The POP Montreal festival has announced a concert titled God Is Alive, Magic Is Afoot: A Montreal Tribute to Leonard Cohen, taking place Thursday, Dec. 15 at the Rialto Theatre. The concert is being presented with the blessing of Cohen’s family, and will feature Montreal musicians and writers performing Cohen’s songs and reciting his texts.
It was a very proud David Bensoussan I chatted with a few days ago about the annual Festival Sefarad de Montréal, which began last Saturday night and concludes on Dec. 11. NDG MNA and Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusion Kathleen Weil has accepted the honourary presidency. There will be about 15 events in all, ranging from concerts, conferences, art exhibitions and tributes. Montreal‘s Sephardic Jewish community is about 20,000 strong. “This festival started out 20 years ago as a way for our members to remember their home countries, be it Morocco, Iraq, Egypt and others,” said Bensoussan. “Now it is a celebration of our culture and it is so wonderful to see the involvement of our youth.”
Every year Infinithéâtre presents Québec’s newest discoveries in The Pipeline, the annual, popular series of free public play readings where the audience takes centre stage. Guy Sprung, Infinithéâtre’s artistic director, is excited about The Pipeline’s 11th year, and to share their views from Friday, December 2 – Sunday, December 4 at the Rialto Theatre’s Infinite Studio. On offer will be the three winning plays from the ninth annual Write-On-Q! playwriting competition, which boasts the largest English literary prize in Québec.
For the first time, a Canadian woman is getting a new front-facing home on our currency. This week, the Bank of Canada narrowed the field to five. Civil rights activist Viola Desmond, poet E. Pauline Johnson, suffragist Idola Saint-Jean, Olympic medalist Fanny Rosenfeld and aviation pioneer Elsie MacGill were all on the short list released by the Bank of Canada this week.
A trip to Edmonton might not mean much to most, but for the “Deaf Crows” it’s the trip of a life time. “Deaf Crows” is a one-act group in Regina that’s hoping to go to Edmonton for the first-ever deaf theatre festival in Canada, Sound Off. They’ve received their invite and now all that’s left to do is raise the money to get there.
Canada has a new show-business angel, and it’s called the National Arts Centre. Starting in 2017, the NAC will invest $3-million per year in ambitious performing-arts works from anywhere in Canada, whether or not those shows appear on NAC stages.
Hamilton, the musical, has long been a hot ticket, with shows sold out months in advance and scalpers selling passes for hundreds – if not thousands – of dollars. Last week, it became a hot button, after actor Brandon Victor Dixon delivered a message from his colleagues to theatre-goer and Vice-President-elect Mike Pence.