What’s Happening in Montreal? – Sugar Sammy show / Craig Morrison / Infinitheatre
Montreal – Infinitheatre’s next production “Conversion” promises to dish up a great deal of hot topics such as prejudice, inadequacy, status and family; it will be presented from February 6 to 25 at Montreal’s newest theatrical space, the Espace Knox, located at 6215 Godfrey Avenue in NDG.
Written by Alyson Grant and directed by Infinitheatre’s Artistic Director Guy Sprung, “Conversion” tells the story of four family members in which two of them, a racially mixed couple named Abi and Ali, host a dinner party. What’s supposed to be a joyous, celebratory family dinner is tainted by the Abi’s mother constantly spewing out polarizing, vitriolic comments dealing with bigotry and religious intolerance. During the show’s run, there will be two separate moderated talkback sessions (on February 15 and 22) dealing with the issues that are portrayed in “Conversion”. These sessions will include the play’s cast, director and playwright, along with Rabbi Reuben J. Poupko and human rights activist Ehab Lotayef.
Ticket prices range from $23 to $30, with “Pay What You Decide” for the Sunday matinees that start at 2 p.m. The Tuesday and Friday performances will be conducted with French subtitles. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call 514-987-1774, ext. 104, or go to www.infinitheatre.com/tickets.
Montreal ethnomusicologist and musician Craig Morrison, who is also teaches about the history of popular music at Concordia University, will be putting on his blue suede shoes for the 21st annual Roots of Rock & Roll Concert on February 9 and 10 at the Oscar Peterson Concert Hall, located at 7141 Sherbrooke Street West, starting at 8 p.m.
The theme for this year’s concert is “Heartbreak Hotel: Nashville – Music City USA”, in which the repertoire will include songs that will celebrate Nashville’s musical legacy, from country, to rockabilly, to pop rock. Joining Morrison and his band the Momentz for this concert will be about a dozen performers, including the retro band Vintage Wine, fiddlers Bill Bland and Jeff Deeprose, and vocalists Terry Joe “Banjo” Rodrigues and Pat Loiselle. And each song that will be performed will be introduced by Morrison, who will give it its respective historical and cultural significance.
Tickets for this good rockin’ show are $30, $25 for seniors and $18 for students, and it’s highly recommended that tickets be purchased in advance, because the show typically sells out. To purchase tickets, e-mail your request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the “local-boy-makes-good” department, Montreal comedian Sugar Sammy has certainly made a name for himself in Paris throughout last year. In fact, the prestigious French magazine “Paris Match” has named Sammy as one of the “Best of 2017”, in particular in the humour category. And his solo show at Paris’ famous Alhambra Theatre has already played to sold out crowds, and he is about to add more dates there in May and June. Also, Sammy plans to return home to Montreal next month, in order to perform in a series of secret shows, as well as a number of private and corporate gigs throughout the city. After that, he returns to Europe to embark upon a tour of several cities in France, Belgium and Switzerland in February and March.