Outremont to rename square "Place Kate McGarrigle"

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Outremont to rename square "Place Kate McGarrigle"

Anna (l.) and Kate

 

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[url=http://www.montrealgazette.com/City+Montreal+rename+Outremont+square+lat... of Montreal to rename Outremont square for late singer Kate McGarrigle[/url]

ETA: My thread title is technically wrong, of course... While it's in the borough of Outremont, the renaming is done by the city, not the borough...

autoworker autoworker's picture

It's nice to read that she's being honored within the district where she lived, and not by a gazebo on Mount Royal.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Glad to hear that Kate is receiving this honor. 

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Love Over and Over - The Songs of Kate McGarrigle   Massey Hall June 15

Family and friends gather to celebrate the life and work of the beloved Canadian singer-songwriter. Following all-star salutes in London and New York, Luminato brings together singer-songwriter legend Kate McGarrigle's family and friends to celebrate her inspiring life and work. Kate's sisters, Anna and Jane, her children, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, and her niece and nephew, Lily and Sylvan Lanken, and Anna's husband, Dane Lanken, will be joined on stage by Emmylou Harris, Bruce Cockburn, Ron Sexsmith, Jane Siberry, Robert Charlebois, Peggy Seeger, Kevin Drew, Amy Millan, Mary Margaret O'Hara,
Ariel Engle, Andrew Whiteman, Teddy Thompson, Krystle Warren, and a group of musicians who formerly played with Kate McGarrigle.

A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Kate McGarrigle Fund, created to further sarcoma research.

(sorry I didn't post this earlier - just never thought of it until I saw this thread)

love is free love is free's picture

never heard of her.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

Your loss.

6079_Smith_W

Boom Boom wrote:

Your loss.

 

... or opportunity.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I've followed their career since the release of their first album, I've got all their albums to date - some on vinyl, some on cassette, and some on CD. I started a Facebook group honoring them about four years ago. To my great regret I never got hear them live, but I've seen Kate and Anna on TV a couple of times. That's 37 years of listening to the duo.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Boom Boom: I saw them live when they played a gig at McEwan Hall (University of Calgary). They were over a hour an a half late appearing with zero word of explanation or even a pro forma apology. (Hey, I didn't expect they cut out an organ and offer it to us, but "hey, sorry we made you wait" would have been nice.)  So, not impressed with them as a live act, although I did enjoy their recordings.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

bagkitty wrote:

Boom Boom: I saw them live when they played a gig at McEwan Hall (University of Calgary). They were over a hour an a half late appearing with zero word of explanation or even a pro forma apology. (Hey, I didn't expect they cut out an organ and offer it to us, but "hey, sorry we made you wait" would have been nice.)  So, not impressed with them as a live act, although I did enjoy their recordings.

When did that happen?  If it was in the last few years, it might have been related to Kate's health issues.

(Disregard that if it happened earlier).

 

lagatta

I ran in to the two sisters from time to time around Outremont and Mile-End (not far from here, just south of a railway viaduct, and a bit west in the case of Outremont, but they were at the very beginning of Outremont just across Parc from Mile-End). I have several friends in that area, and clients in Outremont. They shopped regularly at Supermarché PA on Parc (a Greek grocery with lots of yummy cheeses and good prices for vegetables etc).

I don't even remember any "square" on Laurier between Durocher and Querbes. Think it is just a place where the road turns and the sidewalk becomes a bit wider, but perhaps there is a way of crafting a little square, with the bench Rufus is offering and some other features. I'll go have a look at it when I have time.

I'm very surprised to hear about the disappointing behaviour at that concert, as that is utterly out of character for Kate and Anna. They were always most generous with their public and with other artists.

bagkitty bagkitty's picture

Ken: It was in the 1980s, I had returned to Calgary to work over the summer and this was my "big" expense/night out for the summer. Again, I quite enjoy their recordings - their rudeness at the concert did, however, highlight for me the importance of drawing the distinction between the artist and the product they produce.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

It's regrettable that you saw them like that...but I suppose what that shows us is that anybody can have a bad night. Who knows what happened to cause that?  I haven't heard any other reports of the McGarrigles dissing an audience that way, so perhaps it was just a perfect storm of events that led you to see them at their worst.

Look at the bright side...at least you aren't a Sly Stone or Axl Rose fan.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

The only bad concert experience I can remember was by folksinger Tim Hardin. He was almost two hours late for his performance at Ottawa's Le Hibou coffee house because he was.... drunk! But when he finally got on stage, he gave a truly awesome performance - all the songs he's known for, like Reason To Believe, If I Wwere A Carpenter, and many more. It ripped me to the core when he died a few years later.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

Tim Hardin is actually buried in Turner, Oregon, just outside of my hometown of Salem.  He'd lived in the area in his later years, apparently.

