Soulpepper Repertory Theatre’s brilliant rendition of Molière’s Tartuffe should not be missed by any Montreal theatre enthusiasts travelling to Toronto.
That first night we stayed at the Sunrise Motel in Cody, Wyoming, the town built by Buffalo Bill. One year, the Hell’s Angels and Bandidos had both booked into the motel on their way to the Harley Davidson convention. Police from a hundred mile radius had surrounded the motel to keep the peace.
Mauritius is a prosperous country that punches above its weight in many categories. Bookstores are hard to find and full of pulp fiction, though with a little digging, I found gold.
We were waiting at the Kenyan border for visas to Tanzania, a line-up of foreigners restless and anxious to get back on the overcrowded vans that would forward us to the next adventure. As happens in such situations, strangers began talking to strangers, and suddenly the subject was Rob Ford.
Discussions about rape and some street theatre care of the Communist Party of India are just everyday events in Sujata Dey’s trip through Delhi.
On an 11-country tour that takes her from Europe to India by train, Sujata Dey provides her 12 Commandments of Travel.
For my first Scotiabank Nuit Blanche in Toronto last year, I took to Queen Street West – the “Plateau of Toronto,” I’d been told – and…
Two a.m. Saturday night, Bay St. is thoroughly occupied. A human island in the middle of the street dances to a thumping rock beat. Line-ups at…
Day two of the World Fringe Congress in Edinburgh had a jam-packed schedule of panel discussions, break-out sessions, and a reception chez the Lord Provost (Edinburgh’s mayor), leaving absolutely no time to attend any shows at the Fringe, Forest Fringe or Free Fringes. The themes I narrowed in on were seemingly contradictory. Fringe producers expressed both a desire to “retain the edge” of their festivals and an obsession to find money – and lots of it!
All is not well at the Edinburgh Fringe. As in North America, there is considerable discontent amongst artists on the street regarding an increasingly corporate festival.…
I have arrived in glorious Edinburgh, Scotland, in the midst of both a strong downpour and the world-famous Fringe Festival. The city can only be described as beautiful, with its mediaeval architecture, quaint pubs and shops, and surprising nooks and crannies in every winding lane. While it’s tempting to just soak it all in by wandering endlessly through the ancient town, I have a mission and limited time. I am here for the World Fringe Congress, which begins today, representing the infringement festivals.
With Robert Lepage, Rufus Wainwright and Philip Glass in the spotlight, Toronto’s Luminato certainly didn’t lack big names. Add Pilon Lemieux 4D Art into the mix, and the multidisciplinary artfest roster was top-heavy with Montreal’s brightest international lights. But make no mistake: it was no Montreal festival.
A cacophony of casserole dishes is heard nightly in this city from Montreal North to St-Henri. The aim is to voice dissent over draconian emergency legislation, like Bill 78 (or Loi 78, if you will). Banging on pots and pans in the street is the poetic way Chileans (home to Pablo Neruda) protested during the Augusto Pinochet regime. And I have to say what a beautiful way to be heard! However, I’m not going to talk about the casserole protest and how creative, non-violent actions such as this have completely discredited protesters and police who use violent tactics to achieve nothing, but even more repressive measures, like Premier Jean Charest’s Bill 78.
Montreal’s Porte Parole docu-theatre company tested the waters in Toronto recently with Annabel Soutar’s 2005 play Seeds, with veteran actor Eric Peterson starring. Seeds drew in…
Maisonneuve magazine turns ten this year, and is fêting the decennial in style. Montreal’s eclectic cultural and literary mag took the party down the 401 last week for a packed event held in Toronto’s artsy west end. And if editor-in-chief Drew Nelles’ ambitions are any sign, the magazine’s new swagger is but a hint of things to come.