Locale Cafe

Cuisine Locale Café

5781 Upper Lachine Rd.

Montreal, QC

We heard about it from a friend. Shirley and I were coming back from Playground Poker in Khanawake, where we attended a special event presented by Playground Entertainment. There was the usual line-up to get into the restaurant and we were too hungry to wait. So why not try the Locale Café? I am glad we did.

It is family owned and operated and everything we ate was exceptional. As people who follow my blog are aware, Shirley and I eat at a lot of restaurants and are not always impressed. I only write about the good ones. Aside from the great food, the service was impeccable. Dominique moves quickly around from table to table making sure that everything is going well.

Shirley started with a house salad, and never stopped telling me how good it is, except to refill her fork. I meanwhile was enjoying a tortellini soup and munching on the tasty bread.

For the main course, Shirley chose Eggplant Parmigianino, (never stopped telling me how good it is) and I had the Pappardelle Carbonara, which I would recommend to any pasta lover.

I believe the server, whose name I should have asked, must have sensed that I am a dessert lover, (I think every meal should start and end with dessert) because she brought a salty caramel sundae with 2 spoons on the house.

We will return soon.

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WCA Strikers Series

WCA Strikers Series

Playground Poker Tent

Saturday October 12, 2019

Who needs the Bell Centre? Ridiculous ticket prices and where do you park?

At Playground there are acres of free self -parking in addition to free valet parking, and ample handicapped parking spots close to the main entrance.

Saturday afternoon the tent at Playground Poker was the scene of professional kickboxing, part of the WCA Strikers Series. Eight matches were scheduled, one of which had to be cancelled beyond the control of the promoters, due to immigration problems for one of the combatants.

Of the remaining seven fights, we saw two technical knockouts, one disqualification, and four fights decided on the judges’ scorecards. One of the decisions came on the 155 lbs Inter-Continental fight between Dietrich Sanders from Nashville TN and Killian Emery of Geneva, Switzerland which Emery emerged victoriously.

General admission was $30 which is what you would pay for a couple of beers at the Bell Centre which would explain the large turnout.

Next boxing event is scheduled for February 28, 2020

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Cat’s Meow Concert

Not to be missed. Great entertainment and for a great cause.

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Tribute to the Eagles


Eagles Tribute – One of These Nights

Meanwhile, back in the tent. Friday night was the third program in an ongoing series which began with tributes to Rod Stewart, Tom Jones, and the Bee Gees. And, as always, Playground Entertainment was at its’ best. The ambiance is show worthy and the service is first class. As a follower of the original Eagles group featuring Don Henley and Glenn Frey for almost five decades, during which they have sold over 150 million albums worldwide, and won six Grammy Awards I can only praise the work performed tonight by the six talented musicians. The music was tight and the vocals were perfectly executed. Composing a playlist is not difficult as the Eagles had five number-one singles, seventeen top-forty singles, and six number-one albums. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998 and are the highest-selling American band in history. As anticipated, the audience was singing along with almost every song. It took no time for couples to form a dance floor in front of the stage, and then it was party time. Incidentally, I must not omit the two Playground dancers, in full plumage who embellish the scenery.

Opening for One of These Nights, continuing in Playground’s bid to promote local talent, was Less Than Four. This duo was very pleasant in their choice of songs as well as their in between songs patter, forming a nice segue to the headline performers.

The series continues next weekend on Friday night with a tribute to Shania Twain and Garth Brooks and Saturday a tribute to Elton John with special guests the Hi-Fins

Admission is free for all members of the Playground Poker Club and to get a free membership, you need to be 18 years of age and produce ID.

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The Dream Project 3.0, Montreal

October 9 – 13, 2019

Universcene

2350 Dickson St.

Montreal, QC

It’s not a simple task to leave a reviewer speechless. The opening night performance of this show was incredible. A mixture of theatre based on Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream intermixed with original music, dance, and aerial choreography.

The Dream Project 3.0 Montreal is the 3rd phase of New York City-based Yonder Window Theatre Company who began this project 1.0 in 2017 in an art gallery in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico. The production then traveled to Brooklyn NY for version 2.0, in 2018 to continue its development.

In September 2019 the Company journeyed to Quebec to develop and premiere The Dream Project 3.0, Montreal, multilingual, multidisciplinary collaboration between North American artists from Mexico, the United States, and Canada.

The actors/dancers/acrobats/ are unbelievable. So are the musical score, special effects, and lighting.

Driving there can be tricky but can be simplified if you use GPS instructions, and the end result makes it worthwhile. Don’t miss this one.

