Articles written by: Irwin Block

CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag
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CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag

It takes a lot of training, life experience, and desire to tell musical stories effectively.

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I remember the sparkle of the season on Park Ave

The holiday season reminds me of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Outremont.

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Muslim scholar speaks out against Islamist abuses

Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim scholar who appeals to Western Muslim audiences because he believes that modernity and Islam in an increasingly secular Western society are compatible.

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Synagogues step up for refugees

Members of two of Montreal’s liberal Jewish congregations have joined co-religionists in other Canadian cities to sponsor Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Canada.

Composer Karen Young hears mother’s song in bell-like canon
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Composer Karen Young hears mother’s song in bell-like canon

Karen Young is busier than ever—composing, organizing gigs in a myriad of styles, and gearing up for a five-concert series starting in February.

Music review: You Make me Feel so Young, Karen Young
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Music review: You Make me Feel so Young, Karen Young

With both insouciance and passion, singer Karen Young engages and entertains in the many facets of music she has explored.

Eileen Katz, Gerry Weinstein and Ted Greenfield are planning a new Château B'nai Brith. Photo: Irwin Block
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B’nai Brith heeds the call to shelter growing community

As the baby boom generation moves into life’s third stage, B’nai Brith is preparing for a spike in demand for affordable housing with plans for a second senior residence.

Florence Luxenberg-Eisenberg at Treblinka.
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Walking on ashes and bones, preserving Holocaust sites

“Those sites where nothing is on the surface are the most powerful. You don’t see the ashes and bones you are walking on, unless you pick up some earth and see bone fragments in your hand.”

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Activist, broadcaster Royal Orr wins Goldbloom Award

The election of Parti Québécois governments created convulsive events for Quebec Anglophones, but it allowed a new generation of community leaders to emerge.

Filmmaker Garry Beitel views Canada through a lens of peace
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Filmmaker Garry Beitel views Canada through a lens of peace

Canada has a new posture on the world stage: With combat roles in Afghanistan and Iraq, Canada has dropped from being the most active participant in UN peacekeeping personnel to 68th.