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March 2012 Archives

Arts students in the protest movement

hi-studentprotest-8col.jpgAs March draws to a close, we now have what some say is the largest student protest movement ever in the province of Quebec. 

Students from French Universities, English universities, CEGEPS and even high school students have left their classes and headed out into the streets in what has become almost daily protests. 

It's become impossible to ignore. 

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Arvida

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Thomas Hellman's fifth book in the 10 Essential Books series is Samuel Archibald's Arvida.

Arvida is a real town in Quebec, built as a company town in 1927. 

It was designed to be an ideal community for worker at the nearby aluminium smelter. 

The author, Samuel Archibald, is from Arvida. He mixes fact, fiction and folklore in the book of short stories. 


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Fall on Your Knees

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To complete the 10 Essential Books list, Monique Polak brings us Fall on Your Knees by Ann-Marie MacDonald. 

"Fall On Your Knees is a rare kind of book -- that's because it manages to be both literary and a potboiler. It's no coincidence that  
its author is also a playwright. This dramatic story moves from a coal mining community in Cape Breton to Jazz-era Harlem. At times  
mordantly funny, this book is also tragic, sometimes even painful to read. But once begun, it's impossible to put down."


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Is Montreal a world jazz capital?

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From its rich history of clubs during the prohibition era, to Montreal International Jazz Festival and the recent creation of the Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal and jazz have had a long relationship. 

But these days, musicians are more likely to come from a post-graduate school of music than to rise up through the jazz club scene, learning from other musicians.

What effect is this having on the kind of music being made, and the kind of music people want to listen to? 

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Lost Action: Trace

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Dance filmmakers Philippe Szporer and Marlene Millar premiered their new short film, Lost Action: Trace at the Festival of Films on Art

The film is based on a choreography by Crystal Pite which tells a story about World War One.  



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Sid Lee redefines advertising

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Architecture, furniture design and short films on the Web. 

These are just some of the artistic endeavours that take place at Sid Lee

Sid Lee is an advertising agency that got its start in Montreal and is now recognized as one of the world's leading advertising shops. 

Sid Lee now has offices in Toronto, Amsterdam, Paris, Toronto and Austin. 



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Marketing direct to your mobile phone

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If you pass nearby a Couche-Tard store with your smart phone, don't be surprised if you receive a message from the store. 

The convenience store chain is the first business in Quebec to use a new form of mobile marketing that delivers advertisements or special offers to your mobile phone. 



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Selected Stories

selected storeis.jpgThis week, Monique Polak has brought us Selected Stories by Alice Munro. 

Alice Munro is the undisputed master of the short story. Each of her  stories conveys an often quiet, but always luminous moment. This  
chronologically-arranged collection allows readers to witness Munro's  development as a short story writer. 


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L'Homme blanc

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Thomas Hellman chose L'Homme Blanc as his fourth book in the series. 

He says Perrine Leblanc is part of a new generation of Quebec writers who are free from the political and spiritual restrictions felt by their predecessors. 


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"Trop" Hollywood for Quebec

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The story of an ad for orange juice shows how spots made in the United States and English Canada often don't translate in Quebec. 


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"Bla Bla" -- A film for your computer

bla bla and opera 004.jpgMarch 17, 2012 UPDATE: Vincent Morisset won the Interactive Award for Art at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. 

We spoke to him on the show when the film was first released. 


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Imperfect Health

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That is also the name of an exhibition that is on at the centre right now. 

Mirko Zardini is the executive director and chief currator of the Canadian Centre for Architecture. Listen to his conversation with Jeanette:
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Is design an issue of public health?

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In the last decade, public health officials have become increasingly concerned with issues we used to think of as the domain of architects and urban designers. 

Montreal's Public Health department has started to weigh in on issues such as building materials and street design. 

Norman King is an epidemiologist Montreal Public Health. Listen to his interview with Jeanette:
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The Stone Diaries

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This week Monique Polak has chosen The Stone Diaries by Carol Sheilds. 


"What makes this book extraordinary," says Monique, "is that it deals -- convincingly,  
touchingly -- with the ordinary. Carol Shields gives us the life of  Daisy Goodwill, complete with her letters, photographs, even her to-do lists. Daisy's tragedy is that she never fully inhabits her own  life. Things happen TO her, as they do to all of us."


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L'énigme du retour

enigme-du-retour-09.jpgIn the third week of our 10 Essential Books series, Thomas Hellman chose L'énigme du retour by Dany Laferrière. 

It is a book that traces a man's return to Haiti after his father's death. 
 
 
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La Charrette

IMG_1105.jpgIn the second week of our 10 Essential Books series, Thomas Hellman introduces us to La charrette by Jacques Ferron. 
 

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Richard Sommer's Cancer Songs

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Nobody is cured of life itself, which ends. -- RIchard Sommer

One year ago, poet Richard Sommer published a book of poetry called Cancer Songs

Its is a books of poems written as he went through diagnosis and treatment for prostate cancer. 

It is a book not so much about cancer, he says in the foreword, but about his response to it. 

Richard had been writing poetry most of his life. He taught creative writing at Concordia University. 

But this book was one that really got personal. 


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Fifth Business

fifth business.jpgAs part of our 10 Essential Books series, Monique Polak introduced the French-speaking audience of Plus on est de fous, plus on lit to Fifth Business by Robertson Davies. 

Here's what she says about why she chose this book: 

"Fifth business" is a theatrical term used to describe the odd man out, a character who plays a small, but nonetheless useful role.  
That's Dunstan Ramsay, a retired Ontario school teacher. This is a brilliant, often funny book about the human search for wholeness. The book reflects its author's fascination with Jungian psychology. It will take Dunstan nearly a lifetime to come to terms with his shadow  
self.

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