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Blue Metropolis literary festival kicks off April 22
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Blue Metropolis literary festival kicks off April 22

Montreal’s Blue Metropolis literary festival is back for a 15th year, and it remains a great place to meet and hear local and international writers discuss their work. It’s also a great opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars. The nerve centre where most events are held is Hôtel […]

A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece
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A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece

We learned two lessons on our visit to the Greek island of Sifnos: always check your ticket before boarding a busy ferry, and it pays—big time—to explore the lesser-known island destinations. We boarded the ferry precisely at the right time, 1 pm sharp. Our tickets were snapped up. The voyage […]

Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier
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Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier

In early March, publisher Barbara Moser and editor Hayley Juhl visited Jukebox Burgers in Marché de l’Ouest. These are their stories. Barbara Moser I love those “create your own hamburger restos” in L.A. and New York, the ones that include veggie burgers as choices, so it was with a deliberately […]

Israeli film fest: Taboos explored
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Israeli film fest: Taboos explored

Another week, another festival. This one presents 10 Israeli films at Guzzo Mega-Plex Speretech, 3500 Côte Vertu. Single tickets cost $14. April 20, 9 pm: Rock the Casbah, set in a Gaza refugee camp in 1989, reflects tensions among Israeli soldiers and the feelings of a Palestinian family caught in […]

Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning
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Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning

Since Chubby Checker’s performances of Hank Ballard’s The Twist ignited the dance floor in the early ’60s on American Bandstand, the artist, the song and the dance are still with us, compelling us to move. And no one can do The Twist without a big smile on their face, no […]

The wrong cheese for manicotti. No raisins for the bran muffins­—and did anyone add the bran? (Photo by Melani Litwack)
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Potboilers collective kitchen specializes in friendship

It’s 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and I’m standing, somewhat bleary-eyed, outside a big kitchen as five women prepare for a very busy morning. By noon there will be a huge pot of orange-carrot soup, pans of manicotti, containers of bran muffin batter and two huge apple crisps cooling on […]

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 […]