Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.

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.