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Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson
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Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson

by Kristine Berey The worlds of musical theatre and jazz will intersect on the Segal Studio stage this month as iconic singer Ranee Lee opens the fifth season of its Power Jazz Series. “I’m a big movie buff, and I’ve done plays, movies, drama and musicals,” Lee said. “This will […]

Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none
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Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none

Harry Belafonte has a vision that has not changed since he walked alongside civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in the ’60s, or even before, when he decided to use the power of his enormous celebrity to create a better world. “Life has been more than generous in giving me this […]

Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting
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Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting

It’s a dark Friday evening in the Snowdon area and the lights are out at the YM-YWHA on Westbury Ave., in respect of the Jewish Sabbath. Only one door is unlocked. When I enter and tell a security guard I’ve come for the Jewish Renewal service, he points left and […]

Quebec voters fear a reignited sovereignty debate, Kathleen Weil says.
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Kathleen Weil gears up to fight for diversity and individual rights

The evening before the September 4 Quebec election, Kathleen Weil could be seen strolling along Monkland, enjoying a dish of ice cream and appearing confident of personal victory in N.D.G. Schmoozing in outdoor cafés, she and her constituents were concerned about a PQ return to power, as predicted in the […]

Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace
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Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace

The art of losing isn’t hard to master so many things seem filled with intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster ~Elizabeth Bishop by Barbara Moser I lost my credit card. This is a public announcement to all my creditors that my card is in limbo and I […]

Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink
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Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink

It’s quite the thing when the craft world buzzes, what with the snikt of sharpened scissors, the swish of pulled ribbons, the clink of cookie cutters and a symphony of glue guns, paintbrushes and dreams. The buzz reached a crescendo last month when the Michael’s chain opened in seven Quebec […]

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Seniors residences: When your needs change, your home should, too

by Bonnie Sandler, BS.W. You struggle with your ambivalence and finally decide to move to a retirement residence. You are able live on your own, but you are tired of shopping for food, cooking and feeling lonely. You visit several residences and choose one that you feel will best suit […]

Generations Foundation celebrates bagels, community support
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Generations Foundation celebrates bagels, community support

Generations Foundation’s 10th-anniversary back-to-school Bagelothon, run with our partner St. Viateur Bagel & Café, was a resounding success. Among notables who attended were N.D.G. councilor Michael Applebaum, Susan Clarke, CTV’s Christine Long, Bob Babinski of Metro 14, and Thelma Gearey of The Senior Times. Board members were out in force, […]

Sun Youth, TD Bank show how a garden can grow
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Sun Youth, TD Bank show how a garden can grow

by Nicolas Carpentier The fall season is when you reap what you have sown and this is exactly what the Sun Youth Summer Camp did. With the support of the TD Bank and the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, a project called The Little TD Garden was created at […]

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Montreal grocery stores make winter shopping easier

by Kristine Berey Though we are still in the midst of autumn splendour, each falling leaf brings us closer to the season that most challenges seniors’ sense of autonomy. Staying active is important, but on days of relentless rain or snowstorms, it may be safer and more practical to have […]