The Shoplifters

Centaur Theatre

Thru April 7, 2019

Written and Directed by Morris Panych

Starring Ellen David and Marie-Eve Perron

As the shoplifters

With Michel Perron and Laurent Pitre

As the security guards.

I have nothing but praise of the highest order for all four characters. They deliver the playwright’s lines with staccato rhythm and have the audience laughing for the entire time, some of the time just by their expression. The set is award worthy and kudos to the entire creative team. Worthy of special mention is Ken MacDonald for the originality of set design. A great time to enjoy an evening at the theatre.

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How Black Mothers Say I Love You

Black Theatre Workshop

Presents

How Black Mothers Say I Love You

By Trey Anthony

Directed by Tamara Brown

Continuing till March 16, 2019

Centaur Theatre

I am at a loss for words to describe the pleasure I experienced as a member of the audience for this dynamic drama. Four extremely talented actors carry the script with flawless delivery and take your emotions on a journey from music and laughter to the sadness of reality as we examine the bond between a Mother and her children. Kudos to the author and the director for coming up with a winner.  This one is not to be missed.

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Daughters of Mile End

Written by

Claudia Litvak POLACHEK & Pearl Lottner ROTHENBERG

Directed by

Rachelle GLAIT

Set Design John DINNING  Costume Design Louise BOURRET  Lighting Design Mike SINNOTT

Technical & Production Manager Sylvin SEVIGNY  Stage Manager Shane NICHOL

With

Tara AMSEL  Mara BERKOWITZ  Marissa BLAIR  Cheryl BLUM Arianna FALATO

Sienna FALATO  Karen KARPMAN  Betty KIS  Nicole LEROUX Avah PENNEFATHER

Gracie SHTERN  Evy SOLOMON  Nadia VERRUCCI

From the co-authors of the 2017 sold-out world premiere of Queen of Chesed, comes a brand new play. Daughters of Mile End follows four friends, daughters of Holocaust-surviving, immigrant mothers, from their elementary school days living in 1950’s Mile End to the present day. With humour, poignancy, and insight, Daughters of Mile End illustrates that despite traumatic family histories, the girls’ shared childhood memories and experiences lead them to a better understanding of their mothers, and themselves, freeing them to live and love more fully.

April 3 – 6 at 8 pm

D. B. Clarke Theatre – Concordia University’s Hall Building
1455 de Maisonneuve Blvd. West, H3G 1M8

TICKETS

1-800-838-3006

www.BrownPaperTickets.com

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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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