing compares to live performance.

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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Chamber Fest dazzles in June

Montreal’s annual chamber music festival is offering what looks like an electrifying and expansive series of concerts, three of them free!

Jewish accomplishment in the modern era: no easy answer
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Jewish accomplishment in the modern era: no easy answer

For his 22nd documentary film, producer and writer/director John Curtin focused on an issue that few like to discuss in public but that has always been close to his heart. Why the Jews? consists of a series of interviews with some of the most articulate and accomplished men and women […]

Gabrielle Soskin’s first play is about reaching new heights after 50
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Gabrielle Soskin’s first play is about reaching new heights after 50

The living room in their cozy Westmount cottage is dominated by a century-old baby grand piano, a Heintzman rebuilt so its robust sound fills the room with sunshine.

Golda’s Balcony captures her role in Yom Kippur War crisis
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Golda’s Balcony captures her role in Yom Kippur War crisis

Golda’s Balcony, the smash-hit onewoman play starring Broadway and TV veteran Tovah Feldshuh, is coming to the Segal Centre May 22 till June 10.

Lori Freedman photo by Martin Morissette
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Victoriaville festival a mind-expanding extravaganza

VICTORIAVILLE – An exciting lineup covering a broad range of creative music styles are featured in the 19 concerts over four days that are part of this year’s 34th edition of the Festival International de musique actuelle de Victoriaville. It opens May 17. The festival, with its international reputa- tion […]

Can Israel and the Palestinians co-exist in a “shared homeland?”
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Can Israel and the Palestinians co-exist in a “shared homeland?”

As Israelis and the country’s friends marked the 70th anniversary of its founding, British journalist and historian Ian Black offered some reflections.

Fun, flexible fitness at the Cummings Centre
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Fun, flexible fitness at the Cummings Centre

If you’re over 50, you need physical exercise and mental challenges that suit your fitness levels and needs.

A son appreciates his mother on her 100th birthday
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A son appreciates his mother on her 100th birthday

In our family, and among our friends, Ruth’s many qualities are well-known and admired.

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Journalist Alain Brunet sounds alarm on music industry destruction

These were halcyon days for live music, and musicians were veering off in many directions.