In Brief 

Colors of Concordia returns for another tour

Every year the Colors of Concordia Team rides in the Tour de l’Ile, a 50-km bicycle ride that tours the island of Montreal. Last year saw over 300 cyclists from Concordia representing 74 different countries. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, June 1.

The bike ride begins at Parc Maisonneuve and ends with a BBQ picnic with food of many cultures, great music and the opportunity to meet hundreds of fellow students from many different countries. This is your chance to represent your country, have a great time, and support the Colors of Concordia Fund, which promotes cultural diversity at Concordia.

To join Colors of Concordia, see Registration is $25 and closes Friday, May 2.

Blue Metropolis Literary Festival

This year’s Blue Metropolis Festival is gearing up to open its doors for the 10th time on April 30.

The celebration of words has grown steadily since English instructor Linda Leith started the event at a downtown hotel. Now, the almost 200 events spill out of the Delta Centre-Ville which serves as the centre of the five-day event that has grown from 70 participants in its inaugural year to over five times that number.

Concordians, as usual, are well represented with numerous graduates and lecturers featured, as well as professors Jason Camlot and Mikhail Iossel taking the stage. Iossel will be chairing a discussion in Russian, one of seven languages spoken at different events. On the Road is a theme of the festival this year, with different countries, cultures and the act of travel writing itself featured in several discussions and workshops.

The festival also goes digital this year. Hexagram’s Jason Lewis will be featuring his digital take on traditional texts as part of the science and new media focus of the festival.

This year will also feature a festival for children held in parallel to the main event.

For schedules, specifics and ticket information, go to

Caught in the Act

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Contemporary dancer Forty Nguyen performs work by choreographer Pascale Hilaire in the students’ end-of-year show.


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