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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 […]

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl met and fell in love in Argentina. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Love and Music: 88 keys to keeping romance alive

Don’t postpone joy. That injunction is a guidepost for the partnership of violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, in love and music and their life and work together. It is on the wall of their basement rehearsal space in their cozy Côte St. Luc townhouse, and it reflects the […]

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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 […]

Hasidic councillor Mindy Pollak will be involved in secular issues. (Photo: Projet Montréal)
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Outremont makes history by electing Hasidic woman to council

The election of Mindy Pollak to the Outremont borough council in November made headlines internationally because it was regarded as a first for a practicing Hasidic woman. Pollak, 25, is a trilingual (English, Yiddish, French) beautician and community activist, and a member of the Vishnitz Hasidic court. It is one […]

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 […]

Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian
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Charter of Quebec Values must not stigmatize religious convictions: theologian

Gregory Baum, a leading and often controversial Catholic theologian, has added his voice to those who oppose the Parti Québécois government’s Charter of Quebec Values. But in so doing, the former priest cautions that it would be wrong to label as xenophobic all who support banning the wearing of conspicuous […]

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 […]

Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice
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Sugar Sammy cooks up controversy with political spice

Joking about politics can be a risky thing, as Montreal comic sensation Sugar Sammy recently discovered. Sammy—the stage name for Côte des Neiges-born Samir Khullar—caused a sensation when he posted side-by-side photos of Quebec Premier Pauline Marois and Toronto Mayor Rob Ford on his Facebook page. He asked, “Who would […]

The lightness of being in the dark
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The lightness of being in the dark

In late October, the electricity was off for at least six hours because of a windstorm that came howling through Montreal at 70-100 kilometres an hour, leaving small-scale destruction in its path. It was hard to drive on the dark streets, and some motorists weren’t taking turns at intersections where […]