With Canada celebrating 150 years, my friends, Jean, May, Celia and Wanda and I decided to brave the rain forecast, and see the parade and the festivities at the Old Port. With a rain jacket and an umbrella tucked into my backpack, I met them at the corner of Peel and St. Catherine where the parade would turn down on the homestretch. Continue reading
There are some huge celebrities here to celebrate Montreal’s 375th birthday, and I really mean huge.
The Giants are in town for the weekend. Not the football team. The Giants of the Royal De Luxe company are marionettes from France. There are three of them: The Sea Diver which is the largest, a Little Girl, which is the diver’s niece, and her dog. This is their first appearance in Canada.
It takes a lot of people to manipulate them and watching them work is as fascinating as the marionettes themselves. Continue reading
There’s only 2 more weeks until spring, but winter fun ain’t over yet. Montreal en Lumiere is in full swing until March 11th. Saturday night was Nuit Blanche, and my friends and I took advantage of the free events downtown. Continue reading
I dropped by Chinatown this afternoon where the celebrations for the New Year were taking place. The Montreal Chinese Lion Dance Club was performing the ritual dance in front of various stores in Chinatown to wish them luck and good fortune for the new year. Here’s a short clip.
I wish you all good fortune for the Year of the Rooster!
To celebrate the arrival of 2017, my friends and I checked out the free festivities at the Old Port. I’ve spent many New Year’s Eves on a sofa with the remote control watching the ball drop in Times Square and fireworks around the world. This time, I decided it would be a good start to the New Year to get off the sofa, put on the long underwear, and brave the cold and the crowds. Continue reading
There has been so much ridicule surrounding Montreal`s challenger to the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree that I went downtown and had a look for myself. Yes, it is a Charlie Brown tree. It’s skinny and not as full and pretty as the one in New York (which I heard is actually made up of 3 trees wired together), but when lit up at night, I think it’s beautiful and does its job well, which is to bring people together to celebrate the holiday season.
Speaking of Charlie Brown, my absolute favorite Christmas album is A Charlie Brown Christmas by the Vince Guaraldi Trio. You can listen to it below. Continue reading
One of the most famous names in the world now has a permanent home in Montreal. Barbie Expo is the largest permanent exhibit of Barbie dolls in the world and is open to the public for free at Les Cours Mont Royal. I had a Barbie doll when I was a kid and it was one of my favorite toys. I loved the dresses my mom made for her out of scrap material. They weren’t as fancy as Mattel couture, but I thought they were beautiful. The Barbies in this exhibit wear outfits designed by top designers such as Vera Wang, Bob Mackie, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein and Versace. With dolls that resemble Beyonce, Barbara Streisand, Jennifer Lawrence, Lucille Ball and more, the exhibit is a fascinating commentary on fashion and pop culture.
The weather on Sunday seemed more appropriate for October than June, but it didn’t stop the Chinese Association of Montreal from holding its annual Ceremony of the Ancestors in Chinatown yesterday.
In the photos below, fake money is burned as an offering to the ancestors just outside the offices of one family association. Continue reading
So now you get to see what my Cover Girl experience was all about. The CBC officially launched Real Talk on Race today. For the next two weeks, CBC Montreal’s radio, television and social media platforms will be discussing and encouraging people to talk about race and racial identity. Ten Montrealers, including me, contributed personal stories which you can read on their web site. My story will roll out on Wednesday, but you can have a sneak peek here.
Listen to CBC radio’s Daybreak and Radio Noon. You can join the conversation by texting or calling into the show. You can also like them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/CBCMontreal/ or follow them on Twitter and Instagram: @CBCMontreal.