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All roads lead to the Victoriaville Festival

It opens big and closes big, with a range of ensembles filling out the four-day festival in typical “Victo” style – bold and eclectic.

Margie Gillis, Elizabeth Parrish at the Centaur. (Photo: Adrienne Surprenant)
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Preview: Gillis, Parrish in Bulletins From Immortality

Since stepping onto the world stage over four decades ago, she has inspired dancers of all backgrounds through the force and purity of her very personal language and consuming desire to dance.

CD review: Dialectics by Curtis Nowosad
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CD review: Dialectics by Curtis Nowosad

When five skilled and motivated musical friends who love music get together for a recording session, it can become something extraordinary.

CD review: Fran Avni’s Kulanu – All of Us in Harmony
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CD review: Fran Avni’s Kulanu – All of Us in Harmony

This up-lifting recording of mainly new versions and re-arrangements of traditional synagogue prayer-songs will strike a positive chord with Jewish listeners familiar with their content and meaning.

Donny McCaslin
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Powerful lineup for Jazz en Rafale festival

Jazz en Rafale is a small festival with a big heart – it combines a new talent competition with performances by major international and local artists.

The Badlands in South Dakota. Photo by Hayley Juhl
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Book review: Blacktop – Driving Across America

The destinations Juhl describes, such as a highway in Kansas, belie their mystery at first, as do the photographs of, say, a road-sign in the desert. But the sign says “Eureka”– there really is a place called that. And does “Buford” really have a population of one?

Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover
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Book review: Party of One: Stephen Harper and Canada’s Radical Makeover

As the New Year was approaching, a Nanos Research opinion survey indicated that Stephen Harper was regaining support due to perceived foreign policy successes and tax cuts.

CD Review: Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer (Wiring/Intakt)
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CD Review: Trio 3 + Vijay Iyer (Wiring/Intakt)

Trio 3 is alto saxophonist Oliver Lake, and the tough-to-beat rhythm section of bassist Reggie Workman, and drummer Andrew Cyrille.

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Restaurant review: Pasteizza

With its friendly staff, calm, intimate atmosphere, and incredible food, Pasteizza is a must-visit for anyone searching for pizza, pasta — or paradise.

CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon  (HIT/Naïve)
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CD Review: Baptiste Trotignon (HIT/Naïve)

There is an overwhelming sense of joy and playfulness in this latest album by French pianist Baptiste Trotignon, who has never sounded better.