Harvey’s

Harvey’s

 

As a soon to be former client of Harvey’s I am taking a moment to express my concerns. As an English speaking Montrealer I am appalled by the fact that there is not a single word of English on any of the signage inside or outside the venue. I am aware of the language laws, but those laws do allow for English on signs providing that the English is half the size of the French. Anything else is unacceptable and disrespectful to myself even though I am, and have been since childhood, thoroughly bilingual. I take particular dislike to the fact that on the back of the unilingual place mats is a guide for allergies in French only. IF THIS IS NOT CORRECTED IN DUE COURSE I will go to social media and complain publicly.

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Lachute

‘I don’t see the importance of bilingual signs’: Legault on Lachute hospital controversy

Premier François Legault had a terse response to the controversy over bilingual signs at the Lachute hospital — basically, the law is the law.

“I think that we have to follow the law,” Legault said at the tail end of a Montreal news conference on Thursday. “They weren’t respecting the law. Bill 101 has to be respected. That’s what we’ll do.”

A group, consisting of both francophones and anglohpones, insisted their communities were free of language troubles.

In my opinion the OQLF must be dismantled. We do not have a democracy any longer. We deserve better than Gestapo methods of controlling the language that we speak. The bureaucracy of the OQLF has a budget that could be better used for health care, education, or programs to help people living at or under the poverty level.

Premier Francois Legault will not win a popularity contest with Anglophone voters, but he will find a way to make us forget before the next election. Many of the populace have already forgotten that it is the Quebec Liberals who first introduced what would become bill 101 and in doing so became the foundation that made Toronto one of the top cities in North America.

Covering up English words at Lachute Hospital is nothing more than nit-picking and the Premier’s agreement only shows how narrow minded he is.

I urge anyone who cares about the future of English speaking in Quebec to write to your elected official and express your concerns.

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Dirty Laundry

Nettoyeurs Lavio

5761 Caldwell

Cote St. Luc

 

I was a customer of this establishment before they closed the branch on Westminster in Montreal West. They have branches all over Montreal including Westmount, Ville St. Laurent and others. The first time I did business with their Caldwell branch was on the 7th of December 2018. When I tried to pick up my cleaning 3 days later they could not find it. I was told that they may have accidentally sent it to another store. Days became weeks and when I told them I was tired of coming back day after day and that my garment was obviously lost and I wanted to be compensated I was told that the owner’s name was Jay and he is there every morning at 9:00 A.M. When I showed up the next morning at 9:00 A.M. I was told he just left.

 

Eventually I was told that he arrives at 7:00 A.M. and leaves at 9:00. However Jay never answers the phone when he sees my phone number on his call display. When I went during those hours I was told that he left for Toronto and that the store would be closing the following day until after Christmas. I have left a message that I want to be paid for my lost item or I would report him to the Better Business Bureau and also give him bad publicity on my blog and on social media and he has not responded. I have since read on their web site that two other customers commented that he had damaged their garments and refused to compensate them for damages. I would hope that people heed my advice and stay away from this business. There are many good establishments that you can trust to take care of your garment and when accidents happen they will deal with the problem. Nettoyeurs Lavio is not one of them.

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St. Jerome Treasure

The chip wagon in St. Jerome was a must stop on the way to the Laurentians in the 50s. Then it became a diner in the 60s. It is still there in the same location on the main street going north making the best chips, hot dogs, hamburgers, club sandwiches, etc. The place is furnished retro and on the wall are pictures of the outside over the years. Worth the ride even if you eat and come right back. Then we can talk about Le Petit Poucet in Val David.

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Lyric Theatre Singers

Candlelight Christmas 2018

Loyola Chapel

Concordia University

December 6, 7, 8, 9

 

There are no limits or boundaries when you assemble forty-four great vocalists, six talented musicians, and guide them by Musical Director, Bob Bachelor. The Lyric Theatre Singers entertained thoroughly for more than two hours accompanied by a classically trained sextet of musicians. Of particular note was Chris Barillaro, on keyboard and percussion, and Chad Linsley on piano. I have admired the work of these two on more than one occasion at the Segal Centre, Broadway Café. Chad shows his love for piano every time he plays. He is never short of perfection whether he is accompanying a vocalist or a choir. Under the direction of Bob Bachelor, the Lyric Theatre Singers performed holiday favourites flawlessly, and on one number, Up on the Housetop, Bob took a dozen singers, put the gear in cruise-control and had them sing a capella. As for the soloists, my favourite, as she was last year, is Katherine Fournier. This talented soprano never fails to please.

 

An additional treat tonight was a Special Guest appearance by the EMSB Chorale Youth Choir under the direction of Patricia Abbott. The choir is made up of students, grades 6 through secondary 5 and is a winner of numerous awards at the Montreal ARCIM Choral Festival. It is very encouraging to see and to hear so many talented young people pursuing a musical future.

 

The next Lyric Singers production will be the Broadway Revue at DB Clarke Theatre June 13, 14, and 15.

