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Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys
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Flavour Guy: The bread and butter of rebranding with the Blonchkys

The kitchen needs rebranding. We had done the essential renovations. The 30-year-old gas stove, which was leaking just a little, sometimes, was replaced by a shiny new range. Stores do not sell plain stoves any more, we found—they sell gas convection slide in ranges, the price increasing by the syllable. […]

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 […]

Word Nerd: Donkey kicked that arse out of the lexicon
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Word Nerd: Donkey kicked that arse out of the lexicon

In January, I listened to a podcast at lexiconvalley@slate.com that discussed the proclivity of New Yorkers to drop their Rs in speech. This phenomenon is known to linguists as non-rhoticity and is common to several English accents in North America and abroad. Podcast host Mike Vuolo by way of example […]

Generations: Fathers — and mothers — need a little fun and relaxation too
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Generations: Fathers — and mothers — need a little fun and relaxation too

With respect to Fathers Day and the role of men in general, I can’t help but reflect sadly that even as a young child, I had no grandfather figure with whom I could build memories. Both my grandfathers died too early. However, I adored my father. As the sole breadwinner […]

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 […]

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Sun Youth celebrates Mother’s and Father’s Day

Sun Youth and The Senior Times welcome guest columnist Joseph Munro. Last month, Sun Youth’s seniors’ club held its annual Mother’s & Father’s Day luncheon, bringing members together to celebrate and pay homage to their commitment as parents and grandparents. The club is a leisure-oriented program started more than 20 […]

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 […]

Flavour Guy on Father’s Day: Stop counting at 100
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Flavour Guy on Father’s Day: Stop counting at 100

Depending upon where I am, I will be asked one of three questions to establish who I am. The process of determining identity—whether one is friend or foe—and who can be trusted is not so obvious. One way of knowing who someone is, is by finding out where they are […]

Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!
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Rotorua, New Zealand, stinks. I loved it there!

I only had a few days in New Zealand. Of all the activities that New Zealand is best known for—skydiving, bungee jumping, zorbing (plunging oneself down a hill in a giant plastic bubble), searching for Frodo and his ring, or just basking in the glory of its infamous mountainous landscapes—I […]