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Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook
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Folk diva Judy Collins’ life an open songbook

In the pantheon of musicians who emerged in the late 1950s and 1960s during the folk revival, holding a prominent place alongside Bob and Joan and Joni is clear-as-honey voiced Judy Blue Eyes. Listening again to the five LPs she recorded during that era, I was transfixed by Collins and […]

Photo: Gar Lunney, 1961, Library and Archives Canada
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Musical theme: Feminism and labour rights go hand in hand

Two very important things happen each May: Mother’s Day (May 12) and International Workers’ Day (May 1). While labour activism has always been a monumental part of Quebec life, in the 1960s women burst onto the scene by forming groups that raised awareness of women’s issues and led to demands […]

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Montreal Chamber Music Festival: First-class jazz is in the cards

Musical gems culled from three centuries played in small-group formations by top-tier performers—that and some first-class jazz is in the cards during the month-long Montreal Chamber Music Festival that gets underway this month. Talking about it with festival founder, cellist Dennis Brott, I returned in my mind to the marvelous […]

Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning
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Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning

Since Chubby Checker’s performances of Hank Ballard’s The Twist ignited the dance floor in the early ’60s on American Bandstand, the artist, the song and the dance are still with us, compelling us to move. And no one can do The Twist without a big smile on their face, no […]

Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions
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Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions

North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions (Challenge Records) The accordion never threatened the dominant place of the saxophone, trumpet or piano in jazz combos, but virtuoso Art Van Damme (1920-2010) was the instrument’s leading exponent. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created a unique group sound in combining his […]

Janina Fialkowska returns to McGill’s Pollack Hall
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Janina Fialkowska returns to McGill’s Pollack Hall

In her youth, Janina Fialkowska’s name was associated with Chopin, since the renowned pianist Arthur Rubinstein had taken her under his wing and pronounced her “a born interpreter” of the great Polish composer. Her name became synonymous with courage, as she conquered cancer that threatened in mid-career to destroy her […]

Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression
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Alzheimer’s patients benefit from art, creative expression

by Kristine Berey When a loved one is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease, it is hard to feel hopeful and not let the sense of loss take over. In her coming lecture See Me, Hear Me and Listen at the Alzheimer Groupe’s Education Conference, gerontologist Pamela Atwood will describe techniques that […]

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Harry Belafonte to be honoured at festival

Iconic performer Harry Belafonte, the king of Calypso, will be honoured by the 8th Montreal International Black Film Festival held September 19-30. The 85-year-old singer, songwriter, actor and social activist will be presented with the 2012 Humanitarian Award on September 19, at the Opening Ceremony and Tribute to Harry Belafonte, […]

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 […]