YALE HARMONIZERS AT SHAAR
Yale University’s Whiffenpoofs, the oldest a capella group in North America, founded in 1909, gave a boffo performance at Congregation Shaar Hashomayim. This rare appearance in Montreal was made possible by Bruce Kent, alumnus and president of the Yale Club of Montreal. He points out that three of the 12 members, including the musical director, are Jewish. They have performed at the White House and on TV shows. The concert ranged from classics of musical theatre to a Muppets tune to an Irish ballad, and, of course, the signature Whiffenpoof Song, written in 1910. Especially for the occasion, the allmale group learned Hallelujah in homage to the late Leonard Cohen, who grew up in the Shaar. Said the Shaar’s Cantor Gideon Zelermyer, “A program like this fits my dream for the Shaar being a communal hub for high level musical activity like a white glove”– a reference to the formal attire of the singers.
FOR YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
March 13 at 4 p.m. is the deadline for applications to the spring round of Agence Ometz’s Promontreal Entrepreneurs Fund. Jewish entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 40 with early-stage businesses in Montreal are eligible for start-up capital of up to $50,000. www.ometz.ca.
An exhibition of Marion Wagschal’s recent paintings is on at the Musée d’art de Joliette until April 30. These included the monumental self-portrait Colossus. Wagschal takes an unflinching look at aging and mortality.