Mike Cohen

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Check in with our city columnist to hear more about newsmakers in our community, as well as celebrity sightings, rumours and gossip.

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I think it is safe to say that so many radio listeners miss the voices of Natasha Gargiulo and Freeway Frank since they were let go last summer by Virgin Radio. But for the past week and until Jan. 26 fans can see Natasha up close and personal in her new role as an actress in the presentatio…

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Before the Christmas break, longtime Laval resident and ever so charismatic broadcaster Frank Cavallaro announced that he would be stepping away from his full-time gig as weather forecaster for CBC Television News and Radio. He has been replaced by Catherine Verdon-Diamond (CVD), late of Bre…

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During my recent visit to the Montreal Canadiens press box, I got to meet longtime Laval resident Danny Cattelan who works as a National Hockey League official for home games at the Bell Centre as a statistician.

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More than 500 people attended the Cedars Auction and Raffle Soirée last month at iconic Le Windsor for a festive evening to help the Cedars Cancer Foundation go beyond in its efforts to help cancer patients and their families. This year, all of the $400,000 in proceeds will support the Psych…

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It is that time again readers for me to look deep into my crystal ball and forecast, partly tongue in cheek, what we may expect in the year ahead. I therefore give you my top 20 predictions for 2020.

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NEW YORK — Over the years I have had the good fortune of travelling to many places around the world. But this holiday season I chose one of my all-time favorites with a short trip to New York City.

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The annual ORT Montreal Ted Wise Gala for Jewish Education is indeed one of the more remarkable fundraising events in the community. I am still in awe of what I saw transpire just over a week ago at the Place des Arts. America’s Got Talent winner Mat Franco might have been the professional m…

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Old Montreal might not exactly be next door to Laval, but do not tell that to the Duvernay-based husband and wife team of Anna Giampà and Matteo Fiorilli. She was the chair of the iconic Centaur Theatre’s recent fundraising gala while Matteo served as catering chair. More than $160,000 was raised.

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The elegant and traditional Viennese Ball of Montreal took place recently at the Hotel Marriott Château Champlain under the distinguished patronage of the Austrian Ambassador to Canada Stefan Pehringer, and of the Honorary Consul General of Austria Marc Bissell. Guest of honour was Patrick C…

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The McGill IBD (Inflammatory Bowel Disease) Research Group held its annual “Laugh Your Butt Off” fundraising event recently at the Oscar Peterson Hall in NDG, featuring popular American standup comedian Orny Adams as the featured performer. A total of $282,236 was raised to provide state of …

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Presented by the Association of English-language Publishers of Quebec (AELAQ) and the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF), the Holiday Pop-Up Book Fair invites book lovers to browse, buy and get books signed just in time for holiday gift-giving. There are hundreds of new titles including fictio…

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Tracy Braunstein, Sheila Engel Katz and their team at Full Circle Productions Mtl, fresh off a successful spring production at the Centaur, are getting into the holiday spirit. They will present Musicals & Mistletoe at the Rialto Theatre on Avenue du Parc, with shows Dec. 15 to 18. “This…

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The 2019 ORT Montreal Ted Wise Gala for Jewish Education will take place on Sun. Dec. 8, 9 at Place des Arts, with a cocktail dinatoire followed by the show. Honourees this year are community leaders Jonathan Goodman, Jeff Hart, Dean Mendel and Gideon Pollack while the featured performer wil…

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What could be better than a seemingly neverending buffet, cocktail dinatoire style, at trendy Estiatorio Milos on Parc Avenue? That is where Linda Smith and Andrew Hops co-hosted My Big Fat Greek Fundraiser 2, benefiting the Miriam Foundation. Among the board members on hand were Chairman To…

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Tifereth Beth David Jerusalem Congregation (6519 Baily Road) in Côte Saint-Luc will continue with its free medical education series on Sat. Nov. 23 (7:30 pm) as Dr. David Zukor leads an evening on the topic of orthopedics entitled My Bones and Joints Hurt: What Can I Do About It?

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When I arrived a bit early at YUL Montreal Trudeau International Airport recently to pick up family members, I pulled into the Doubletree by Hilton Montreal Airport unaware that I would be crossing paths with somewhat of a celebrity. Behind the bar was Kevin Mazzo, who it turns out is one of…

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Cantor Danny Benlolo is one exceptional individual. He arrived in Montreal two years ago via Ottawa at the Shaare Zedek Congregation in NDG and most recently joined the team at the Spanish and Portuguese Synagogue in Snowdon and coming with him was the Montreal Shira Choir, an inclusive grou…

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Camp Amy Molson, which caters predominantly to Montreal youth living below the poverty line, held its annual fundraiser earlier this month at the Mount Royal Tennis Club — a huge success in terms of attendees and money raised. The total raised was over $22,000, allowing them to help almost 7…

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Jason Finucan pulls no punches. In his recently published book about his own battles with mental illness, entitled Jason: 1 | Stigma: 0, he shares his alarmingly candid personal experiences with an engaging storytelling style. Offering insight on how we perceive illness in our society today,…

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Patrick Malley discovered his passion for the trapeze during the mid-’90s during a trip to Club Med. Fascinated by the circus arts, he learned how to fly, then to catch and finally how to teach. He launched his first business called Trapeze en Piste in Mont Tremblant in 1996. Five years late…

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What if one man could change history? That is what local author Steven Lazaroff asks readers in his latest book, A Question of Time, available for pre-order on Amazon.ca and releasing officially on Oct. 29.

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The wonderful men and women behind the Becket Players distributed cheques to the three charities which benefitted from their musical production Hooked on a Feeling fundraiser last May: The Sian Bradwell Fund via the Montreal Children’s Hospital Foundation, The West Island Association for the…

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It has been a few years now since Oscar Yazedjian and his wife Elizabeth Jutras moved to Laval. Oscar is the co-founder of the Montreal, Ottawa and Quebec Comiccon events; Elizabeth serves as head of communications. Last weekend they made a dream come true, introducing the first-ever Laval C…

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One of Canada’s foremost chamber music ensembles, Musica Camerata Montreal, is celebrating its remarkable 50th season. The husband and wife team of Luis Grinhauz (violin) and Berta Rosenohl (piano) are joined by violist Van Armenian and cellists Sofia Gentile and Bruno Tobon.

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It has been almost 50 years since Christos Kalogrias opened a tiny café and lunch stop in Laval called Arahova Souvlaki. Today, 10 franchises are thriving while the company’s line of different products, from tzatziki to taramosalata, can be found at a variety of grocery stores.

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When I sat down to interview Montreal Impact President and CEO Kevin Gilmore before last Wednesday’s Canadian Championship game at Saputo Stadium against Toronto FC, he had a full head of hair. That won’t the case in a few days when he participates in the Leucan Shaved Heads Challenge, as pa…

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I made it a point to be at Le Windsor last Thursday night as the Jewish National Fund, Israel’s premier social infrastructure organization, paid tribute to the exceptional Barbara Seal at its 65th Sapphire Jubilee celebration. She accepted the honour because she hopes to seed future medical …

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Saint Dorothée resident George Boussios believes Co-op Taxi deserves some competition. But according to Quebec law, they have a monopoly. Boussios is the president of Taxi Champlain. His company’s 350 drivers can take someone to Laval or bring someone into Montreal, but they are not permitte…

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Pierre Jarry enjoyed a 10-year career in the National Hockey League, playing for the New York Rangers, Toronto Maple Leafs, Detroit Red Wings and Minnesota North Stars. Last week he and his wife Nancy Savoie were once again at centre ice, handling media relations for the annual La Notte in B…

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CBC Montreal Radio One 88.5 FM last week announced that Laval resident Sabrina Marandola will be the new host of the local afternoon show. The program, previously known as Homerun, is now called “Let’s Go” with Sabrina Marandola and airs weekdays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. She succeeds Sue Smith,…

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If there was an award for Most Dedicated Local Stand Up Comic in Montreal, Joey Elias would win the title hands down. I never get tired of watching him perform, as he always comes up with fresh new routines. When community organizations need a hand, Joey steps up to the plate. Such will be t…

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Hope for Dementia, a non-profit organization that works towards supporting the cause of safeguarding healthy brains in our aging population, is gearing up for its next gala event on Friday evening, Sept 27 at the Whitlock Golf & Country Club in Hudson.

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When internationally-acclaimed storyteller and concert pianist Mona Golabek co-wrote the book The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival, the recounting of her own mother’s tale of hope during the Second World War, she never dreamed that…

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Beaconsfield’s Jayne DeLuca has adored dogs all of her life. Growing up in Thunder Bay, Ontario, she started her own dog walking business at the age of 10.

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If there was an award for best trailer for a local stage production, then Ally Brumer and her team at Contact Theatre would certainly be a nominee. A relative newcomer to the Montreal theatre scene, they aim to produce high-quality musicals that focus on Broadway’s most risqué productions th…