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Stephanie Argerich tells the story of her pianist mother in Bloody Daughter. (Photo courtesy of RIDM)
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RIDM: Let the world come to you

Martha Argerich is recognized as a titan of the piano. At the age of 8, she performed Mozart and Beethoven concertos on stage, going on to win the most prestigious international piano competitions and launching a stellar career. Throughout her life however, she remained an intensely private person, shunning the […]

Restaurant review: Le Caveau de Szechuan
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Restaurant review: Le Caveau de Szechuan

I was looking for a chance to relax after a hard day teaching at Dawson when I walked into Le Caveau de Szechuan with Irwin and my daughter Molly. It was about 6:30 on a quiet Wednesday evening and the scene at Le Caveau de Szechuan on Monkland at Hampton […]

Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner
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Restaurant review: Ben & Florentine now open for dinner

No neighbourhood is complete without a solid brunch restaurant, and that’s the role Ben & Florentine provides in the Town of Montreal shopping centre at 2356 Lucerne, adjacent to the Metropolitan Blvd. We dropped in the other day for a midday meal, attracted by the news that the restaurant has […]

Restaurant review: Pâtisserie de Nancy
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Restaurant review: Pâtisserie de Nancy

One of the best things about summer is sitting on a terrace, sipping a latte and something you love to go with it. Monkland is home to several good cafés. My favourite is Pâtisserie de Nancy, a family-owned pâtisserie at the corner of Oxford. Nancy, named for the city in […]

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 […]