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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The Rail


The Rail Coal Fire Bistro

Since I started playing Poker at Playground, I often tried different dishes off the menu and was always satisfied. Whether it was bacon and eggs, cheese omelet, French toast, or pancakes it was always prepared beautifully and served on a moveable table that allowed me to continue playing while I ate.

Lunchtime and supper time the menu changed and the table d’hote always offered a good selection of dishes.

When Playground started offering entertainment in the Tent which had been erected to provide additional space for Poker Tournaments, I started taking Shirley with me and thought about having supper with her at the Rail before the show. Unfortunately for us, the line waiting for tables would prevent us from being on time for the show, so we did the next best thing; we sat at the bar and were served quickly and efficiently.

Tonight we allowed time to have supper at the Rail at 5:30 and see the show at 6:45 P.M.

It is no wonder that there are line ups. The food is always fresh, whether it is a pizza, a salad, a Club Sandwich, a burger or a steak (and yes, I have tried them all). The servers are always pleasant and reliable, and the ambiance is most inviting for casual dining.

Our server at supper was Shayne and he was “on the spot” from the moment we were ready to order and never far away when needed for anything. Anything included more water, more coffee, etc. He even had a sense of humour that could tolerate my own.

After the show, we decided a dessert and coffee was in order so where better than the Rail? Here we were served by Morgane who also made us feel right at home and glad we had stopped by.

Whoever trains the staff of the Rail is doing everything right. 

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Blues Brothers

Playground Entertainment Presents

Blues Brothers Tribute Show

November 8, 2019

Under the Big Top

There once was a band that played a Blues Brothers tribute show, but what happens when you outshine the ‘tribute’ mantle? Allow me to introduce you to The Soul Men. With all due respect to the fine tribute bands, I have reviewed over the past few weeks, and those yet to come over the next few weeks, this was the show of shows.

From the moment these two danced their way onto the stage dressed in the compulsory black suits, black fedoras, white socks and dark glasses they had us locked in. Lead singer, Greg Hill is “Joliet” Jake E Blues and Brent Moetara on vocals and harmonica is brother Elwood J. Blues.

They exert so much energy as they leap around the stage, and especially Brent who is constantly leaping off the stage and running laps around the room while never ceasing to make the harmonica speak. I would like to give the full credit due to all the members of the amazing band, but unfortunately at the time I am writing this review I was unable to get the list of personnel. When I do receive it I will do an update on this show. The band consisted of keyboards, guitar, bass, and drums. The drummer and musical director was extraordinary and was featured doing a beautiful version of Ray Charles’ Georgia on My Mind. The Bass player, a Rock, and Roll Hall of Famer, I remember from another era when he played with Lou Reed on the Transformer LP. One of my favorite cuts was Take a Walk on the Wildside. Unfortunately, that album was the victim of a flood that took out a good part of a record collection that included a David Bowie collector’s album, but I digress,

Much more entertainment to follow in the tent. Stay informed at

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Playground Entertainment

Playground Entertainment

It was too good to stop, so the Tent will continue to give us Vegas Style Entertainment starting Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 P.M. The good news is free admission for members, and the better news is that membership is free. All that is required is photo ID 18 years old or over.

Here is the schedule of shows starting this week.

Thursday, November 7 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Tom Petty with Practically Petty

Friday, November 8 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute  to the Blues Brothers with Soul Brothers

Saturday, November 9, at 7:00 P.M.

Return engagement Brit 60’s Experience with the  Hi-Fins

Thursday, November 14 at 7:00 P.M.

Fleetwood Mac Tribute with Fleetwood Mack Mania

Friday, November 15 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute to the Beatles with Help

Saturday, November 16 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Abba with ABBAmania

Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to Tina Turner with Simply the Best

Starring Karen Durrant

Friday, November 22 at 8:00 P.M.

Tribute to Dianna Ross, Aretha Franklin, Donna Summer with the legendary Ladies of Soul

Saturday, November 23 at 7:00 P.M.

Tribute to the Rolling Stones with The Blushing Brides

As always in our effort to promote local talent, all shows open with the talented duo, Less Than Four.

What’s next? Who knows? Keep watching Soon to be a podcast.

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GT Radial

GT Radial

On April 29, 2019, we purchased 4 195/65R15 GT Radial Touring AS Tires @ $95.00 each plus $12.00 new tire surcharge and $7.80 for valve stems from a reputable dealer in Montreal. We were told that there was a $40 rebate on the purchase of 4 tires providing we submitted the official rebate form and original proof of purchase.

We mailed all documents within the allowed time frame (posted by 6/30/19) and allowed 8-10 weeks and have received no acknowledgment from the company Giti Tires 18-35303 611 Wonderland North London, Ont.

Our dealer tells us we are not the first to complain.

I intend to take this to the Better Business Bureau and Quebec Consumer Affairs if there is no reply in the next ten days.

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