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Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb
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Just for Laughs: Comics throw trashy humour to the curb

  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 […]

Montreal’s Ratchet Orchestra performs on opening night at the Victoriaville fest. (Courtesy of Victoriaville fest)
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Victoriaville festival: Musical adventurers and explorers meet

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 […]

The film Denis will close the Montreal International Black Film Festival. (Photo courtesy of the festival)
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Black film fest highlights local, global talent

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 […]

Présence Autochtone celebrates local aboriginals
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Présence Autochtone celebrates local aboriginals

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 […]

Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology
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Just for Laughs: Immerse yourself in laughology

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 […]

The Soweto Gospel Choir hits the festival July 6. (Photo courtesy of the Montreal International Jazz Festival)
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Montreal International Jazz Festival: Best jazz picks

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 […]

Folk Festival on the Canal: Guitarist Roger McGuinn headlines
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Folk Festival on the Canal: Guitarist Roger McGuinn headlines

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 […]

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Bloomsday Festival: McGill gets intimate with James Joyce

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 […]

Victoriaville music festival: Organized, improvised sound
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Victoriaville music festival: Organized, improvised sound

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 […]

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 […]