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Posts from the ‘Letters from abroad’ category

Travel notes from writers about personal experiences with the arts and spirit of place, outside Montreal.

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Hockey Night in Newfoundland

Inside the Mile One Centre in downtown St John’s, the sight lines are great no matter where you sit. The pregame entertainment is simple – two grown men smiling like 6 year olds bounce onto the ice and take their place at a row of pucks as an MC in a sweatshirt encourages them to aim for the net. Their success rate is about 2%. The crowd roars.

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Gone down the road

In 1970, when the term “Canadian cinema” was very much an oxymoron, Don Shebib made a film called Goin’ Down the Road. About two hard scrabble Maritimers who seek their fortune – well, minimum wage jobs – in Toronto, it doesn’t end well. Dreams are dashed and Joey and Peter, two fish out of water, turn to desperate measures.

Slumdog Pauper

Had lunch with Anosh Irani on the weekend, the Vancouver-based playwright and “Canada Reads” alumnus in town for a reading of a new work-in-progress, My Granny…