Cohen Confidential

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

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When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in mid-March, Restaurant Sho-dan on Metcalfe Street closed its doors like others in the industry. For more than 20 years this place has been traditionally packed for lunch and dinner during regular operating hours, so for charismatic owner Chinh Pham (best know…

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As we continue to navigate through this COVID-19 pandemic crisis, are enough people taking seriously the law requiring that people aged 12 and over wear masks or face coverings in enclosed or partially enclosed public places?

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When Mark Bergman was relieved of his duties as program director and drive home show host on Virgin Radio in the spring of 2019  after more than 20 years of service, he left as a gentleman. Naturally devastated at the time, he knew what kind of business he had signed up for and immediately j…

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During the course of this pandemic I have repeatedly praised our local media for their fabulous coverage. On the English side, our four TV stations (CTV , CBC, Global and City) and two news talk radio stations (CJAD and CBC Radio One) have indeed been on their game. But what about TSN 690? W…

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Usually about now the hype would be underway for the annual Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. But due to the COVID-19 pandemic the 2020 edition has been rescheduled for the fall when organizers hope they will be able to present live shows.

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I have known Barry Nashen for a very long time. Friends and family merely refer to him as “Schmidt,” for reasons I never understood. Nonetheless, I always great him warmly as “Schmidty Boy!” By day he and his brother Jeff run Nashen Technologies , a go to source for IT solutions and consulting.

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Amanda Kline has officially be named the new weekend anchor for CTV Montreal. Since Annie DeMelt left the station in January to become part of the MUHC’s Communications Department, Kline has been doing most of those newscasts and was clearly a very good fit. She starts on May 2.

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What is the immediate future of the airline industry? The COVID-19 pandemic has halted leisure travel while  most businessmen I speak to are not going anywhere either. Quite simply, airlines have gone into a complete tailspin as closed borders and travel controls crater demand. The Internati…

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As the COVID-19 pandemic crisis keeps us all indoors, Secondary I Herzliah High School student Rachel Dara is using her musical talents to keep herself busy and entertaining others. In addition she has launched her own "Covid Concerts" on Saturday nights (7:30 to 8:30 pm) to help alleviate t…

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I just got back from We Will Rock You (WWRY) at Place des Arts and if I was not already previously booked, I might have returned for the final show Wednesday evening (Feb 12). Yes it was that good.

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Anorexia and Bulimia Québec (ANEB) is a non-profit organization based in Pointe Claire that guarantees free, immediate and specialized help to people with an eating disorder and to their loved ones. It has offered specialized services for 30 years and maintains its presence in various places…

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It was six years ago that Katie Markham first made a name for herself as a performing artist when she became one of the seven finalists in the X Factor UK television show in London, England. But what came next was totally surreal for her, being hand-picked by international recording supersta…