Articles written by: Irwin Block

Is Montreal ready to laugh at Adolph Hitler?
Reviews & Previews

Is Montreal ready to laugh at Adolph Hitler?

This is the gamble the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre is taking in presenting the hit musical The Producers.

Lyric Theatre’s Raise Your Voice! rarin’ to rollic
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Lyric Theatre’s Raise Your Voice! rarin’ to rollic

There is something glorious when 47 skilled choral singers deliver a soul-lifting song in multi-part harmony.

Montreal Fringe Festival: Spoken word around the edges
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Montreal Fringe Festival: Spoken word around the edges

Our lives are never simple, and it can take a lot of inner strength to get through the tough parts. That calls for artistic treatment.

Montreal Fringe Festival: Drama and comedy in 10-minute plays
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Montreal Fringe Festival: Drama and comedy in 10-minute plays

Among the shows is Adrift in the Zigzag, five short plays directed by veteran Corey Castle that reflect ostensibly simple slices of urban life.

John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on June 15. Photo: Courtesy Folk Fest sur le Canal
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Folkfest on the canal: John McEuen, Sharon and Bram, Joel Plaskett

We came of age with folk music, and still love what it has to offer – lyrics about life, love, loss, history and her story, mystery and adventure, with melodies that mean something, can be hummable, and often memorable.

Tannenbaum is home for not-to-be-missed gig. Photo by Irwin Block
Features

Dawson emeritus philosopher Chaim Tannenbaum releases first CD

At 68, after 50 years in the music business, he is releasing his first CD, with a concert at Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill June 9.

Fine Arts Quartet perform June 14, 2016.
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Chamber music festival presents another great lineup

Now in its 21st year, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival is offering another varied and tempting program for music lovers.

With mental illness, early intervention makes all the difference
Health

With mental illness, early intervention makes all the difference

As with any illness, including psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia, diagnosis and intervention are better done earlier than later.

Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel
Food / Reviews & Previews

Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel

That a small number of Jews, who also observe Passover, claim to like the taste of matzoh could be seen as a kind of culinary Stockholm Syndrome.”

Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile
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Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile

Leonard Cohen likes to say he returns to Montreal to renew his neurotic affiliations.