Category Archives: Politics

Demoralization as a tactic

Don’t lose heart. But do you ever wonder whether someone might be deliberately trying to wear you down, demoralize you, persuade you to give up? I know that as a persistent CBC listener & CNN watcher, as a voracious consumer … Continue reading

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Opera: Passion, Power, and Politics

There it all is, everything a boy or girl could want in one headline. Now in fact that’s the title of a big beautiful book that I’ve been reading.  And what good is a book if it doesn’t push your … Continue reading

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I love dogs & The Post

Living through the daily assault upon one’s sensibility leads one to take protective measures.  Whatever does get you through the night? I vacillate between truth and escapism. Truth consists of various sorts of political content, whether on a news network … Continue reading

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Yom HaShoah: Holocaust Remembrance at the RBA

It’s interesting that on consecutive days, the Canadian Opera Company gave their noon-hour concert in the Richard Bradshaw Amphitheatre over to a performance resembling an act of remembrance. Yesterday was Jeremy Dutcher’s concert, in which he seemed to address the … Continue reading

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Mixie and the Halfbreeds

My visit to the eye doctor today reminds me that when all’s said and done I must look at the world through my own lens. I was at the theatre tonight to see Mixie and the Halfbreeds by Julie Tamiko … Continue reading

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Davies’ Ecstasy of Rita Joe

I’ve just seen Victor Davies’ adaptation of George Ryga’s 1967 play The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, a very faithful treatment of Ryga’s work, the world premiere production in Toronto. As a result we’re in a funny place culturally with this … Continue reading

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Scorched by Mouawad

Tonight I completed my Wajdi Mouawad trilogy.  Last month I saw his production of Abduction from the Seraglio at the Canadian Opera Company twice, last week I saw Denis Villeneuve’s film Incendies, adapted from the play that I saw tonight. … Continue reading

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