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McGill Chamber Orchestra promises eclectic season

McGill Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) 75th season will feature a wide range of music including instrumental and choral works as well as world-class solo singers. All concerts will be conducted by Boris Brott, who will host a pre-performance talk one hour before each concert. This year is the 100th anniversary of […]

Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story
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Vietnamese teen flees danger in local doctor’s Palawan Story

Back in the early 1970s, as a newspaper reporter in Vientiane, Laos, I became convinced there was no future for corrupt U.S. backed regimes in Southeast Asia. For villagers subjected to carpet-bombing in Laos and Cambodia, there was little doubt as to who the enemy was. In Vietnam, it was […]

A YouTube screen grab of the Herzl Family Practice Centre in its early days.
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The evolution of the Herzl Family Practice Centre

It started in 1912 as a small dispensary providing free medical care to newly arrived, often poor, immigrants of all backgrounds, sponsored by Montreal’s Jewish community. It grew and developed into what is today the multi-faceted and bustling Herzl Family Practice Centre, part of the Jewish General Hospital. This evolution, […]

Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb
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Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb

  On the eve of International Women’s Day, standup comic Jenny Collier, 30, was cancelled from a comedy show despite having already been booked, because there were “too many” women. “I was completely dumbfounded, not only by the fact that I was cancelled for this reason but also by the […]

CD review: Fern Lindzon
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CD review: Fern Lindzon

Fern Lindzon Like a Circle in a Spiral (Iatros/MAPL) This 11-song collection reveals the growing confidence and expanded scope of singer/pianist Fern Lindzon. On this, the third CD by the classically trained Toronto artist, we hear a more nuanced vocal treatment than on previous recordings, with less emphasis on her […]

Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer
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Theatre: Laughter and suspense at Hudson this summer

In real life, trying to breathe new life into a faltering marriage is not-so-funny. But in the hands of veteran comedy writers Earl Barret, Arne Sultan and Ray Cooney, the subject of Wife Begins at Forty takes on hilarious proportions as the protagonists in a ho-hum relationship navigate the rocky […]

Dawson Theatre Collective busts boundaries
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Dawson Theatre Collective busts boundaries

By Pavlo Tull Every week during the winter semester, members of the Dawson Theatre Collective spend their evenings rehearsing. On May 7, 8 and 10, the collective will perform Looking for Virgil Swift, shattering traditional expectations of what theatre can be. The characters are based on literary figures, from heroes […]

Montreal’s Ratchet Orchestra performs on opening night at the Victoriaville fest. (Courtesy of Victoriaville fest)
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Victoriaville festival: Musical adventurers and explorers meet

If you want to explore music that is unexpected, unique, challenging and varied, the place to be May 15-18 is Victoriaville. That is where the Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville will present a remarkable series of 20 concerts for its 30th edition. Over the many years that I have […]

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CD reviews: Kleztory, Spaces

Kleztory Arrival AMERIX This Quebec-based Klezmer group has been around for more than a decade, but it has never sounded better. A sextet with a mix of Quebec-trained and European musicians, the collective is rooted in the traditional Romanian/Gypsy/Turkish party music that is so easy to love, yet broadened by […]

A scene from the Iliad by Luca Ferrari, 17th century.
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Theatre: Body, heart and soul go into Iliad, Odyssey

Homer’s timeless, epic poems The Iliad and The Odyssey, adapted by Peter Smith, will be the featured plays for Geordie Theatre’s 33d season. Thought to be the oldest in Western literature, these stories, which often refer to Greek myths and legends, will resonate with young people raised on Magic cards, […]