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Restaurant review: Restaurant Grille Select in Kirkland

Once the last bite of chocolate mousse left my plate, I was left with only one thought: there is nothing quite like Mediterranean comfort food. From traditional calamari and souvlaki to Persian-style filet mignon and grilled chicken burgers, it was hard to find anything wrong with my meal at Restaurant […]

Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality
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Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality

At February’s end, with daylight increasing excruciatingly slowly by a mere second or two each day, in many of us a familiar longing sets in—for colour, for warmth, for the simple joy of being outside, feeling the sun. We all love the earth, seeing the sky, looking at flowers, watching […]

Theatre preview: Oklahoma at Hudson Village Theatre
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Theatre preview: Oklahoma at Hudson Village Theatre

There are a lot of cowboy hats at the Village Theatre. That’s because, after entering the front doors, you’re not in Hudson any more. Welcome to Oklahoma! There are more than a dozen actors on the tiny stage, dancing without knocking into each other (mostly), a testament to Terry Girouard’s […]

Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood
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Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood

We exist! At last, the commercial film industry is beginning to realize that we “over-50s”—the middle-age and senior demographic—are worthy subjects of major fictional movies. We are major acting talents, we are not addicted to electronic devices, we like to go to the movies, and we have the money to […]

Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House
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Book review: On Saudi Arabia by Karen Elliot House

In upheavals that convulsed the Arab world over the past two years, Saudi Arabia seemed immune. It is the last absolute monarchy in the world, and enormous wealth, profligate spending and political power is in the hands of the Al Saud family. Its princes control every important agency. Slavery was […]

Restaurant review: Parthenon is as close as it gets to Greece
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Restaurant review: Parthenon is as close as it gets to Greece

There’s a new addition to the restaurant choices on Queen Mary near Earnscliffe that has what it takes to attract a loyal following. Three of us dined at the Parthenon on a frigid weekday night, thoroughly enjoyed its traditional Greek cuisine and left with full bellies and taste satisfaction. The […]

He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed
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He who laughs last is reading Josh Freed

Life in Montreal would be a lot more boring if we didn’t have Josh Freed poking fun at its vagaries. In his inimitable style, Freed has a way of turning commonplace activities into sources of joyful absurdity. Josh’s column in The Gazette is the first thing many of us turn […]

A Christmas Carol: Okay with being Scrooge
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A Christmas Carol: Okay with being Scrooge

Most people would be hesitant to admit they’re pretty good Scrooges. Not James Milvain. He played the role last year for the Rialto Theatre’s A Christmas Carol presentation and the foundation was so pleased with his performance, they’ve asked him to reprise the role. Though he considered experimenting, he ultimately […]

The Sunshine Boys at the Segal Centre a rollicking theatre experience
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The Sunshine Boys at the Segal Centre a rollicking theatre experience

There was not an empty seat in the house, and when the action hit high gear, not a dry eye from all the laughter. This was the scene last month at the Segal Centre as veteran actors Aron Gonshor and Sam Stein went through their shtick as out-of-work and estranged […]

Review: Deconstructing the Muslim tide myth
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Review: Deconstructing the Muslim tide myth

Montrealers following sensational headlines linking Muslims to terrorism or honour killings experience a range of reactions. Some become convinced that Muslims are different and threatening. Others, such as new Canadian Muslims,  experience dread. Like the Jewish community, Montreal Muslims have been targeted by hate crimes. Mosques in Verdun, Dorval and Gatineau […]