Thursday, 28 April 2016

37e Édition Festival International de Jazz de Montréal

Lever de Rideau sur une Programmation Riche et Variée
du 29 Juin au 9 Juillet 2016

The Curtain Rises on a Rich and Diverse Program
from June 29th till July 9th 2016

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Segal Centre: 2016/17 Theatre Season

Montreal’s answer to Broadway

by Nancy Snipper

Seven hot shows are spotlighted at Segal Centre for its 2016/17 theatre season. Thought-provoking musical comedies, plays about Jewish family members in conflict and  fabulous music feasts, such as the show  that brings Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley in impromptu recording sessions – all inspired by a true story. This Tony-Award winner, Million Dollar Quartet is a boisterous vocal razzle-dazzle display. 
Read about the plays for its upcoming season (plus 2015's final two plays: Bad Jews – May 01-22 and I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change – May 08-29) described below.

Bad Jews by Joshua Harmon. Having received critical acclaim internationally in the U.S., London, South Africa and Israel, Bad Jews will have its Montreal premiere at the Segal, May 1 through May 22, 2016. This play will mark the Segal Centre directorial debut for artistic and executive director Lisa Rubin.
Joshua Harmon's breakout hit play asks what you choose to believe, when you're chosen. When three cousins gather in a cramped Manhattan apartment to mourn the death of their beloved grandfather and fight over a precious family heirloom, they learn there is much more at stake than who gets what. Bursting with crisp, fast-paced dialogue, Bad Jews is an exciting exploration of faith, family and legacy that is as thought-provoking and poignant as it is viciously funny.  
The Segal has assembled a vibrant young Canadian cast featuring former Montrealer Jamie Elman (Mad Men, Frozen and the award-winning hit Yiddish web series YidLife Crisis) as Liam Haber, a hot-tempered intellectual, Victoria Diamond (The Demons, Nouvelle Adresse and most recently at the Centaur in Bus Stops) as Melody his "shiksa" girlfriend, lake Goldsbie (Degrassi: The Next Generation, Being Erica and Kids in the Hall) as Jonah Haber, his much more level-headed younger brother and Sarah Segal-Lazar (Talk Mackerel, In Memoriam and her recent debut album Two if by Sea) as their more traditional and fiery cousin Daphna Feygenbaum. The incredible cast will be supported by an impressive creative team including Brian Dudkiewicz (set and costume design), Rai Erdal (lighting design), and Dmitri Marine (sound design).

I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change
Montreal premiere of the hit Off-Broadway musical
by Tony award-winning writer Joe Dipietro
I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change with book and lyrics by Tony Award®-winning writer Joe DiPietro and music by Jimmy Roberts. This hysterical exploration of love in all its many splendored forms is the second longest running off-Broadway show and will have its Montreal premiere at the Segal May 8 through May 29, 2016.
What Is Love?
This celebration of the mating game deftly lampoons the oh-so-many moods, stages and stumbling blocks of the contemporary conundrum known as "the relationship". From first date jitters to nursing home affections, this laugh-out-loud revue pays tribute to those who have loved and lost, those who have fallen on their face in the quest for romance and those who have dared to ask, "Say, what are you doing Saturday night?"
One of the Longest Running Shows In Off-Broadway History!
From prolific Broadway writer Joe DiPietro (All Shook Up, Memphis and Nice Work If You Can Get it), I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change opened in 1996 and ran for twelve years (5,003 performances) off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre. Since closing in 2008, the musical has had many revivals around the world. It has been translated into at least 18 languages, including French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese and Spanish. This will be its first time playing for Montreal audiences.

My Name Is Asher Lev
September 11 to October 2, 2016
Montreal Premiere!
By Aaron Posner
Adapted from the Book by Chaim Potok
Directed By Steven Schipper
Set Designer Martin Ferland
Costume Designer Louise Bourret
Sound Designer Emily Auc1elld
Lighting Designer Hugh Conacher
Starring Ellen David, Alex Poch-Goldin & David Reale as Asher Lev  
At a young age, Asher Lev discovers he has a mystifying artistic talent, but when his passion for painting conflicts with his traditionally religious family, Asher's gift threatens to divide his entire community. Is he willing to give up his faith to fulfill his destiny?  
ASL interpreted performances will be available.

