By Rabiah Hussain

A Silk Road Institute Production

Sept. 19 – 22      25 – 28

Centaur Theatre

Another opening, but not just another show. This is an amazing tale of two friends, second-generation immigrants coming of age in an era right out of today’s headlines. Playwright Rabiah Hussain doesn’t miss a beat in her provocative script and the delivery of same by Amena Ahmad as Safa, and Sundance Nagrial as Aisha, never falters throughout the 90-minute performance. The two blend with an intensity that will have you laughing at their comedic moments, and bring you to tears with their more serious dialogue. No spoilers in this review. All I can say is don’t miss seeing it and be sure to tell your friends.


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Mad Monk Cafe

Mad Monk Café
 takes place this Friday SEPTEMBER 20th at 7:30 pm. Deacon George and Phil Peters will present “It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry”, songs about, you guessed it… Trains – and yes, we’ll do the title song.  Doors open at 7:00 pm. As always, admission and refreshments are free of charge. Mad Monk Café is on the corner of MADison and MONKland in NDG, H4B 1G8.  

Shirley and I will be there. Hope you are too.

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Diz Bagels

6160 De La Cote-Saint-Luc


Most days I leave home without eating breakfast. I stop for a bagel with cream cheese and a medium coffee at Diz. What a treat at $3.00 tax incl. (I remember when it was $2.00) I used to think it was only between 7:00 A.M. and 11:00 A.M. then I discovered it was until 11:00 P.M.
There are always bagels going in or coming out of the oven and it is always fascinating to watch the process. They also sell bread, cakes, and pastries, dairy and deli products, party sandwiches and prepared salads and ready to eat delicacies.
The staff is all friendly and courteous, but I do wish to acknowledge being served by one person who appreciates my sense of humor. His name is Max and I warned him about this BLOG. I hope he reads this.

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Shimmering Lights Presented

On Wednesday night September 11, 2019 at approximately 7:00 P.M. an overflow crowd of people gathered in the basement of Le Centre Du Sablon in Chomedy, Laval. The common factor that brought these people together was that they all suffered pain in their daily routines. They were here to attend a lecture on pain management presented by Dr. Yoram Shir of the Montreal General hospital Pain Clinic. Dr. Shir talked about the research being done to discover the source of chronic pain and the hopes for the future discovery of non-pharmaceutical treatment of same. Dr. Shir offered to respond to questions from the audience as he presented his powerpoint presentation rather than wait till the end for a Q & A session. Many of the questions revolved around the use of cannabis for pain control. There are many variables involved in the consumption of cannabis such as type of product and method of administering same. It was a most interesting evening and as always the Ladies of Shimmering Lights donate all the profits from their events to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children.

Following the presentation, coffee was served as well as an elaborate table of baked goods made by the ladies. I must admit I suspect some of the baked goods contained cannabis as I watched members of the audience walk to their car without their walker. (Just joking)

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Marathon Souvlaki

Here is further proof that some things never change.
Established in 1977, Marathon Souvlaki has been serving the best souvlaki for 42 years and is proud to remain a family-owned business.

With three locations, Montreal, Dollard des Ormeaux, and Laval I have eaten on occasion in Dollard, on many occasions at the Decarie Boulevard location in Montreal, but it has been at least fifteen years since I have eaten at the original location, in Laval. Tonight I had an appointment in Laval at 7:00 and I didn’t want to have to deal with the usual traffic, so we drove out early and went for an early dinner at the Notre Dame St. restaurant.

Shirley and I ate the 1 stick chicken souvlaki plate, hers with Marathon salad and rice, and mine with Greek salad and a half and half potatoes and rice. The quality and the quantity of food were more than adequate and the service was first class. To give credit where credit is due, our server, Angelo was able to cope with my weird sense of humor and still deliver perfect service. Thanks also, to John, who was working in a different area of the restaurant, but still took time to kibitz with us. We will do this again.

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A & W Restaurants

While visiting my daughter in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, I wandered over to the commercial area and discovered an A & W restaurant that serves breakfast 24 hours a day. Tailor-made for a sleep late guy like me. They make a bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich on a bun that makes the competitors’ version pale by comparison. The sandwich can become a trio by adding fries or hash brown potatoes, and a cup of always fresh coffee for about $7.00.

On my return to Montreal, I had occasion to visit different locations of A & W. One is located at 5150 Sherbrooke St. W a second one is at 5120 Queen Mary Road, there is one in the Pepsi Forum on Atwater, and one is at 7235 Saint Jacques West.
I have found all the staff at the various locations, both here and in Yarmouth to be exceptionally well trained, courteous, and efficient. However, I must single out the Saint Jacques West location for all-around service, food preparation, and cleanliness. No sooner does a table empty, and immediately someone appears to clean the complete area. There is no bigger turn-off than sitting down at a table in dirty surroundings.
My compliments to the managers and the entire staff of the locations I have had the pleasure of eating at. They are always open when I am awake and hungry, either starting my day late or on my way home after a late evening.

