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Million Dollar Quartet captures rock history
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Million Dollar Quartet captures rock history

Like many good things, it happened by chance. Carl Perkins, about a year after he wrote Blue Suede Shoes, arrived to Sun Record Studios in Memphis to record Matchbox.

Beethoven’s string quartets — all 16 — brought to life at Chamberfest in May and June
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Beethoven’s string quartets — all 16 — brought to life at Chamberfest in May and June

Lovely and brilliant, varied, and innovative pieces for smaller ensembles by Ludwig van Beethoven are the focus of this year’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival. Curated by cellist Dennis Brott, the festival begins in May and features huge musical talents who can be expected to demonstrate why “genius” and Beethoven have […]

CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff: Flux
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CD Review: Quinsin Nachoff: Flux

Canadian tenor saxophonist Quinsin Nachoff is the kind of musician that stands out from the pack.

James Baldwin (center) was acclaimed
for his insights on humanity
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James Baldwin’s voice rises again in I Am Not Your Negro

We like to tell ourselves that our society has improved, that racism and the legacy of slavery are a thing of the past.

Co-founder and director Lynn Doyle with Ciné Gael’s program director Tim Hine: the 25th edition of the festival kicks off Friday with The Young Offenders. Marie-France Coallier / MONTREAL GAZETTE

MONTREAL, QUE.: JANUARY 17, 2017 -- Lynn Doyle, right, co-founder and director of Ciné Gael, stands next to festival's program director Tim Hine, left, in the Hall building's auditorium at Concordia University on January 17, 2017. Ciné Gael is a Irish film festival which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.(Marie-France Coallier / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 57954
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You don’t have to be Irish to enjoy Cine Gael

As Montreal gears up for its 375th, there is another less illustrious but no less special birthday being celebrated – Cine Gael’s 25th season of bringing Irish films to Montreal.

CD review: D’Arcy James Argue & Secret Society: Real Enemies
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CD review: D’Arcy James Argue & Secret Society: Real Enemies

It seems it takes a Canadian perspective to critically relate to the dangerously evolving political climate in the U.S.A.

CD review: 3RIO, by Gary Schwartz, Alexandre Côté, Jim Doxas
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CD review: 3RIO, by Gary Schwartz, Alexandre Côté, Jim Doxas

With a mix of relatively well–known modern jazz tunes and originals, innovative electric guitarist Gary Schwartz has recruited two of the more interesting and inventive younger Montreal musicians for this delightful collaborative effort.

Jonathan Monro and Nicola Cavendish in Centaur's Bakersfield. (Photo: David Cooper)
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Bakersfield Mist explores concepts of beauty and truth

Stephen Sachs’ Bakersfield Mist, now playing at the Centaur Theatre asks questions we should never stop asking, no matter how many answers we come across.

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Restaurant review: Kinoya brings authentic Izakaya to Montreal

A self-described “authentic Izakaya” Kinoya provides a modest menu of Japanese small-plate pub fare that will hit the spot for raw fish and cocktail-lovers.

CD review: Steve Amirault: Hold On, Let Go
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CD review: Steve Amirault: Hold On, Let Go

Amirault always impressed with his lyricism and romantic bent, and in his latest CD we hear how far he has gone in developing this combined art.