Articles written by: Kristine Berey

Alanis Obomsawin expresses hope in youth: “The future looks different.” (Photo: Linda Dawn Hammond)
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Aboriginal filmmaker is a witness to the future

There is something in the air, something new in the public consciousness regarding First Nations. Perhaps it’s the new awareness of Canada’s history raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or the headlines made by the Idle no More movement. One very likely reason for this softly rumbling sense of […]

Theatre previews: The Seagull, The Walnut Tree
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Theatre previews: The Seagull, The Walnut Tree

The Seagull Anton Chekov’s The Seagull is among the most influential plays in modern drama. Yet it had such a terrible reception on opening night that Chekov fled backstage to escape all the booing and jeering. “I shall never forget last evening,” he recalled the next day. “I shall never […]

Quincy Armorer, BTW’s artistic director. (Photo courtesy of Black Theatre Workshop)
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Theatre preview: The Meeting by Black Theatre Workshop

Within the framework of Black History Month, the Black Theatre Workshop will present Jeff Stetson’s acclaimed one-act play The Meeting at the Segal Centre February 22-March 1. Written in 1987, the play explores an imagined conversation between Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, two of the most charismatic […]

Nelson Mandela burns his passport in 1960. (Photo: Wikimeida Commons, photographer unknown)
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Black History Month takes on different dimension post-Mandela

  This year’s Black History celebrations acquire a particular poignancy with the recent death of Nelson Mandela. In homage to the great human rights leader, the Round Table on Black History Month will present A Long Walk to Freedom, an exhibit that encompasses history, visual arts and education. The first […]

Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent
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Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent

Imagine a gnarled willow tree “bursting into a million butterflies” and reappearing as origami. Think of “a shadow, so still—surrounded by teddy bears.” Have you ever felt “like an unread book,” or “like a cold day in Alaska”? Perhaps “like a star in space … lonely among many … small […]

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Local entrepreneurs bring old technology into the digital age

Love TV but hate paying for dozens of channels you never watch? Self-taught electronics whiz and TV signal specialist Mario Trottier says he can get you watching the basics, up to 23 television channels including CBC, CTV, NBC, PBS, Global and more, all in beautiful high definition. There’s no monthly […]

The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long
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The Idealist review: Road paved with good intentions is very, very long

Nina Munk’s Governor-General’s Award-nominated book The Idealist was described by one critic as “an excellent and moving tribute to the vision and commitment of Jeffrey Sachs” and by another as “a powerful exposé of (Sachs’s) hubris run amok.” The Idealist is a journalistic eyewitness account of the director of the […]

Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice
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Seniors Action Quebec raises its voice

A province-wide organization, Seniors Action Quebec, was launched November 19 with the release of the report Enjoying Your Senior Years in Your Own Language, Culture and Community, by the Commissioner of Official Languages. The report on English-speaking seniors in Quebec confirmed that despite higher education levels among English seniors, nearly […]

N.D.G. Food Depot’s December Prize Calendar can be purchased for $10.
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N.D.G. Food Depot launches advent calendar

If you’re looking for a hands-on volunteering experience where you really feel you’re helping, the N.D.G. Food Depot welcomes you as they expand their home delivery program. “We have a stable core of volunteers who assist with the program, and most are seniors themselves who want to get out and […]

Erin-Scott Kafadar and Timothy Hopkins (Photo: Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint)
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Le Ballet Eddy Toussaint’s Nutcracker rekindles classical dance

The Nutcracker might be the most famous full-length ballet of all time. Set to the exquisite music of Peter Ilych Tchaikovsky and adapted from Hoffman’s The Nutcracker and the Mouse King, it was first performed in St. Petersburg in 1892. Initially the work was not a runaway success, with critics […]