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Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions
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Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions

North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions (Challenge Records) The accordion never threatened the dominant place of the saxophone, trumpet or piano in jazz combos, but virtuoso Art Van Damme (1920-2010) was the instrument’s leading exponent. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created a unique group sound in combining his […]

Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance
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Montreal SPCA: Cats traumatized by hoarding incident need a second chance

Last summer, the Montreal SPCA was called to a 4½-room apartment in the Plateau that had been suddenly vacated by an elderly tenant with health problems. When they arrived, the rescue workers were met with one of the worst cases of animal hoarding they had ever seen. “We confiscated 90 […]

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Montreal’s linguistic geography nothing to ‘strahss’ over

As a fledgling journalist in 1964, I was assigned to cover federal politics for United Press International in Ottawa and it was a tremendous learning experience, including linguistically. As I worked with an older crowd of top-notch reporters on Parliament Hill, I realized I did not speak English the way […]

The Senior Times celebrates spring
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The Senior Times celebrates spring

What is that great ball of fire in the sky? And—glory!—is it giving off heat? My friends, the winter of 2012-13 was mighty cold and dark (but great for skiers and exercising with a shovel), so The Senior Times would like to officially welcome the sunshine back to our fair […]

A full moon rises over the Chaos Theatre at the Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium. (Photo by Hayley Juhl)
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Rio Tinto Alcan Planetarium goes to infinity … and beyond

Forty-seven years ago this month, the Dow Planetarium opened to the public. It closed its doors in October 2011 and the future of the heritage site is still being debated although the city hopes it will become a hub of the new Quartier de l’innovation downtown. The just-opened Rio Tinto […]

Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why
Editorials

Editorial: Prime Minister Stephen Harper must go — and here’s why

Among the range of skewed priorities of the Stephen Harper regime is the government’s ideology-driven war on crime and its rapidly rising cost. It is one of several reasons the Conservatives are bad for Canada, out of touch with the voters of this city and province and deserve to be […]

What’s Happening in Montreal in April
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What’s Happening in Montreal in April

Historias de Tango (Tango Stories) celebrates the fifth anniversary of the MonTango dance school and the 25th anniversary of Argentine tango in Montreal. April 12, 7:30 pm, Corona Theatre, 2490 Notre Dame W. $20-$24. Post-show milonga till 3 am at MonTango, 5588A Sherbrooke W.—free for ticketholders. ART Exhibit • ongoing […]

Continuing education programs in Montreal (2013)
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Continuing education programs in Montreal (2013)

Every year colleges and community centres in Montreal offer the inquisitive senior a chance to discover something completely different about themselves or to rediscover something they thought they had lost. Here are a few of the newest adventures in store for the lifelong learner: If you’ve ever gone to hear […]

Buy pottery at Empty Bowls events to help feed the hungry
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Buy pottery at Empty Bowls events to help feed the hungry

Empty Bowls is a great way to help feed the hungry, enjoy a tasty lunch, and take home a hand-crafted piece of pottery, all for $25. It started more than 20 years ago as a classroom project in a Michigan high school and has grown into a worldwide movement. All […]

Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus
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Cuba by taxicab is faster, more interesting than taking the bus

Marion and I began our three-week sojourn in Cuba with a one-week stay at the Tuxpan in Varadero, a Soviet-styled block building fronting a beautiful sandy beach and an expansive swimming pool. The price was right: Canadian tour operators offer all-inclusives that provide the inexpensive packages and offer tours outside […]