Ordinary People

Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau said on Oct. 9 that if re-elected prime minister, his government would lower taxes for the “middle-class” to save an average family almost $600 annually.

Unfortunately M. Trudeau does not know the definition of “middle class” and uses it as a simile for ordinary people.

The true definition of middle class describes the segment of the population that is financially comfortable in a range below the wealthy and above the “have-nots”. If M. Trudeau measures a person’s worth by their possessions he is sadly mistaken. The actual “middle-class” does not need to save almost $600 annually. It is the people living at or below the poverty line who need his tax breaks, not the “middle-class”. The middle class is elitist. If we are to judge a person by their possessions, then we could say that a person who owns a home, an automobile, and a well-furnished home is “middle-class”. The reality is that these people have credit debt which includes a lengthy mortgage, a car loan for 24 to 60 months, and furniture that may have been bought at one of the big box stores with no money down and no interest for one year.

This segment of the population that M. Trudeau refers to as “middle-class”, I will refer to as “ordinary people”. These people live basically from paycheque to paycheque and pay their bills on time. Consumer laws make it compulsory now for the banks and credit card companies to divulge the amount of interest on every statement, and it is not unusual for a statement to say that making a minimum payment on the amount owing could take 15 years to pay the balance. These are issues that do not affect the “middle-class” M. Trudeau. Instead of lowering taxes to save an average family $600 annually, let’s look for a way to guarantee no child will go to bed hungry, and provide shelter for the homeless. The middle-class will look after themselves.

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Kam Do Restaurant

971 Decarie

Ville St-Laurent QC.

Cuisine Chinese, Cantonese, Szechuan, Sushi Maki.

Nothing fancy. Simply good food at extremely reasonable prices. Frequented mostly by locals who live in the area, but I have traveled cross town for years to enjoy their General Tao Chicken. The open kitchen emanates cleanliness. With plenty of metered parking spots, there is rarely a problem of where to park. For those that live in the area, there is delivery and I always see take-out orders lined up waiting to be picked up. Tonight I ate my usual combo of General Tao Chicken with rice and a can of Coke ($9.00) and for an additional $1.50 I changed the steamed rice to fried rice. Although that dish is my favorite the menu provides dishes for every taste. Lots of choices from the various cultures for meat lovers or vegetarians. Try it and you won’t be disappointed.

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New Years Eve Party


What better way to bring in the new year?

Great food, vintage wine, and live entertainment.

I would expect an event of this type anywhere in Montreal, Toronto, or New York City would have a $150 ticket price. And rightfully so. However, Playground Poker is providing all this for a mere $39.00 per person. Don’t delay as tickets will be selling out quickly.

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Candlelight Christmas 2019

The Lyric Theatre Singers

Candlelight Christmas 2019

Loyola Chapel

Concordia University

December 5, 2019


Every year I review the Candlelight Christmas featuring The Lyric Theatre Singers directed by Bob Bachelor, and every year it becomes easier because they just keep getting better. 


This latest ensemble consists of forty great vocalists and six talented musicians who can not only perform but also radiate confidence.

The vocal harmonies are faultless as Bob Bachelor directs his singers whether it is a cappella or with the orchestra. It is apparent that many hours of rehearsal go into this annual event, and that the performers are passionate about their art.

 As for the soloists, my favourite, as she was last year, is Katherine Fournier. This talented soprano never fails to please. She was at the top of her game when she performed Cantique de Noel, and later in the program she blew the roof off reaching notes during a medley that I didn’t catch the title of. I fail to understand why this woman with a voice of gold has never reached out to shows like The Voice where we could share her talent with the rest of the world when not in rehearsals for Candlelight Christmas. Another highlight of the evening was the performance by two students from Face School, Laure Boissinot and Alden Wyatt-Vedady who sang In the Bleak Midwinter.

In the music department, kudos as always to Chad Linsley on piano who plays tirelessly and never misses a note. (Even without a page-turner). Peter Colantonio on percussion and keyboard rounds out the rhythm section. Robin Best on Harp and Sheila Hannigan on Cello both performed admirably and ever-present and on point was Tim Malloch on Flute.

The evening concluded with a Sing-Along and a few extra surprises.

Continues December 6, 8:00 P.M.

          December 7, 4:00 P.M.

December 8,  1:30 P.M.

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Little Dickens

Centaur TheatrePresents

Ronnie Burkett’s

Little Dickens

November 19 – December 15, 2019

If you missed the 2018 Daisy Theatre production Ronnie Burkett Theatre of Marionettes, don’t get left out this year. The 2019 version opened tonight to a sold-out house as they presented a new take on an old classic, A Christmas Carol. As was his previous production, this puppet show is adult content. Ronnie Burkett builds his marionettes and brings them to life in a show that runs two hours and never gets boring. In fact, those of us who know some of the characters from last year have adopted them as favorites. The transition to characters from the Dickens’ novel is easy for Burkett who seems to have as much fun “working” his marionettes as we get as an audience looking in.
The show opened tonight for a 26-day run and has already been extended for six additional performances till December 21. Montreal theatre audiences are very fortunate to have this play in the Christmas season. Give yourself a gift and book your tickets while they are available.

