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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro
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Montreal Great: Trumpeter Ron Di Lauro

Music has always been part of Ron Di Lauro’s life. You can hear it when he plays his trumpet, whether it’s jazz, pop, traditional Italian or classical. The tone is warm, slightly sweet, and the mix of skill and passion is immediately evident. I first saw him perform as the […]

Allan Small with a No. 76 Canadiens 
jersey — just like P.K. Subban. (Photo: Sharonne Cohen)
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Our Heroes: Boomie is inspiring, and crazy for the Habs

By Sandra Schachter Boomie (his nickname—I’ve never called him Allan) is my cousin. He is 71, and recently retired from dentistry after more than 40 years. His patients had a special affection for their Dr. Small—not only because of his excellent professional care, but also because of the way he […]

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Changing minds, changing lives: Dans la rue marks milestone

Having completed its first quarter of a century, Dans la rue, founded by Father Emmett Johns in 1988, is ready for new challenges. Year 26 sees the realization of a long-held dream: the building of safe housing. “We’re going to be finishing the final phase of construction of 17 apartments […]

Oliver Jones (courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]

Dennis Brott has added new and potentially spectacular events to this year’s chamber music festival. Below, Itamar Zorman and Vira Lozinsky will perform. (Courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival)
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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: Spirit of friendship, musical creativity reign

To appreciate Montreal is to celebrate its greatness as a centre for creative expression, and for many that means music at the Montreal Chamber Music Festival. With 22 concerts from May 8 to 31 at the lovely and accessible St. George’s Anglican Church at Peel and de la Gauchetière, the […]

The march from Auschwitz takes an emotional toll on all participants. (Photo: Jordan Stoopler)
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March of the Living: Students and survivors learn from each other

By Jordan Stoopler One year ago, when Dawson College student Sharon Brand walked under the sign Arbeit Macht Frei—Work Makes One Free—into Auschwitz, she was overcome with emotion. Her eyes welled with tears as she embarked on a march that holds special significance to her. “A lot of my family […]

Smart Shopping: Gown with the (spring) wind
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Smart Shopping: Gown with the (spring) wind

Ladies, it’s time to switch out of your drab winter clothes and brighten up your days with bright colours. There is no reason to spend full price on clothing when we have friendly discount stores in town and with the heart of the Canadian garment industry in our back yard. […]

In Quebec, there were close to 116,400 workers 65 and over in 2013. (stock.xchng)
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Working long past retirement age has become the new normal

By Peter Wheeland If you think you’re seeing a lot more people over 50 in the Canadian workforce these days, it’s no mirage. Baby boomers are still having a major impact on the economy, the most significant of which is the rapid growth in the number of people working well […]

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Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals reflects we humans

Looking at Jo-Anne McArthur’s portraits of animals is like looking into a mirror, the shock of recognition forever destroying—if ever there was any doubt—the notion that animals are not our fellow creatures. Activist and photographer McArthur created We Animals, a project documenting through photographs the fate of the animals we […]

Mayor Denis Coderre has no regrets leaving federal politics to serve Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the city of Montreal)
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Mayor Denis Coderre: “Montreal is my flag”

Only one politician showed up when the family and friends of figure skater Joannie Rochette gathered in Berthierville in 2010 to watch her skate in the short program at the Vancouver Olympics. Denis Coderre was there, joining in the chants of “Go, Go Joannie,” though Berthierville was far from his […]