Arts and Entertainment for July 13, 2011

June 24 - September 3rd (Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 pm). The Cirque Du Soleil has come to town once again with Les Chemins invisibles Enjoy a whimsical mix of street dance, acrobatics, music and more. Watch for free under the Dufferin Highway in Saint-Roch. Show begins at 9:00 starting August 2nd at 8:30 pm after August 31.

June 25 - August 7, (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. performances) – La mélodie du bonheur, (version française of The Sound of Music) presented by Juste pour rire sur scène, at the Salle Albert Rousseau, 2410 chemin Sainte-Foy. Over 35 actors, singers and dancers on stage. Tickets $88 to $103. Reservations (418) 659-6710.

June 24 - Labour Day Tour Guides available in the Portneuf region. Come explore the area’s scenic landscape and historical and artistic treasures by visiting the churches on the official itinerary. Tour guides will be on hand from June 24 to Labour Day at each house of worship along the way (Neuville, Cap-Santé, Deschambault, Grondines and Saint-Casimir). Hours vary, depending on the church. For more information on the Portneuf region, contact Tourisme Portneuf (in French) at 1-800-409-2012.

June 30 - September 1 (Thursdays, 12:30 to 1:15 p.m.) The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity presents its first series of free summer concerts. Starting June 30, the concerts will be presented every second Thursday from 12:30 to 1:15, with the exception of the first two concerts being only one week apart. Top-of-the-line musicians will play without interruption, even from applause, to create a calm and restful atmosphere. The first concert in the series presents Benjamin Waterhouse, Cathedral organist; Mendelssohn and his influence on English organ music.

July 7 - July 17 Indie bands and headliners, jazz, rock, punk and more make the Festival d’été the don’t-miss concert of the season. The festival features 12 indoor and outdoor venues, countless bands, and over 300 shows in an 11-day span. Featured musicians: Metallica, Elton John, Ben Harper, The Black Keys, and more. Some single-day passes still available for $30 at http://www.infofestival.com/ or by phone at 418-800-FEIQ (3347).

July 16 – Celebrate Parks Canada’s centennial at the National Historic Sites. One hundred activities will be hosted in parks across the country. Enjoy tea, annedda, and hot chocolate tasting, centennial crafts and drawings, and AutocART visual arts at Cartier Brebeuf National Historic Site, starting at 1:00 pm. Lévis Forts National Historic Site will have guided tours with prominent historical characters and gunpowder tea tastings. Meet Parks Canada’s mascot, the beaver, Parka and view centennial drawings at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site. No entry fees.

July 23 –August 10 (Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7:30 pm). The 17th edition of the Loto-Québec International Fireworks Competition. Watch dazzling firework shows by some of the world’s greatest pyrotechnicians over the majestic Montmorency falls. General admission is $15 for one show; $28 for an assigned seat.