ARTS & CULTURE

January 23, 2020

 PHOTO BY DAVE INGLIS

(Left to right):  Don Fletcher as Carlo Nucci, Eric Sauvé as Tito Merelli and Sterling Mawhinney as Max star in the hilarious comedy beginning February 6.

The Lakeshore Players Dorval is proud to present A Comedy of Tenors by Ken Ludwig from February 6 to February 15.  One hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends, and a soccer stadium filled with screaming fans. What could possibly go wrong? It’s 1930s Paris and the stage is set for the concert of the century – as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos. Prepare for an uproarious ride, full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks, and madcap delight. February 6 at 7:30 p.m. Opening Night Gala. February 7-8 and 14-15 at 8 p.m.; February 13 at 7:30 p.m., and February 9 and 15 Matinees at 2 p.m. Performances will be held at Lakeside Academy, 5050 rue Sherbrooke in Lachine (wheel chair accessible). Tickets: Adult $2...

December 4, 2019

PHOTO BY MICHAEL GREEN

Treasure Island takes on a whole new twist in an upcoming presentation at the Hudson Village Theatre, where the crowd is encouraged to boo, hiss, cheer and “arrrrr” to their hearts’ delight. This marks the 19th year for the cherished Hudson tradition of the Christmas Pantomime where local characters young and old get to sing, dance and cavort on stage and the audience is part of the fun. Pictured above are Paul Richardson (Billy Bones), Frey Sheridan (Patty Lugg), Willow Farkas (Ben Gunn) and Beatrice Johnson (Kittie the Maid) - just four of a 60-strong cast that is ready to bring the theatre to life starting December 13.

In a tradition going back nearly two decades, Christmas means it’s once again Panto time at The Hudson Village Theatre. The seasonal pantomime has long been a fixture of the British stage and in fact dates back to 16th century Italian street theatre, but some would argue that nowhere does it come alive quite so magically as in the converted train...

October 31, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, both originally from Argentina, are the founding members of Musica Camerata Montréal.

The second concert of the 37th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series will take place this Sunday, November 3 at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road in Hudson.  Musica Camerata Montréal will present a programme of piano trios by Beethoven, Chausson and Schumann.

This is a return engagement by the ensemble (cameratamontreal.com) who last performed in Hudson in 2016. They are a group of chamber musicians who play together in combinations ranging from duos to trios to octets and small chamber orchestras. Their repertoire comprises more than 350 works ranging from the 18th to the 21st Centuries. This year they are celebrating their 50th anniversary, making them one of the best established chamber ensembles in the country. Sunday’s concert features their music director, violinist Luis Grinhauz, pianist Berta...

October 31, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY CHARYL HYNDMAN

Now in their 55th season, the Lakeshore Players of Dorval are taking on their first ever musical production, called Nunsense, The Musical. Looking skeptical over a deadly serving of soup, the Little Sisters of Lachine are (left to right) Julia Lemire (Sister Mary Amnesia), Ashley Dunn (Sister Mary Leo), Sylvia Mauri (Mother Superior, Sister Mary Regina), Candace Holder (Sister Mary Hubert), and Stephanie von Roretz (Sister Robert Anne).

Lakeshore Players Dorval is proud to present the first production of their 55th season of community theatre and this time around they are taking on their first ever musical. Nunsense, The Musical is coming to the theatre at Lakeside Academy with performances from November 14 to 23. Uplifting and fun, Nunsense won ‘Best Off-Broadway Musical’ in its original New York production.

Written by Dan Goggin, Nunsense, The Musical is the tale of the hilarious fundraising show staged by five nuns of The Little Sisters of Lachine. The fun...

October 17, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY D’ARCY JENISH

For those old enough to remember Quebec’s 1070 October Crisis, D’Arcy Jenish’s book will reveal details recounted by law enforcement officers about the chain of events that led to the infamous point in our history.

Much ink has been spilled over the 1970 October Crisis that shook Quebec but author and journalist D’arcy Jenish, in his new book titled ‘The Making of the October Crisis,’ aims to tell Canadians about the chain of events that started way back in the spring of 1963 that lead to Canada’s infamous terrorism nightmare.

Jenish is one of the authors featured in this year’s StoryFest literary festival in Hudson. He will make an appearance Thursday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. at St. James Church, 642 Main Road. Attendees will have a chance to discuss Jenish’s extensive research that went into piecing together all the events that lead to the October Crisis in which the Front de libération du Québec (FLQ) kidnapped provincial Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte and B...

