Being so intimately familiar with the dense and chewy texture of Murray's bagels in New York, or the reliably large kettle-boiled ones from Nussbaum & Wu, I wasn't expecting much from Montreal. But I was deliciously surprised.
Time flies when you're having fun. It's hard to believe that half a century has passed since A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum debuted at the Alvin Theatre on May 8, 1962.
That's right. If Cirque du Soliel's Totem had to compete against the U.S. women's Fab Five in the Olympics, they would win.
You have a choice. You can either shovel out a Ben Franklin or two for a seat at a Cirque du Soleil performance in Vegas or New York or one of the other hundreds of venues where the innovative circus arts company performs. Or you can head to Quebec City and see an equally-impressive Cirque show for... Free.
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.
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