Even a crucial Stanley Cup playoffs game couldn’t dent hometown enthusiasm for the launch of Heather O’Neill’s long-awaited new novel, The Girl Who Was Saturday Night.
Walking through the canvas-covered halls of Papier 14, it struck me that if you handed these same visual artists a ton of cheese, the results would be equally amazing.
This short story is offered in homage to the magnificent achievements of a master who passed away this week, Gabriel Garcia Márquez.
Getting into the mood to vote Liberal doesn’t come naturally to me. It requires a rigorous programme of intellectual gymnastics. It’s not something I wake up and do willingly or naturally or with enthusiasm.
Oren Safdie, 22 years a playwright, is enjoying a successful run of his first script to be produced in Montreal, his hometown. I spoke with the writer just before he attended a performance at the Bain St. Michel.
THEATRE: UNSEAMLY BY OREN SAFDI. She’s young and beautiful. Her skirt is terribly short but otherwise there’s nothing about Malina (as played by Arlen Aguayo Stewart) to suggest she’s a scheming seductress bent on destroying her ex-lover, a charismatic corporate genius.
Death is in the air these days. Two books by Montreal writers access “the other side” in fresh, imaginative ways. Adam Leith Gollner’s The Book of…
People need art. Buildings need art. Montreal architect Naomi Lane has just launched a consulting enterprise dedicated to linking up new spaces with creative people. She’s…
Patrick Watson in concert with l’Orchestra Cinéma l’Amour and two choirs is the closest to a spiritual experience I expect to get from art.
Does Montreal’s Anglo theatre scene crave glamour? You bet. Some 230 artists, critics, friends and loved ones gathered last night in the sumptuous Rialto Theatre for the first annual META ceremony. Tuxedos and gowns were in abundance. Either a lot of people on the indie scene have secret lives, or they’ve kept the costumes from a slew of fancy plays.
In the early hours of the morning five years ago today, Rover’s first post appeared in cyberspace under Mélanie Grondin’s byline (see image). In the meantime, more than 300 writers have contributed 1968 posts. Are you sitting down? That’s just over a million words.
Happy birthday Gazette! Montreal’s English-language daily celebrates 235 years today. A fine occasion to spread the news: Lucinda Chodan is coming back to Montreal this fall as the paper’s top dog, as well as eastern region VP editorial for the Postmedia Network Inc. A staff writer and editor for 20 years, she moved on to become editor-in-chief at the Victoria Times Colonist, then publisher and editor-in-chief of the Edmonton Journal.
It’s hard to think of anything positive to say about Mayor Rob Ford, except that he is single-handedly releasing his city from that deathly stereotype, Toronto the Good. The moniker has hung around for years, comforting the smug, annoying everybody else.
Saying you’ve got to see this play is a lazy start to a review. But there’s only one more performance of Winners and Losers. You don’t want to be a loser, right? That’s the central question of this riveting piece of hyper-real theatre at FTA. Actors Marcus Youssef and James Long play themselves in a mainly verbal battle over taste, judgement, childhood and capitalism.
Gone are the days when a theatre-goer could get a ticket, stand in line, sit in the dark watching a play, then go out for drinks and talk about what it all meant. At least at Festival Transamériques. Nella Tempesta greets you and the door and follows you home.