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White Light Festival to brighten New York till Nov. 19
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White Light Festival to brighten New York till Nov. 19

by Harry Rolnick The great Persian poet Hafiz was once told that life enters the human body with the help of music. He replied, “That isn’t quite true. Life itself is music.” This should be the essence of the most magical musical month in New York, the White Light Festival, […]

At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras
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At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras

by Barbara Moser Burnt orange walls and wooden tables and chairs give this cozy tearoom a warm and welcoming feeling. Paintings by Montreal artist Shirley Katz lined the walls when we visited Gryphon d’Or for lunch. We were invited to find a table and choose our lunch from the blackboard […]

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Trivia and quiz book is full of surprises

by Kristine Berey Do you know what alcoholic drink is associated with Mexico? What about the name and year of the first musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein? Do you care? If you flip through Questions, Quizzes and Quotations by Benny Beattie, who spent eight years compiling this huge range […]

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August: An Afternoon in the Country: Where rural squabbles play out

by Byron Toben After the opening of the well-acted and directed August, An Afternoon in the Country, I asked two theatre people what they thought. Without having talked to each other, they each said: “Tennessee Williams comes to Témiscamingue,” which was my reaction as well. This English premiere by an […]

Being a turncoat is tricky business
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Being a turncoat is tricky business

BY: IRWIN BLOCK Many of us are obsessed by the Second World War and the unprecedented devastation unleashed by the German killing machine until the great battles that turned the tide. But there is more to the stories of Stalingrad and Kursk, El-Alamein and D-Day than stamina, strategy and over-extended […]

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Harry Belafonte to be honoured at festival

Iconic performer Harry Belafonte, the king of Calypso, will be honoured by the 8th Montreal International Black Film Festival held September 19-30. The 85-year-old singer, songwriter, actor and social activist will be presented with the 2012 Humanitarian Award on September 19, at the Opening Ceremony and Tribute to Harry Belafonte, […]

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Eatz Encore … et encore

BY: Barbara Moser Eatz Encore is just what its name suggests. You’ll enjoy it so much, you’ll go back for more. At their busy location in Westmount, 4824 Sherbrooke, Eatz is a lively, mainly takeout resto specializing in deli-style sandwiches, scrumptious salads sold by weight or in a special combo […]

Antoine welcomes his customers like close friends. Photo: Barbara Moser
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How to keep customers, in one royal step

BY: BARBARA MOSER Being treated like a princess at cafés always makes me want to go back for more. One of my favorite café owners in Montreal is Antoine, who runs Second Cup on de Maisonneuve with warmth and panache, greeting his regulars as though they were his closest friends. […]

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The Overcoat retold in Montreal

From the first moments in Darrell Wasyk’s The Girl in the White Coat, you feel the bitter taste of poverty. Based on Nikolai Gogol’s timeless short story The Overcoat, but transposed to modern Montreal, the film chronicles the efforts of Elise, played with angelic innocence by Pascal Montpetit, as she tries […]

Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell
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Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell

BY: IRWIN BLOCK We got to know music journalist Michelle Mercer from her biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter (Footprints: the Life and Work of Wayne Shorter), a well-crafted account of an enigmatic jazz original. Thanks to a recommendation from Shorter, Mercer got a chance to interview the reclusive Joni Mitchell […]