December looms with theatre,
music, film and lectures

The month has a lot to offer, from the Covenant to Dark Divas

By Byron Toben

Updated December 14, 2022

Despite the advent of snow and ice, December 2022 in Montreal features a number of attractive events. The two most long-awaited highlights are the Centaur Theatre’s reprise of Dark Divas featuring singer Ranee Lee and DLI’s release of its new documentary film, First To Stand, involving politician lawyer Irwin Cotler. Details on both appear below in the chronological list by dates.

Ongoing until December 3

The Covenant

The Covenant – Image: Pavlo Tull

Theatre Ouest End continues with Alice Abracen’s prize-winning play, The Covenant.

December 1

The Jewish Public Library presents rare footage of poet/singer Leonard Cohen visiting Israel during the six-day war of June 1967.

December 1, 8 and 15

The Atwater Library presents:
On December 1– Author Patterson Webster discusses gardening
On December 8 – Singer Barbara Lewis with Christmas specialties
On December 15 – Actor/playwright Keir Cutler

All events are at 12:30 pm, live or via Zoom.

December 7 to 10

Infinitheatre presents its annual Pipeline Series Readings of winners of its Write-On-Q playwriting competition this year, held at 7 pm each day at the MIAM (Maison internationale des arts de la marionnette). Free, but reservations are required.

On December 7 – The Sound of Dogs by Jennifer Roberts
On December 8 – Hung Up by Tyson Night (Winner)
On December 9 – The Drowned by Brian Dooley (runner-up)
On December 10 – Would Virginia Woolf Commit Suicide If She Was Filipino? by Devan Beckingham III

Felix Stussi

Felix Stussi – Image: courtesy of

December 8 to 11

The Montreal Lyric Theatre Singers return to Concordia’s Loyola Chapel with their annual Candlelight Christmas.

December 9

Ranee Lee

Ranee Lee – Image: courtesy of Ranee Lee

Diese Onze hosts jazz pianist Felix Stussi with quartet Super Nova 4

December 10 and 11 (now extended from December 16 to 21)

DLI Productions launches its latest documentary, First to Stand: The Cases and Causes of Irwin Cotler, at the Musée cinema.

December 16 and 17

The Centaur Theatre hosts beloved Montreal singer Ranee Lee in her show, Dark Divas, wherein she, in her own way, performs songs associated with Ella Fitzgerald, Pearl Bailey, Sarah Vaughn, Dinah Washington, Josephine Baker and Lena Horne, together with background information.

Feature image: Candlelight Christmas, The Montreal Lyric Theatre Singers, by Tam Lan Truong

Byron Toben, a past president of The Montreal Press Club, has been’s theatre reviewer since July 2015. Previously, he wrote for since terminated web sites Rover Arts and Charlebois Post, print weekly The Downtowner and print monthly The Senior Times. He also is an expert consultant on U.S. work permits for Canadians.

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