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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 […]

Rwandan dancers get in the groove during Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal Photo: Irwin Block
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Lachine Canal folk fest proves more than just a nostalgia gala

BY IRWIN BLOCK Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, a charter member of the 1960s folk music revival, is alive and well and doing what he has always done—singing about struggles past and campaigning for the underdog today. For about 200 fans who packed his concert at the Georges […]

Richard Galliano proves the accordion to be infinitely versatile. Photo: Denis Alix, Montreal International Jazz Festiva
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Listening to Galliano: blown away by the dragon’s breath

BY KRISTINE BERRY In the program book of the 33d edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, president and founder Alain Simard writes that the festival combines quality with diversity. “From artists who recorded 78s to artists of the mp3 era, they come from every part of the globe to […]

Richard Galliano plays Bach to Piazzolla at Maison Symphonique de Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Discover a taste for every ear

BY IRWIN BLOCK Jazz fan or not, there is a tremendous range of music in free outdoor venues and paid indoor ones to satisfy most tastes at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The first of hundreds of daily shows starts Wednesday, June 27, and continue until Sunday, July 7, […]

In Out of the Fog, two women duke it out over a child in private school. (Photo courtesy of Motet)
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At the Montreal Fringe Festival, don’t bet on the horse, bet on the jockey

BY BYRON TOBEN Wow. The Montreal Fringe Theatre Festival is entering its 22nd year. Who woulda thunk? Now, to the chase. Shrewd gamblers quip, “Don’t bet on the horse, bet on the jockey.” With that in mind, I pick (among English language shows running June 14-24), in alphabetical order: Act […]

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Al fresco dining is a hallmark of summer

BY BARBARA MOSER This Father’s Day—or any day—there’s nothing quite like eating in the sun or shade of cafés in Westmount Village on Sherbrooke between Victoria and Claremont. Foumagerie, with more tables outside than in, will satisfy your palate with their array of sandwiches and salads, all made fresh and […]

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Economist Jeff Rubin: Economic slide is not all bad

BY IRWIN BLOCK As surely as lilacs bloom in spring, gas prices in Montreal soared above $1.33 a litre in May, and for economist Jeff Rubin, that may not be all bad. There is little we can do about the growing demand for petroleum, especially in the new consumer economies […]

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Hudson Village Theatre artistic director comes full circle

BY DANIEL SAILOFSKY After 20 years of professional theatre, opera and everything in between, Hudson Village Theatre artistic director Heather Markgraf has come full circle. Markgraf is back at the helm after eight years, just in time for the 20th anniversary celebration. She rejoins the company with a new board […]

Judi Dench stars alongside Maggie Smith in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. (Photo: Caroline Bonarde Ucci)
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Movie review: Outsourcing aging at The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

BY KRISTINE BEREY On the surface, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel is a piece of feel-good movie fluff with a great cast. But it has a point to make, and it makes it eloquently. Set in a rundown hotel in idyllic India—visually beautiful without the scorching heat, noise and chaos—the […]