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The Overcoat retold in Montreal

From the first moments in Darrell Wasyk’s The Girl in the White Coat, you feel the bitter taste of poverty. Based on Nikolai Gogol’s timeless short story The Overcoat, but transposed to modern Montreal, the film chronicles the efforts of Elise, played with angelic innocence by Pascal Montpetit, as she tries […]

Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell
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Biography climbs inside counter-culture icon Joni Mitchell

BY: IRWIN BLOCK We got to know music journalist Michelle Mercer from her biography of saxophonist Wayne Shorter (Footprints: the Life and Work of Wayne Shorter), a well-crafted account of an enigmatic jazz original. Thanks to a recommendation from Shorter, Mercer got a chance to interview the reclusive Joni Mitchell […]

Rwandan dancers get in the groove during Montreal’s Folk Festival on the Canal Photo: Irwin Block
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Lachine Canal folk fest proves more than just a nostalgia gala

BY IRWIN BLOCK Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul and Mary, a charter member of the 1960s folk music revival, is alive and well and doing what he has always done—singing about struggles past and campaigning for the underdog today. For about 200 fans who packed his concert at the Georges […]

Richard Galliano proves the accordion to be infinitely versatile. Photo: Denis Alix, Montreal International Jazz Festiva
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Listening to Galliano: blown away by the dragon’s breath

BY KRISTINE BERRY In the program book of the 33d edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival, president and founder Alain Simard writes that the festival combines quality with diversity. “From artists who recorded 78s to artists of the mp3 era, they come from every part of the globe to […]

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Events July/August 2012

ARTS Destination Art • ongoing Art by Dianne Brazeau. Proceeds to Animatch. Afternoons. 535 Lakeshore, Dorval. 514-633-4000. Eleanor London CSL Public Library • until Aug. 12Bloodhorse – a series of large-scale abstract oil paintings by Mirana Zuger. 10am – 10pm daily. 5851 Cavendish. 514-485-6900 elcslpl.org TOHU • until Sept. 4 Display […]

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Organist Vierne commemorated

Old Montreal’s little sister, Vieux Lachine, offers three unique guided tours. On foot, admire architecture along the shores of Lac St. Louis, just 10 minutes from downtown Montreal. Visit the area’s three museums and end with a “batobus” river ride. Saturdays and Sundays, August 4 to October 7, 10 am. […]

Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop
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Vic Vogel’s Cuban music dances along the edge of bebop

BY IRWIN BLOCK The irrepressible Vic Vogel was on the phone from his home near the Jacques Cartier Bridge, searching for words to explain what he does with Cuban music. Words failed him, so he put down the phone, went over to the piano and played a few bars of […]

Amy Newborn with Diego and Geordi.
Travel

Los Angeles: Travelling with Diego, the Malibu chihuahua. Viva la fiesta!

BY BARBARA MOSER I know we just had a column, penned by our travel scholar, Mark Medicoff, on travelling with dogs, but he didn’t have the pictures to prove it. This May, Irwin and I took a wonderful 10-day vacation to L.A. to visit my daughter Amy, her partner, Todd, […]

Hotel Salta
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Argentina: Immerse yourself in the Salta the earth

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK We left magnificent Iguazu Falls, straddling the border of Argentina and Brazil, feeling elated: Yes, life is a trip and our world in its natural splendour can be magnificent. We boarded the bus heading for Salta—in northwestern Argentina just below the Bolivian border and […]

Richard Galliano plays Bach to Piazzolla at Maison Symphonique de Montreal. (Photo courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Discover a taste for every ear

BY IRWIN BLOCK Jazz fan or not, there is a tremendous range of music in free outdoor venues and paid indoor ones to satisfy most tastes at this year’s Montreal International Jazz Festival. The first of hundreds of daily shows starts Wednesday, June 27, and continue until Sunday, July 7, […]