Articles written by: Irwin Block

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.

Federal election 2015: Too close to call in three ridings
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Federal election 2015: Too close to call in three ridings

Among closely watched local races, the outcome in newly-delineated Notre Dame de Grâce-Westmount and two other West End ridings could be considered too close to call. Marc Garneau, the Liberal incumbent and Canada’s first astronaut, was in his Monkland Ave. election offices recently when we asked him to define the […]

FACE School in Montreal
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Elected school boards guarantee anglo rights in Quebec, panel suggests

The Quebec government’s rejection of a report urging it to continue English school board elections, in spite of low voter participation, has upset the sponsoring groups.

Theatre preview: Teesri Dunyia’s State of Denial decries Armenian genocide
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Theatre preview: Teesri Dunyia’s State of Denial decries Armenian genocide

Rahul Varma’s Teesri Duniya Theatre used to market itself with a promotional T-shirt that read, “Changing the World, One Play at a Time.”

Playwright, teacher Alyson Grant brings Royal Vic ghosts to life
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Playwright, teacher Alyson Grant brings Royal Vic ghosts to life

The magnificent grey limestone buildings that house the old Royal Victoria Hospital sit in all their glory on the slope of our mountain, their facades and turrets a monument to much real-life drama.

Fair trade: Ugandan schoolchildren have a Montreal champion
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Fair trade: Ugandan schoolchildren have a Montreal champion

Judy Labow’s active vocabulary does not include the word “retire.” Until 2013, she was head teacher of patients at the Jewish General Hospital’s Family and Child Psychiatry unit, where she continues to teach.

Book review: Naïm Kattan’s novel Farida “timely, significant”
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Book review: Naïm Kattan’s novel Farida “timely, significant”

Farida, a Jewish cabaret singer, “struggles for survival and her freedom in a world on the edge of upheaval and the dark shadow of war.” She sings in Arabic, and the novel depicts life at the time from a woman’s perspective.