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Word Nerd: English is flooded with words from away
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Word Nerd: English is flooded with words from away

Alas, because language is in a constant state of flux, a lexicographer’s work is never done. The first edition of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), replete with 414,825 words, was completed in 1928 and ceremonial presentations were made to President Calvin Coolidge and His Majesty King George V. Supplements ensued […]

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book
Features

Poet Mark Abley faces down Pinocchio, other ghosts in new book

Montreal’s fascinating history, ethno-cultural mix, older neighbourhoods, architecture, and geographical setting make it a city for poets.

Norman Cornett at the Jazz Festival
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Binney, Cary set for Dialogic sessions

Alto saxophonist David Binney has a large and growing following in the jazz community because of his unique style, total commitment, inspired and inspiring performances.

Editorial: Judgment time approaches for Harper
Editorials

Editorial: Judgment time approaches for Harper

The writ has yet to drop, but the federal election campaign has begun de facto with the Conservatives rolling out ads saying Justin Trudeau is not ready.

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Legal Ease: Legal status would safeguard family caregivers

There are those among us with chronic illnesses, special health needs, reduced functionality, dependence and lack of autonomy.

Dennis Brott has added new and potentially spectacular events to this year’s chamber music festival. Below, Itamar Zorman and Vira Lozinsky will perform. (Courtesy of the Montreal Chamber Music Festival)
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Virtuosi set to shine at chamber music festival

In its 20th season, Denis Brott’s Montreal Chamber Music Festival has become a much-anticipated celebration of the finest in small ensemble music, including a bit of traditional jazz and klezmer.

Gimpel the Fool at the Montreal Fringe Festival in 2015. Photo courtesy of the festival.
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Gimpel’s no fool at Montreal’s Fringe festival

Much like I.L. Peretz’s Bontshe the Silent, Gimpel the Fool by Isaac Bashevis Singer is among a pantheon of characters in Yiddish literature best described as beautiful losers.

Photo by Barbara Moser.
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Duddy Kravitz comes home for musical apprenticeship

Duddy’s back and it looks like, finally, he will make the Kravitz family proud.

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McGill Chamber Orchestra to hold gala concert June 9

The McGill Chamber Orchestra ends its 75th season in style, with a gala concert at the Maison symphonique de Montréal on June 9th. The Ode to Joy evening will include the works Cantate pour une joie by Pierre Mercure and Beethoven’s monumental 9th Symphony conducted by Boris Brott. To perform this work, the MCO welcomes soloists Sharon Azrieli […]

Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival
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Lyric Theatre set to wow with glorious Broadway revival

Walking into the rehearsal space, I heard the glorious sound. It was the 48 singers in Lyric Theatre vocal ensemble practicing for its June shows and what a rich, full-bodied, and energetic sound it is!