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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 […]

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 […]

American songbook: An intimate chat with jazz pianist Barry Harris
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American songbook: An intimate chat with jazz pianist Barry Harris

When a musical legend comes to town, you don’t want to miss the show. When the concert is in the intimacy of a club seating fewer than 100, you make your reservations immediately. That is the setup for the return to Montreal of pianist Barry Harris, 83, an active teacher […]

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 […]

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Bloomsday Festival: McGill gets intimate with James Joyce

James Joyce is celebrated as one of the giants of 20th-century English Lit, but how many have read his challenging prose? You are invited, along with those who have read his masterwork, Ulysses, to get to know Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness writing in a series of films, lectures, live music and staged […]

Montreal International Jazz Festival: Meet the greats during jazz series
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Meet the greats during jazz series

Getting to hear the greatest musicians in concert is the essence of Montreal’s annual international jazz festival, but you can do more than just listen. Music fans can get deeper into the minds of the men and women who make the music—what motivates and inspires top jazz artists to excel—in […]

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 […]

Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground
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Child soldiers: Romeo Dallaire, once broken, breaks new ground

Retired general and senator Roméo Dallaire delivered a strong message for Canadians at the May 23 screening of the documentary Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children: Child soldiers are children, no less so than your own. Directed by Patrick Reed, the film, based on Dallaire’s 2010 book, provides a glimpse […]

Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: Cash, no apology for former victims
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Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children: Cash, no apology for former victims

Harriet Johnson was raped when she was a helpless 9-year-old and a ward of the Nova Scotia Home for Colored Children in Dartmouth, outside Halifax. When hearing that the home, faced with a class-action lawsuit, has agreed to pay a total of $5 million to victims of abuse, Johnson—a Montreal […]