Global music icon from Israel Idan Raichel to perform in Montreal

Producer, keyboardist, Lyricist, composer and Performer Idan Raichel   is a global music icon who has brought his inspiring example and soul-stirring music to some of the planet’s biggest stages. His The Piano Songs Tour will come to Montreal  and The Olympia on Thursday, November 7 (8 pm) at L’Olympia (1004 Ste. Catherine Street East).

Israeli superstar Idan Raichel.

As the leader of The Idan Raichel Project, Raichel acts as a musical ambassador representing a hopeful world in which artistic collaboration breaks down barriers between people of different backgrounds and beliefs.

Over the past 13 years, Raichel has collaborated with American pop stars India Arie, Dave Matthews and Alicia Keyes, not to mention a wide range of artists who are household names in their native countries: Portugal’s Ana Moura, France’s Patrick Bruel, Italy’s Ornella Vanoni, Germany’s Andreas Scholl, and Mali’s Vieux Farka Touré to name but a few.

The Idan Raichel Project’s spectacular live show has enchanted audiences worldwide. They have headlined in some of the world’s most prestigious venues, including New York’s Central Park Summer Stage, Apollo Theater, Town Hall and Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles’ Kodak Theater, the Sydney Opera House, Zenith in Paris, London’s Royal Albert Hall and many international festivals. They have also performed across Europe, South & Central America, Hong Kong, Singapore, India, Ethiopia, South Africa, Ghana, Japan and dozens of other countries for enraptured audiences of all backgrounds.

Raichel’s new album And If You Will Come To Me, released in January 2019, is shaped by numerous collaborations and promises to be the most impactful album of his illustrious career. You can listen to it here. The title track, “Ve’Eem Tavo’ee Elay” in Hebrew, has already become one of his biggest hits ever in Israel, with nearly 18 million streams on YouTube alone, and the singles from the album have racked up a total of 35 million YouTube plays.

Tickets: $29.50 to $99.50 (tax included, SVC extra) Box office: olympiamontreal.com / 1-855-790-1245

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Segal’s Bentley Montreal unveils the spectacular Flying Spur

By Mike  Cohen

It is hard to believe that I had never met prominent Jewish automobile executive Joel Segal before I was invited to attend a private showing of the 2020 Bentley Flying Spur, the third generation of Bentley’s luxury four-door Grand Tourer.

Joel Segal with the Flying Spur.

Segal is the president of Decarie Motors, which has been providing Montreal with some of the world’s finest new and pre-owned automobiles since 1946. With more than 70 years of history and brand-new, modern facilities, the dealership is one of the most spectacular and successful luxury automotive showrooms in Canada. “In 2016, we earned industry and customer praise for our new state-of-the-art Bentley, Aston Martin and Decarie Signature facilities,” said Segal. “In 2018, we brought excitement to the Decarie Motors complex once again with the opening of our new Land Rover Jaguar showroom.”

A wider look at the car.

Working alongside his wife,  General Manager Cheryl Blas,  Segal is at the helm of a dealership that exudes class. That is what this showing exemplified as brand manager Maurice Assor and sales consultant Wesley Rehel brought the assembled media up to speed with The Flying Spur. The luxury vehicle  will sell for around $285,000 and Bentley Montreal, a division of Decarie Motors, will get some demo models in by early spring. As we were listening to the presentation a couple who were browsing in the showroom  walked over to check out the loaner model that Assor and Rehel were  unveiling and made an order for one.

The all-new third generation Flying Spur, which was designed, engineered and handcrafted at the home of Bentley in Crewe, England, showcases Bentley’s unique integration of British craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology and pushes the boundaries of refinement to deliver the finest super-luxury sports sedan ever built.

The beautiful interior.

The exterior of the new Flying Spur is an automotive work of art, with its modern sculptural design, muscular proportions, latest generation cut-crystal effect LED matrix headlamps, new wrap-around rear lamps with “B” motifs and bold 22-inch wheel designs. Bentley’s iconic “Flying B” retractable mascot adorns its nose for the first time in modern memory, standing atop a gloss black radiator matrix with bright chrome surround and vertical vanes that hearken back to the coveted 1957 Bentley S1 Continental Flying Spur.

The interior is a marvel of design, comfort, and visual beauty. Its modern and spacious cabin cradles the driver in unrivaled luxury and innovation. Its sweeping horizontal veneer flows across the dashboard and into the doors, emphasizing the generous width of the space. Upon pressing the engine’s start button, the central veneer dashboard section rotates to reveal the industry-first Bentley Rotating Display, composed of a customizable three-tile, 12.3-inch touch screen and three elegant analogue dials displaying outside temperature, a compass and a chronometer.

Three-dimensional, diamond-quilted leather door inserts appear for the first time in a production car, inspired by the Bentley EXP 10 Speed 6 design concept, and new diamond knurling adorns the rotary switches, a decorative detail for which a software algorithm was invented to work with the complex curves of the ducts.

