Arts Alive! at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: David Cannon

Quebec band Final State are the featured guests at Arts Alive! Quebec at the Morrin Centre on July 2 and 3.

The Morrin Centre is hosting the Arts Alive! Québec festival on Canada’s birthday weekend, July 2 and 3. Interim executive director Elizabeth Perreault said, “For our third annual participation in Arts Alive! Québec, we want to showcase local talent and offer a fresh new sound in a historic setting. Like our building which has had so many functions, from prison, to college, to library and cultural centre, our festival isn’t just an English-language music event, it’s a smorgasbord of music, arts, and culture all mixed together.”

On Sunday, July 2, the Morrin Centre is offering free workshops for all ages. From 10 a.m. to noon, there will be a workshop for children with the Book Quest coordinator. There will be Word After Word workshops with award-winning Newfoundland author and poet Carmelita McGrath from 10 a.m. to noon for adults, and from 1 to 3 p.m. for young adults.

Later that evening, local musicians take to the stage beginning with Sam Jones at 6:30 p.m., followed at 7:30 p.m. by Patrick Krief, former guitarist for the Montreal band, The Dears. Special guests, indie rock band Final State, top off the evening with their latest hit, “Fever,” and more. The doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $20, $18 for Morrin Centre members.

On Monday, July 3, from noon to 4 p.m, the Chaussée des Écossais will be transformed into an outdoor fair, free of charge and open to all, enlivening the street for Canada Day revelers. Artists and their wares as well as various organizations will be on hand giving out information and meeting the public, while a different musical group will perform on the outdoor stage every hour, starting at noon with the Vibrant Voices interactive choir, followed at 1 p.m. by saxophonist Dave Parker and the Groove Quartet. 2 p.m. will see the Arythmetic cover band, and to top off the afternoon, at 3 p.m. blues singer, song-writer and harmonicist Jay Sewall will be onstage.

The Morrin Centre is an English-language cultural centre that promotes the heritage of the English-speaking community of Quebec City, fosters cultural exchange and offers a wide range of activities including library services, guided tours, readings by prominent authors, writing workshops, a writers’ festival and much more. The 200 year-old building, listed as a National Historic Site, is managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Arts Alive! Québec is a moveable feast of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and so much more. Initiated by the English-language Arts Network (ELAN) in 2015, Knowlton, Quebec City, Hudson, Huntingdon, Wakefield and the West Island produce six individual festivals to showcase Quebec’s diverse cultural communities and innovative artists with activities and performances for the entire family! Visit the web site for details: