Cohen Confidential

Mike Cohen blogs on breaking news, rumours, celebrity sightings and up to date reports on Montreal media news.

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It was surreal to be at Place des Arts Tuesday night to actually see the Montreal premiere of the Broadway smash Come From Away. From the moment I broke the story in The Suburban that evenko would be bringing this made in Canada musical here,  I could not go anywhere for months without peopl…

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Bell Media struck again last week with some of his heartless staff cuts. This time TSN 690 morning show co-host and Alouettes/Impact play by play announcer Rick Moffat and CJAD weekday morning weather forecaster Eramelinda Boquer were the victims.

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It looks like Oscar Yazedjian and Alex La Prova have another winner on their hands, with the debut of Laval Comiccon at Place Sports Experts, which runs October 5 and 6. I arrived early and there was already a sizeable lineup at the front door. There was VIP entry at 10 am and an hour later …

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CBC Montreal Radio One 88.5 FM has announced that Sabrina Marandola will be the new host of the local afternoon show. The program, previously known as Homerun, will be called ‘Let’s Go’ with Sabrina Marandola and air  weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. She succeeds Sue Smith, who recently retired.

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As expected,  Vinny Barrucco returned to Montreal radio today as the new co-host of the Virgin Radio Montreal morning show. His mystery on air partner was also revealed and she is Shannon King, previously of Kiss FM in Sudbury. They replace the very popular Freeway Frank and Natasha Gargiulo.

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On April 1 I wrote an April Fool’s day blog that Freeway Frank (Franco Depalo)and Natasha Gargiulo would be moving to the drive home show spot on Virgin Radio Montreal  to make way for Vinny Barrucco, who recently left  The Beat 92.5 FM.

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I was so excited to be in town this summer for the  37th edition annual Just For Laughs Festival. Usually it conflicts with my vacation period. I was able to review a number of shows and experience the  energizing street festival in front of Place des Arts.

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How exciting it was for me to see the Howie Mandel Gala as part of the Just For Laughs Festival at the Place des Arts. On July 24 he hosted the prestigious CW Gala! This was the fifth consecutive time Mandel, a part owner JFL now, hosted a lineup of top comedic all-stars. Featured were Rache…

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It is never easy to review The Just For Laughs Festival’s iconic presentation of The Nasty Show for a family newspaper like The Suburban. Simply put: there are no rules here. The stand up performers can be as cruel and profane as they wish. That is what the audience pays for.

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Exactly three months to the day of his departure from Virgin Radio, Mark Bergman returns to the airwaves for the summer with The Beat 92.5 FM. “It’s a thrill to be back on-air, connecting with Montrealers again! And the amazing team at The Beat understands exactly what it means to connect lo…

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I cannot recall being more excited about a prospective owner of a Montreal sports franchise than when news broke that movie theatre mogul, real estate tycoon, restaurateur and TV star Vincenzo Guzzo is the odds on favorite to add the football Alouettes to his stable. The Canadian Football Le…

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Last week I wrote an April Fool's Day article that Vinny Barrucco would be returning to Virgin Radio after his non-compete clause with The Beat 92.5 FM concluded. I was surprised by the angry reaction I got from some people at the station, particularly since radio  shows are especially known…

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*Is Vinny really returning to Virgin Radio? It seems this story has upset some people and I apologize for that. I ask everyone to please read it until the very end. I have now adjusted the headline as well.

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People of all ages filled the Place des Arts Friday night, March 29 to see a motion picture classic backed by a live orchestra. Jurassic Park in Concert is so good, I am sure everyone who saw the movie in this format hopes for the same treatment to be done for the rest of the series.

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The lower part of Queen Mary Road in Snowdon has not been kind to restaurants in recent years, with perhaps the exception of Yia Sou. Parthenon moved next door to the latter, changed its name to Vali and eventually closed. The same thing occurred with the iconic Blanche Neige, which relocate…