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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 […]

Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan
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Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan

Throughout Israel’s embattled history, it has been a badge of honour to serve in the country’s armed forces. For obvious reasons, public expressions of conscientious objections, draft dodging or anti-war sentiments have been virtually non-existent. While objections to the draft remain relatively marginal, there has been a change among Israeli […]

Theatre preview: Lost & Found
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Theatre preview: Lost & Found

David Sherman – journalist, editor, playwright and singer-songwriter – is presenting his latest work, a musical titled Lost & Found, with fellow musician Nancy Lee. Its subtitle – a story of love, loss, life and lunacy – reflects Sherman’s travels of the mind and heart. It is directed by Guy […]

Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier
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Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier

In early March, publisher Barbara Moser and editor Hayley Juhl visited Jukebox Burgers in Marché de l’Ouest. These are their stories. Barbara Moser I love those “create your own hamburger restos” in L.A. and New York, the ones that include veggie burgers as choices, so it was with a deliberately […]

Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions
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Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions

North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions (Challenge Records) The accordion never threatened the dominant place of the saxophone, trumpet or piano in jazz combos, but virtuoso Art Van Damme (1920-2010) was the instrument’s leading exponent. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created a unique group sound in combining his […]

Dr. Ruth Westheimer. Photo courtesy of Quill Driver books
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Book review: Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week. She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn’t return three hours later, you went looking for her. You were frantic, she was confused, you were embarrassed. She has early-stage Alzheimer’s and you’re trying to cope […]

Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir
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Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir

Persephone Productions’ Lost: A Memoir is a portrayal of love. Cathy Osterle’s book Lost: A Memoir has been called a lyrical mediation on loss, love and hope. In its adaptation to the stage, by the author and director Dennis Garnhum, it has been lauded by the Calgary Sun, which predicted […]