Cohen Confidential

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

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In the same week that Annie DeMelt announced that she will be leaving CTV Montreal as a reporter and weekend anchor for a new career in communications at the McGill University Health Centre (MUHC), Elysia Bryan Baynes has confirmed with me that she is retiring from Global News Montreal.

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Watch out for Dollard des Ormeaux native and Riverdale High School grad Jesse Stone! This rocker knows how to put on a show. Before heading out to Saudi Arabia to perform at the Dakar Rally on New Year’s Day with Dawn Tyler Watson, Angel Forrest, and Jonas Tomalty, he and his team organized …

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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…