October 10, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY ELLEN SHIZGAL

Ellen Shizgal, seen here showcasing two of her late mother Buddy Abrams Shizgal’s paintings in front of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, will be hosting a one-day show of approximately 30 of Buddy’s works at 2 Barn Owls in Hudson October 19 to benefit the residence.

The artwork of Buddy Abrams Shizgal will be exhibited in a one-person show in support of the Vaudreuil-Soulanges Palliative Care Residence, where she spent her last days receiving tender and compassionate care 19 years ago.

“She was treated so well there, we really could not have asked for better, and this is a way of giving something back,” says her daughter Ellen Shizgal, who is organizing the show.

The work spans decades, beginning in the 1950s, when, after suffering a brain aneurysm, she began to draw to curb the boredom of a six-month recovery. During the 1960s and ’70s, her approach was strongly influenced by courses with Seymour Segal and by a teacher-training program she co...

October 3, 2019

PHOTO COURTESY HUDSON CHAMBER MUSIC

Cello and piano are on the musical menu at the next concert of the Hudson Chamber Music series from the early Romantic period to Argentine tango.

The 37th season of the Hudson Chamber Music Series kicks off this Sunday at 4 p.m. in St. James Church Hall, 642 Main Road, with a recital by pianist Mauro Bertoli and cellist Paul Marleyn. They will play works written or arranged for cello and piano ranging from the early Romantic period to Argentine tango.

Mauro Bertoli was born in Brescia, Italy, and currently resides in Ottawa. He has enjoyed an illustrious career as a soloist and as a chamber musician. Among his many prizes and awards, he won the Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Prize and, in 2006, the prestigious Giuseppe Sinopoli award (presented personally by the president of the Italian Republic). He has recorded six albums as a solo recitalist, an album of works for violin and piano duo with Lucia Cooreman Luque, and an album of sonatas for cello and pi...

October 3, 2019

PHOTO BY NICK ZACHARIAS

Mexican artist Rolando De la Peña puts the finishing touches on a mural on a building in Hudson’s Benson Park, a work he ended up contributing to by chance on a visit to see friends in Saint-Lazare.

If you haven’t been by Benson Park on Yacht Club Road in Hudson for a while, it has had an inspired facelift. Through the hard work and generosity of spirit of Mexican artist and teacher Rolando De la Peña, in just a couple of short weeks the old green buildings in the park (that serve as changing facilities for summer and winter sports) have taken on an astonishing new look.

The project wasn’t something that came from an official movement but rather was born organically through fortunate circumstances and a lot of good will from many contributors. It began in the late summer when Julia Schroeder, owner of Pop Culture in Hudson just across from the park, mobilized local artists with the co-operation of Hudson Hardware to beautify a storage container in the back of their...

September 11, 2019

Public invited into artists' studios to discover their creations

Traditionally, the only way that one once met or discovered a living artist was through attending an opening vernissage, at a gallery showcasing his or her latest creations, through family connections, or by special invitation.

Well for the 16th consecutive year, on the two last weekends in September and organized and hosted on a totally volunteer basis, The Hudson & Region Studio Tour has being doing things somewhat differently.

Once again and following a stringent selection process, some 20 fine arts and craft artists from throughout Hudson, Rigaud, Saint-Lazare, and Vaudreuil-Dorion, will be inviting the public to visit their in-home studios to learn more about what inspires them, what tools are required, what techniques are used, and admire the creative results. Whether in wood, clay, metals, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, or a combination of all and then some surprises.

Explains Tour President Jen Baumeister, “This region...

September 5, 2019

PHOTO BY JAMES ARMSTRONG

An oil painting by Cornelius Krieghoff goes under the hammer of local auctioneer Gary Peterson.

A large oil on canvas painting by famous Canadian-Dutch artist Cornelius Krieghoff set in an ornate circular cut frame is destined for the auction block Sunday, September 8.

“The painting comes from my husband’s family,” said Cynthia Smyth. “It’s been in the family for over five generations.” Cyrille Tessier, a former mayor of Quebec City and senator, commissioned the painting that became a family heirloom, according to Smythe.

Auctioneer Gary Peterson, owner of Coach House Auctions, expects the painting will fetch anywhere from $20,000 to $40,000 on Sunday afternoon.

“The well-known, standard Krieghoff sells between $100,000 to $300,00,” said Peterson. The painting, depicting pigs, horses and a pigeon is a copy of an earlier work by John Herring as indicated by the note written by Krieghoff under his signature.  

The artist is most famous for his paintings of Canadian lan...

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