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Victoria - Series on PBS premieres on Jan. 15/17


See the highly anticipated premiere on Sunday, January 15, 2017 at 9/8c. In 1837, a diminutive, neglected teenager is crowned Queen Victoria, navigates the scandal, corruption, and political intrigues of the Court, and soon rises to become the most powerful woman in the world. Victoria stars Jenna Coleman (Doctor Who) as Queen Victoria in a highly anticipated series that follows the drama of the candid, spirited monarch who was perhaps the first woman to seem to have it all.

Following Victoria from the time she becomes Queen through her passionate courtship and marriage to Prince Albert, the lavish premiere season of Victoria dramatizes the romance and reign of the girl behind the famous monarch.  

In addition to Ms. Coleman, the stellar ensemble includes Rufus Sewell (The Man in the High Castle, Zen, The Pillars of the Earth) as Lord Melbourne, her first prime minister and intimate friend and Tom Hughes (Page Eight, Dancing on the Edge) as her husband Prince Albert.

Schedule: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/masterpiece/schedule/

Montreal Welsh Male Choir concert - December 14, 2016

Andrew Macdougall extends an invitation to attend 
The Montreal Welsh Male Choir concert (he is a member)  on Wednesday, December 14th at 19:30 at Victoria Hall in Westmount.
It will consist of Christmas songs (some in Welsh) and some readings.
Tickets are $20, either through Andrew or at the door.
See details below:

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Review - Reading - Andrew Macdougall Nov. 25/16

Above is a picture of Andrew reading  " A Cricket on the Hearth“ in the character of Charles Dickens. It was his own adaptation of Dickens’s Christmas story written especially for performance. What an excellent job!  He really transported his audience backwards in time to the Victorian era. His many voices and characterizations were highly entertaining. Laughter and tears abounded! What a great start to the holiday season! Thank-You Andrew!

Reading - Andrew Macdougall - Wednesday, December 7, 2016 - 2 p.m.

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For the past few years Andrew Macdougall has been doing Charles Dickens impersonations – Andrew performs one or more of the “readings” Dickens used to give which were adaptations of extracts from his books and stories. These aren’t just “readings”, they are performances.

The next one Andrew will be doing is rather special – it is “The Cricket on the Hearth”, one of Dickens’ Christmas stories. It is special because Dickens’ own adaptation for performance has been lost, and Andrew will be presenting his own adaptation.

Click on the link to read information about “The Cricket on the Hearth

If you can’t make the performance by Andrew at MCLL on November 25th, he will also be performing it on Wednesday, December 7th at 14:00 at the Westmount Library (4574 Sherbrooke W).  If you would like to attend the Westmount Library show, you will need to come by the library and get a (free) ticket; if this would be inconvenient, let me know and I can pick up a ticket for you.

December 17, 2016  (Saturday) 7 p.m. - Concert: A Christmas Carol

Ease yourself into the Christmas spirit with a riveting story-telling of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” read by well known CBC radio and TV personalities, Debra Arbec, Frank Cavallaro and Mike Finnerty, along with Graeme McDonald, Elizabeth Neale and Leni Parker. You won’t want to miss the wonderful Christmas interludes provided by our stellar musical guests – Jennifer Swartz, harpist (OSM); Dawn Tyler-Watson, singer; Susanna Eyton-Jones, soprano; Kate Bevan-Baker, fiddler; Antoni Carloni, jazz pianist; Quavaria, vocal quartet; Velvet, pop/rock group.

The concert will take place at:  St. Columba by-the-Lake 
Presbyterian Church,  11 Rodney Ave.
Pointe-Claire, QC | H9R 4L8     514-697-2091

The proceeds will benefit Tyndale-St.Georges Community Centre in Little Burgundy and St. Columba.

For a map and ticket information click on INFO

Reading - Andrew Macdougall - November 25, 2016 - 10 a.m - MCLL

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For the past few years Andrew Macdougall has been doing Charles Dickens impersonations – Andrew performs one or more of the “readings” Dickens used to give which were adaptations of extracts from his books and stories. These aren’t just “readings”, they are performances.

The next one Andrew will be doing is rather special – it is “The Cricket on the Hearth”, one of Dickens’ Christmas stories. It is special because Dickens’ own adaptation for performance has been lost, and Andrew will be presenting his own adaptation.

The performance will take place at MCLL on Friday, November 25th at 10:00

Cost is $10 at the door, or $8 if you pre-register (MCLL office: 514-398-8234).

Click on the link to read information about “The Cricket on the Hearth”

If you can’t make it on November 25th Andrew will also be performing it on Wednesday December 7th at 14:00 at the Westmount Library (4574 Sherbrooke W) – you can pick up a ticket at the library.

Jane Austin Society - September 12, 2016

The Society meets at Westmount Public Library.

The Book club will be discussing “Emma” on September 12, 2016 from 5 pm to 6:30 pm

Non-members are welcome to attend.

if you have any questions: contact Judith Elson at 514-281-6718

August 13/16 visit to Château Ramezay

On Saturday afternoon, August 13, (from 12:30-2:30 P.M.), approximately 14 dedicated Sherlockians (8 members of the Bimetallic Question Society) and Dickensians (6 members of the Montreal Dickens Fellowship), braved the torrential rain, major construction, road blocks and traffic clogs to attend a wonderful tour of the historic Chateau de Ramezay in Old Montreal.

Led by, the Bimetallic Question’s own, Bruno Paul Stenson and organized by Carol Abramson, we were delighted to be invited to attend this most interesting tour. Fellowship guests were myself, Gail Ewan, Barbara Good, Heather Wileman Brown and friend and Zsuzsi Kapas.

Bruno was an excellent and entertaining guide. He took us throughout the gardens and gallery outside and the many filled rooms inside, giving us so much information about both the Chateau and the history of Montreal and Quebec!  He was so knowledgable and funny!! We all learned so much! Highlights were the  Espalier (vertical) apple trees, the panelled music chamber, Molson Bank dollars, the first licensed car in Quebec and of course a bust of Charles Dickens himself, who visited the Chateau in 1842!  It was a fun and very informative afternoon, perfect for a rainy day in our wonderfully historic city of Montreal!

Many many thanks to our guide Bruno, host Carol and to the Bimetallic Question Society for organizing the event and making us feel so welcome! We look forward to other combined events! Bruno will be giving a tour of the Redpath Museum on October 9. Save the date!

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