Montreal Jazz Festival 2014

A hot Saturday afternoon at the Montreal International Jazz Festival. 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 “Montreal Jazz Festival 2014”

Montreal’s First Heat Wave Arrives

From a few months ago, here’s my heat wave potion! Montrealers are gearing-up for the first serious heat wave of the summer. Over the next few days temperatures will hit the upper thirties Celsius and the humidity will kick-in to make it feel like 40°C or about 105°F.  Cicadas will be singing, swimming pools willContinue reading “Montreal’s First Heat Wave Arrives”

Five Ways To Condense Montreal’s Summer Events

As I write this we are still in the midst of a very ugly provincial election campaign that has seen more mud slung than a Spring Break Wet T-shirt/Mud Wrestling contest. In years when the Winter Olympics are held, the NHL suspends league play for the two-week period of the games to allow players fromContinue reading “Five Ways To Condense Montreal’s Summer Events”

Canada Day special at Hummingbird Haven

This time I know I’ve got it! Recently business at “Hummingbird Haven; where words don’t matter” has been down. In fact it was never up. Not one hummingbird to date has dropped by for a snifter of nectar. In May I tried a Mother’s Day special that flopped and left me with hundreds of tinyContinue reading “Canada Day special at Hummingbird Haven”

Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: An unofficial users guide

A few Do’s and Don’ts to help visitors to the festival The 34th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival kicks off tomorrow and runs through July 7th. This huge event attracts music lovers, not just jazz aficionados, from around the world to enjoy a myriad of performances, many of them free of charge. IContinue reading “Montreal International Jazz Festival 2013: An unofficial users guide”

100 Years of Calgary Stampede is enough

How can a country that boasts the Montreal International Jazz Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival continue to tolerate the cruelty of the Calgary Stampede? Yet again the Chuckwagon race has ended in tragedy as three horses were killed. This year makes the centennial of the Calgary Stampede; let’s call it quits at 100Continue reading “100 Years of Calgary Stampede is enough”

Here’s a street closure that Montrealers don’t seem to mind

The fact that a main east-west downtown artery is closed to traffic for the better part of four months from May to the beginning of September doesn’t seem to draw too much criticism from Montrealers. Could it be our joie de vivre and love of all things festival? Or maybe we just like to seeContinue reading “Here’s a street closure that Montrealers don’t seem to mind”

Another Montreal water main burst? Nope, just the Jazz Festival cooling method

Recently the sight of water spewing from Montreal streets has been all too common. At first this photo may appear to show yet another water main catastrophe, but in fact it is the Montreal Jazz Festival’s way of offering a cool alternative to the near 40°C temperature. Very smart these people… Related articles Montreal JazzContinue reading “Another Montreal water main burst? Nope, just the Jazz Festival cooling method”

Montreal Jazz Festival – always eclectic

The Montreal jazz Festival often gets a rap on the knuckles for featuring acts that are not exactly “jazz” performers. However more often this wide-ranging scope of music presentations is applauded and is certainly a big part of what makes the Montreal fest a world renowned event.