Articles written by: Kristine Berey

Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson
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Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson

by Kristine Berey The worlds of musical theatre and jazz will intersect on the Segal Studio stage this month as iconic singer Ranee Lee opens the fifth season of its Power Jazz Series. “I’m a big movie buff, and I’ve done plays, movies, drama and musicals,” Lee said. “This will […]

Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none
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Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none

Harry Belafonte has a vision that has not changed since he walked alongside civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in the ’60s, or even before, when he decided to use the power of his enormous celebrity to create a better world. “Life has been more than generous in giving me this […]

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression
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Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression

by Kristine Berey When a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, it is hard to feel hopeful and not let the sense of loss take over. In her coming lecture See Me, Hear Me and Listen at the Alzheimer Groupe’s Education Conference, gerontologist Pamela Atwood will describe techniques that […]

The travelling museum is on a seven-city tour. Photo courtesy of EAN
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Travelling museum showcases Mexican art

BY: KRISTINE BEREY The remarkable travelling exhibition Vida y Muerte—Life, Death and the Expression of Everyday Life according to the view of the world of Contemporary Indigenous Communities—is a revelation. Organized by the Mexican non-profit organization Espacios de Arte Nomada, or EAN, in partnership with the Mexican consulate, the exhibit […]

Montreal psychotherapist Kit Racette. Photo: Kristine Berey
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Building Awareness teaches more movement, less pain

BY: KRISTINE BEREY When we think of fitness, running, jogging, and pushups, strain, sweat and struggle come to mind. But being fit can mean being fluid and pain-free rather than strong and muscular, as ancient disciplines like yoga and tai chi have shown. There are more recent paths as well, […]

Sam Marr and his family are waiting for a donor. Photo courtesy of the Marr family
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Family’s future depends on the kindness of a stranger

BY: KRISTINE BEREY When Toronto resident Susan Groberman met her future husband, Sam Marr, more than 20 years ago, she instantly recognized him as the love of her life.As they raised their two boys, Darren, now 18, and Adam, 16, their bond became even stronger. They seemed to have everything. […]

Photo: Isabella Rosa Amodei, Ella Photography
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Raging Grannies, bold and bare, fight fire with tears of laughter

BY:KRISTINE BERRY Contrary to what many believe, it is not having grandchildren the Raging Grannies have in common, since being a grandmother is not a prerequisite for membership. What they share is an unyielding belief in certain values, the courage to fight for them and a great sense of humour. […]

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Seniors’ resilience is highlighted in UQAM research report

BY KRISTINE BEREY The wall of silence surrounding elder abuse is not as insurmountable as it once was, but the issue remains complex. Seniors living in abusive situations have historically been reluctant to seek help for a number of reasons—physical or cognitive frailty, shame, social isolation and especially the emotional […]

Agatha is one of many cats who need homes. Contact the SPCA Montérégie: 450-460-3075, spcamonteregie.com.
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New animal law misses key issue, humane society says

BY KRISTINE BEREY As July 1 approaches, shelters across the island are bracing themselves for the wave of discarded animals that will be left at their door. As a prelude to moving day, last May the SPCA took in 1,060 former pets, 703 of which were cats. “There are thousands […]

Judi Dench stars alongside Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)
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Movie review: Outsourcing aging at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BY KRISTINE BEREY On the surface, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a piece of feel-good movie fluff with a great cast. But it has a point to make, and it makes it eloquently. Set in a rundown hotel in idyllic India—visually beautiful without the scorching heat, noise and chaos—the […]