Cirque du Soleil remains one of the most creative performance companies in the world with an international impact that addresses and connects all peoples around the globe through its powerful artistry of acrobatics and storytelling through the physical form.
From where to sleep, the best place to eat, the hippest place to shop and the most stimulating place to work your brain -- Montreal has it all. Here's a guide to the city with our favourite hot spots, and the places we know you won't regret visiting. On y va!
Friday night was Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson's The Immortal Tour in Washington, D.C. at the Verizon Center. This show has something for everyone.
I have long loved Michael Jackson's music and there was no attempt to manufacture any sort of contrived story line. So, it was a winner in my book.
True to its title, this Cirque du Soleil offering is much darker and more twisted than previous shows.
I was in Montreal recently with a few oenophilic friends for a wine bar crawl. Didn't you know? Montreal is kind of a wine lover's paradise.
The secret law during the G20 and the list of laws passed in Québec to quell protests share a common characteristic: they're virtually impossible to enforce consistently. What good is a law that, once passed, is applied selectively? It places a tremendous amount of power in the hands of police who have proven unable to yield such powers appropriately.
When the Mirror was launched in the mid-1980s, it touted its independence and social purpose. I remember going to benefit concerts and parties organized to help it get off the ground and survive. But it's been shut down, and I fear even an online version wouldn't be able to pay even the most abysmal of salaries, or even reassert itself as a go-to source for young Montreal anglos.
BU is on a roll this summer. First a sophomore gets named the prettiest girl in America and now a rising senior gets named the funniest college kid in the country.
It irks me when I hear people speak of distinct society and how Quebec is so different from the "Rest of Canada" (ROC). The media tries to play on it and so do the politicians. I guess that it's easier to try to sell the idea of sovereignty to someone if you first convince them that you have nothing in common.
Zarkana will excite you, shock you, and generally entertain you whether you're 9 or 99. If you haven't seen a Cirque du Soleil show, my friends, you ain't seen nothing yet.
The days of the yes man are over. Smart managers aren't looking for yes men (or women) -- they're seeking transformative insights and employees who challenge the status quo.
Ten years ago last Sunday, I sat by a window at a breakfast restaurant on de Maisonneuve, ordered a plate of pancakes, got out my journal, and wrote: "What have I just done?" I had just moved to Montreal with $1,000 in my pocket and no job. Ten years later I'm happier than I've ever been -- due in large part to this wonderful city.
How ironic that the most extensive demonstrations we have seen to date in North America have concerned not unemployment, global warming, or the notorious one per cent, but the tuition that Quebec students have to pay for the benefits of a college education. Now two professors at the University of Montreal have likened Quebec to Putin's Russia.
When I heard about the student protests in Montreal, I swallowed the line that Quebec's pampered youth pay lower fees than those in other parts of Canada but aren't aware that education costs money. And then I went to Quebec. There, I heard a different story.
Whatever happens in Quebec happens in Quebec; it is beyond our control here in Ontario. What is alarming however, is that, as of this past weekend, Ontario students have begun to petition to bring the movement to their province. And all in the name of that often-used, deflated word "solidarity." This would be disastrous.