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The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) and conductor Boris Brott will finally be performing in front of their loyal audience for the first time in over a year. Having worked hard to establish an online presence during the pandemic, the OCM will present its final two concerts of the season…

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April is National Poetry Month, and according to the League of Canadian Poets, this year’s theme is resilience. And if anyone knows about resilience, it’s Greg Santos.

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The Segal Centre for Performing Arts is welcoming back audiences to the theatre with Every Brilliant Thing by Duncan Macmillan with Johnny Donahoe. Produced in association with Hudson Village Theatre, this enlightening and hopeful play is directed by Dean Patrick Fleming (Hudson Village Thea…

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Everyone loves to reminisce and think about “simpler times,” and no one knows this more than Donald Houston. Today, the retired EMSB administrator lives in Dorval with his wife, and their three grown sons and grandson all live close by around Montreal.

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In response to public interest, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) and the Museum Boutique and Bookstore will be reopening on Wednesday evenings until 8 p.m., starting March 31. They will also be open to the public on Easter Sunday and Monday, April 5 and 6.

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The Opéra de Montréal recently announced that it will be webcasting one of its most large-scale recent productions, Carmen by Bizet. Presented in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier in 2019, this classic of the repertoire is the result of a collaboration with Quebec filmmaker Charles Binamé, who directe…

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Thrilled with the Quebec government’s recent decision to reopen theatres, Centaur Theatre is proceeding with the remount of Catherine-Anne Toupin’s MOB, the hit play that was interrupted by Covid-19 more than a year ago. A total of 8 shows will be presented from March 26 to April 3 with even…

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When this review was published in The Suburban on March 11, 2020, little did we or anyone know that within a few days, the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic would force everything to shut down — including local theatre. Now, a year later, those same local theatres are talking the necessary baby…

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The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced in late February that Kent Nagano received the honorary title of Conductor Emeritus of the Orchestra. Appointed by the Board of Directors, becoming the third Music Director of the OSM to receive this recognition after Wilfrid Pelletier an…

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Among the many things that Covid-19 has deprived me of is the joy of attending live concerts in person. The following is my review printed in The Suburban of the last concert I saw in March 2020 before theatres were shut down.

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Festival de la Voix is back, now in its 8th year, and all events will be online running from Sunday, March 14 to Saturday, April 10. The lineup includes Canadian composers and musicians in four concerts and three vocal workshops, and the event will be livestreamed from venues in the West Isl…

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The Great Oscar Peterson is the subject of latest Canadian heritage Minute, which follows Canada’s most honoured jazz musicians from his humble beginnings in the Black neighbourhood of Little Burgundy in Montreal to his rise to fame.

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The McCord Stewart Museum announced on Feb. 16 the permanent closure of the Stewart Museum, located in the Fort on St. Helen’s Island in Parc Jean-Drapeau. “This decision, approved by the Museum’s Board of Trustees, was made in an extremely difficult financial context with uncertain prospect…

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Starting Thursday, February 11, the McCord Museum is welcoming visitors once again to a safe environment and pleasant experience of the world of haute couture. The Christian Dior exhibition will open to allow more people to admire the sumptuous creations of the brilliant Paris couturier.

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Place des Arts is taking part in the celebration of the 30th anniversary of The Round Table on Black History Month with the presentation of a series of free activities that will shine a spotlight on the talent and commitment of Black artists and cultural stakeholders from Montreal and the pr…

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When writing is a passion, and a pandemic presents an opportunity to explore your pastime, you write! That’s what Amanda Di Zazzo and her mother Pierina Procino Di Zazzo of Montreal did — they worked on and almost simultaneously self-published books recently.

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Daniela Fiorentino, Italian singer from Naples and Montrealer by adoption, launches in Quebec, "Je renaîtrai, tu renaîtras", her French adaptation of the song "Rinascerò, rinascerai", by Italian artists Roby Facchinetti and Stefano D'Orazio. It is a song of love and hope on the thread of sol…

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Following the announcement of the continued temporary closure of Quebec museums, the MMFA decided to extend its Gift of the Holidays by another two weeks. Until January 24 inclusively, five virtual exhibitions, including the latest, GRAFIK! Five Centuries of German and Austrian Graphics, are…

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Centaur Theatre, in collaboration with the Conseil des arts de Montréal (CAM), has launched a call for submissions for a year-long Indigenous Artist Residency for those interested in telling stories that reflect the Indigenous heritage of the Island of Montreal and the Province of Quebec.

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The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM) announced in a January 7 statement that Rafael Payare will become its next Music Director, effective from the 2022-2023 season for a minimum of five years. Mr. Payare assumes the position of Music Director Designate from September 1, 2021, taking o…

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The Opéra de Montréal recently announced a free webcast for the entire family that became available as of December 17. The show Hansel and Gretel, presented by the Atelier lyrique in 2014 in Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts, is now available to view online until January 17, 2021.

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On February 11, 1990, Nelson Mandela, the renowned leader of the movement to end South African apartheid, was released from prison after serving 27 years of his life sentence. A mere four months later, on June 19, a beaming Mandela stood on a stage behind Montreal’s City Hall, flanked by chi…

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The performing arts and local live theatre have taken a real hit throughout the pandemic. Segal Centre member and Westmount resident Carrie Mazoff started experimenting with videography as a hobby at the beginning of the year, and as COVID rolled in this past spring, she began perfecting her…

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The Montreal International Documentary Festival (RIDM) is starting its second week with a new selection of documentaries to explore at home. Starting November 19, the sections Contemplating Dystopia, Becoming Oneself and Challenging Power (presented in collaboration with the CSN) will be add…