Written by Alan Hustak for VMO
Tuesday, May 24th, 2016
A grant from the Father Dowd foundation will enable the LaSalle 50 + community drop-in centre to remain open while it considers its options now that CCS has abruptly withdrawn its support from the facility.
The seniors have been meeting twice a week at St. John Brebeuf Church in LaSalle since the community organization was started five years ago.
Until now the former Catholic Community Services supported the administration and program development for the more than 400 registered members. But since CCS decided to abandon its faith-based mandate a year ago and become Collective Community Services it has been developing its own program priorities.
Father John Walsh, the former pastor of St. John Brebeuf parish in LaSalle, marked the 50th anniversary of his ordination with the launch of his forthright autobiography, God is Calling, Don’t Leave him on Hold.
Perhaps best known as the CJAD talk show host who once served as an Episcopal Vicar of St. Jean-Longueuil, he continues an active social ministry although he retired five years ago.
“The church in which I minister today is not the same church that it was then and I am not the same person or the same priest,” he writes. “There have been times over the past five decades when I wondered why I remained in the priesthood.”
The Art for Social Action Fair, hosted by Social Justice Connection (SJC) will bring together Montreal artisans and craftspeople whose work fits in with a socially responsible ethical mandate. The SCJ is proud to raise funds for the organization while promoting such beautiful locally-made work.
Amongst some of the articles that will be sold at the fair include, quilts, henna art, embossed pewter, organic cotton baby clothes, handmade soaps, paintings, objects made from recycled tires and other materials, and chemical free natural beauty products.
Pillow Talk: An Essay on Dreaming by Dulcinea Langfelder playing at the Centaur Theatre until April 24th is about something we all do, but take for granted - dreaming. This one-woman show, co-created with Anne Sabourin (staging & choreography), features Langfelder artfully interpreting her own dreams on stage through voice-over and dance as she interacts with vivid video animation (Benjamin Broche & Patrice Daigneault) which conveys what is going on in her subconscious mind. The mysterious realm of dreams is further brought to life by brilliant lighting effects (Vincent Santes) and a stunning soundscape (Danys Levasseur) which transport the audience into the artist's staged dream world.
The Blue Metropolis Literary Festival kicked off its 18th year on Wednesday night with the Walrus Talks on Resilience of the Spirit at the Alumni Auditorium of Concordia University. Over the years Blue Met has become a forum for dialogue on a wide range of ideas and issues, as well as literary topics. This year is no different. As in the past, many of its events are taking place at Hôtel 10, with others unfolding at off-site venues around the city.
Last Night at the Gayete
The Centaur Theatre's 2015-2016 season is drawing to a close with its final production of Last Night at the Gayety, a musical comedy by Bowser & Blue which runs until May 22nd.