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What’s Happening in Montreal in May
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What’s Happening in Montreal in May

WELCOME TO BROADWAY, QUEBEC The award-winning Lyric Singers will burst into song at Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, June 13-15, delivering music by George Gershwin, songs from Kismet, and selections from Anything Goes, Once on This Island, Cabaret, Titanic, The Book of Mormon and others. Reserve tickets at lyrictheatrecompany.com or 514-743-3382. ART […]

Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook
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Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook

In the pantheon of musicians who emerged in the late 1950s and 1960s during the folk revival, holding a prominent place alongside Bob and Joan and Joni is clear-as-honey voiced Judy Blue Eyes. Listening again to the five LPs she recorded during that era, I was transfixed by Collins and […]

Photo: Gar Lunney, 1961, Library and Archives Canada
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Musical theme: Feminism and labour rights go hand in hand

Two very important things happen each May: Mother’s Day (May 12) and International Workers’ Day (May 1). While labour activism has always been a monumental part of Quebec life, in the 1960s women burst onto the scene by forming groups that raised awareness of women’s issues and led to demands […]

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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: First-class jazz is in the cards

Musical gems culled from three centuries played in small-group formations by top-tier performers—that and some first-class jazz is in the cards during the month-long Montreal Chamber Music Festival that gets underway this month. Talking about it with festival founder, cellist Dennis Brott, I returned in my mind to the marvelous […]

Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan
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Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan

Throughout Israel’s embattled history, it has been a badge of honour to serve in the country’s armed forces. For obvious reasons, public expressions of conscientious objections, draft dodging or anti-war sentiments have been virtually non-existent. While objections to the draft remain relatively marginal, there has been a change among Israeli […]

Retiring teachers’ union leader: ‘Easy-peasy it was not’
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Retiring teachers’ union leader: ‘Easy-peasy it was not’

Union leadership usually begins on a voluntary basis, when none of your colleagues wants to accept the challenge of standing up for a worker’s rights, in the office or on the shop floor. It puts you in conflict with management, marks you as “the enemy within” and exposes you to […]

Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer
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Word Nerd: The ABCs of the greatest invention since beer

If you ask people to name the most consequential inventions of world history, you’ll probably hear a list that includes the telephone, the wheel and, among some of my rowdy crowd—beer. The creation of the alphabet should be on this list if we measure the extent of its use in […]

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Financial Fitness: The trick is to stay on track for retirement

Living paycheque to paycheque? Unexpected expenses regularly throwing your retirement savings goals off-track? This is a good time to schedule a financial-planning checkup with a financial adviser. The key to staying on track for retirement is having a plan. Contrary to what you may think, developing a proactive plan is […]

Painting by Debrah Gilmour
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Photos: Montreal artist Debrah Gilmour inspired by nature, travel

Debrah Gilmour is a Montreal artist specializing in landscapes and portraiture. She graduated from the fine arts program at John Abbott College and continued her studies in education, literature and art at Concordia University. Gilmour’s works are in private collections across Canada, with four images published as greeting cards by […]

Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour
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Hawaii: A timeless, ageless magical mystery tour

The little Hilo airport was eerily empty. The 20 or so people on my flight from Honolulu grabbed their belongings and quickly went on their way. Left were just one young man, and me. My driver soon arrived and picked us both up, as we were staying at the same […]