One of my favourite times to be in Montreal is in late summer and early fall, when festival frenzy winds down and Montrealers come out to catch the last wave of warm weather. The beat of the city is lush and mellow: flowers are still in bloom, there's time to linger over dinner at a restaurant terrasse, and the mood is purely pleasure-driven.
My favorite can-do town loves to reinvent itself, and it's at it again. Nothing too jarring, though; more of a slow roll. And it's left some confusion among the local populace.
"Don't you know things can change Things'll go your way If you can hold on for one more day" -Wilson Phillips I'm 55 years old and morbidly obese. ...
The Ottawa reunion of us six old Cuba hands, class of the mid 60s, goes swimmingly. Our combined ages reach back to just before the birth of Abraham's...
This week, two European tourists complained about the Canadian car culture after a brief stint in the 10 million square kilometer nation of over 35-million people. The British and Danish complainers now reside in Aarhus, Denmark. While I support criticizing a country, it is also good to have the facts in order. To that end, here are some stats Chabowski should have taken into account before making rush judgments on Canadian society.
Montreal is not the place where an ebony player like Subban can thrive. In a town where blackface is still considered acceptable -- even on the public broadcaster's airwaves, a dark-skinned prodigy in the "white man's game" just can't get the respect nor the remuneration he's earned.
Don't get us wrong -- the beach will always hold a special place in our hearts. But when sandy toes and sunburn get to be too much, here are ten great alternatives to the typical beach getaway.
The good folks at JFL42 must have known Toronto was getting antsy for comedy, because they offered up a taste of the festival -- an amuse-bouche, if you will -- just this past week. I was ever-so-lucky to see one of the best in the biz, festival alumni Todd Barry.
At its best, YouTube is the Garden of Eden; not only for the next generation of comedians, but actually forming the next generation of comedians. It's way more than just a promotional tool. At its worst, YouTube is the ruthless Angel of Death, and perhaps for an entire comedic genre...namely, stand-up. Gulp.
Meditation might just offer what the world needs, if only human beings could be gifted with a modicum of mindfulness. And mindfulness is, if you ask me, widely, appallingly underestimated. Not to be confused with self-awareness!
The really unfortunate part of the "homeless spikes" panic is that everyone leapt to blame the property owners rather than addressing the issue: we have a homelessness problem. Gawking at the symptoms rather than searching for a cure is a waste of time. Those solutions exist, and are widely agreed upon by experts. It's time that provinces and municipalities move aggressively to mitigate homelessness.
Canada celebrates its 147th birthday on July 1 and Vacay.ca has team members in the nation's four largest metropolitan areas. Here's what's happening on Canada Day in Toronto, Montreal, Calgary and Vancouver.
This week marks the start of the 35th Montreal Jazz Festival, an annual celebration of music that despite its name, really elevates a range of styles to an international stage for 11 days in Montreal.
Montreal has shown up again on our radar this summer because of the second annual MURAL festival, a large gathering of art fans, performances and live...
A parade of remarkable (but rarely thrilling) acts take the stage, one after the other, with a rhythm closer to "The Ed Sullivan Show" than traditional Cirque. This revue approach is disappointing not only because the show has no flow, but because it does not build to a climax.
Cirque du Soleil is certainly not new, but their artistry for reinvention is nearly as remarkable as the magic they create on stage.