A still from the video, "Les sombres légendes de la terre."

How I hate Halloween! I remember, when my sons were young, all my efforts to maintain a positive attitude on that day. I could have awarded myself every César, Oscar and Co. for such amazing performances. And yet…

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Au Fil Des Mots
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Oh-Non

Comme je déteste l’Halloween ! Je me souviens de mes efforts, lorsque mes fils étaient jeunes, pour arriver à avoir une certaine contenance durant cette journée. J’aurais pu me mériter tous les Césars, Oscars et cie tellement ma performance était remarquable. Et pourtant…

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Literature
Stories About Storytellers
Mavis Gallant
Stories About Storytellers

Stories About Storytellers, by Douglas Gibson with illustrations by Anthony Jenkins (Copyright © Douglas Gibson, 2011 Published by ECW Press)

[Editor's note: This is an excerpt from Douglas Gibson's new book Stories About Storytellers: Publishing Alice Munro, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Pierre Trudeau, and OthersThey will run every Friday. The following is taken from the chapter on short story writer, Canadian, and Parisienne. Mavis Gallant.]

She has a formidable presence. She speaks in an accent that she says belongs to another era in Montreal, but to modern Canadian ears sounds English-influenced. She speaks with great, sibilant precision that can on occasion be mistaken for a hiss. As for her manner, with strangers she is such a reserved, dignified, and lady-like figure that she seems, metaphorically, to be wearing white gloves. Scores of journalists have come away from interviews with her, confessing that they felt intimidated.

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Music

Arcade Fire TimeOn Monday night, Arcade Fire, Canada’s most intriguing rock band (says Time magazine) walked away with the 2011 Polaris Music Prize and $30,000 for their album The Suburbs. With a Polaris Prize, a Juno, a Brit Award, a collaboration with director Spike Jonze and a Grammy Award under their belt, the Montreal eight-piece band is poised for world domination!

To those who participated in our Polaris Music Prize Giveaway, we give a warm thank you! Winners have been contacted, and they’ll be receiving the Deluxe Version of The Suburbs (which includes bonus tracks and cuts from Spike Jonze’s film, “Scenes From the Suburbs”). Thanks for sharing your favourite Canadian music moments, and congratulations!

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World Press Photo 2011
World Press Photo

Jodi Bieber devant la photographie qui lui a valu le World Press Photo Award 2010.

Un événement de marque se tient au marché Bonsecours à Montréal, jusqu’au 2 octobre prochain : la 54ième exposition World Press Photo 2011, qui regroupe les si émouvantes photos de cinquante-quatre photographes internationaux. Choisies parmi plus de 108 000 soumissions, ces photos sont regroupées dans une dizaine de catégories dont, la nature, le sport, les portraits et la vie quotidienne. Une série, Anthropographia, porte sur les droits de la personne et une autre intitulée C41, nous offre douze œuvres documentaires de la relève québécoise.

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OSM
Adresse symphonique

Vue du plateau de scène à partir d’un balcon. (Photo: Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec)

Un chef doit mériter le leadership…..sinon on ne peut diriger un orchestre comme l`OSM, qui possède des musiciens très forts individuellement. Créer le cadre dans lequel l` orchestre puisse s épanouir jusqu` à son plein potentiel exige aussi une certaine compétence“.
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Adresse symphonique

(Photo: Québec Ministry of Culture and Communications)

A conductor must demonstrate leadership in order to direct an orchestra like the OSM, which is made up of highly skilled individual musicians. Creating a setting in which the orchestra can develop to its full potential also demands a certain skill.

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Film
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Un incontournable qui vient, si magnifiquement conclure l’été, la 35e édition du Festival des films du monde de Montréal prend son envol, du 18 août au 28 août ! À l’affiche, 383 films présentés dont 107 premières mondiales, et 51 en premières nord-américaines. Cette cuvée 2011 nous viendra de 70 différents pays. Sous la présidence […]

Film
Montreal World Film Festival

Poster design by artist-illustrator Claude Robinson.

Essential viewing to end the summer on a high note is the 35th annual Montréal World Film Festival that takes place August 18 to August 25.

On the roster are 383 films, including 107 world premieres and 51 North American firsts, with this 2011 vintage coming from 70 different countries.

With Spanish director Vicente Aranda presiding over the jury, the festival will open with André Forcier’s film Coteau rouge. Eran Riklis, who was much admired in La fiancée syrienne, returns in Playoff as does Emmanuel Mouret in L’art d’aimer. Another Québécois film in the competition is Demian Fuica’s La Run.

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Music
Music Mondays
Oscar Peterson
Oscar Peterson

Peterson's approach to jazz is full-blown and joyous (courtesy Regal Recording Ltd).

Oscar Peterson, acclaimed jazz pianist, dubbed the “Maharaja of the keyboard” by Duke Ellington, would have been 86 today. Peterson dazzled the world with his musical virtuosity, inspired improvisations, and the dexterity and power of his fluid moving hands.

Born into the tough St-Henri district of Montreal to a family of five children, Peterson began playing trumpet at age five. At age eight, after a long battle with tuberculosis, he set aside his trumpet to focus on the piano. Peterson won his first piano prize at a CBC radio talent show when he was just 15, which lead to a string of radio and concert performances until he got his big break at Carnegie Hall in 1949. According to a report in Down Beat magazine, so dazzling was Peterson’s performance that it “stopped the concert dead cold in its tracks.” International renown and a rich and storied career followed.

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History
Charles De Gaulle

On July 24, 1967, during a state visit to Expo ’67, General Charles De Gaulle, President of France, and a hero of the twentieth century, proclaimed from the balcony of Montreal’s City Hall, a sentence that would change the history of Canada – “Vive le Quebec Libre.” By repeating the slogan of a Québec separatist party, De Gaulle provoked a diplomatic incident that resulted in the cancellation of his visit, initiated an incredible campaign of French interference in the domestic affairs of Canada and, above all, lent his worldwide prestige to the Québec independence movement. A year after De Gaulle’s visit, René Lévesque founded the Parti Québécois and Canada would never be the same again.

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