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Being a turncoat is tricky business
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Being a turncoat is tricky business

BY: IRWIN BLOCK Many of us are obsessed by the Second World War and the unprecedented devastation unleashed by the German killing machine until the great battles that turned the tide. But there is more to the stories of Stalingrad and Kursk, El-Alamein and D-Day than stamina, strategy and over-extended […]

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Harry Belafonte to be honoured at festival

Iconic performer Harry Belafonte, the king of Calypso, will be honoured by the 8th Montreal International Black Film Festival held September 19-30. The 85-year-old singer, songwriter, actor and social activist will be presented with the 2012 Humanitarian Award on September 19, at the Opening Ceremony and Tribute to Harry Belafonte, […]

Features

Lipreading courses help battle isolation

The Mackay Centre, which offers lipreading courses to the hearing-impaired and American Sign Language classes to the hearing and hearing-impaired, has merged with the Montreal Association for the Blind. The clients of the expanded centre include children and youth with motor impairments or communication disorders, and people of all ages […]

Editorials / Features

Editorial: Harper denies care to refugees, closes door to Roma

What kind of country is Canada becoming under the Stephen Harper Conservatives? Under the stealth of omnibus legislation, and with the virtually unbridled power of its majority, we respectfully paraphrase Shelley to observe: “Look upon these mean-spirited works, and despair.” A prime example: Under new rules, refugee claimants will be […]

Features / Health

Jewish General satisfaction dips, but so do bedsores

BY: IRWIN BLOCK The average satisfaction rate of patients at the Jewish General Hospital has been dropping marginally over the past two years, but it remains above the 80-per-cent level. The satisfaction level dropped almost three percentage points—to 81.5 per cent in the April 2011 to March 2012 period from […]

McKenty: A man for all seasons
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McKenty: A man for all seasons

BY: CATHERINE MCKENTY As long as he could remember, Neil McKenty was interested in writing. A teacher in grade school gave him a key piece of advice: “Find something to write about.” And he did. At 9, he won his first oratorical contest, no doubt helped by his mother, Irene, […]

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The Overcoat retold in Montreal

From the first moments in Darrell Wasyk’s The Girl in the White Coat, you feel the bitter taste of poverty. Based on Nikolai Gogol’s timeless short story The Overcoat, but transposed to modern Montreal, the film chronicles the efforts of Elise, played with angelic innocence by Pascal Montpetit, as she tries […]

Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell
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Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell

BY: IRWIN BLOCK We got to know music journalist Michelle Mercer from her biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter (Footprints: the Life and Work of Wayne Shorter), a well-crafted account of an enigmatic jazz original. Thanks to a recommendation from Shorter, Mercer got a chance to interview the reclusive Joni Mitchell […]

Rwandan dancers get in the groove during Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal Photo: Irwin Block
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Lachine Canal folk fest proves more than just a nostalgia gala

BY IRWIN BLOCK Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, a charter member of the 1960s folk music revival, is alive and well and doing what he has always done—singing about struggles past and campaigning for the underdog today. For about 200 fans who packed his concert at the Georges […]

Richard Galliano proves the accordion to be infinitely versatile. Photo: Denis Alix, Montreal International Jazz Festiva
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Listening to Galliano: blown away by the dragon’s breath

BY KRISTINE BERRY In the program book of the 33d edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, president and founder Alain Simard writes that the festival combines quality with diversity. “From artists who recorded 78s to artists of the mp3 era, they come from every part of the globe to […]