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Topline: The French luxury group LVMH, controlled by billionaire Bernard Arnault, has scooped up the heritage American jeweller Tiffany & Co. for $16.2 billion, making it the biggest luxury brand acquisition ever and adding to the firm’s portfolio, which includes Louis Vuitton and Sephora.

  • The acquisition, confirmed by LVMH on Monday, is the biggest yet by Arnault, Europe’s richest person.
  • LVMH will acquire Tiffany for $135 per share in cash, for a total of $16.2 billion—almost $2 billion higher than the initial bid that LVMH made for the luxury jeweller in October. Tiffany will sit among LVMH’s 79 brands, in its watches and jewellery division.
  • The deal will strengthen LVMH’s position in North America and build on its foundation in the jewellery market.
  • The deal is expected to go through in the middle of 2020, LVMH said. Shares of the Paris-based fashion house were up 2% on Monday morning, while Tiffany shares were up 6% in premarket trading.
  • Arnault said of the move: “We have immense respect and admiration for Tiffany and intend to develop this jewel with the same dedication and commitment that we have applied to each and every one of our Maisons.”

The largest luxury goods deal to date gives LVMH’s billionaire owner Bernard Arnault a bigger slice of one of the fastest-growing upmarket sectors.

Founded in 1837, it employs more than 14,000 people and operates about 300 stores – 12 of them in the UK.

TLVMH has 75 brands, 156,000 employees and a network of more than 4,590 stores. Its other brands include Kenzo, Tag Heuer, Dom Pérignon, Moet & Chandon, and Christian Dior.his company.

Tiffany & Co.

 The reason I wrote the preamble above was to show the narrow-mindedness of the

OQLF and the ridiculous request to have business owners post their brands on outdoor advertising.

In time the OQLF will probably object to the following on the On-Line shopping site


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Quebec‘s language watchdog, the Office Québécois de la Langue Française, wants the retailers to change their signs to either give themselves a generic French name or add a slogan or explanation that reflects what it is they’re selling.

I have an excellent suggestion for a slogan to reflect what the OQLF is selling. It is selling discouragement to mainstream companies to invest in this province. There are ample opportunities for them to open in friendly, welcoming, environments in the other nine provinces of Canada. Why invest in a market where you need to beg for permission to conduct business in one of the official languages of this country? Signage aside, instructing future retailers to greet their customers bilingually is going a little too far. I don’t think a merchant in France would say, “Bon Jour, Hi.

I have editorialized in the past that there are much better ways to use the budget of the OQLF that would better mankind. The alternatives would make this province a better place to live.

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Ladies of Soul

Playground Entertainment presents

Ladies of Soul

A tribute to Motown Legends

Friday, Nov. 22, 2019

Under the Big Top

Another overflow audience to witness an over the top performance by a bevy of gorgeous, talented ladies stylishly dressed, vocally perfect, belting out hit after hit of Diana Ross and the Supremes for sixty-five minutes. The dance floor was happening and the audience was game to sing along. High energy flowed from the trio of singers as well as from the quartet of musicians on guitar, bass, drums, and keyboard.

After the ladies thanked the audience and left the stage, the band continued to play a musical interlude following which the ladies returned to the stage after a complete wardrobe change and performed a medley of Motown hits by Gladys Knight, Aretha Franklin, The Pointer Sisters and, Mary Wells and others.

As is the policy of promoting local talent, the show opened with the always entertaining duo of Less Than Four.

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The Beatles

The Beatles

Playground Entertainment presents

Help the Beatles

Friday, November 15, 2019

Under the Big Top

Founded in 1999 Help quickly became one of the most popular tribute bands in Canada.

Members Norman Di Blasio. R.D. Harris, Ron Stutzand and Pascal Tirapani reproduce so similarly the voices, the moves, the haircuts and the harmony that you will believe you are watching the Beatles.

Friday night Help entertained an overflow audience under the Big Top. The dance floor was jumping and some were dancing right where they sat or in the aisle nearby.

Through three costume changes, we were transported through three eras of the Beatles. From early Beatle classics through Sergeant Pepper (My personal favourite album) to the more mature Beatles collection.

As is the policy of promoting local talent, the show opened with the always entertaining duo of Less Than Four.

Tomorrow evening don’t miss your chance to see the tribute to Abba.

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Fleetwood Mac

Fleetwood Mac

Playground Entertainment presents

Fleetwood Mac Mania

A tribute to Fleetwood Mac

Thursday Nov. 14, 2019

Under the Big Top

At the risk of revealing my age, I have been a fan of Fleetwood Mac since 1967 and owned their recorded music through vinyl to 8 track to cassette and back. I remember seeing them in a venue called the Autostade which I believe is now a Costco store in the Peel Basin.

Singing and playing instruments to the level that Stevie Nicks, Christine McVie, and Lindsey Buckingham complimented the drum style of Mick Fleetwood, is not an easy task. But when you watch this group perform you tend to forget that this is a tribute band.

Although Jenn delivers the Stevie Nicks solos admirably, much must be said about the keyboard performance, the vocal range, and the general mood setting of Connie Scriver who got the dance floor hopping with little effort. Jeremy on guitar and Eddie on drums round out this group which needs to change absolutely nothing. Keep on doing what you have been. It works.

In keeping with the policy of promoting local talent, we were treated once again to a great opening set by Less Than Four.

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