What is going on in Montreal
By: Stuart Nulman
Top D.C. chef who cooked for Clinton and Obama to appear at Taste of the Caribbean
To celebrate its 15th anniversary, the Taste of the Caribbean festival will give its visitors a taste of Washington, D.C.
Celebrity chef Daniel Thomas, one of the top chefs in D.C., has tantalized the palates of many of the political and social elite from the corridors of power in Washington. For example, he has cooked for and managed the diets of two U.S. Presidents (Clinton and Obama), cooked the menu for the brunch during Obama’s first inauguration, was the head chef at the U.S. Senate’s Executive Dining Room and Head Banquet and Catering Chef at the U.S. Capitol, not to mention he cooked for Vice President Joe Biden, former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, not to mention an assorted roster of foreign heads of state, kings and queens, and prime ministers whenever they visited the Senate during their state visits to Washington.
Thomas, who is also an author, philanthropist and advocate for healthy eating, will bring his cooking style and expertise from the Potomac to the Taste of the Caribbean on two separate occasions. First, he will be the keynote speaker at the Festival’s VIP Night on May 15 at 6 p.m.; then on Festival Day (May 18), Thomas will appear at the festival from 1:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., where he will do a series of interactive food demonstrations. So get a taste of what the elite are eating in D.C. at the 15th anniversary edition of the Taste of the Caribbean Festival, which will take place at La Plaza Centre Ville, 777 University Avenue. Tickets are $100 for the VIP Night and $50 for Festival Day. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to www.atasteofthecaribbean.ca.
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After a brief absence, Australian writer/comedian/actor (and Montreal Fringe Festival favorite) Shane Adamczak returns to Montreal with welcome open arms, and a new position. He is now the MainLine Theatre’s artist-in-residence; and from May 7 to 17, he will be using his new base of operations to present his acclaimed black comedy “Trampoline”.
Written, directed and starring Adamczak, “Trampoline” tells the story of an awkward dreamer named Matt, who can’t find that fine line between fantasy and reality. That awkward, grey area is exemplified even further when he pursues a courtship with the pretty young Kelly (Stevie Pemberton) who is the girl of his dreams, who also happens to own a trampoline. Tickets for “Trampoline” are $14, $12 for students and QDF members. To get your tickets, call 514-849-FEST, or go to www.mainlinetheatre.ca.
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What can you say about a three-hour extravaganza filled with comedy, short films and topped off with an underpants karaoke dance party? Sounds like a wild night filled with plenty of hilarity, singing and undergarments. Actually, it’s called “Mr. McStevie’s Comedy Contraption”, and will invade the Theatre Ste. Catherine for one night only – May 15 – starting at 8 p.m.
The first hour will showcase 60 minutes of sketch comedy courtesy of sketch groups Genius Gold, Daniel and Chris and the Priesty Boyz (which is a Christian rap duo); hour two will see a screening of selected short films by American comic Stephen Spinola; and hour number three will be taken up with “The Mount Royal Rumble: Legends vs. New Generation”, in which a pair of veteran Montreal stand up comics face off against a pair of up-and-coming local comics in a battle of wit and laughter in the form of a drinking game, in which the opposing team must take a drink whenever their comic nemesis gets a laugh(s) from the audience. This triple hour of laughs ends with the aforementioned underpants karaoke dance party. Tickets for this comedy contraption is only $5, and for more information, check out the event’s Facebook page.
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This Tuesday, April 29, is the inaugural edition of National Canadian Film Day, an initiative of Reel Canada that helps foster awareness of Canada’s rich filmmaking heritage and culture, and to make sure that quality Canadian made feature films are available to as many Canadians as possible, which is done through public screenings and special events across Canada.
Here in Montreal, National Canadian Film Day will be observed with a visit to Heritage Regional High School in Longueuil by director Vinay Virmani, who will present his film “Breakaway” to the students at Heritage, as part of National Canadian Film Day’s initiative of staging film festivals in high schools around the country to expose Canadian films to high school students. A question and answer session will follow the screening. For a complete schedule of National Canadian Film Day programming, go to www.canadianfilmday.ca.
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