Articles written by: Irwin Block

CD review: 3RIO, by Gary Schwartz, Alexandre Côté, Jim Doxas
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CD review: 3RIO, by Gary Schwartz, Alexandre Côté, Jim Doxas

With a mix of relatively well–known modern jazz tunes and originals, innovative electric guitarist Gary Schwartz has recruited two of the more interesting and inventive younger Montreal musicians for this delightful collaborative effort.

A (w)rap to Leonard Cohen
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A (w)rap to Leonard Cohen

You gave us your words, you gave us your songs The music lives on, their melodies strong The Sisters of Mercy, Marianne, and Suzanne Part of our family, these women of Our Man You moved through life in search of the light From the family home in Westmount You found […]

Leonard Cohen’s long-time friend recalls the bard
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Leonard Cohen’s long-time friend recalls the bard

In the heady days of the early 1960s, then teenaged student Erica Pomerance was a shining light at McGill when she encountered Leonard Cohen.

Our mantra to trust no one over 30 didn’t apply to Leonard Cohen
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Our mantra to trust no one over 30 didn’t apply to Leonard Cohen

First, Leonard Cohen belonged to us, only later did the rest of the world claim him.

CD review: Steve Amirault: Hold On, Let Go
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CD review: Steve Amirault: Hold On, Let Go

Amirault always impressed with his lyricism and romantic bent, and in his latest CD we hear how far he has gone in developing this combined art.

World premiere of Opera in March expands The Wall
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World premiere of Opera in March expands The Wall

Continuing its policy of offering new works in addition to classic repertoire, l’Opéra de Montréal is presenting a world premiere in March.

Bonnie Soutar shows off NDG Food Depot initiatives. Photo by Irwin Block
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N.D.G. Food Depot serves Montrealers in need

“You think of NDG as being middle class, a reasonably well-off community, but it’s surprising how many people need help.”

Rabbi Boris sings his way into the  hearts of his congregation. Photo: Hawk Andiqwar
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Rabbi Boris Dolin reaches out to seekers of a broader spiritual path

Openness to creativity and change is where Montreal’s only Reconstructionist Congregation will be headed in the coming years, if its new Rabbi has his way.

Helpline celebrates 60 years of action
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Helpline celebrates 60 years of action

The Information and Referral Center of Greater Montreal offers service in English and French on the phone seven days a week, from 8am to 6pm.

Dafina Savic wins Goldbloom award for her initiatives. Photo by Irwin Block
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Quebec Community Groups Network celebrates Goldbloom winners

In a spirit of recognizing accomplishments and commitment to strengthen Quebec’s English-speaking community, many of its leaders, advocates, and friends gathered last month to celebrate.