The Flying Spur’s all-new seats feature a twin-flute design and enhanced functionalities, including heating, ventilation, multi-mode massage, adjustable bolsters and top tilt. The rear seats provide a posh travelling environment, with a folding central armrest and a manually-deployed central headrest that stows away for maximum visibility when not in use.

In addition to its alluring looks, the new Flying Spur is a technological tour de force. It’s the most advanced luxury Grand Touring sedan available today, with not much more in common with its predecessor than its name. It features Electronic All-Wheel Steering for the first time on a Bentley, coupled with Active All-Wheel Drive and Bentley Dynamic Ride, delivering phenomenal handling and ride. New three-chamber air springs allow a much greater range of suspension adjustments. A multitude of new Driver Assistance Systems, which are integrated as standard features, elevate the Flying Spur to the summit of comfort, power and luxurious driving.

The heart of the new Flying Spur is an enhanced version of Bentley’s renowned 6.0-litre, twin-turbocharged W12 engine that delivers 635 PS (626 bhp) and 900 Nm (664 lb.ft.); 0-60mph in 3.7 seconds (0-100 km/h time of 3.8 seconds); and a breathtaking top speed of 207 mph (333 km/h). The engine, which was developed and hand-built in Crewe, it is the most advanced 12-cylinder engine in the world, setting a new benchmark in performance, agility and dynamics. Its “W” configuration makes it considerably shorter than an equivalent V12, improving weight distribution significantly and maximizing cabin space.

The new Flying Spur redefines personalization and customized luxury in its market with an unprecedented range of paint colors, leather hides, wood veneers and options, which offer a limitless spectrum of color to suit all tastes and preferences.

Will Segal drive home with one of these himself? We will have to check back with him in the spring.

Former NBA star as well as a porn addict and his wife to speak at Chabad Lifeline event

By Mike Cohen

Former NBA Star Lamar Odom of Keeping Up with the Kardashians fame will open up about his drug and sex addiction at Chabad Lifeline’s “soiree on sex addiction” on Thursday, October 24 (7 pm) at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts  (1379-A Sherbrooke St O) as part of the Au Contraire Film Festival.

The evening will focus on the effects of porn and sex addiction on the family, particularly spouses. Eli Nash, CEO of JEG & Sons, will also speak about his addiction to pornography, which included a period of time when he was studying at an Hasidic Yehiva in Montreal. His wife Fraidy will talk about her experience as the spouse of a sex addict.

Additionally, the Canadian premiere of the short film “Being Here” will be screened. The evening is coordinated by and benefits Chabad Lifeline, a non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping everyone affected by addiction.

“Addiction is stigmatized and filled with misconceptions,” said Chabad Lifeline Director Rabbi Benyamin Bresinger. “Lamar, Eli, and Fraidy are very brave individuals and their discussions will hopefully help others affected by addiction begin the path to recovery.”

Odom won two NBA Titles, an Olympic bronze medal, a gold medal at the FIBA World Championship, and the NBA Sixth Man of the Year Award. He also starred in “Keeping Up with the Kardashians,” “Dancing with the Stars,” and his own reality series “Khloe & Lamar.” In 2015, he fell into a coma after using cocaine and was placed on life support. After recovering, Odom opened up about his cocaine and sex addiction. He has since been an advocate for recovery  “I’ll be 40 on November 6 and I’m just trying to put out the best me, right now,” said Odom. “My life is a blessing.”

With JEG & Sons, Nash took a startup to a company now making over $200 million in revenue annually. He is also the co-founder of MicDrop. Eli held the details of his own abuse and porn addiction for many years, until using his voice to be an agent of change and empower others with an incredible TED Talk you  can see here. He will once again be sharing his story, this time more in depth on October 24. For the first time, his wife Fraidy will detail her experiences as the partner of a sex addict live at this powerful evening.

“There’s no question that the hardest thing I’ve ever done is to live a life free from compulsive and addictive behavior,” added Eli Nash. “The best way I know to continue staying sober, is to reach out and share my story with others.”

As for the movie  “Being Here” follows the life of Charlie, a young woman in her late 20s, as her three months in a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility are coming to a close. In fear of leaving her newfound safety bubble, Charlie resists moving on from rehab — defaulting to all of her unhealthy coping mechanisms that brought here there in the first place. This short film won Best Student Film at the Magnolia Independent Film Festival, and this will mark its Canadian Premiere.

Chabad Lifeline is a non-sectarian agency dedicated to helping everyone affected by addiction, and where people suffering from substance and behavioural addictions and their family members are guided through the process of healing and recovery. Chabad Lifeline offers a full range of recovery options as well as comprehensive youth-at-risk programs. Their services are immediate and no one is turned away due to financial circumstance.