In Michael Crummey’s novel Sweetland, the crusty hero clings to the old Rock with an irrational tenacity. Sweetland is populated with vivid, distinctly drawn characters: Queenie Coffin, a chain-smoking agoraphobic who sits by the window of her house reading romance novels, the wild Priddle brothers, Irish twins who make piles of money in Fort Mac and then come home to drink it all away and the aptly named Loveless and his unfortunate cow.
Seen but not yet captured
Chih-Chien Wang reveals his Distance to the Sea in his nuanced and delicate exhibit at Pierre-François Ouellette art contemporain.
By Zoe Koke
Mighty Aphrodite’s Mind-bending Striptease
A sparkling production of David Ives’ Tony Award-winning Venus in Fur launches Centaur Theatre’s 46th season. This turbo-charged backstage comedy has audiences rising to their…
By Jim Burke
The Nobel enigma
Almost an unknown in the English speaking world, Patrick Modiano recently won the Nobel Prize in Literature for his work which is inspired by disappearance, memory, and the German…
By Sophie Thiébaut
The ancestors live through stories
A review of Celia’s Song, by Lee Maracle (Cormorant Books)
By Elise Moser
Mother Dearest and the Boys Who Survive
Two of Quebec's top filmmakers have turned out major movies about difficult boys and neglectful parents. Mommy overwhelms. Boychoir goes for the heart.
By Marianne Ackerman
Cult actress and writer Cookie Mueller is celebrated in Chloe Griffin’s book Edgewise
A new gallery exhibit at the Parisian Laundry finds artists making merry over art pieces devoted to food.
Montreal’s legendary documentary filmmaker will be feted with a retrospective at this year’s Festival du nouveau cinéma
Anna Leventhal’s Sweet Affliction has Montreal flipped on its tête – one in which Moving Day is mandatory and sanctioned by the province, one in which Hasidic Jews interact socially with their non-Orthodox neighbours, and one in which the Hippodrome is the set of a twisted reality show where illegal immigrants vie for citizenship.
The award winning 1994 Quentin Tarantino film Pulp Fiction had Shakespearean aspects in it that didn’t seem to be noticed at the time. And yet the cross section of characters, the mixture of tragedy and comedy, the poetic musings of underlings, and nearly everyone dying by the end – it’s hard to get more Shakespeareth than that.
Back then it was only him, a loop pedal and a violin on a makeshift stage playing to a sparse crowd of nerdy teens including myself. My only night as a Cool Teenager.
The juror of a book prize loved Kathleen Winter’s previous work so much that he commissioned this book.
The opera that launched the young Giuseppe Verdi’s career, Nabucco premiered in Milan in 1842.
Danette Mackay has found a second wind. Kiss My Cabaret popped up again recently with little fanfare save a notice on Facebook, and quickly filled the 200-seat space.
Aboriginal dance, Leonard Cohen back for one more dance, hip hop politics, Mile End muses, and the up and comers in the MTL dance world: this is Rover’s #ListMTL.
As a Christian Arab he is caught between the Muslims “who say we are the best nation under God” and the Jews “who say we are the chosen people.”
Before she committed suicide herself, Quebec writer Nelly Arcan wrote a book about a protagonist who decides to commit suicide by age 30. Arcan, known for her struggle with depression, has written a book as painful as her life.
How goes Montreal’s anglo cultural scene? Marianne Ackerman offers some preliminary thoughts ahead of a panel she will join on Sunday hosted by the English-language Arts Network.
There’s something cathartic about riding a bike naked on the streets of Montreal. But that is yet to be determined as we enter our sixty-ninth minute of this ride.