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Patisserie Afroditi

Patisserie Afroditi

3480 Boul. Des Sources

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux

 

We were on our way to a party at Les Trois Brasseures in Dollard. It had been a long and irritating trip along Montreal’s famous super highways. Now we found ourselves in need of a good cup of coffee. Because there is no left turn from Sources on to Salaberry we had to continue West to Brunswick and then turn right on to Rue Des Marche to come back East to Salaberry. I always say we end up in places or situations not by accident, but rather by destiny. So we end up looking at a beautiful pastry shop by the name of Patisserie Afroditi. I have long been a fan of the cakes and cookies being baked daily at their location at 756 St-Roch in Park Extension, but I wasn’t aware that they had opened this treasure of a bakery/coffee shop in Dollard. Shirley and I each had a cup of delicious freshly brewed coffee and because we were on our way to a dinner party we forced ourselves to share a pastry. Oh, the will power! We had an interesting chat with the young lady that served us (I should have asked her name.) If the owners are reading this, she is an asset to your business. She told us she started out as a customer but when the occasion presented itself she became an employee. The cakes arrive there fresh daily from the St-Roch location. I recommend this patisserie highly and I know that if I lived in Dollard this already overweight journalist would be even more overweight. And, lest I forget, their Spanakopita Phyllo Epinards is unbelievable and ideal for Christmas morning at $12 per dozen.

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Les Trois Brasseurs Revisited

Les Trois Brasseurs Revisited

46 Boul. Brunswick

Dollard-Des-Ormeaux QC

 

If you didn’t show up at the Trois Brasseurs in DDO last night for the fifth anniversary party, then you missed out on a fabulous time. Host Sam Pergantis was at his usual best making everyone feel more like a guest in his home. Notably absent were his wife and daughter due to a scheduling problem with the parents/teachers night. As per usual, Sam spared no expense in providing entertainment in the form of the Hi-Fins as great a British Invasion/60’s tribute band that you will run into in this part of the world. I have followed the careers of these talented musicians for several years now and they are getting better and better. I noticed many of the “senior” members of the audience singing along to tunes from the sixties. The food, as always was delicious. Delicious canapés and other appetizers were brought out while we pondered the menu and I enjoyed a Caesar cocktail. Then I ordered French Onion Soup which was amazingly good. Shirley enjoyed a Flammekueches which loosely translates to a pizza with various vegetables and cheese baked on a traditional flatbread with your choice of tomato garlic or creamy nutmeg sauce. Large enough for two and some left over to take home. We had to leave after the first set due to other commitments but I would guess that the well attended event is still in party mode as I type these words. Thank you, Sam, for another great evening.

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Gratitude

Gratitude
MainLine Theatre
3997 Blvd. St. Laurent
Continuing till December 2. 2018
Set in a high school locker room, and dealing with issues of rites of passage, dares, peer pressure and how teenagers can use sex as a weapon to dominate others, the play is extremely relevant to the larger story that is now unfolding across the front pages of our newspapers and media; the hazing and sexual assault taking place in St. Michael’s in Toronto.
Oren Safdie has once again written a timely and captivating play while co-directing a quartet of first rate actors. Each of these performers has extensive background in theatre, television, and films. Michaela Di Cesare plays the female lead in this coming of age drama. Patrick Emmanuel Abellard is a 23 year old Montrealer who has acted in English and French television. He was recently seen in Centaur Theatre’s production, the Choir Boy. (Revued in this blog) Patrick Keeler despite his youth has been performing across Canada and the U.K. for almost 20 years. Laurent Pitre, also from Montreal, has proven himself to be a fine bilingual actor and has parts in a couple of 2019 Centaur Theatre productions. The play has serious sexual content throughout. Michaela is very comfortable in the extremely intimate venue and I believe her strongest performance is when she is in dialogue with Laurent. Kudos to the entire team.
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Broadway Cafe Divas

Broadway Cafe

Diva Edition

November 17, 2018

Segal Centre

Hosted by Katee Julien and David Noel.

From start to the end of the second intermission there was not a moment of entertainment that was not exceptional. The second set closed with Katee Julien singing the Edith Piaf signature composition that in itself made the evening worthwhile. However there was so much more and it is difficult to highlight some of the outstanding performers without downgrading the rest. Among the notables were first-timer Elaine, who sang Somewhere from the musical West Side Story, Alicia, who sang Maybe This Time from Cabaret,

Camile, who sang  Gorgeous, Corina, my perennial favourite who sang Sinatra’s All The Way, and then there was Brandon’s unforgettable performance. Two performers whose names I missed did an outstanding medley from Evita culminating with Don’t Cry For Me Argentina. There were members of WISTA who performed as a preview of their upcoming production. (Highly recommended) Katee and David kept the evening moving smoothly and kudos to Chad, ably accompanying all the performers on keyboard. The party was still going strong, when unfortunately; I had to leave due to previous commitments. See you at the next one.

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The Tashme Project

The Tashme Project

The Living Archives

Centaur Theatre

November 15 – 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

The Tashme Project

The Living Archives

Centaur Theatre

November 15 – 24, 2018

 

 

 

 

 

The Tashme Project: The Living Archives, created, produced and performed with Julie Tamiko Manning and Matt Miwa, is a verbatim play that traces the history of Japanese Canadian internment during WW2. The performance, which runs eighty minutes without an intermission, is fascinating, entertaining, and historically accurate. The many hours of research by the developers is apparent and the delivery by two extremely talented actors is award worthy. As always, kudos to the director, Mike Payette.

 

It is shameful the manner in which the Canadian government treated Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Stories 0f internments have not been passed down and remain largely untold in Japanese Canadian families. The Tashme Project is committed to fighting against the potential loss of their community and rebuilding a sense of Japanese Canadian Identity and pride.

Artist talks will be held after each presentation.

 

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