Prom Queen: The Musical
October 27 to November 20, 2016
World Premiere!
Based on the book by Kent Staines – the true life story of Marc Hall
Lyrics by Akiva Romer-Segal
Music by Colleen Dauncey
Produced By Mary Young Leckie
Musical direction by Mark Camilleri
Directed by Marcia Kash
Choreographer Sean Cheesman
Set & costume designer John C. Dinning
Lighting designer Luc Prairie
Head of sound Peter Balov
One of the biggest news stories in Canadian history is now a musical!  Prom Queen: The Musical tells the incredible true story of Marc Hall, a small-town teenager who just wanted to take his boyfriend to prom, but ended up taking the Catholic School Board to court all in the name of love!

Noises Off
January 29 to February 19, 2017
By Michael Frayn
Directed by Jacob Tierney
Set designer Pierre-Etienne Lucas
Lighting designer Nicolas Descoteaux
Costume designer Louise Bourret
Starring Chala Hunter, Marcel Jeannin, Daniel Lillford, Michael Must, Kaitlyn Riordan & Andrew Shaver   
A love letter to show business and all the chaos too crazy to stay in the wing, this hugely popular gem of a farce features an ambitious director and his ragtag group of actors who must pull their act together to put on a show. The shenanigans unfold both onstage and off in this classic play-within-a-play where lovers scheme, doors slam, clothes spontaneously fly off, and unbelievable hijinks ensue.   

Million Dollar Quartet
April 23 to May 14, 2017 
Montreal Premiere!
Book by Colin Escott & Floyd Mutrux
Original concept and direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins                
Directed by Lisa Rubin.
They came together to make music. They ended up making historyText Box: •. December 4th, 1956. Sam Phillips, the "Father of Rock ‘n' Roll”, brings together four music giants — Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Elvis Presley — for one of the greatest impromptu recording sessions ever. This Tony Award®-winning Broadway musical, inspired by a true story, features some of the 1950's most beloved hits including "Blue Suede Shoes," "Great Balls of Fire", "Walk the Line" and "Hound Dog." 
How to Disappear Completely 
April 30 - May 14, 2017 
Written, performed and lighting designed by Itai Erdal  
Written with James Long, Anita Rochon Emelia Symington-Fedy 
Directed by James Long 
Part documentary, part Memorial, all Heart. 
When award-winning lighting designer and raconteur ltai Erdal found out his mother had only months to live, he immediately flew to Israel to be with her. But a challenging request to help his mother die on her own terms sent him reeling. Combining powerful story-telling and the magic of stage lighting, this play is an unexpected lesson in loving, healing and finding the light.

It  Shoulda  Been You 
June 4 - 25, 2017 
World Yiddish Premiere!
In Yiddish with English and French supertitles 
Book and Lyrics by Brian Hargrove 
Music and concept by Barbara Anselmi Dwyt  
Artistic director Bryna Wasserman 
Directed and choreographed by Jim White 
Who said getting married was a "piece of cake"? Tempers flare and worlds collide in this uproarious ode to wedding day insanity. When an unexpected ex-boyfriend crashes the ceremony, an event already on the edge gets tipped right over itl RSVP to this unblissfully charming musical celebration and find out if the wacky wedding actually ends with an 'I do'. 

What's In A Name? (Le Prénom V.A.) 
July 9 - 30, 2017  
Canadian English Premiere 
by Matthieu Oelaporte & Alexandre De La Patelliere 
Adapted and translated by Jeremy Sams When Vincent reveals what he and his wife plan to name their unborn son, the shocking moniker causes a scandal among their friends. But what could be so objectionable about a name? A casual dinner erupts into an outrageous verbal slugfest where juicy secrets are served up and longstanding friendships might get cooked!

Friday, 22 April 2016

Hibiscus: A Caterer for Congo Cuisine

 by Nancy Snipper

What a great discovery I made at Vues d’Afrique Festival this year.
Selling home-made food from Congo, served right on the plate is a great catering business, called Hibiscus. Owned and operated by Marie-Helene, Hibiscus offers exotic food. My premier experience with this hearty cuisine was a true palette pleaser. Every day during the festival’s week-long run, she changes the menu for you to experience the grand variety of cuisine from the Congo.

The day I feasted on the food, I had wonderful chicken saturated in freshly-made organic peanut butter in palm oil. Yes, it was greasy good, delicious and rich. 

I also enjoyed Hibiscus’s amazing samosa and plantain.

Also on the menu were white beans flavoured so delicately; tomatoes were included in this dish. 


Beef with mushrooms and pepper was another choice that I am looking forward to trying during the festival.

