Come  From Away

A scene from Come From Away on Broadway

Evenko will turning up the power for Broadway musicals in 2019. The Rock of Ages 10th Anniversary Tour hits the Place des Arts for one night only on March 22, but I have been told that the Tony Award winning made in Canada production of Come From Away will be here in September. This is the remarkable true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them following the September 11 attacks in New York City. Cats and Fiddler on the Roof are also en route here.

IRISHMAN OF THE YEAR: I was pleased to attend last Saturday’s annual Irishman of the Year Breakfast at the Plaza Centre Ville. Tim Furlong and his team from the Erin Sports Association did another magnificent job honouring Father John Walsh. See my blog for a nice recap and I will have more on this in next week’s Society column.

PACETTI BACK TO THE BOOKS: It was nice to see my old CEGEP classmate Massimo Pacetti at the breakfast. Massimo was the Liberal Member of Parliament for St. Léonard- St. Michel and unceremoniously expelled from the party by leader Justin Trudeau for alleged personal misconduct. Nothing was ever proven. Pacetti has returned to his practice as a chartered accountant. Meanwhile, his successor Nicola Di Iorio did not even last a full term in office and we all know the hot water Trudeau is in.

AGORA SHOW: Phenomena, the newest creation of Ismaël Mouaraki, will be presented at Agora on Bleury from March 13 to 16. In this show, the choreographer revisits urban dance through contemporary dance. Moreover, the choreographer’s company, Destins Croisés is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.

KAGAN’S LIFE STORY: I do not read a lot of books, but when Sheldon Kagan offered to send me a copy of his recently published biography, how could I say no? Not In A Shy Way: The Sheldon Kagan Story is such an excellent piece of work I devoured every page in one sitting. There’s also an added bonus for any Montrealer who grew up hearing him spin tunes at a bar mitzvah, sweet sixteen or high-end concert: lots of nostalgia. For 50 years he was one of Montreal’s leading event producers. Not In A Shy Way is available on Amazon and Kindle. It is also on sale at Librarie Cleo the Pointe Claire Shopping Centre.

GOLEM OF HAMPSTEAD: Montreal author, screenwriter, producer and educator Jacob Potashnik began facilitating a series of eight Wednesday night workshops for the Quebec Writers’ Federation (QWF) last week at the Atwater Library on screenwriting entitled Whose Story Is It? From Prose To Screenplay In 8 Painless Lessons. Potashnik’s most recent publication is called The Golem of Hampstead and Other Stories, a collection of short stories written over 30 years about Montreal and other places.

COHEN CHATTER: To visualize intercultural dialogue, guest curator Prof.Norman Cornett is inviting the public to a group exhibit, Thaw, featuring six artists from different cultural and linguistic backgrounds through March 17 at Galerie Erga on Boulevard St.Laurent. Info: ... Spotted at the hot new Orangetheory Fitness studio on Somerled in NDG last week taking part in one of the impressive one hour workouts was CTV National News Montreal correspondent Vanessa Lee… A women’s lunch group in the West End is looking for members (50 and over) to join. Contact Gail at 514.484.2033…Jeremy Searle served as a Montreal city councillor for the NDG Loyola District from 1994 to 2005 and again from 2013-2017. The latter term saw him mired in controversy. Can he ever get re-elected? Well he insists he will be on the ballot in 2021. In fact he is already delivering flyers door to door attacking the Projet Montréal Plante administration.

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