Articles written by: Irwin Block

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Cummings Centre rock’n’soul choir is a singalong paradise

Recognizing that you are not alone, that your generation is alive and well and kicking, and celebrating our time in song is what it’s all about.

Montreal real-estate agents Bonnie Sandler (left) and Mary Lamey. (Photo: Caroline Ronalds)
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Pricing, staging and other tips from Montreal real-estate brokers

It’s become a cliché—buying a home is probably the most important investment most of us make. But selling that home is at least as important.

Historian Benny Morris spoke at McGill. (Photo: Irwin Block)
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1948 was a holy war for Arabs, historian says

Israeli historian Benny Morris came to town last month for a lecture promising “new perspectives” of the 1948 War – the war to defend and solidify the newly independent Jewish state, called the Nakhba or catastrophe in Arabic.

CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag
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CD review: Jason Rosenblatt Wiseman’s Rag

It takes a lot of training, life experience, and desire to tell musical stories effectively.

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I remember the sparkle of the season on Park Ave

The holiday season reminds me of growing up in the 1940s and 1950s in Outremont.

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Muslim scholar speaks out against Islamist abuses

Tariq Ramadan is a Muslim scholar who appeals to Western Muslim audiences because he believes that modernity and Islam in an increasingly secular Western society are compatible.

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Synagogues step up for refugees

Members of two of Montreal’s liberal Jewish congregations have joined co-religionists in other Canadian cities to sponsor Syrian refugees seeking asylum in Canada.

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.