Theater Review: Women Rule at Canada’s Stratford Festival

September 10, 2013
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While luminary thespians and film stars such as Brian Dennehy and Christopher Plummer have trod the Stratford Festival boards, let me sing the praises of two actresses: Martha Henry and Michelle Giroux.

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Theater Review: A Devilishly Good “Major Barbara” at Canada’s Shaw Festival

September 8, 2013
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The quality of this production of Major Barbara and the seriousness which with the Shaw Festival addresses every aspect of theater makes the long trip from Boston to Niagara-on- the-Lake well worth the while.

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Popular Music Review: The New Pornographers Celebrate ‘Together’

June 17, 2010
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Joining snow blowers, the goaltending mask, peanut butter, and Pamela Anderson on the list of indispensable life-saving things from Canada, the New Pornographers have solidified their position on the charts with the release of their latest album. As far as Indie-pop goes, you won’t find another band associated with the label “Supergroup” as often as…

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Theater Review: A Poetic ‘Apple’

March 24, 2010
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Imagine this day. See it in your mind. The sun on your face. The spring in your mouth. Your heart deep inside. No future. No past. No time. Just this day. This moment. — Apple by Vern Thiessen Apple by Vern Thiessen. Directed by Greg Maraio. Presented by Phoenix Theatre Artists and Company One, at…

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Book Review: Digging Mud, Sweat, and Gears

February 16, 2010
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Joe Kurmaskie’s latest book, Mud, Sweat, and Gears, is funny, genuine, and inspiring. And it isn’t just a memoir about the Kurmaskie family’s epic bike trip across Canada one summer; it’s about the mud, sweat, and gears that keep a family together. Mud, Sweat, and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven…

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