Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.”

Royal Orr receives the Goldbloom Award. (Photo courtesy of CQGN)
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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.

Red-hot jazz club Upstairs plans blowout 20th birthday party
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Red-hot jazz club Upstairs plans blowout 20th birthday party

It’s 10am on a Friday and the owner-manager of Upstairs Jazz Bar & Grill has been at work for almost an hour. He won’t leave until midnight.

Anna Fuerstenber
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Anna Fuerstenber: From the darkest lives, the funniest moments:

For many who lived through the Second World War and its aftermath, the scars of lives uprooted and the joy of survival, combined with mourning those who did not, have the makings of an explosive juxtaposition.

Book review: That Summer in Provincetown
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Book review: That Summer in Provincetown

As the world is transfixed by the flight of thousands of refugees from areas torn by war, hunger, and atrocity, we tend to forget that each individual represents a multi-faceted drama.

Hana’s Suitcase arrives at Geordie on eve of their 35th
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Hana’s Suitcase arrives at Geordie on eve of their 35th

Hana’s story, hardly different from that of some 1 million Jewish children whom the Germans killed, would have gone unnoticed had it not been for the curiosity of some Japanese school children.