Cohen Confidential

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

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The 26th edition of the CINEMANIA Film Festival is well underway, continuing through November 22. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s selections of French movies with English sub-titles are only available online for the bargain basement price of $8 per film or $65 for a complete pa…

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Montreal businessman Jon Gurman was shopping at Party Expert Friday when he came upon a costume accessory which offended him as a Jew. For $3.99 you can own the most sinister moustache known to mankind. While the chain does not advertise it that way, it can only be described as a Hitler mous…

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I do not attend too many film festivals in Montreal. Over the last few years I have taken a shine to CINEMANIA, which always features some superb French films with English sub-titles. For its 26th edition, CINEMANIA will be taking a “hybrid” approach with screenings both in theatres as well …

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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…