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Place Limouloise: a place to see and be seen

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It all started in 2015 with Plaza Limoilou, which became Place Limoilou in 2016. A few years later, after lots of consulting with the public and private sector and a few different designs, permanent roots were finally laid down at Place Limouloise in 2018 – named after the people who live in the Limoilou area.

Pixar’s Incredibles 2 lives up to expectations

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Photo: Disney/Pixar

Fourteen years after The Incredibles came to theatres, patient animated movie fans welcomed the release of Pixar’s sequel Incredibles 2 on June 15.

Quebec City celebrates Canada Day – 151 years and counting!

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A cool start turned red hot in Quebec City on Canada Day. Morning clouds left over from heavy rains overnight and a cool breeze waved the Canadian flag in front of the Château Frontenac. By the time the giant birthday cake was served on Dufferin Terrace, the heat and humidity of the day had started to kick in.

FEQ 2018 opens with big name stars, new features

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, provided by FEQ

With a lineup that includes a rare appearance by Canadian rock legend Neil Young, the much-anticipated return of the Foo Fighters and young sensations Lorde, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd, the 2018 edition of Quebec’s massive 11-day Festival d’Été (FEQ) aims to meet the annual and increasingly difficult challenge of outdoing itself.

Shaken! Mixes music and cocktails

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Like a game of musical chairs, the music went round and round during a concert held at the Morrin Centre on June 27. “Shaken! Mixologie et Minimalisme” was the first of a series of four Escapades musicales de la Cité concerts last weekend by local string musicians, many of them members of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ).

A taste of summer

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Aren’t they beautiful, all those strawberries lined up at the market? Our eyes widen when we see the first fruits of the season, so juicy you have to eat them holding a bowl under your chin to catch the juice as you bite into a plump strawberry. 

Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
EXMURO’s Les Passages Insolites (unusual passages) have returned to Lower Town and have expanded to six locations in the suburbs of Quebec City, where they can be viewed until Oct. 14. 

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist featured at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The works of French Impressionist Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) are now on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The exhibition continues until Sept. 23. 

Celebrate Canada Day and the Fête de la Ville de Québec

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Now that the Fête nationale is over (wasn’t THAT a party!), Quebec City residents are preparing for Canada Day on July 1 and the Fête de la Ville de Québec on July 3.

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Canadian Association for Irish Studies meets at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies held a conference in Quebec City from June 13 to 16, attended by representatives from seven countries and five Canadian provinces. Most of the lectures were held at Université Laval, hosted by Brad Kent, a professor of British and Irish Literatures at the university.

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesday summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins at noon on June 27. The opening concert will be given by the church’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, who is now the artistic director of Casavant Frères, the famous organ builders in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Musical escapades in Quebec City

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and artistic director of Les Escapades musicales de la cité (EMC), recently launched EMC’s second annual chamber music festival. The four-day event features local musicians and invited guests who will perform from June 27 to 30.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 2: The drums and the bell

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette
It was a short, quiet service, but of course, the drum was played. 

Portneuf musician Malcolm Kingsborough, one of the pillars of the annual Tambours de Portneuf folk festival, died in July 2017 at 77. Nearly a year later, with a few friends in attendance, his ashes were interred in the cemetery of Portneuf’s Christ Church. 

The Jeffy Jan II now open to visitors at Brown Basin

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Jeffy Jan II, the small yacht that became famous during the Second World War for having transported VIPs, including future British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and Lord Louis Mountbatten, around the Port of Quebec during the Quebec Conferences of August 1943 and 1944, is now on display and open to visitors in the Brown Basin park for the summer.

Concerts to begin soon at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

The Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand proudly presents the first concert of its 26th summer season on the Plains of Abraham on June 10. A standout program of 22 shows will be presented from Thursdays to Sundays. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you will discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners.

Encore! for the Encore Chorale

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Encore Chorale, a group of 130 mature singers (everyone is at least 55) from the United States, directed by Jeanne Kelly, gave a most impressive performance at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on June 2.

