Reviews & Previews

People and fun make Montreal Fringe Festival fly
Reviews & Previews

People and fun make Montreal Fringe Festival fly

Montreal Fringe Festival has grown into a huge and varied people-and-fun oriented artistic showcase centered in and about The Main – a cornerstone event that kicks off the summer arts season. More than 60,000 people attended last year. Now in its 26th season, the festival continues until June 19 at […]

John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band on June 15. Photo: Courtesy Folk Fest sur le Canal
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Folkfest on the canal: John McEuen, Sharon and Bram, Joel Plaskett

We came of age with folk music, and still love what it has to offer – lyrics about life, love, loss, history and her story, mystery and adventure, with melodies that mean something, can be hummable, and often memorable.

Fine Arts Quartet perform June 14, 2016.
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Chamber music festival presents another great lineup

Now in its 21st year, the Montreal Chamber Music Festival is offering another varied and tempting program for music lovers.

Book review: Life Before Death by Barbara Freiheit
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Book review: Life Before Death by Barbara Freiheit

The Western literary tradition of guides to death and dying began with the medieval Ars Moriendi, written in the aftermath of the Black Death, in the mid-14th century, to explain how to die well.

L to R: Violinists Zeyu Victor Li, Marc Bouchkov, Stephen Waarts 2013 Award Winners. Photo: Courtesy of CMIM
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Promising young violinists compete at Concours musical international

The annual music competition is the only one to embrace three disciplines, voice, piano and violin, each presented in turn, once in three years.

Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel
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Book review: Deconstructing Yiddish food: from knishes to kugel

That a small number of Jews, who also observe Passover, claim to like the taste of matzoh could be seen as a kind of culinary Stockholm Syndrome.”

Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile
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Book review: Montreal’s architectural glory glimmers in Smith’s Golden Square Mile

Leonard Cohen likes to say he returns to Montreal to renew his neurotic affiliations.

John Zorn performs The Concealed. Photo by Martin Morissette
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Festival International de Musique Actuelle: Zorn’s bagatelles biggest draw

Fans of John Zorn, the prolific and imaginative musical innovator, will be flocking to this city starting May 19.

Dulcinea Langfelder, a mime who broke the silence
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Dulcinea Langfelder, a mime who broke the silence

Martha Graham, Grand Dame of modern dance, whose influence still resonates, defined dance as communication.

Photo courtesy of Shen Yun 2015
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Shen Yun operatic spectacle dazzles at Place des Arts

Convulsive changes in Chinese society have rekindled a yearning for free expression, cultural diversity, and creativity linked to traditional arts.