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Tara McGowan-Ross

Tara McGowan-Ross is an urban Mi’kmaq multidisciplinary artist. She is the author of the poetry collections GIRTH and SCORPION SEASON (both INSOMNIAC PRESS), the host of Montreal's INDIGENOUS LITERATURES BOOK CLUB with Drawn & Quarterly, and a freelance editor and critic. Her debut book-length nonfiction, NOTHING WILL BE DIFFERENT, was published by RARE MACHINES in October of 2021.


June 18, 2022

A near-death experience very nearly stops this reviewer from writing a rave.

BWW Review: THE ONE at Freestanding Room
June 12, 2022

This artful delve into the alienation of modern dating is wise beyond its runtime.

BWW Review: NEXT TO NORMAL at Monument National
May 11, 2022

I like musicals, in theory. I genuinely don’t like very many of them in practice. I know that the true and beautiful melding of rock and musical theatre is possible, because I have seen it. When I’m hard on musicals, I am not angry. I am disappointed. I know that musicals can be good.

BWW Review: THE BOX at Studio Hydro-Quebec Monument-National
June 19, 2021

The Nils Svensson Carell-penned breakup drama is well-acted, funny, and very deep for its short length.

BWW Review: THIRD NIPPLE CHAKRA ACTIVATION STATION at Balustrade Monument-National
June 16, 2021

Ilana Schecter's punk rock sensibilities and unrepentant queer joy rescue a hard-to-follow narrative in this experimental clown piece about learning to enjoy yourself.

BWW Review: PAPILLON at La Chapelle Scènes Contemporaines
November 13, 2020

Celebrated Montreal choreographer Helen Simard looks for the internal logic of chaos in a show that mixes contemporary and urban dance. Exploring themes of ingenuity, resistance, adaptation and resilience, it opened to an empty theatre.

BWW Review: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Café Cléopatra
August 13, 2019

Ladies and gentlemen, whether you like it or not: Hedwig is here to set the record straight on the whole Tommy Gnosis thing. Did you know she wrote all his songs?

BWW Review: I Forgot Your Name: REQUIEM POP at Agora De La Danse
April 11, 2019

REQUIEM POP's deconstruction of many things-Iggy's music, the conventions of dance and storytelling, the boundaries between performer and audience, the use of the space -are the right kinds of envelope-pushing to tick off all the highbrow boxes, while managing the nearly impossible task of not also being boring.

BWW Review: NUMBERS INCREASE AS WE COUNT... at MAI — Not a Performance, but a Protest
March 5, 2019

Since the beginning of the American occupation of Iraq, thousands of women and girls have been lost to human trafficking, abuse, violence, and murder. Ülfet Sevdi brings these forgotten women into visceral awareness.

BWW Review: ALMOST, MAINE at The Harold Greenspoon Auditorium—The Intimacy of Winter
March 3, 2019

Almost, Maine gives us so many different versions of love and intimacy-but which ones melt through this reviewer's cold, dead, winter heart?

BWW Review: BLACKOUT at D. B. Clarke
February 7, 2019

In February of 1969, computer data papers fell like snow on the streets around the Hall Building. 50 years later, some of Montreal's most celebrated theatre artists shed new light on this part of our history.

BWW Review: ELSEWHERE at Centaur Theatre - Classical Mask as Protest Theatre
February 1, 2019

Odd Stumble and Imago collaborate on a work of protest theatre that offers different perspectives against Nicolas Maduro's regime in Venezuela, mounted the day after the country's presidency became heatedly contested.

BWW Feature: HEDWIG AND THE ANGRY INCH at Cabaret Mado
November 10, 2018

In The Wings Productions brings seminal text of LGBTQ+ culture to Montreal's premier drag venue.

BWW Review: BIRTHMARK at Montreal, Arts Interculturels — Identity, Power, and Trauma
November 6, 2018

At once an intimate story of loss and a dark comedy, Birthmark attempts to highlight a pathway to building a productive and healing relationship between the Palestinian and Jewish communities of Canada.

BWW Review: OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN at Centaur Theatre - Care and Carelessness
October 28, 2018

Ilana and Ben aren't adjusting to parenthood the way they hoped they would.