OC editor Gary bids adieu to the King of the Blues
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.
Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-15 5:05pm
Rising to the Challenge
Did you know there is a TV documentary called RISE about the Canadian National Women's Soccer Team airing before the start of the FIFA Women's World Cup in June?
I recently came across the announcement that there has been a TV documentary in the making for the past three years on the Canadian Women’s National soccer team!
Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-15 1:05pm
Prelude to Summertime
With summer weather already upon us, Our Canada editor Gary recalls his summer vacations as a kid.
I just got back from my lunch hour stroll and, as it turns out, Friday, May 8th is the first real day of summer here in Montreal: sunshine, light breeze, 27ºC. In a word, perfect. As I was walking, I got to thinking about summers past, all the way back to when I was I kid in the 1960s. School would let out on or around June 21st, and not long after that, my mom and dad would have the old Chevy Biscayne packed to the bursting point and the whole family would pile in and head to the cabin, marking the official end of the school year—and the start of summer vacation.
Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-08 3:05pm
Wine Tasting Fun in Quebec
Travelling close to home, OC editor Johanna goes on a wine tasting adventure in Quebec's Eastern Townships, just outside of Montreal.
I’ve wanted to explore more areas around Montreal for a while now, and I finally got the chance last weekend when I went for a tour and wine tasting event at a vineyard in Quebec's Eastern Townships called Vignoble de la Bauge.
It was a gorgeous, sunny Saturday, perfect for my friend’s bachelorette party – wine tasting and dinner, that’s all, I swear! Even though it was the vineyard's first day open, the staff were very friendly and we learned all about the wine making process.
Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-08 1:05pm
This is Emergency Preparedness Week across the country: How prepared are you in case of an emergency?
Hurricanes, floods, fires… all you have to do is watch the nightly news to know that, unfortunately, disaster can strike anytime without warning.
Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-08 10:05am
The Mother of All Good Ideas
Mother’s Day is next weekend, and while my mom is easy to please and is always happy with whatever I get her, it’s nice to come up with something original. She’s a big reader, so a book is always welcome but if there doesn’t happen to be a new novel out by one of her favourite authors, it’s a bit of a guessing game. That’s not to say I don’t know her reading tastes, though. After all, she’s the one who introduced me to some of my all-time favourite, good old mainstream works of fiction.
Posted by: Maryanne on Fri. 2015-05-01 2:05pm
I try my first ever rockabilly jive dance class!
Last night I went to Montreal’s Rialto Theatre to try out the rockabilly jive for the first time.
Called Jivin' Martinis, an event that will take place once every two months organized by Ecole de danse JiveStudios, it was a great night with music from Ottawa’s Kingmakers, “Canada’s original ice-cold rockabilly combo!”
Posted by: Johanna on Fri. 2015-05-01 1:05pm
BYOB (Bring Your Own Bobber)
OC editor Gary trades in his hockey stick for a fishing rod...and thanks his very understanding wife.
Well, now that my old-timers hockey season has come to a close—with two back-to-back tournaments ending last weekend and a wife whom I now fear considers herself a hockey widow—I've hung up my skates for the season. And promptly dug out my fishing gear. (Thanks for letting me be me, Aurora!)
(Amazingly, we won a tournament this year!)
Posted by: Gary on Fri. 2015-05-01 1:05pm
During the spring season, watch out for turtles laying their eggs and for the hatchlings in the fall!
It is that time of year again to remind drivers to be careful and watch the roads for turtles when taking their jaunts into the rural areas.
A few years back, the Environment Committee for the Galway and Area Rate Payers Association of Kinmount, Ont., took on the project of placing signs in the community to help with the situation of turtles being run over on our roads.
Posted by: Community Blog on Mon. 2015-04-27 10:04am
Our Cup Runneth Over With Anticipation
It's great to see so many Canadian teams in the playoffs, but it's Habs all the way, according to OC editor Gary
Say what you will about modern-day NHL hockey, when the Stanley Cup playoffs finally roll around, there's nothing quite like it here in Montreal. Especially on Game Day. I work across the street from the Bell Centre and, during my lunchtime stroll today, I couldn't help but feel the electricity in the air.