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On the eve of International Women’s Day, standup comic Jenny Collier, 30, was cancelled from a comedy show despite having already been booked, because there were “too many” women. “I was completely dumbfounded, not only by the fact that I was cancelled for this reason but also by the […]
If you want to explore music that is unexpected, unique, challenging and varied, the place to be May 15-18 is Victoriaville. That is where the Festival de musique actuelle de Victoriaville will present a remarkable series of 20 concerts for its 30th edition. Over the many years that I have […]
Montreal is a film buff’s paradise, where major film fests seem to take place back to back. In its ninth edition, the Montreal International Black Film Festival takes place September 18 to 29. It holds a special significance, coming one month after the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King […]
The 23d edition of Présence Autochtone, Montreal’s First Peoples’ Festival highlighting indigenous talent, takes place July 30-August 5. A smorgasbord of free and paid activities, the fest provides a glimpse into aboriginal creativity through art, music, dance, photography film and gastronomy. Films will be shown at different venues, including a […]
Laughter is known to be the best medicine, and lately laughter yoga and laughter therapy and something laughingly called laughology are springing up, all very laudable to be sure. But laughter feels so much better when it is triggered by humour. Flat or funny, the people whose business it is […]
Having attended hundreds of concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival over more than 30 years, I am happy to share my picks for the best of the fest. Non-jazz players performing at the festival do not qualify for this list. JUNE 28 Legendary saxophonist Charles Lloyd, in the first […]
Montreal’s Folk Fest on the Canal—newest kid on the spring festival block—is back with an exciting program well worth checking out June 12-15. Much of it is free and outdoors. If the weather cooperates, it’s a winner. Last summer, we dropped by and came away with a happy buzz, thanks […]
James Joyce is celebrated as one of the giants of 20th-century English Lit, but how many have read his challenging prose? You are invited, along with those who have read his masterwork, Ulysses, to get to know Joyce’s stream-of-consciousness writing in a series of films, lectures, live music and staged […]
Normally placid Victoriaville becomes a musical Mecca May 16, as musicians and fans from across North America gather for the 29th edition of the Festival International de Musique Actuelle. With 20 concerts over four days, it offers a panorama of musical territories and sonorities, expanding the possibilities of organized and improvised […]