London Calling at the Musée de la civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Twiggy, The Beatles, iconic black cabs and a Routemaster double-decker bus are in the Musée de la civilisation’s latest exhibit Ici Londres – London Calling, which will be open until March 10, 2019.

The exterior of the museum’s tower has been decorated to look like Big Ben and a London Underground sign sits at the entrance to the building.

Quebec City springs into music

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Photo: courtesy of Printemps de la musique

The Printemps de la musique, the third annual springtime festival of music in Quebec City, was a resounding success this past weekend.

In past years, the musical presentations were given in local libraries scattered around the city. Not surprisingly, they did not draw very large audiences.

And the winner of the third Apéros FEQ competition is …

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout the winter and spring, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) gave music enthusiasts a taste of what is to come this summer. For the third consecutive year, local bands and singers participated in the Apéros FEQ concert series, competing for a spot at the festival and a $7,000 bursary.

Historic regiments invade the Citadelle

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Seventeenth-century soldiers and their families took over the Citadelle de Québec during the May long weekend.

More than 140 historical re-enactors from the United States and Canada participated in the sixth edition of the École du Soldat de la Nouvelle-France/New France Infantry Recruit School hosted by the Royal 22e Régiment Museum.

The Lion King a roaring success for QHS performers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
With dazzling costumes, clever staging and a large “pride” of enthusiastic young singers and dancers, the Quebec High School (QHS) production of the smash animated film and Broadway musical The Lion King was yet another triumph for the school’s performance programs.

Rotary Club serves Mother’s Day High Tea

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
To celebrate Mother’s Day last Sunday, the Quebec Rotary Club served High Tea in the Salle des Promotions of the Petit Séminaire de Québec.

Mothers and their families were seated in the elegant room at tables set with fine china cups and saucers. Ladies were encouraged to wear a hat, and those without a hat could buy one at the event.  

The Quebec City Magic Festival leaves audiences spellbound

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Photo: provided by Julie Moffet

The Quebec City Magic Festival, held at the Palais Montcalm and with pop-up shows in the Petit Champlain district, left audiences spellbound on the weekend of May 3 to 6.

The Cirque Éloize brings the Wild West to town

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Cirque Éloize rode into town on May 7 to give a spectacular performance at the Salle Albert-Rousseau. The cast of singers, dancers and gymnasts blended music, song and dance, juggling and puppetry with acrobatic performances on the Chinese Pole, Cyr Wheel and trapeze. Colourful characters swung from the rafters of the large wooden set.

Festival Opéra de Québec announces 2018 summer program

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Photo: Jocelyn Michel, leconsulat.c

The Quebec Opera Company is just days away from presenting their spring production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre (May 12 to 19), but they are already preparing for the eighth Festival Opéra de Québec, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

SLC students strut their stuff at fashion show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The fashionistas of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) were present at the Musée de la Civilisation on April 28 for the annual fashion show. Students were organizers and models. Many of their friends and family cheered, especially when they walked the runway in eye-catching sportswear or in haute couture outfits.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier perform in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Dave Gunning is no stranger to Quebec City. Over the last four years, he has stopped by Quebec High School three times to work with the music concentration students, teaching about songwriting and guitar playing and discussing life as a professional musician.

Brahms’ German Requiem a balm for those who are grieving

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) and its choir filled the Grand Théâtre with strong emotions on the evening of April 25. The audience listened intently to two tempestuous pieces by German composer Johannes Brahms: Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) which was immediately followed by A German Requiem (sung in German instead of the usual Latin).

No easy steps to realize ballet dance studio dream

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Photo: Myriam Filion

There’s probably never a perfect time or set of circumstances

Jeffery Hale Volunteers are BERRY much appreciated!

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Photo: courtesy of the Wellness Centre
Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a berry special evening to show their appreciation for their volunteers on April 19. 
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