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MUSIC: Keeping the Klezmer beat

In 1980, when Dr. Hy Goldman first brought Boston's Klezmer Conservatory Band to Montreal, not many people believed that the near-forgotten musical tradition of Klezmer could be revived. Roughly defined as the music of Eastern European Jewry, Klezmer had all but disappeared after the Second World War.
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CD REVIEWS: Seabear: We Built a Fire

Björk and Sigur Rós may have put Iceland on the musical map. But Seabear - the seven-person collective that just released their sophomore album and made their North American debut at South by Southwest - have proved themselves to be the most promising new Icelandic indie export.
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CD REVIEWS: Mobile, The Creepshow, Oasis

Mobile. Tales From the City. Local 514-ers Mobile have just released Tales From the City, their second full-length album. Formally known as Moonraker, Mobile has risen to critical success in the past couple of years with their first album, Tomorrow Starts Today, which helped the band win a Juno Award for New Group of the Year.
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COULD BE GOOD

October 30- November 1 For those too old to trick-or-treat Thursday: Comedy. Hellavator. New comedy by award-winning playwright Ned Cox about getting stuck in an elevator in which there's no way to go but down. Plan to be amused and afraid at the same time.
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McGill Drama Festival produces a lively selection of student plays

Presenting student productions for over 10 years, McGill Drama Festival continues the tradition with seven new plays this year. Set in Players' Theatre, the Festival's second week of plays runs from March 23 to the 27th. Each night offers a different collection of two to three short plays written, directed, and produced by McGill students - a perfect sample platter of McGill's theatrical offerings.
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The Canadian War on Queers tells personal accounts of prejudice

Gary Kinsman and Patrizia Gentile's The Canadian War on Queers: National Security as Sexual Regulation discusses the under-the-radar - and sometimes officially sanctioned - targeting of gays and lesbians as security threats from the 1950s to the 1990s. Written from - and told through - a series of first-hand accounts combined with documents obtained under the Access to Information Act, Kinsman and Gentile discuss the history of queer Canadians in a way that is passionate and personal.
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CD REVIEWS: Aidan Knight: Versicolour

Until now, if the name Aidan Knight sounded familiar, it's likely because of his numerous backing contributions to bands in the Victoria/Vancouver music scene. But take a few listens to his debut Versicolour and it's hard to imagine Knight backing up any musician other than himself.
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McGill holds stand-up auditions

Montreal is Canada's home for comedy. Over the years, the Just For Laughs comedy festival has featured some of the world's greatest comic icons, while also providing an outlet for local talent to perform. Within that home-grown talent is Jeff Schouela, a six-year stand-up comedy veteran who is holding auditions for McGill students to compete in a series of amateur stand-up competitions.
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CD REVIEWS: Scott Lanaway: Mergers and Acquisitions

I'm not one to judge a book by it's cover, but I will decide what to read based on what the back cover says; a song called "Oprah, God Wants You To Have A Private Jet" was more than enough to entice me to listen to Scott Lanaway's Mergers and Acquistions. The album is full of spacey electro-folk, one of those new, hard-to-classify sounds your iTunes gives up on and calls "alternative and punk.
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