COVID Thanksgiving in Montreal

In March we ‘lost’ St. Patrick’s Day to COVID-19; no pubs, bars, restaurants, parades. April saw the masked Easter Bunny sending his eggs via UPS and FedEx. The 24th of May in Canada is the day we mark Queen Victoria’s birthday. It is also the unofficial beginning of summer. Sometimes the weather cooperates, other yearsContinue reading “COVID Thanksgiving in Montreal”

Montreal’s Construction Cone Inuksuk

According to the Canadian Encyclopedia: Inuksuk (also spelled inukshuk, plural inuksuit) is a figure made of piled stones or boulders constructed to communicate with humans throughout the Arctic. Traditionally constructed by the Inuit, inuksuit are integral to Inuit culture and are often intertwined with representations of Canada and the North. Clearly, some Montrealers were moved byContinue reading “Montreal’s Construction Cone Inuksuk”

Leonard Cohen Tributes on Anniversary of His Passing

On the first anniversary of his passing, Montreal is making good on promises to fete and remember Leonard Cohen. Last night’s star-studded tribute concert titled Tower of Song was, by all accounts, a great success. From Sting to k.d.lang and Elvis Costello the program was fast paced and well produced; enough to make a CohenContinue reading “Leonard Cohen Tributes on Anniversary of His Passing”

Seeking Expo 67 Artist

During the many trips to EXPO 67 fifty years ago as a seven year old child I had the opportunity to stock-up a lifetime of interesting experiences. On one such occasion my aunt, with whom I made most of my visits, had me sit for a portrait sketch. She would subsequently have the sketch framedContinue reading “Seeking Expo 67 Artist”

Postal Art and the Hope Diamond

Here’s an example of my Great Uncles’ correspondence during the early 1900s. The envelope below was posted at 2:15 pm on March 9, 1903 from London. It was from Matthew Deegan, aged 21 at the time, and addressed to his brother Ernest Deegan c/o Lord Francis Hope. Does that name sound familiar? Think diamond!  Continue reading “Postal Art and the Hope Diamond”

Ideal Profession: Art Class Model

I have just recently realized that I may well have missed my calling in life. It occurred to me that my ideal job, my vocation if you will, has been evident for years and I have missed it. Having given it significant consideration I can only come to one conclusion: the ideal job for meContinue reading “Ideal Profession: Art Class Model”

Quebec City

We went on a mini-vacation to Quebec City last week. A very old, beautiful, historic and, at this time of year cold city. In August of 1943  Winston Churchill and Franklin D. Roosevelt, were hosted at the Chateau Frontenac by then Canadian Prime Minister, William Lyon Mackenzie King for a meeting code named Quadrant,  to discuss all thingsContinue reading “Quebec City”

The Making of a Montreal Mural

Artist Dodo Ose has created another grand work in  downtown Montreal. Titled The Fountain of Bartholdi the piece is on St. Marc Street at Ste. Catherine. The photos below provide a glimpse of the process and the final product.   Meet the artist below.   DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likesContinue reading “The Making of a Montreal Mural”

Mickey Mouse and Ebola: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous

What an odd juxtaposition. Whenever I see the graphic illustration of the Ebola virus, the first thing that pops into my mind is … Mickey Mouse. Talk about going from the sublime to the ridiculous, or in this case the hideous.   I always have to double check sublime! How can something “sub” be fineContinue reading “Mickey Mouse and Ebola: From the Sublime to the Ridiculous”


tran·quil·i·ty traNGˈkwilitē/ the quality or state of being tranquil; calm. DCMontreal – Deegan Charles Stubbs – is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that, a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and an occasional Frean andContinue reading “Tranquility”