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Blinded By The Light

Viveik Kalra: ‘We should see brown people on screen – we exist in real life. It’s amazing that there are films like Crazy Rich Asians and Black Panther, which have killed it.
 Viveik Kalra:

If you are looking for “feel good” entertainment, this is it. Directed by Gurinder Chadha and starring Viveik Kalra this coming-of-age flick, part real-life story of British journalist Sarfraz Manzoor, part fantastic musical set in 1987 to the music of Bruce Springsteen should not be missed.

 In January the film, entered at the Sundance Film Festival sold for 15 Million dollars. It will gross more than that rapidly because the story holds your interest as you follow the adventures of a young man of Asian descent living in England and constantly being harassed by racists. He knows that his only chance of making it out of this situation is by getting an education in university and becoming a writer. Otherwise, people like his Father can only hope to find work in factories. The performance of Viveik Kalra takes you on an emotional ride.

This film is not his debut. During his first year at school, he sent an audition tape off for Next of Kin, booked the job, and agreed with his university to take time off. He played a British Muslim teenager who becomes radicalized and travels to Pakistan. Kalra was praised for his portrayal.

After seeing him on Next of KinGurinder Chadha,  got in touch asking him to audition for her new project. Kalra, by that point back at school, soon found himself requesting more time off. Then he began shooting in Luton.

As well as being about a boy trying to vault the impediments of his upbringing and renegotiate his relationship with his family, Blinded By The Light also acts as an unusual jukebox musical for the songs of Bruce Springsteen.  This film will win many awards. Probably Kaltra will win one for best actor in a lead role. Viveik Kalra is only 21 years old, and has a great future ahead of him. I pray he does not let anything interfere.

Blinded By The Light is in cinemas nationwide now

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Shimmering Lights Presents

Dr. Yoram Shir

Of The Montreal General Hospital

Pain Clinic

Speaking on pain control

Place:                         Centre Du Sablon

755 Ch. Du Sablon

Chomedy, Laval QC

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

7:00 P.M.

$10.00 Members-$15 non-members

Dr. Shir will

also have a Q & A session and answer questions about (CBD) as pain relief

Information and tickets:

Lilly 450 688 0026

Barbara 514 574 7311

This event is a fundraiser for the Shriners Hospital for Children

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Jack Astors Dorval

After thoroughly enjoying a matinee at the Hudson Theatre this afternoon, we found ourselves driving through a never-ending rainstorm in DDO at 5:00 P.M. not the most inviting time to join the traffic heading into the city of orange cones and detours named Montreal. Coincidentally, it was suppertime and there was a Jack Astors Restaurant mere footstep away. I had been there before, but it was long ago when my children were young (and so was I). We had the pleasure of being served by a young man who not only took our orders while answering all our questions pertaining to the menu and choices of sides but also was able to tolerate my weird sense of humor. His name is Shane and you won’t have to ask him because, by the time he has been standing at your table five seconds, he will have written it (upside down) on your placemat.

Shirley had the Classic Angus Burger, $14.99 perfectly cooked (or she would have told him if it wasn’t) fully loaded, a salad she loved as an appetizer and some of the way too many fries from my order of fish and chips with coleslaw $17.74.

A very good choice for the family if you have young children, but also a good choice, in another section of the restaurant if you just want an alcoholic beverage and some wings or things. You won’t be sorry they’re open.

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ROCKIN’ All Night

Hudson Village Theatre

August 28-September 1

Celebrating the music and lives of three of the hottest rock stars of the 50s

Buddy Holly     Richie Valens     The Big Bopper

I cannot praise this production without using words that are superlative and the total experience of being there for the opening matinee was incredible. The almost full house on a day that never stopped raining truly rocked all afternoon. The crowd, not unexpectedly, was comprised entirely of people who danced to these songs in another era. They knew the lyrics of every tune, and in many instances, the lead vocalist ceased singing and let the crowd carry on singing.

Kudos to Chris McHarge and Colin Stewart co-creators, for providing a nostalgic masterpiece. Chris McHarge has an enviable history as Artistic Director at festivals across Canada and has directed more than one hundred productions. In addition, he does the narrative that tells the audience some little known facts leading up to the sad conclusion that is the day the music died. One screen on each side of the stage shows still photography of the three artists who shaped the future of the music industry in the fifties.

Colin Stewart has worked in professional theatre as Musical Director, bandleader, and musician for nearly thirty years. He has an extensive background working with many top blues artists and an endless list of musical theatre credits. He and Chris have played to capacity crowds throughout Canada and in Europe.

Colin, on bass and vocals, is joined on the stage by John Kenny (Guitars/Vocals), Chris Dahmer (keyboards/vocals) and Todd Lafraniere (drums/vocals)

But wait. There is so much more starting with the first song performed by AARON SOLOMON who pays tribute vocally to Buddy Holly/Richie Valens, et al.  The entire package was made to measure. The band excels, the lead vocalist shines and the audience wants this show to never end. It is must-see now till September 1.

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