Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion’s A Call to Montréal reaches out to Jewish Montréal…and beyond

Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion at the Segal.

“Returning” for their first Montréal-centric show since the sold-out launch of their award-winning documentary CHEWDAISM: A Taste of Jewish Montréal, the 4-time Canadian Screen Award nominated YidLife Crisis (Jamie Elman and Eli Batalion) have created a brand new one-time virtual show experience celebrating – and lightly roasting – their beloved hometown.

A Call to Montréal is a reach out to the community separated by the COVID-19 pandemic and a reminder to all about its vitality in the face of adversity, all done in classic YidLife comedic love-letter fashion.

Partnering with the Segal Centre as part of their ongoing efforts to connect with audiences digitally, and with the support of a team of Montréal Jewish community organizations including the Cummings Centre, the Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA, and the Jewish Public Library, the one-time-only show will stream at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 22. It will comprise a mix of YidLife Crisis skits and shtiks shot socially-distanced in Montréal and remotely, with various musical performances paying tribute to the city. The show will be followed by a Q&A in which the audience will have the chance to interact with Jamie and Eli. A portion of the proceeds from the special event will help support the presenting partners from the Montréal Jewish community.

“After ‘exporting’ Jewish Montréal to the US and beyond, it gives us great pleasure to ‘return’ to our resilient community and remind them of what they already know: that while we may be down, we’re still alive and – gently – kicking,” say the YidLife Crisis boychiks.

YidLife Crisis is a hit Yiddish web series turned cultural brand using the “Trojan Horse of Comedy” to explore a mix of secular culture, Judaism, Yiddish and multi-culturalism, with the express goal of building bridges both within the polarities of the Jewish community and beyond to global cultures. Since its inception in 2014, YidLife Crisis has grown into a small and vibrant organization reaching literally millions through a combination of “edge-Jew-taining” video content (e.g. eponymous web series, Global Shtetl series exploring Jewish neighborhoods around the world, YidLife Crisis Guide to series, YidBits), and live engagements in dozens of cities across the globe. yidlifecrisis.com

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$18 per person (tax inclusive)

$36 per household (recommended)

How to Watch

Streaming details will be sent to ticket buyers

— Segal Centre for Performing Arts


— Sylvan Adams YM-YWHA

— Cummings Centre

— Jewish Public Library

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