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Restaurant review: Thanjai
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Restaurant review: Thanjai

There are dozens of Indian restaurants in Montreal offering a mainly North Indian menu, but few with a South Indian cuisine featuring a huge choice of dosas­—savory crepes—and other regional delights. We’re talking about Thanjai, which we visited last month at its bright and airy location on Van Horne, just […]

Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology
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Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology

Laughter is known to be the best medicine, and lately laughter yoga and laughter therapy and something laughingly called laughology are springing up, all very laudable to be sure. But laughter feels so much better when it is triggered by humour. Flat or funny, the people whose business it is […]

Theatre review: Tales From Odessa
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Theatre review: Tales From Odessa

Tales From Odessa, this year’s bold musical production at the Dora Wasserman Yiddish Theatre, is a winner when it comes to the updated, Romanian-inflected Klezmer and dances that surround the story. The story itself, written by American playwright Derek Goldman and based on the works of Russian-Jewish writer Isaac Babel, […]

Book review: Intimacy after 50
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Book review: Intimacy after 50

How We Love Now: Women Talk About Intimacy After 50 Suzanne Braun Levine Plume, 260 pp The conversation is lively whenever old friends get together. Topic No. 1: Whatever’s going on in your lives, followed by family, work and travel. You swap feedback, share advice, gossip with impunity, sympathize and […]

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Upscale Bistro on the Avenue serves mains with flair

Bistro on the Avenue, a classy eatery on Greene Ave., is a home away from home since 1991 for loyal customers who live in Westmount and adjacent. Behind the glass storefront is an elongated and high-ceilinged room, with a long bar on the left, booths and tables on the right […]

The Soweto Gospel Choir hits the festival July 6. (Photo courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival)
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Best jazz picks

Having attended hundreds of concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival over more than 30 years, I am happy to share my picks for the best of the fest. Non-jazz players performing at the festival do not qualify for this list. JUNE 28 Legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd, in the first […]

Music reviews: Triple the pleasure with local musicians
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Music reviews: Triple the pleasure with local musicians

The music industry may be in crisis, but that hasn’t stopped truly great CDs from being produced, in particular by local and Canadian artists. Three of the best I’ve heard recently: Matt Herskowitz, Upstairs (Justin Time) Pianist Matt Herskowitz—born in Albany, N.Y., a graduate of the Juilliard School in New York […]

Folk Festival on the Canal: Guitarist Roger McGuinn headlines
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Folk Festival on the Canal: Guitarist Roger McGuinn headlines

Montreal’s Folk Fest on the Canal—newest kid on the spring festival block—is back with an exciting program well worth checking out June 12-15. Much of it is free and outdoors. If the weather cooperates, it’s a winner. Last summer, we dropped by and came away with a happy buzz, thanks […]

Around Miss Julie stars five young Concordia theatre grads. (Photo courtesy of the Montreal Fringe Festival)
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Montreal Fringe Festival: Top picks (sight unseen)

Having covered all 22 previous incarnations of the Fringe, I have a good feeling of what rough beasts may appeal. (These do not include dance or French films, as I am not qualified to judge those categories.) Most shows are about 60 minutes long. Most tickets are $10 plus $2 […]

Montreal Chamber Music Festival screen grab
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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: First-class jazz is in the cards

Musical gems culled from three centuries played in small-group formations by top-tier performers—that and some first-class jazz is in the cards during the month-long Montreal Chamber Music Festival that gets underway this month. Talking about it with festival founder, cellist Dennis Brott, I returned in my mind to the marvelous […]