Many festivals of light
and other glimmerings

Some seasonal entertainment to brighten up even the darkest nights

By Byron Toben

“Let there be light,” sayeth the Lord and lo, “there was light,” as reported in the third verse of the Book of Genesis.

Many religions celebrate the giving of light. Take a look at the variety:


Decorate trees with candles and bulbs as The Light of Christmas Morn inspires Celtic Woman.


Come light the Menorah, spin the Dreidel and enjoy Lyrics and Latkes as performed at the Segal Centre.

View the show on Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm on Facebook or Youtube


Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and some Buddhists explain What is Diwali?

Other glimmerings

The Segal Centre‘s Underneath The Lintel has added another weekend to its original weekend run, December 19 and 20.

The Irish Repertory Theatre‘s Meet Me in St. Louis musical, which features Halloween as well as Christmas, continues until January 2.

The Hudson Village Theatre‘s 15 (not 12) Days of Christmas continues till December 24.

The first five days, though past, can still be viewed. They feature readings aimed at children. Of note are December 10, which had the theatre’s founder, Heather Markgraf, reading The Polar Express and December 12 with actor Bruce Dinsmore and wife rendering Dylan Thomas’s perennial A Child’s Christmas in Wales.

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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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