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Hooray for Havana!new

Faded, crumbling and 60 years after la Revolución, Cuba’s once-notorious and time-frozen capital can still show a visitor a good time. The Mirror flies south for five days of local attractions, rum, dancing, male prostitution and “Chan Chan.”
Montreal Mirror  |  Roxane Hudon  |  08-12-2011  |  International

Media in Blackface: Ishmael Reed on the Racist News Industrynew

Generally considered one of the more controversial figures in the field of African-American letters, Ishmael Reed and his tireless commentary on the state of race relations in the U.S. are not only choice targets for his obvious detractors on the right of the political spectrum, but also among many on the left—the “white progressives” whom he consistently chastises in any of his dozens of books.
Montreal Mirror  |  Chris Barry  |  04-12-2010  |  Race & Class

Atom Egoyan on Psychological Thrillers, the Future of Indie Cinema and 'Chloe'new

In Chloe, Atom Egoyan takes us into the seemingly pristine world of Julianne Moore and Liam Neeson, a doctor and professor respectively, who live in the upscale strata of Toronto, charming son by their side.
Montreal Mirror  |  Matthew Hays  |  03-30-2010  |  Reviews

Deepak Chopra on Clean Living, Good Dying and 'The Love Guru'new

Visionary healer, dangerous charlatan or sincere yet delusional new age guru, Deepak Chopra is nothing if not controversial. He is the author of over 50 books with combined sales of over 20 million and counting.
Montreal Mirror  |  Chris Barry  |  03-30-2010  |  Author Profiles & Interviews

Hank of America: Henry Rollins, Punk’s Musclebound Man of Lettersnew

Since his days leading the charge as the singer of Black Flag and the Rollins Band, Henry Rollins has hardly had a wink of sleep through the majority of his adult life. He has become equally known as a spoken-word performer.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  03-19-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

This Street Fighter Club is Serious About its Devotion to the Gamenew

There was a time in the ’90s where fighting games (most two players battling head-to-head in an arena, using six attack buttons and a joystick to deplete their opponents’ lifebar) were seemingly the favourite pastime of nearly every young male in North America.
Montreal Mirror  |  Erik Leijon  |  03-19-2010  |  Tech

You Liked Them, You Really Liked Them: The Alternative Academy Awardsnew

Sure, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long and venerable tradition of rewarding the film community’s artistic accomplishments. But here at the Mirror, we’ve got an institution of our own, “honouring” the best.
Montreal Mirror  |  Jeffrey Malecki and Mark Slutsky  |  03-12-2010  |  Movies

Sasha Van Bon Bon Recalls Her Striptease Days in Her Stage Memoir 'Neon Nightz'new

For Sasha Van Bon Bon, there is an odd sense of nostalgia about the ’90s. The Mirror’s veteran sex columnist, who’s been doling out sage advice on all things carnal to readers for over 15 years, worked as a stripper for much of that decade.
Montreal Mirror  |  Matthew Hays  |  03-12-2010  |  Theater

The Life of Fredy Villanueva’s Older Brother Just Got More Complicatednew

In August 2008, 18-year-old Fredy Villanueva was shot to death by a Montreal police officer. A subsequent police inquiry into the shooting was marred by controversy and resulted in a total exoneration of the two police officers involved.
Montreal Mirror  |  Patrick Lejtenyi  |  03-07-2010  |  Crime & Justice

How Dancing Desert Stars Informed YACHT's New Albumnew

“YACHT is not a cult,” reads the mission statement of the electronically inclined Portland, Oregon pop duo, who perhaps protest too much. They have a philosophy, a belief system, followers, mystical symbols, a grand council (the YACHT Trust) and a work method that involves trance states
Montreal Mirror  |  Lorraine Carpenter  |  03-07-2010  |  Reviews

Montreal Real Estate May have Saved the Lower Main, but Cleopatra Isn’t Feeling Any Lovenew

Did capitalistic excess spare the lower Main? Maybe so. Christian Yaccarini’s Société de développement Angus had big plans to remake St-Laurent between René-Lévesque and de Maisonneuve that are, as of last week, dashed... or at least drastically scaled back.
Montreal Mirror  |  Patrick Lejtenyi  |  02-26-2010  |  Economy

The Oral History of Toronto’s Punk Rock Scene is Retold in 'Treat Me Like Dirt'new

Liz Worth’s oral history Treat Me Like Dirt proves to be long overdue, finally exposing Toronto’s influential but often forgotten punk rock scene between 1974 and 1981.
Montreal Mirror  |  Johnson Cummins  |  02-26-2010  |  Nonfiction

Games, Games, Go Away: Activists Protest the Vancouver Olympicsnew

Formed in Vancouver, the Olympic Resistance Network began mobilizing with the slogan “No Olympics on Stolen Native Land.” Stolen, because most of the territories in British Columbia were never settled with treaties, like the rest of Canada.
Montreal Mirror  |  Roxane Hudon  |  02-12-2010  |  Sports

Montreal Photojournalist Chronicles the Plight of Indian Climate Refugeesnew

François Pesant has had a busy 2010. The 34-year-old Montreal photojournalist arrived back home on Tuesday, Jan. 12, from five months in India and Sri Lanka. That same day, the 7.0-magnitude earthquake hit Haiti, destroying Port-au-Prince. He left five days later.
Montreal Mirror  |  Patrick Lejtenyi  |  02-12-2010  |  Art

The Music of Ebony Bones is as Brash and Brilliant As Her Wardrobenew

If you don’t know London, England’s Ebony Bones (née Ebony Thomas), don’t worry, you will soon. She’s rather hard to miss with her gigantic hair and absurdist outfits of impossible shapes and every colour in the rainbow, cranked up to maximum saturation.
Montreal Mirror  |  Rupert Bottenberg  |  02-05-2010  |  Profiles & Interviews

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