R.I.P. Father John Walsh – Thank You

A much loved Montreal Catholic priest, Father John Emmitt Walsh, passed away suddenly yesterday. He was preparing to celebrate the funeral of a close friend when he suffered a major heart attack. He was seventy-eight. Father Walsh was many things to many people including, a theologian, a parish priest, a pastor, an author, a professor,Continue reading “R.I.P. Father John Walsh – Thank You”

Name Griffintown REM Station for George Springate

Recently Montreal Mayor Valérie Plante suggested naming the REM station in the Griffintown area for former Quebec premier Bernard Landry. Work is well underway around Montreal on the Réseau express métropolitain (REM). A 67 km (42 mile) rapid light rail system that will link several suburbs with Downtown Montreal via Central Station. It involves theContinue reading “Name Griffintown REM Station for George Springate”

R.I.P. Bitter Welshman

Many of us who frequent certain downtown Montreal bars have lost a friend. His name was Marc Williams and he was just fifty-years-old. Often referred to as the Welshman, or more appropriately the Bitter Welshman, Marc was proud of his homeland. In my first Christmas poem, I made the egregious mistake of spelling his nameContinue reading “R.I.P. Bitter Welshman”

B.B. King: Dee Trill Is Gone

I recall the date: May 14, 2015. That was the day B.B. King passed away at the age of 89. I remember having a discussion about King with an acquaintance of mine, a Montrealer of Bajan origin who has managed to retain his lovely accent. We chatted about the impact King had on so manyContinue reading “B.B. King: Dee Trill Is Gone”

Leonard Cohen Memorial Grows

While out doing some shopping this weekend we happened upon 30 Vallieres Street, the home of recently departed Montreal artist Leonard Cohen.  Cohen passed away in Los Angeles last November 7 but word of his death was not made public until a few days later. Since that time a memorial has been growing outside the smallContinue reading “Leonard Cohen Memorial Grows”

So Long Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016

  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 and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail!Continue reading “So Long Leonard Cohen 1934 – 2016”

The Thrill Is Gone: RIP B.B. King

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 and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! PleaseContinue reading “The Thrill Is Gone: RIP B.B. King”

Joe Cocker (1944-2014): The World is Less Soulful Today

From The New York Times: Joe Cocker, the gravelly British singer who became one of pop’s most recognizable interpreters in the late 1960s and ’70s with passionate, idiosyncratic takes on songs like the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends,” died on Monday at his home in Crawford, Colo. He was 70. The causeContinue reading “Joe Cocker (1944-2014): The World is Less Soulful Today”

Adieu Jean Béliveau

Legendary Montreal Canadiens hockey great Jean Béliveau passed away late last week. Since then tributes have poured in from far and wide. Few public figures, even those much loved, are totally free of a bit of negativity murmured at their passing. Yet Béliveau seems to have accomplished precisely that. I was downtown yesterday and madeContinue reading “Adieu Jean Béliveau”