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There is a certain pleasure (however smug) in being ahead of the curve when spotting a particularly gifted writer, and a certain regret when the masses catch up with your discovery. The latter, of course, is the state desired by author and publisher, and Peter May has now made the transition from connoisseurs’ taste to popular bestseller.

Stars, Koko, London

Outside of their Canada home base, Stars have yet to propel their literate, intimate melodramas in expansive song to Arcade Fire-ish levels of success. Tonight's show, then, sees the Montreal-based band occupying the territory of the little-bought but selectively, passionately loved indie band: no bad position to be in when a patchy gig calls for the kind of loving fan base who'll embrace you despite your faults.

Lullabies for little criminals, by Heather O'Neill

A vivid and poignant child's-eye view of the dark side of urban Canada

Hotel Of The Week: Sensuous pleasures in Montreal

"you can be on the ski slopes within an hour," my guide to Montreal informed me. She was referring to the alpine pleasures of the resorts around St Saveur, but the truth is you can snap on some skis right in the heart of this city. For when the snow falls – and does it fall – the locals have only to head for their own Mount Royal Park and its network of cross-country trails.

La La La Human Steps, Sadler's Wells, London<br />Tango Por Dos, Peacock Theatre, London

Obsessive, compulsive, and thoroughly disordered

Oscar Peterson: Virtuoso pianist who dominated jazz piano in the second half of the 20th century

Oscar Emmanuel Peterson, pianist: born Montreal, Quebec 15 August 1925; married first Lillie Fraser (deceased; two sons, three daughters; marriage dissolved), second 1958 Sandra King (marriage dissolved 1976), third 1977 Charlotte Huber (one daughter; marriage dissolved), fourth Kelly Green (one daughter); died Mississauga, Ontario 24 December 2007

Land of Talk: A long way from home

It's taken relentless touring and three different line-ups but the Canadian trio Land of Talk are finally getting heard. Lead singer Elizabeth Powell shares all with Fiona Sturges

Athletics: UKA names City figure as its new chairman

Edmond Warner, a City businessman, was named yesterday as the first chairman of UK Athletics and will take up his role immediately. The 43-year-old Warner will act as part-time non-executive chairman and his role will be equivalent to that of the chairman of a public company.

Mugabe extends term to declare himself the 'President-for-life'

Robert Mugabe has effectively appointed himself as President-for-life in Zimbabwe after extending his present term by two years until 2010. The ruling ZANU-PF party will this week endorse a controversial amendment that would maintain the 82-year-old's grip on power and prolong his country's status as an international pariah.

Spencer Tunick: The man who put the nudes into Newcastle

In the largest British event of its kind, 1,700 people posed naked in Gateshead for an installation by the American artist Spencer Tunick. Helen McCormack surveys his body of work

SPORTING DIGEST: Swimming

The 2005 World Championships will be held in Montreal in July after all. Last month Fina, the world governing body, decided to terminate a contract it had with Montreal, because of a financial shortfall, to stage the Championships. However, subsequent guarantees from the Canadian Government and City of Montreal that money needed would be in place saw Fina reverse its previous decision of 19 January at an extraordinary meeting in Frankfurt yesterday.
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