Marie-Helene is also the founder of Femmes de la Terre – an organization that directly impacts women in the Congo as it assists in agricultural and school/education endeavours. Marie-Helene frequently goes to Congo during the year, and a percentage of the proceeds from Hibiscus’s yummy catering business goes to this invaluable organization which surely benefits women in the Congo.

To find out more, contact Hibiscus and also Femmes de la Terre at:

Phone: 438-985-1294

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Monthly Film Chronicle – April 2016


Chronique  Mensuelles de Film – Avril 2016   

A monthly chronicle of films (features, medium or shorts) seen throughout the current month from any source. Commentaries will be limited to 99 words or less. Film festivals will be hyperlinked. If time permits certain films will be elaborated on and be posted under the label “Film Box Office” (100-399 words) or “Film Review” (400 or more) (number of words based on English only). 
Une chronique mensuelle de films (long-, moyen- ou court-métrages) vu tout au long du mois en cours de n'importe quelle source. Les commentaires sera limitée à 99 mots ou moins. Les festivals du film seront notés avec un lien hypertexte. Si le temps le permet certains films seront élaborer  et afficher sous l'étiquette « Film Box Office » (100-399 mots) ou « Film Review » (400 ou plus) (le nombre de mots est basé sur l’Anglais seulement).

(Last update  / Dernière mis-a-jour:  April 16 Avril 2016
Films are listed the order seen scrolling down. Films seront énumérés en ordre vue défilant vers le bas.)

Three short films by / Trois courts métrages de Kent Monkman 
Kent Monkman (born 1965) is a Canadian First Nations artist of Cree and Irish ancestry. The three films center on his alto ego Miss Chief Share Eagle Testickle, offer his take on colonialism and how the First Nations perceived the arrival of the white man.
Kent Monkman (né en 1965) est un artiste Canadien des Premières Nations d'ascendance Cri et  Irlandaise. Les trois films sont centre sur son ego alto Miss Chief Share Aigle Testickle, offre son point de vue sur le colonialisme et la façon dont les Premières Nations perçu l'arrivée de l'homme blanc.
Dance to Miss Chief, 2010, 4m49s
Miss Chief dances ‘romantically’ with Winnetou, a fictional ‘Indian’ character found in Karl May’s German westerns of the 1960s. A critique of the idealization of indigenous people in cinema.
Miss Chief danse 'de façon romantique' avec Winnetou, un personnage de fiction «Indien» trouvé dans les westerns Allemands Karl May des années 1960. Une critique de l'idéalisation des populations Autochtones dans le cinéma.
 Mary, 2011, 3m18s
Allegorical retelling of the relationship between North American Indigenous people with European colonials and how each side perceived the purpose of the treaties signed.
Récit allégorique de la relation entre les peuples Autochtones d'Amérique du Nord avec des colons Européennes et la façon dont chaque camp ont perçu l'objectif des traités signés.
Robin's Hood, 2007, 5m53s
Miss Chief meets Robin Hood in Sherwood Forest and learns – unfortunately too late – that you cannot trust the white man.
Miss Chief rencontre Robin Hood dans la forêt de Sherwood et apprend – malheureusement trop tard – que vous ne pouvez pas faire confiance à l'homme blanc.

 Vues d’Afrique 2016
the 32nd edition from April 17th to the 24th/ la 32e édition du 17 au 24 Avril
Now in its 32nd year, this wonderful and culturally exciting film festival has become the largest festival celebrating the diversity of African and Creole culture outside Africa. The 32nd edition will begin on Sunday, April 17th and will continue until Sunday, April 24th exclusively at the Cinémathèque Québécoise. Also included in this year’s programme is a tribute to filmmaker Martine Chartrand (four films), a carte blanch to Nollywood Week Paris (three films from Nigeria), and lastly, three films plus video capsules from the archives of Vidéographe.
Maintenant dans sa 32e année, ce festival du film merveilleux et culturellement passionnant est devenu le plus important festival célébrant la diversité de la culture Africaine et Créole hors d’Afrique. La 32e édition débutera le Dimanche Avril 17 et se poursuivra jusqu'au Dimanche 24, Avril exclusivement à la Cinémathèque Québécoise. Également inclus dans le programme de cette année est un hommage au cinéaste Martine Chartrand (quatre films), un carte blanche à Nollywood Week Paris (trois films en provenance du Nigeria), et enfin, trois films ainsi que des capsules vidéo provenant des archives de Vidéographe.
For more info/ pour plus d’information: