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September 2011 Archives

Arty Food is "In"

agnus dei 002.jpgAgnus Dei is one of the leading caterers in the province. For the first time, they've come out with what they call a "White Book" on culinary trends.

They've identified ART FOOD as a new movement.

Listen to Pierre's interview with David Carrier, the owner of Agnus Dei.

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CBC Open House & Culture Days

What: CBC/Radio-Canada Open House
When: Sat. & Sun. - Oct. 1 & 2, 10am-4pm
Where: Maison Radio-Canada, 1400 Rene Levesque Blvd. East (Metro Beaudry)

It's CBC/Radio-Canada's 75th anniversary. To celebrate, we're opening our doors to the public this weekend - for an open house. There's lots to see and do for both adults and kids.

-Go behind the scenes of Maison Radio-Canada, to the studios and sets, and see how it all happens.
- During your tour, stop by the CBC Zone, where you can: 
- Play a Hockey Night in Canada game and win prizes.
- Enter a draw to win a DVD box set of Montreal Canadian's highlights autographed by Guy Lafleur
- Take photos with Kids' CBC Bo on the Go & Super Why!
- Meet some of your favourite CBC Montreal personalities

It's also Les Journées de la Culture this weekend.  

There are thousands of free events taking place all across the province. For a full listing of events click here.  

Art: What's the Point?

There's a lot of nervousness in the arts community this fall. In June's federal budget, Finance Minister Jim Flaherty said he wants to find a way to eliminate the deficit by 2014-2015.

That means the government has to find a way to save about 4 billion dollars a year, and many people who work in the arts are afraid they'll be on the chopping block.

McGill University is holding a public round table discussion about this issue, asking the question: "Faced with government cutbacks and media cynicism, what real and identifiable benefits do the arts contribute to the public good?"

Professor Paul Yachnin is moderating the discussion. He is McGill's Tomlinson Professor of Shakespeare Studies. Margie Gillis will be speaking on the panel. She is one of Quebec's best known contemporary dancers and choreographers.

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Karine Vanasse's career takes off with Pan Am

A year ago, Quebec actress Karine Vanasse thought her career would start and end here at home.

She didn't think she would ever make it big in the US market.

Well look at her now. She has a starring role in ABC's Pan Am, one of the falls most highly anticipated programs.

We spoke to her from New York.

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Arcade Fire's homecoming

arcade fire metropolis 002.jpgWhat a year it's been for Arcade Fire! They've won two Grammys, a British Music Award, a Juno and now,  the Polaris Prize.

The band is back in Montreal and just played two homecoming concerts.

Pierre spoke with band member Richard Reed Parry.

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Creating a look

Grimes aka Clarie Boucher is relative newcomer to the Montreal music scene. But her quirky, atmospheric pop is making an impression. And so is her fashion aesthetic.

Montreal designer Renata Morales used to do ready to wear collections but now she's moved into providing stage costumes for bands and artists, including Arcade Fire and Grimes

They came to talk about how music fashion co-exist, and what it takes to create the image of a pop or rock star.

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Daytrip to Joliette

musee_gaetane_35.jpgLooking for a day trip? Head to Joliette.

The art museum there is opening five new exhibtions next week. They also have a surprising collection of Quebec modern art.

No car? No problem. A shuttle service runs between the Musee d'Art Contemporain in Montreal and the Musée d'Art de Joliette. The shuttle leaves from downtown Montreal at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, September 25. It's first come, first serve, so plan to arrive early. The shuttle arrives in Montreal at 5:00 p.m..

Gaetane Verna is the Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d'art de Joliette.

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YUL-MTL Moving Landscapes

YULMTL_CommuniquéPresse12septembre.jpgFor many people, the first glimpse of Montreal is from the window of a bus or taxi, on the 17 km of highway between the airport and downtown.

With crumbling infrastructure and industrial yards, it's hard to imagine THAT making a good first impression.

Which is why change might just be coming. The Quebec Minister of Transport has asked people in the department of Landscape and Environmental Design at University of Montreal to hold an IDEA competition.

