(bilingual play)

Featured artist(s)
David Fennario (1979)
Alexandria Haber (2011)


“I remember the very first staging of Fennario's “Balconville" at the Centaur. And numerous Hamlets, all over the city; a memorable indy one in the early 90’s, staged at studio C; starring much local talent, including Al Goulem, as the brooding Dane, directed by his wife and playwright Alexandria Haber. Deena Aziz as Horatio. Impactful and ahead of its time.

Fan favourite
Felicia Shulman

"When we saw ‘Balconville’ back then we all immediately recognized it as authentic [...] We saw and heard the Montreal that we know [...] [W]e heard the French audience laugh, the English audience laugh and then the whole audience laugh. The play is set during the run-up to the 1980 referendum, so there was plenty of conflict between the anglophone and francophone characters onstage, and I think that at the time it was daring to air the mutterings and prejudices of the population. However, underneath it all there was a common humanity and fellow feeling. Personally, I have become ‘la voisine anglaise’ with imperfect French, and I do feel as though I belong."

Fan favourite
Elsa Bolam

Now a feature length documentary

What We Choose To Remember

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What We Choose to Remember features a cast of more than 30 characters, whose families arrived in successive waves of immigration. The oldest families arrived during the period of ‘two solitudes’ when Montreal’s population was more than 50% English. They share firsthand accounts decades of political upheaval. The most recent immigrants arrived believing linguistic conflicts were ancient history. 

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Our story takes place on the Indigenous lands of the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) nation of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy. Tiotià:ke (known as Montréal) has existed as a meeting place of many First Nation peoples, including but not limited to the Abenaki , Anishinaabeg (Algonquin), and the Huron-Wendat. We extend our deepest respect to the elders of these nations and to all Indigenous peoples who carry the history of this island’s land and waters. We also call upon all levels of government to adopt and implement the 94 recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation commission.

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