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Photos: Melani Litwack
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Five ecosystems, 250 animal species, one stop: the Biôdome

BY: MELANI LITWACK The Biodôme is not a zoo. It is an immersive exploration of five ecosystems—three of which are distinctly Canadian. In 1989, a feasibility study was conducted on Montreal’s former Olympic Velodrome and three years later it was repurposed as the Biodôme—a zoological marvel unlike anything Montrealers had […]

McKenty: A man for all seasons
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McKenty: A man for all seasons

BY: CATHERINE MCKENTY As long as he could remember, Neil McKenty was interested in writing. A teacher in grade school gave him a key piece of advice: “Find something to write about.” And he did. At 9, he won his first oratorical contest, no doubt helped by his mother, Irene, […]

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca
Travel

Jujuy region alive with the sounds of silence: Humahuaca, Tilcara, Purmamarca

BY: BARBARA MOSER & IRWIN BLOCK We left Salta, Argentina, to visit three northern villages in Jujuy province just south of the Bolivian border. We were advised by an English teacher we met in Salta to spend one night each in Humahuaca, Tilcara and Purmamarca, and that’s just what we […]

Hank Teav’s bakery, Yuki, offers the best rye bread in town, plus desserts to die for, Barbara Moser says. Photo: Barbara Moser
Food

Eat your way along Sherbrooke in Westmount

BY BARBARA MOSER To continue on our hungry way along Sherbrooke in N.D.G./Westmount to my favourite outdoor eateries, let’s begin with Yuki, a Japanese bakery and café with everything from take-out bento boxes to glorious layer cakes that look so splendid they would do nicely for a wedding! On their […]

Reviews & Previews

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
Reviews & Previews

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. […]