Our second cultural outing, beautifully organized by Louise de Tonnancour, was a backstage tour of the Opera de Montreal. General and Production Director Pierre Dufour led our visiting group through the labyrinth workshops, sets, and costume racks behind the scenes.
Mark Abley gave an absolutely terrific talk on November 17th…which I unfortunately missed out on, but I have heard rave reviews from everyone who was in attendance. He spoke about his travels and all the interesting encounters he has had with English around the world.
Lily Azerad-Goldman doesn’t just organize music programs for WASM, she has also brought out a book for kids about composting. You can learn about her project at her blog site:
On my way to last Tuesday’s art talk, as I crossed McGill College Ave, this is what I saw. Being of a curious nature (and also arriving somewhat ahead of schedule for our lecture) I decided to check it out.There were crowds cordoned off and waiting, journalists and photographers jockeying for position. But why were all these people waiting in front of a bank building? My neighbor enlightened me — Jean Charest was receiving a royal visit! I whipped out my camera, which just happened to be in my bag, and staked out a spot along with the other fans lined up behind the orange tape. Here are the fruits of my chance encounter with The Royal Visit.