Consumerist nihilism, digital arts past and present, and magic realism signed MTL: your #ListMTL for April 7 to 20.
Peter Huang’s birth is his father’s dream come true – a son. Too bad for Peter and his father, this bliss is ignorance of Peter’s true gender. Peter is a woman inside.
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.
Looking elegant, Karina Gauvin set the mood with the opening section, comprising one line and delivered with implosive force: “J’ai seul la clef de cette parade sauvage.”
As the snow stubbornly clings to grey sidewalks, it is easy to forget that just two years ago the Maple Spring was in full force. Tenir tête and Les femmes changent la lutte offer two very different versions of the student strike.
So I have this Muslim friend, and he’s rich like most Muslims are and, like all rich Muslims in Montreal, he’s a student at McGill. He hates swimming, never goes near a pool if he can help it. “It’s the Catholics,” he says, “they let their children pee in the pool!”
Some actors carry an entire movie on their shoulders. Irrfan Khan carries The Lunchbox on his face. His beautiful, supple, gentle, forlorn, intelligent, bereft face.
Michael Paryla was found locked in his own apartment comatose from a mixture of milk, whiskey and sleeping pills. Now his distant cousin, Montreal-born Andrew Steinmetz, is trying to reconstruct his life.
The story is very simple and direct and the writing is clear and delightful, but the big bonus is getting to see Clare Coulter strut her stuff in a role that fits like a glove.
Montreal vocal ensemble VivaVoce is nothing if not adaptable. Unusually, they seem equally adept at everything from John Cage to the Renaissance, which is the focus of this sumptuous new recording, their sixth.
After a time, people stopped asking me the Toronto question. As I moved into my mid and late thirties, the question became, “What the hell are you still doing here?”
There was so much testosterone on stage that my companion and I had to take out our programmes and fan ourselves. The cast was outstanding. Paul Flicker may be a first time director but he is not a first time caster.
Hänsel and Gretel was Herr Engelbert Humperdinck’s one operatic hit, but since its 1893 premiere in Weimar, it has, unlike his name, never gone out of style.
Ever since rumours of a Hollywood remake of South Korean classic Oldboy surfaced – at one point mind-bogglingly involving the names Steven Spielberg and Will Smith – fans of the ferociously inventive thriller have reacted like its anti-hero Dae-Su on hearing his worst fears come true.
A 4D tribute to Norman McLaren, Google and the world brain, and contemporary flamenco: your #ListMTL for March 24 to April 6.