A Canadian Blues-Rock Legend in the Making?

Well, what can I say, my plan to take in at least three free concerts at the Montreal International Jazz Festival looked like it was going to be a washout from the get-go: I wimped out in the face of incessant rain and threats of thunderstorms Tuesday night and did NOT go to see the Barr Brothers big blow-out bash as originally planned. By all accounts, I missed out on something special—and the rain actually held off throughout most of the show.

 

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Our Canada editor Gary George wonders why blues-rock guitarist Philip Sayce is a well-kept secret.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-07-03 3:07pm

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Montreal and all that jazz

Summer here in Montreal hits a high note starting this week with the opening of the 36th edition of the Montreal International Jazz Festival.  Or as we like to say in Quebec—the Festival International de Jazz de Montreal. Although we have missed out on the festival a few times, my wife Aurora and I have taken in many, many free shows over the years - with two kids in tow as young parents many moons ago; as part of a summer's evening out with friends and family; as a long-established married couple out for a stroll, surrounded by the sights and sounds of our hometown at its finest.

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Our Canada editor Gary George gets ready to rock out at the Montreal International Jazz Festival

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-06-26 2:06pm

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Hope for Sun—Prepare for Rain

This weekend, Hubby and I will be packing up our gear—and our nephews—to head off for three days of camping. Normally, I would be looking forward to it with great anticipation, the problem is, the forecast is calling for rain, followed by more rain and finally, oh good—rain. Last year, we took the boys for a two-night camping trip and had a blast; we all agreed we’d add a third night this year, more time at the beach!

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Our camping motto is still: Hope for sun, prepare for rain and enjoy it either way.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-06-26 9:06am

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Fun in the Sun

The warm weather is here, and, as Canadians, we know how brief summer can be so there’s no time to waste—we’re ready to enjoy some fun in the sun! A big part of that for most people is grabbing a beach bag, seeking out the nearest body of water and slapping on some sunscreen. In searching for new things to try, I often discover some really cool activities thanks to other people’s posts on Facebook. Case in point, a friend recently posted a link to the latest awesome summer attraction here in Montreal.

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After reading about the aquatic playground Aquazilla, I was curious about water parks around the country, so I compiled a list of other places you can have some water-logged fun this summer.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-06-19 1:06pm

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Let the Festivals Begin


The weather in Montreal has been a mixed bag of tricks lately, but there's no doubt about it—the festival season is under way.  For many, the annual Montreal Formula 1 Grand Prix - held last weekend – marks the official kick off, attracting race fans, tourists and celebrities from near and far for a fabulous frenzy of wining n dining; shopping, clubbing and party-going; and people-watching.  The race itself almost seems secondary to the atmosphere — and the oh so delightful sound of cash registers ringing within the local economy. 

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Our Canada editor Gary George looks forward to summer festivals in Montreal.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-06-12 4:06pm

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Summer in the City

Every year there’s one day when you say, yup, summer has finally arrived—for me that day was last Friday.
Last weekend was Hubby’s birthday and since I had Friday off, we decided to head downtown and make a day of it.

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Montreal is a city that comes alive in summer and the streets were full of people just like us—soaking up the atmosphere and feeling grateful that summer had finally returned to our fair city.

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-06-05 10:06am

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First Real Ride of the Season

June is under way and the weather finally seems to be reaching seasonal norms, which bodes well for me, as summer hours have officially started here at work. The idea is to put in an extra hour a day for two weeks, and then get the second Friday off. So, I'm off tomorrow to begin a long weekend— hence, my weekly blog lands a day early this week — and looking forward to my first long-ish motorcycle ride of the season with a couple of friends.  Our selected route is the Chemin du Roy / The King's Road – Highway 138.

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OC editor and motorcycle enthusiast Gary George is ready to ride the oldest highway in Canada - Chemin Du Roy.

Posted by: Gary on Thu. 2015-06-04 4:06pm

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Lodging a Compliment

We're often quick to criticize, but sometimes aren't so fast to give credit where credit is due. Especially in matters pertaining to customer service. Here's a personal case in point:

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Our Canada editor Gary thinks outstanding customer service deserves praise.

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-22 3:05pm

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Colour My World

As a kid, I could colour for hours. My favourite colouring book—which I jealously guarded from my younger sister lest she scribble in it—was one full of brides. Every page had so much to colour: wedding gowns with lots of detail, veils and hair accessories and oh, the bouquets of flowers!

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 As a kid, I could colour for hours. My favourite colouring book—which I jealously guarded from my younger sister lest she scribble in it—was one full of brides. Every page had so much to colour: wedding gowns with lots of detail, veils and hair accessories and oh, the bouquets of flowers!

Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-22 2:05pm

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The thrill is gone but not forgotten

Born in the late '50s and a survivor of the mid-'70s hippie-wanna-be era, a time when the music you listened to defined how you dressed and who you hung out with – jean-jacketed rockers on one side of the school cafeteria, decked-out disco dudes 'n' divas on the other, with a smattering of pierced, spiked and leathered punks emerging along the shadowy periphery – I listened to the blues a lot during my formative years.  Back then, to me at least, the blues were B.B. King and his signature guitar, Lucille.

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OC editor Gary bids adieu to the King of the Blues

Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-15 5:05pm

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