The challenge -- to come up with a new vision for the entrance corridor to the city.

It's called YUL-MTL Moving Landscapes. (YUL, of course, is the airport code.)
Patrick Marmen is in charge of the contest.

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Ils Dansent

Dancer Nico Archambault is hosting a new reality show on Radio Canada television. Ils Dansent follows ten dancers as they embark on an intense training program.

Nico was the winner of the first season of So You Think You Can Dance Canada.  Dance shows are a staple of reality TV, but the difference with Nico's new show is that all the dancers are MEN.

Louise Lapierre has been running a dance studio on the Plateau Mont Royal for almost 40 years. Nico was one of her students.

According to Louise, Nico's success has had a huge effect on young boys who would like to dance.

For the first time ever, she's running classes just for boys. We were there as a group of boys came for their first class.

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Film Festival News and Blues

Our regular host Pierre Landry is in Toronto, rubbing shoulders with celebs like Bono at the  Toronto International Film Festival.

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Meanwhile, back in Montreal, Montreal Gazette showbiz columnist and frequent Daybreak contributor Brendan Kelly is feeling a little jealous. He wonders why Montreal's film festivals lack pizazz, and speculates on what might be done to breathe a little life into Montreal's film festival scene.

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James Darling in Rimouski

jamestree.jpegThe new Maison Symphonique is now open in Montreal.

During the first few days, musicians from around the province were invited to play, including Quatuor St-Germain of Rimouski.

James Darling is one of the members of the quartet.

We reached him back in Rimouski, after the event.  

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Getting to know Catherine Perrin

C.Perrin90103v5LR.jpgMédium Large is the new flagship weekday morning show on Radio-Canada. The host is Catherin Perrin.

She is taking over the time slot from Christiane Charette, one of Quebec's best-known broadcasters.

Catherine Perrin is a musician and arts journalist. We invited her into the studio to get to know her a little better.

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New artistic director for Black Theatre Workshop

QUINCY ARMORER - headshot.jpgThe Black Theatre Workshop is going into its 41st season with a new artistic director.

Quincy Armorer is taking over from Tyrone Benskin. Benskin left because he was elected as the NDP member of Parliament for the Jeanne-Le Ber riding in Montreal.

Quincy Armorer is a well-known actor in Montreal. Listen to his conversation with guest host Anna Asimakopulos.

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L'adresse symphonique, Montreal's new concert hall

Montreal View02A.jpgMontreal's new concert hall, L'adresse symphonique, opens on Wednesday, September 7. Music lovers have been waiting for this day for over two decades.


The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal will inaugurate its new home with a concert featuring Beethoven's 9th Symphony. 

Beginning at 9 pm this evening (Wednesday), you can tune in to CBC Radio 2 (93.5 FM)  to hear Beethoven Live from Montreal hosted by Katie Malloch. 
Also, on CBC TV "Live from Montreal: A CBC/Radio-Canada Special Presentation" - the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal performs Beethoven's Ode to Joy, accompanied by Cirque Eloize in a live performance of inspirational music, words and the movement".

This programme will be broadcast on CBC TV  at 21:00 ET(22:00 in the Maritimes).  This broadcast, hosted by Katie Malloch, will feature the performance of Beethoven 9 mixed with images of the Cirque Eloize live at the Quartier des spectacles outside the new hall (free for anyone in MTL to attend), as well as pretaped testimonies of a number of Canadians mixed with the music from the Adagio of the Symphony (3rd movement).
The concert will be available on's Concerts on Demand the next day (September 8).

But before we've had a chance to step inside and hear the music,people are talking about the design of the outside of the building.

Nathalie Petrowski is a cultural commentator for La Presse. She says the building lacks a "wow" factor.

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Jack Diamond, chief architect of the new concert hall, defends the design.

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What do you think of the new concert hall? We would like to hear from you. You can comment on this story, or email us at


Montreal Symphony Orchestra maestro Kent Nagano wants as many people as possible to step inside the new concert hall. There is an open house next Thursday through Saturday. Click here to see the schedule.