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WASM Newsletter for August 9, 2021

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Plenty of summer activities in Montreal’s neighbourhoods:

Photo of Cabot Square


Music news:

Ariana Nasr et Curtis Thorpe au Village de Montreal!

Fri, Aug 13 @ 4:00PM — 6:00PM Rue Sainte-Catherine et Rue Atetaken

Sat, Aug 14 @ 4:00PM — 6:00PM Rue Sainte-Catherine et Rue Atetaken

Ces événements auront lieu à l'extérieur sur la rue Atetaken près de Sainte-Catherine. En cas de pluie, ces événements seront annulés.

Web site with videos galore:

Ariana and Curtis performed for WASM's holiday dinner on Saturday, December 9, 2017. To see the video of this event, tune in to:


Happy Birthday, Tony! NEW YORK (WABC) -- Tuesday marked Tony Bennett Day in New York in honor of the NYC treasure and icon's 95th birthday.


NEW YORK –— On Tuesday night, two of New York's finest entertainers made magic on one of the city's most iconic stages. Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga came together at Radio City Music Hall for "One Last Time," the first of two farewell shows the long-time friends and collaborators are playing in the leadup to their second joint album, "Love for Sale," out Oct. 1. The second concert is Thursday. The seemingly unlikely duo first met in 2011 and released a jazz album, "Cheek to Cheek," in 2014. Since then, Gaga has released two solo efforts including last year's "Chromatica" and won a best original song Oscar for "Shallow" from 2018's "A Star is Born." Bennett, meanwhile, recorded two other duets albums with Bill Charlap and Diana Krall. He revealed in February that he was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

From the new release, "I Get a Kick Out of You”:


When the pandemic hit earlier this year, cellist Yo-Yo Ma started sharing songs on social media with the hashtag #SongsOfComfort. Later, he joined forces with pianist Kathryn Stott to record a new album, titled Songs of Comfort and Hope. Ma joined Tom Power to talk about the album and what he thinks music can do for us during a pandemic:

Official web site of Yo-Yo Ma:


News from the WAAC:


The JULY/AUGUST 2021 edition of the LAMPSletter (The Arts & Letters Club)has arrived!

Courtesy of the A&L Club members who sent in some interesting cultural events:

Toronto’s Musical Stage Company, in association with Canadian Stage, is presently in residence at the Amphitheatre in High Park, traditionally a summer theatre venue for Canadian Stage Company’s annual “Dream in High Park” production(s). Canstage is sharing this unique venue with a number of local companies this summer. Now playing is a new musical you won’t want to miss: Blackout, which continues live performances in High Park until August 15. Tickets & Info LINK:

Music Niagara has a summer festival running online to September 22, through their YouTube channel. You won’t want to miss From Judy to Bette: The Stars of old Hollywood, written and performed by Toronto’s Rebecca Perry, following the success of her two award-winning ‘Redheaded Coffeeshop Girl’ shows. Judy Garland; Lucille Ball; Bette Davis; Betty Hutton – Trailblazers refusing to be “just another ingénue” during Hollywood’s Golden Age. Video LINK:

The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, now in its 34th year, is underway, offering Free weekly Friday early evening concerts, highlighting 10 local acts. They are Free to stream as audio only, or livestream on Facebook (you do not have to sign into Facebook to view the concert.) This week, on Friday July 30 from 5—6 pm, listen in to Jazz.FM91, to the sounds of Trinidadian-born saxophonist and composer, Jesse Ryan & Bridges: or livestream the concert on Facebook Live, at

McIntosh Gallery Remnants, Outlaws, and Wallows: Practices for Understanding Bison – Michelle Wilson August 5 – September 11, 2021.

The Sculpture Society of Canada has just opened their summer exhibition, “Resilience.” The focus of the exhibition is on the strength of humanity challenging adversity. Running through to August 15.

The Haliburton Sculpture Forest has been attracting visitors to Haliburton since 2001 and has grown to an outdoor collection of over 35 sculptures with thousands of visitors each year. The Downtown Haliburton Sculpture Exhibition runs from June through October. The sculptures are installed at sites along the main street of the downtown core and is the permanent home to home to 38 sculptures and five sculptural benches. Six new sculptures are for sale until Oct. 28.


Photography News:

The Architect’s Photographer - Alan Karchmer makes structures come alive (ROBERT KIENER • JULY 2021 ISSUE)

Alan's web site:


Performing Arts and Film - even the Tokyo Olympic Games:

“There is absolutely nothing like the Caravan Stage Company anywhere else in the world.” — Catherine O’Grady, Executive Director, Ottawa International Jazz Festival.


This year marks the 25th anniversary of the film "I Shot Andy Warhol", directed by Canadian filmmaker and screenwriter Mary Harron. To coincide with the Art Gallery of Ontario's new blockbuster Andy Warhol exhibit (on now until Oct. 24), Harron joined guest host Jael Richardson to talk about her film’s legacy, Warhol's life and work, and her personal fascination with Valerie Solanas — the woman who shot Warhol in 1968.


If you are in Toronto, you can catch the Andy Warhol exhibit now:

Andy Warhol, Dolly Parton, 1985. Acrylic paint and silkscreen ink on linen, 106.7 x 106.7 cm. The Doris and Donald Fisher Collection at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © 2021 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. Photo: Katherine Du Tiel



Moment Factory lit up the Olympic rings at the closing ceremonies in Tokyo. The Montreal company was behind the most dazzling part of the show. by Lorraine Carpenter

Moment Factory web site:


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