Yonder Window Theatre Company

THE DREAM PROJECT 3.0, Montréal– 7 performances only

October 9-13: Wed.-Sun. at 8pm; Sat. and Sun. at 3pm

Tickets: $25 Online or at the door

At Universcène 2350 Rue Dickson, Suite 230, H1N 3T1 (métro Assomption)

The full company for this final phase of the production is: Director and Creator Katie McHugh, Assistant to the Artistic Director Megan Schadler, performers Elke Van DykeNadine LouisOliver KoomsatiraCaterina PioRobine KasekaEvan RegueiraMichelle RambharoseHugo LunaMaia Ramnath and Brett Watson;Tour Manager Jeremy Blunt, Music Director Nicholas Aguilar, Assistant Music Director Antonio Millán, Scenic Design Diana Uribe,Costumes Sophie El Assaad,Lighting Robin A. Paterson, Assistant Lighting Design Amber Hood, Dramaturg Max Sklar, Stage Manager Kelsey Rae, Aerial Choreographer Anouk Vallée-Charest and Cirque Coordinator EvaTomlinson Weintraub.

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Jano Ltée

Jano  Ltée

120 St. Joseph Blvd

Lachine, QC

www.megaventemontreal.com

This afternoon Shirley and I went shopping for a new winter coat which I wanted to buy as an early birthday gift. Her birthday is on the first day of Spring, but I believe we will have Winter before that happens. I did a bit of research on Google to find a place that sells quality coats and doesn’t require going anywhere near downtown where all the streets have detours. That brought us to the above mentioned location.

It turns out to be a gigantic warehouse with a huge selection of men’s and ladies clothing, accessories, linen, and baby clothes and products. Not at downtown prices, but their warehouse venue coupled with the ability to purchase goods in volume, permits them to undersell even the big-box stores.

The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. We were approached by the owner immediately upon arrival and he took the time to show us where the ladies coats were and the selection was amazing.

Walking through the different departments we saw duvets and bed ensembles priced at a fraction of what you would have to pay at mainstream stores.

Parking is plentiful right at the door. One suggestion: Go there during the week. The week-ends draw huge crowds of shoppers.

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Music of Hungary

Music of Hungary
St. James United Church
October 5, 2019

Tonight I found myself amidst an audience of serious music lovers. I would estimate the crowd to be somewhere in the range of 800 to 1000 people. The venue was the pristine St. James United Church where the acoustics are second to none.

I personally am not an opera buff, but I can appreciate the quality of the performance. One fact that is certain is that one doesn’t need to understand the language to appreciate the quality of the performer.

The performers, in this case, were Sebastian Haboczki, Lyric Tenor and Melissa McCann, soprano. Haboczki is also an Artistic Director. Both have powerful voices as they perform individually, but really shine when they sing duets. Both are accompanied by Paul Digout on the piano. Mr. Digout has worked across Canada and internationally with the Yorkshire Opera workshop (Yorkshire U.K.)

Ms. McCann was accompanied as well by Istvan Lakatos a Hungarian violinist born in Budapest. He is a graduate of the Franz Liszt Music Academy of Budapest. You may have seen Mr. Lakatos with the World Symphony Orchestra in Montreal.

There was a reception hosted by the Hungarian Ambassador to Canada, Dr. Bálint Ódor, immediately following the show but sadly previous commitments did not allow me to stay.

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Music of Hungary

Tonight! Music of Hungary, Sat. Oct. 5 @St. James United Church, 7:30pm

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Move Over Vegas

Last week Playground Poker announced a series of entertainment shows, a first in Playground history.

In a heated tent, adjacent to the main building, originally intended to house extra tables for ongoing Poker tournaments a stage was added and from there the possibilities were endless.

Shirley and I attended the opening performance tonight and were more than delighted by the ambiance and the entertainment at hand. Rod Stewart and Tom Jones tributes by Forever Young and Dave LaFame were as enjoyable an evening you will find in any entertainment venue and members of Playground Poker were admitted free.

Both performers were backed up by a band featuring guitar, bass, drums, keyboards, and back-up vocals. The total visual experience was first class all the way with a brilliant light show and lest I forget, two glamorous dancers, milling around the audience. Speaking of audience, NHL superstar, Larry Robinson was introduced from the stage.

Tomorrow night, Night Fever pays tribute to the Bee Gees and once again admission is free with a membership card to Playground Poker. Opening for Night Fever will be the Better Half Acoustic Duo. The duo features John Murray and Sandra Giguere, two singer-songwriters from Hudson, QC.

Throughout the rest of October, the stage will feature tributes to some of the biggest names in music: Eagles, Garth Brooks, Shania Twain, Elton John and a tribute to the British Invasion with the Hi-Fins.

If the upcoming shows are as well produced as tonight’s, and I have no reason to think they won’t, It’s a win/win for Playground Poker and its’ members.

Follow the events on www.lastcallwithsol.com

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Music of Hungary

Great entertainment with profits going to a great cause.

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