Last month a slate of 20 international and Canadian street artists descended on Montreal's Boulevard Saint-Laurent for the inaugural edition of the MU...
It's a strange dichotomy I live these days, the two week eye-of-the-storm frenzy of the Just For Laughs Festival. And although the experience is indeed unique, I suspect it is a wide-reaching metaphor for those not as (plant tongue firmly in cheek now) "fortunate" to make their living in the business of show.
Directed by Québec's then-22-year-old Dolan (now 24), the sweeping romantic epic looks at the decade-long love affair between a trans woman and her female-identified, ever-passionate partner.
Civilized would be an understatement when it comes to Montreal, a city where you're not allowed to build a building higher than Mont Royal Park and where, during the annual Jazz Festival, two thirds of the (over 100) jazz, rock, blues, reggae, soul, and other bands play for free. Here are six other great things to do in Montreal in the summer.
I believe the time has come for the National Assembly of Quebec to legislate a limit on a mayor's tenure in the province's cities. As in many other jurisdictions, two terms are more than sufficient, whereas clinging to power for extended periods of time leads to cronyism and conspiracy as has been well demonstrated by the Montreal and Laval experience!
As a proud Canadian fortunate enough to make my living as a stand-up comedian (primarily in Canada) for the past 16 years I'm usually faced with the same question from everyone I meet: "How do you make a LIVING?" I think what they're really asking is, "how are you still in Canada?" given the state of the stand-up comedy "industry."
The MURAL Festival in Montreal took over Boulevard Saint-Laurent this past weekend. More than 25 local, national and international street artists work...
Gripping the suspended bar, he vaults off the platform and flies into the air, pumping higher with each sweep.
Hot jazz, cool comedy, fine dining and fabulous European café culture. The world's second-largest French-speaking city after Paris promises all that and more during the sultry season.
The Sketchbook Project is a collection of more than 27,000 sketchbooks from 135 countries. The crowd-funded project, dubbed a traveling library of artists' sketchbooks, started in 2010 and invites people -- artistic or not -- to tell their stories by filling and donating sketchbooks.
I spent the weekend speaking at a conference gathering of Quebec's Young Chamber of Commerce Groups. People actually talked about -- of all things -- a business card! While there were other cards on the table, they were basically ignored. The utter impracticality of the Jack card made it a conversation piece, and cut through the clutter.
Used as an adjective to describe a company's stature, the word "Leader" has degenerated into an ineffective cliché, one that is not only a weak, second-rate aspiration, but a hard-to-measure milestone that shines as bright as a plastic neon glowstick...and lasts about as long as one, too.
I was welcomed to Montreal in two languages, a kiss on both cheeks, and a warning not to drink the city water. Don't brush your teeth; don't cook with it, don't even look at it -- unless you boil it first. I haven't showered. Dishes are piled up in the sink.
Last Tuesday, I was introduced to a young man who will be working for me this summer as our advertising and promotional coordinator at Just For Laughs. He was introduced as "The New Theo." When your job becomes your name, you've done something right.
At the stroke of midnight on Saturday, the six survivors in the 2013 edition of the Montreal International Musical Competition, this year devoted to the violin, were announced from the stage of Bourgie Concert Hall at the Montreal Fine Arts Museum.
The euphoria of continually going back to the well and finding it full is, in my mind, short-lived and dangerous. No matter what your business, if your dreamy current sales projections are based predominantly -- or entirely -- on what you've produced before, you are in for a rude awakening.