Boom Boom Boom Boom's picture

I've got all his albums on vinyl, cassette, and CD. And I've seen him live a half dozen times - including a performance of  his themed album To Susan Moore and Damion - We are one,  one, all in one. A hell of a guy.

theleftyinvestor

My parents in Toronto went to the concert last night. She is definitely a Canadian legend. Two years ago when Rufus was here in Vancouver, my family was in town for my graduation and we went to see him perform. He did his cover of "The Walking Song" and it was beautiful.

janfromthebruce

Ken, someday I'd like to know how come you know so much about Canadian and local politics and yet by your posts, you are an American who lives stateside. I've often wondered.

janfromthebruce

Thanks Ken for sharing your personal information. You didn't have to but you seemed so knowledgable about Canadian politics that I wondered if you had been a Canadian. So you and Sarah P. can "almost see" another country - ha ha ha. Thanks for being a super contributor.

I've never been to Alaska but can understand that "geography" and sharing similar space creates opportunities to share similar view points and histories.

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

None of us have seen Sarah Palin(or, as we call her up here "Caribou Barbie") for months now.  At one point, we heard that she and Todd(her husband, the snowmobile racer they called "The First Dude" during her partial term as governor)were checking out houses on Long Island(I think they told her she'd be able to see The Russian Tea Room from her house).

Ken Burch Ken Burch's picture

I've always been interested in Canada, and use this website, the CBC, other sources(such at This Magazine, for example, at various times) to educate myself.  I suppose it's the "similar, yet different" aspect of Canada that intrigues me.  Also, I've often seen Canada as a place(on a good day)that shows that there are other ways to run life other than the worst things that happen on my side of the border.

And, as an Alaska resident, I suppose I also feel an affinity to Northern countries as fellow places that are at something of a remove from "mainstream" life as most Yanks know it.

 

Michelle

Kate McGarrigle - I knew the name but wasn't familiar with her music until last night, actually.  There was a show on CBC Radio One (English) by a host (I'm sorry, didn't catch his name) who was featuring French-Canadian music with memorable vocals, including a lot of folk music, and they played a song by her.  What a beautiful voice.

It's amazing how much of a firewall there is between pop culture in English and French Canada.  I hadn't heard any of the music he played yesterday, but apparently it was all quite popular in Quebec when it came out.

Unionist

[url=http://www.cbc.ca/archives/categories/arts-entertainment/music/general-2... and Anna McGarrigle - CBC archives, 1977[/url]

Quote:

It's 1977, and the young McGarrigle sisters are starting to attract attention in the musical world. With their twining harmonies, thoughtful lyrics, and eclectic instrumentation, their songs have become favourites in the U.K. and the United States, and now their star is rising at home in Canada. CBC TV's Adrienne Clarkson spends time with the pair as they rehearse, perform, shop, cook and share their thoughts on their new-found fame. (Look for Kate's three-year-old son, Rufus Wainwright, struggling to pour his own milk!)


KenS

The concert in Calgary: who knows what happened before they got there. And maybe it left them at each other's throats, which would make anyone impervious to the rest of the world. "Do I really have to go out there and play."

Friends in Montreal have known and been around them for decades. They seem like the opposite of pretentious. Its too bad it happened, but it really seems way out of character. I've seen them at small and large gigs, they have always enjoyed their audiences.

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There's a Facebook group called Kate and Anna McGarrigle Appreciation Group with over 1600 members sharing photos and videos.

Unionist

[url=http://montreal.ctvnews.ca/kate-mcgarrigle-being-honoured-wednesday-1.13... Kate McGarrigle[/url] will be inaugurated at 1:30 pm today. Unfortunately I'm too far away to get there. There are concerts tomorrow, and a premiere showing tonight of the documentary [url=http://www.theatreoutremont.ca/en/events/?prog_type=cinema&page_id=415]Sing me the songs that say I love you : A Concert For Kate McGarrigle[/url].

Catchfire Catchfire's picture

cool!

DaveW

KenS wrote:

The concert in Calgary: who knows what happened before they got there. And maybe it left them at each other's throats, which would make anyone impervious to the rest of the world. "Do I really have to go out there and play."

Friends in Montreal have known and been around them for decades. They seem like the opposite of pretentious. Its too bad it happened, but it really seems way out of character. I've seen them at small and large gigs, they have always enjoyed their audiences.

that sounds right

... way back in 1982, I was asked to rewrite a magazine feature by a young freelancer about the McGarrigles; the term "winsome" was used to describe them and I remember it as being right to describe their innocent approach to things

must have been in bad moods that night