Articles written by: Irwin Block

Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor
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Liberal MP Francis Scarpaleggia upbeat on the Trudeau factor

The upcoming election is more than a numbers game for incumbent MP Francis Scarpaleggia in Lac-Saint-Louis, who looks back at the 2011 result as something of an anomaly.

A homeless man on Rene Levesque Blvd. in Montreal.
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Shelters not geared to special needs of older adults

They are the city’s homeless, part of the urban culture in North America and a living scar, a condemnation of our post-industrial society and its underside.

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book
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Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book

Montreal’s fascinating history, ethno-cultural mix, older neighbourhoods, architecture, and geographical setting make it a city for poets.

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
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Binney, Cary set for Dialogic sessions

Alto saxophonist David Binney has a large and growing following in the jazz community because of his unique style, total commitment, inspired and inspiring performances.

Dennis Brott has added new and potentially spectacular events to this year’s chamber music festival. Below, Itamar Zorman and Vira Lozinsky will perform. (Courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival)
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Virtuosi set to shine at chamber music festival

In its 20th season, Denis Brott’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival has become a much-anticipated celebration of the finest in small ensemble music, including a bit of traditional jazz and klezmer.

Gimpel the Fool at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2015. Photo courtesy of the festival.
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Gimpel’s no fool at Montreal’s Fringe festival

Much like I.L. Peretz’s Bontshe the Silent, Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer is among a pantheon of characters in Yiddish literature best described as beautiful losers.

Photo by Barbara Moser.
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Duddy Kravitz comes home for musical apprenticeship

Duddy’s back and it looks like, finally, he will make the Kravitz family proud.

Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival
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Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival

Walking into the rehearsal space, I heard the glorious sound. It was the 48 singers in Lyric Theatre vocal ensemble practicing for its June shows and what a rich, full-bodied, and energetic sound it is!

Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of  independent voices
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Analysis: Exposing Harper’s silencing of independent voices

No one was surprised when a Conservative-dominated Parliamentary committee, examining so-called anti-terrorism legislation, refused to hear Privacy Commissioner Daniel Thouin this winter.

In Mount Royal, it’s Libman vs. Housefather
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In Mount Royal, it’s Libman vs. Housefather

They share similar ethno-cultural backgrounds, went to the same high school, Herzliah, and served as Côte-Saint-Luc mayor. Both admire retiring Liberal MP Irwin Cotler, and now are set to fight it out to replace him in the October federal election.