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Piano prodigy: Heads turn as young Pinchas Antal scales the music scene
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Piano prodigy: Heads turn as young Pinchas Antal scales the music scene

The Moscow-trained pianist was entertaining a full house at the Castel Royal residence, playing waltzes and tunes that struck a familiar chord with the attentive and appreciative crowd. Then the mood suddenly shifted to one of excited anticipation as 12-year-old Pinchas Antal entered the room to display his remarkable talent. […]

Yossi Beilin encourages community to “fight the Archie Bunkers”
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Yossi Beilin encourages community to “fight the Archie Bunkers”

Israel is facing a critical red line in the very near future. But the threat is not from an Iranian nuclear bomb, or Russia supplying S 300 surface-to-air missile systems to Syria. The most compelling threat to Israel as a democratic and Jewish state is demography, warns Yossi Beilin, a […]

American songbook: An intimate chat with jazz pianist Barry Harris
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American songbook: An intimate chat with jazz pianist Barry Harris

When a musical legend comes to town, you don’t want to miss the show. When the concert is in the intimacy of a club seating fewer than 100, you make your reservations immediately. That is the setup for the return to Montreal of pianist Barry Harris, 83, an active teacher […]

Montreal International Jazz Festival: Meet the greats during jazz series
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Meet the greats during jazz series

Getting to hear the greatest musicians in concert is the essence of Montreal’s annual international jazz festival, but you can do more than just listen. Music fans can get deeper into the minds of the men and women who make the music—what motivates and inspires top jazz artists to excel—in […]

Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground
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Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground

Retired general and senator Roméo Dallaire delivered a strong message for Canadians at the May 23 screening of the documentary Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Child soldiers are children, no less so than your own. Directed by Patrick Reed, the film, based on Dallaire’s 2010 book, provides a glimpse […]

Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible
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Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible

Joan Wright is a slim, energetic businesswoman who does her own accounting and comes to the city from the South Shore twice a week to manage Ultravision, a store she has owned for more than 25 years. “I like coming to the shop, it gives me exercise,” she says, adding […]

ACCAF: Artists document a community
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ACCAF: Artists document a community

In 2002, when launching the first show by a fledgling group of Afro-Canadian artists she had founded, psychotherapist Shirlette Wint was determined to ensure a place for Afro-Canadian art on the Montreal cultural stage. “An artist is not just a person who draws and paints, he is documenting a lived […]

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Celebrate Father’s Day with music

Snips and snails and puppy-dog tails must be the recipe for awesome. After all, that’s what little boys are made of, and look how they grow up to be such great dads. We get a jump on Father’s Day—June 16—with five great songs for and about Dad. 5. Daughter, Louden […]

Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal
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Hero dog: Man’s life-saving best friend deserving of a medal

A few years ago a U.K. Labrador retriever called Endal captured the public’s imagination when he saved his injured owner’s life by bringing him his cellphone. Named Dog of the Millennium, Endal appeared in the media, a book was written about his life and he earned the Gold Medal of […]

Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history
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Truth and Reconciliation a lesson in Canadian history

At the age when most kids begin to ask why the sky is blue and a million other questions, Ruth Loft was forbidden to speak in her mother tongue. Far away from home in a residential school the 5-year old and her 4-year-old brother were forced to attend, only English […]