Recently

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

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
Reviews & Previews

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 […]

Djuna Barnes
What's Happening

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
Features

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)
Reviews & Previews

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
Features

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
Features

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 […]

Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible
Features / Health

Ultravision evolves as low-vision technology becomes accessible

Joan Wright is a slim, energetic businesswoman who does her own accounting and comes to the city from the South Shore twice a week to manage Ultravision, a store she has owned for more than 25 years. “I like coming to the shop, it gives me exercise,” she says, adding […]

Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel
Editorials

Editorial: BDS movement is another front in the war against Israel

The decision by world-renowned physicist Stephen Hawking to pull out of a major Israeli conference gives a boost to that murky, one-sided campaign known as BDS: Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel. For those who support guarantees for a safe and secure Israel alongside a Palestinian state as part of […]

ACCAF: Artists document a community
Features

ACCAF: Artists document a community

In 2002, when launching the first show by a fledgling group of Afro-Canadian artists she had founded, psychotherapist Shirlette Wint was determined to ensure a place for Afro-Canadian art on the Montreal cultural stage. “An artist is not just a person who draws and paints, he is documenting a lived […]