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Norman Marshall Villeneuve makes those drums sing. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Norman Marshall Villeneuve bops away at House of Jazz

Norman Marshall Villeneuve is back in town, and the party’s on.

Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa
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Preview: Altsys Jazz at Sala Rossa

The Altsys Jazz Orchestra has carved out a special place for itself over the past quarter century, performing beautiful and challenging works by modern masters.

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McGill Chamber Orchestra promises eclectic season

McGill Chamber Orchestra’s (MCO) 75th season will feature a wide range of music including instrumental and choral works as well as world-class solo singers. All concerts will be conducted by Boris Brott, who will host a pre-performance talk one hour before each concert. This year is the 100th anniversary of […]

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Limitless Learning: Learn to read and play music

So you have that old clarinet sitting around the house, haven’t played it in years, and have that urge to make music. Or, maybe you never got to join the high-school band to play trombone, but it’s something you’d love to do. Now, seniors of all ages, who want to […]

CD review: Fern Lindzon
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CD review: Fern Lindzon

Fern Lindzon Like a Circle in a Spiral (Iatros/MAPL) This 11-song collection reveals the growing confidence and expanded scope of singer/pianist Fern Lindzon. On this, the third CD by the classically trained Toronto artist, we hear a more nuanced vocal treatment than on previous recordings, with less emphasis on her […]

Oliver Jones (courtesy of the jazz fest)
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Oliver Jones celebrates a lifetime of musical excellence

Seventy-five years ago, a five-year-old boy, already noticed by many for his musical talent, was waiting backstage to perform his rendition of the jazz standard In the Mood at a gathering of the Union United Church in Little Burgundy. It was his first public appearance in the variety show, a […]

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 […]

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Count your musical blessings in April/May 2014

April is the cruelest month, said the great poet T.S. Eliot. But Montrealers should count their blessings, having so many wonderful musical ensembles in the city. Here is a sampling of what’s to come. April 23. As part of its special concert series, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents world-class pianist […]

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CD reviews: Kleztory, Spaces

Kleztory Arrival AMERIX This Quebec-based Klezmer group has been around for more than a decade, but it has never sounded better. A sextet with a mix of Quebec-trained and European musicians, the collective is rooted in the traditional Romanian/Gypsy/Turkish party music that is so easy to love, yet broadened by […]

Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr
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Floyd, the amazing piano-playing cat, made audiences purr

You know how first cats are. They are like first loves. And I don’t mean puppy love. You will never find another cat like your first. We got Floyd as a kitten in 1978, before we had our first child. My then-husband named him after one of his friends, Floyd […]