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Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the McGill Library:


Holiday traditions:

Daybreak host Sean Henry speaks with Alex Cohen, one of the owners of Arthurs Nosh Bar in Saint-Henri. They serve Jewish classics with a twist.


This recipe for potato latkes is perfect for Hanukkah, but you'll want to make it all year long. Recipe from “Second Helpings, Please”. Makes about 2 dozen latkes.


· 6 potatoes, peeled and pared

· 1 small onion, grated finely

· 3 eggs

· 1 tsp. salt

· ¼ tsp. pepper

· ¼ cup flour

· 1 tbsp. oil

· 2 tsp. baking powder

· Oil for frying


1. Grate potatoes and drain well.

2. Blend in remaining ingredients.

3. Heat 1/4 inch of oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Place large spoonfuls of potato mixture into the hot oil, pressing down on them to form 1/4- to 1/2-inch-thick patties. Cook until golden brown, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and repeat on the other side.

4. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate to drain while you cook any remaining latkes. Serve hot with sour cream and apple sauce.


Panettone – what makes a great one:

The sweet bread panettone is a more common addition to the Canadian Christmas, but recipes with things like chocolate or pistachios may not pass muster with Italian traditionalists. CBC’s Italy correspondent Megan Williams took us on a deep dive into the doughy world of panettone.

Image from Wikipedia


In her book The Miracle of Salt: Recipes and Techniques to Preserve, Ferment, and Transform Your Food, food writer Naomi Duguid turns her curiosity to the most basic of ingredients. In a conversation from October, she tells us about salt’s deep history, versatility, and range.



Montrealers have been spellbound by the mechanical displays in Ogilvy’s department store window for over 70 years — a Holiday tradition that began in 1947. The Bavarian scenes, custom made by the German toy manufacturer Steiff, feature dozens of handcrafted animals working and playing. Two scenes are available, one outside and one inside!


Parc-Extension exhibition features female Indigenous artists. Sabrina speaks to Lori Beavis, curator of the Initawà exhibition at Salle de diffusion de Parc-Extension.


A 13th edition of the Luminothérapie installation series comes to the Quartier des spectacles this winter! Until March 5, 2023, Sainte-Catherine Street West will be decked out with a series of seven illuminated interactive works and four original video projections to delight and amuse families in the open air—with some of the works surrounding Place des Arts! Esplanade de la Place des Arts:

Image from The Globe and Mail


Unique gifts from DeSerres – art classes!

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At home for the holidays:

Revisiting Glenn Gould's revolutionary radio documentary, The Idea of North. 55 years after it first aired, friends and colleagues reflect on Gould’s legacy.

Glenn Gould visited the North only once: in 1965, he took the Muskeg Express from Winnipeg to Churchill, Manitoba. But he remained intrigued by 'north' as an idea for the rest of his life. (The Estate of Jock Carroll, courtesy The Glenn Gould Foundation)

NFB Documentary film - In this short documentary, Canadian concert pianist Glenn Gould enjoys a respite at his lakeside cottage. This is an aspect of Gould previously known only to the collie pacing beside him through the woods, the fishermen resting their oars to hear his piano, and fellow musicians like Franz Kraemer, with whom Gould talks of composition.



In his new book The Great Canadian Art Fraud Case: The Group of Seven and Tom Thomson Forgeries, Jon S. Dellandrea takes us back to the 1960s — and a flood of forgeries of Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven that might still be hanging on Canadian walls today.


A fascinating read:

Some info from the author himself: ttps://


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