Margaret Trudeau’s Certain Woman of an Age, which played to three sold-out houses at the Gesù, was a compelling confessional, with moments of whimsy and more moments of staggering, painful emotion.
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Here are some of the top stories you might have missed today on the Gazette’s website.Just for LaughsThe 37th Just for Laughs festival featured nearly 400 indoor and outdoor shows and more than 1,300 performers from around the planet at close to 50 venues. The world’s largest comedy showcase — which wrapped Sunday after a 19-day run — provided many memorable moments and, mercifully, much-needed chuckles. Curiously, though, the shows that appeared to receive the most attention from many followers of the fest included one that could hardly be classified as pure comedy and six that weren’t even on the JFL schedule.Asylum Seeker threatened with deportationAn asylum seeker who arrived in Montreal in 2016 is scheduled to be deported to Guinea on Aug. 3, even though he says he fears for his life there due to his sexual orientation. The man claims to have fled his country three years ago when his family and the opposition political party learned about his bisexuality. He said he was living a double life — one in which he was hiding his true sexual identity.Via RailVia Rail’s business case for a multibillion-dollar high-frequency-rail project between Toronto and Quebec City would receive a boost if it ditched the stretch from Montreal to Quebec City, internal federal documents say. The document, labelled “secret,” was obtained by The Canadian Press under access-to-information law.Lance Stroll at German Grand PrixMontrealer Lance Stroll enjoyed one of the best races of his young career on Sunday, finishing fourth in a wet and crazily chaotic German Grand Prix littered with crashes and safety car periods. Red Bull driver Max Verstappen won the race.Montreal ImpactMLS fans were complaining that the Montreal Impact were dull, they couldn’t score, they weren’t worth watching. Then, in four minutes’ time, it went completely the other way Saturday. Montreal has a new Finnish sports hero, 20-year-old Lassi Lappalainen. With the Impact in the throes of a losing streak and their chance of a playoff spot slipping away, Garde reached out for the young Finnish midfielder, with remarkable results.Area 51Locals endure weeks of ‘pure insanity’ in preparation for Area 51 raid. Now, though, they are scrambling to prepare for a massive influx of outsiders drawn to the area by a viral Facebook event, set for Sept 21, which calls on attendees to “storm Area 51” and “see them aliens”.The event’s creator has admitted he was joking, and most of the 1.9 million who have signed up are probably joking too. But even a fraction of that number would utterly overwhelm towns such as Rachel, a tiny community of 54 lying just off the road leading to Groom Lake’s “back gate”.B.C Murder SuspectsA military aircraft has arrived in northern Manitoba to assist RCMP in the hunt for two young homicide suspects, while police officers have begun visiting every home and building in the area where the pair were last known to have been.