Over the last three decades, the Montreal-based theatrical-entertainment company Cirque du Soleil has grown into a worldwide success, as well as the largest theatrical producer on the planet. To simultanesouly celebrate the company's success, it's 30th anniversary, and honour the city that started it all, Cirque du Soleil will be performing a special 30th Anniversary Concert this December.
To be held inside of the Saint-Jean Baptiste Church, the Cirque du Soleil 30th anniversary concert will run from December 13th to the 28th, and will be open to the entire public. Running at a full 75 minutes, the concert will act as an homage to the company's 30-year history, with the show featuring songs from 35 different shows, all of which will be performed by a 70-person choir with 8 soloists who will be backed up by 28 musicians.
Tickets for the show start at $40 and go up to $70, which is actually pretty reasonable. You can find out more about the show and get your seats by heading to the official website here, and enjoy a teaser trailer right here.
73-year-old high-school drama instructor Jacqueline Laurent-Auger, who has been teaching at Brébeuf College for more than a decade, has been fired because of events that took place over 40 years ago. The cause for her termination: acting in "erotic films" in the 1970s.
Laurent-Auger's semi-scandalous film career was made public knowledge at Brébeuf after some male students looked up the teacher online. What they probably stumbled upon is Laurent-Auger's IMDB, which lists such films as "Hot & Naked," "For Men Only," and "Diary of a Nymphomaniac." Sexy stuff.
Hearing the titles of Laurent-Auger's films makes the decision by Brébeuf to cut Laurent-Auger seem justified, though the films aren't nearly as bad as you'd think. According to Laurent-Auger, the movies are less pornographic and much more "light...nothing to do with the kinds of things you see today.” JdeM backs up her claim, stating her one film "Diary of A Nymphomaniac" would barely be PG-13 nowadays.
A ton of backlash has already been felt by Brébeuf for firing Laurent-Auger, with the school justifying its decision by saying that the teacher created a "model to follow for high-school students" studying "theatre and arts in general." So basically, the school is saying teenagers are mindless drones incapable of autonomous thought who will directly follow in the footsteps of their teachers, in this case acting in porn films.
Most likely, as JdeM bloggerLise Ravary points out, Brébeuf is really just protecting itself by firing Laurent-Auger. Using the veil of "protecting students" the illustrious school is making sure no one can attack the institution later down the line for employing a teacher with a past in the erotic film industry.
At the end of the day it is the school's decision, no matter how unfair it is to Laurent-Auger, though I do have one question: how does such a prestigious a school not do an online background search for its employees? IMDB may not have been as a big a thing 15 years ago, but Google searches were. The fact that students uncovered Laurent-Auger's acting career, and not the school/employer in charge of assessing educators, makes the administrative staff seem a little inept, at least in the ways of the web.
E-Cigarettes, which exist in a kind of smoking gray-area at the moment, may finally get official rules and regulations from the provincial government. Fearful of e-cigs in the hands impressionable youths and their unstudied adverse health effects, the use of vaps may become more restricted across the province.
Quebec cabinet minister Lucie Charlebois is fighting to update the province's Tobacco Act and make it so e-cigs can't be smoked in public places nor sold to minors, reports Le Devoir. Advertising and promotion for e-cigs would also be limited.
The proposed e-cig restrictions have some political support. PQ spokesperson for Health Diane Lamarre believes new e-cig laws should quickly move forward.
Flory Ducas, spokeperson for the Quebec coalition for the control of tobacco is also keen on new e-cig laws, but does want to the benefits of e-cigs to be considered when new rules are formed, such as their use in quitting normal cigarettes.
All the hubbub was likely inspired by a new study from the Canadian Cancer Society which cites 10% of grade 6 students in Quebec have tried e-cigs, as cited by Le Devoir. Couple that with a UdeM analysis that 6 our of 9 e-cig brands marked "nicotine-free" did actually contain nicotine. Young kids + addictive substances = bad times, especially when e-cigs are a likely gateway to the real stuff.
Montreal already put forth some proposed new rules to regulate e-cigs, which are very much in line with those above. If the provincial government moves forward with these e-cig regulations, Montreal's health officials would likely be on board. The vast amount of Montrealers who smoke e-cigs, maybe not so much.
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As is now tradition, the inaugural Friday of every month brings together nearly all of Montreal's food trucks in one place, along with live music and entertainment, for an outdoor event that is filled with food and fun. The event, of course, is First Fridays at the Olympic Stadium, and the August edition looks as legit as ever.
To be held this Friday, August 1st from 4pm to 11pm at the Olympic Stadium’s Esplanade Financière Sun Life, this month's First Friday is being sponsored by Alexander Keith's, meaning AK beer, wine, and sangria will be on-site and consumable 'til 11pm. Live music from 4 separate artists will add another element to the atmosphere, making the event quite the food-party.
More than 30 food trucks will be attending the August edition of First Fridays, with some fresh food truck blood in the mix for those looking to eat something new. Below is the full food truck list, and be sure to head to the event's FB page for more info.
Get all the perks of a car with none of the stress.
Having a car in Montreal is a luxury most of us don't have. Forced to use more affordable means of transportation, us pedestrians and metro-ers lack the perks a car provides. Busses don't have trunk space, the metro can't bring you exactly where you need to be, and bixis don't protect you against icy winds. Now, thanks to Car2Go, a newly launched automobile service in Montreal, you can have all of the benefits of owning a car, while staying green, and without any of the responsibility or maintenance.
Car2Go is kind of like a city-wide Smart car sharing service. After you sign up for a membership, you can grab a set of wheels at any of the Car2Go stations which are widespread in nearly every district of the city. Drive to work, or drive all day, its pretty much up to you. Sounds like the perfect way to get into the city, go out, get drunk, take a cab back home, and not have to worry about your car.
Upping the level of ease, Car2Go has efficient online services to get your wheels spinning. To find a car near you, just use the Car2Go app, download the official map, check on their website, or call a customer service rep. All you need to do afterwards is simply swipe your membership card at a car, answer a security question, and you're ready to roll.
Aside from the initial registration fee, Car2Go only charges you for how long you drive. With a steady $0.38/per minute rate, you can take a five minute ride for only a couple bucks. The longer you drive, the cheaper it gets, as price breaks come in if you take an hour or daily rate. Don't feel bad about driving longer either, as Car2Go has 250 environmentally-sound Smart cars to keep everyone green.
Parking is a point of stress for any city-driver, and Car2Go is aware. While street parking is only allowed in three districts (Plateau Mont-Royal,Rosement and NDG), every car has its very own 'residents-only street parking permit." This will allow you to park in any 'Residents-Only' street parking areas, thus opening up a lot more options even if you don't live in the area. Car2Go vehicles can't be parked in paid parking meter areas, but there are 6 Car2Go-specific parking lots in the downtown area. So don't stress, whether you're in the downtown core or in one of Montreal's more residential districts, you'll be able to find parking.