Arts & Entertainment News

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi flies into La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon

La Bordée theatre really took a chance on this month’s production of The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, a play being presented in English only. Written in 1995 by Quebec playwright Larry Tremblay, it is a challenge for francophone theatre-goers to understand.

PIGS light up the Impérial Bell with the music of Pink Floyd

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Photo: Lise Lafond

PIGS, Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute band, was back in town Nov. 7 to play at the Impérial Bell as part of their Outside / In Canadian tour. Some of the more “mature” fans felt young again reminiscing and getting into the frame of mind that is created by the music of Pink Floyd.

SNACS Book Fair a literary success!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s annual English-language book fair, run for the first time by SNACS (Special Needs Activities & Community Services) Entrepreneurs after eight decades of stewardship by the Quebec City Women’s Club, attracted quite a crowd looking for some extra reading material for the dark and dreary winter months.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 

Tempêtes & Passions reveal romantic bel canto treasures

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect setting for a concert by Tempêtes & Passions in the ornate Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone in Old Quebec. 

Bravi Productions presents Un Soir Pour l’Art

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Photo: courtesy of Bravi Productions

How could an evening filled with live performances of singing, piano, dancing and poetry delivered by some of Quebec City’s most talented artists be even more exciting? Having that evening focused solely on Canadian composers, artists, poets and painters, and while you’re at it, hosted in a beautiful venue.

Streetcar Named Desire rolling along

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Streetcar is rolling: Holland School’s gymnasium would never be mistaken for the sweltering streets of New Orleans, but that’s where rehearsals are underway for a production set in the Big Easy: Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale goes modern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the last Saturday of October, a long line of people waited outside Église St-Charles-Garnier in Sillery for Saint Brigid’s Guild’s semi-annual clothing sale. Twice a year, an anonymous benefactor donates over 1,500 bags of clothes, accessories, linen and jewelry.

2,000-year-old statues are still contemporary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Identical twins have fascinated people for ages. Then there are other people with no connection who are so similar that they could be twins. There is something unsettling, yet enthralling, about them. This is the subject of the Musée de la Civilisation’s latest exhibit Mon sosie a 2000 ans / My 2,000-year-old Double, on display until May 12, 2019.

Fur flies at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Pet lovers found what they were looking for at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie (SNAC), held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Centre de Foires de Québec. Dogs, cats, pet pigs, alpacas, rodents and many other animals were on site, with breeders who were ready and eager to answer questions.

Find your wax doppelganger at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Wax sculptures either impress people or give off an eerie vibe… perfect for Halloween. Wax heads hanging in a display cabinet on the second floor of the Musée de la Civilisation are a preview of the upcoming exhibit My 2000-Year-Old Double, which opens Oct. 24 and runs until May 12, 2019. 

CANCELLED: Enigma at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: courtesy of the Morrin Centre

REGRETFULLY, due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been CANCELLED.

Those who purchased tickets online will be fully refunded.

Those who purchsed tickets at the Morrin Centre, please contact the Centre for details. 

 

——————— EVENT CANCELLED ————————- 

 

Halloween Magic at the Aquarium du Québec

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The Aquarium du Québec was invaded by witches, sorcerers and magicians on Oct. 13 for its annual Halloween festivities. Visitors were asked to pitch in and help rid the aquarium of these spooky visitors.

The aquarium had suggested that people arrive in costume for the occasion, and participants did not disappoint. 

Quebec City gets ready for Halloween

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

How the pumpkin became a Jack O’Lantern

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Did you eat a traditional meal on Thanksgiving? If so, was pumpkin pie on the menu?

Pink Floyd tribute band to play Impérial Bell

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When Josh Sczczepanowski and his friends walked out of the concert, they were pretty underwhelmed.

Comiccon returns with a special family edition

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On Oct. 20 and 21, Quebec City Comiccon will mark its fifth anniversary with a special edition dedicated to the entire family, particularly the young ones, with a special family rate! The 2018 event promises to transform the Centre des Congrès de Québec into an immense wholesome party, packed with a whirlwind of activities to amaze and entertain the superhero in all of us.

It’s Book Fair time!

The annual Book Fair will be held Saturday Nov. 3 from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. at Eastern Québec Learning Centre.

You are invited to the Musée de la Civilisation’s 30th birthday party

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Photo: Image courtesy of MCQ

The Musée de la Civilisation in Quebec City is celebrating its 30th birthday on Oct. 19, 20 and 21 and everyone is invited! Since the museum opened on Rue Dalhousie, it has become known as a veritable maison du monde.

Kevin McCoy’s long road

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Photo: courtesy of Théâtre Humain

Kevin McCoy is setting off on a new journey.

The American-born, Quebec City-based playwright and producer describes himself as “a traveller by nature.” His most recent one-man show, Norge, which debuted in 2015, is an autobiographical exploration of his family’s Norwegian and American past, intersecting with his Québécois present and future.

Mud and sun for the CQSB Cross Country Run

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
More than 500 runners from 12 schools raced through the Base de Plein Air de Sainte-Foy on a muddy Saturday morning. To the sound of chairman Stephen Burke’s voice, led by head organizer Claire Arseneau, hundreds of students, staff and family members participated in the 22nd Central Québec School Board (CQSB) Cross Country Run on Sept. 29. 

Celebrate Quebec at the Valcartier Family Centre

The Valcartier Family Centre invites anglophones to celebrate Quebec and its culture on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Valcartier Family Centre (Building 93) in Shannon.

A celebration of song with La Grande Fête Lyrique!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guy Lessard, one of the founding members of Tempêtes et Passions, gathered 26 of the greatest professional lyrical singers in the Quebec City region for La Grande Fête Lyrique, presented at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone on Sept. 24.

André Rieu’s Johann Strauss Orchestra waltzes into the Videotron Centre for spectacular performance

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

André Rieu and his Johann Strauss Orchestra didn’t quite waltz into the Videotron Centre on Sept. 26 – they “marched” in to the tune of “Seventy-six Trombones,” surprising members of the audience as they progressed down the aisles from the back of the large arena, that was almost as packed as it was for the Paul McCartney concert the previous week!

Fédération de l’Âge d’Or du Québec hosts seventh annual salon

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
For anyone over the age of 50, Expo-Cité was the place to be from Sept. 28 to 30, for the seventh annual Salon FADOQ presented by the Fédération de l’Âge d’Or du Québec. The Réseau FADOQ, formerly called the Fédération de l’Âge d’Or du Québec, is the largest seniors’ organization in Canada, with 516,000 members in 16 regional groups. 

Marché public de Sainte-Foy to get permanent structure

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Photo: Artist’s rendition courtesy of Ville de Québec

The Ville de Québec announced on Sept. 28 that the Marché public de Sainte-Foy will be redeveloped over the next two years. Despite the work planned in the area, the market will continue to operate on the current site during the construction.

Iona Whishaw launching new Lane Winslow mystery

Please join mystery author Iona Whishaw as she launches her newest Lane Winslow mystery, A Sorrowful Sanctuary, at La Maison Anglaise (Place de la Cité, 2600 Boul. Laurier), on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m.

Curtain comes down on successful Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From silent movies and old Western films to modern animation and virtual reality, there was something for all cinema enthusiasts at the 2018 Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF). For 10 days, they watched unique works of art and classic movies, and even had opportunities to enter a post-apocalyptic world or participate in a go-kart race on the giant screen in Place d’Youville.

Step through time to the Magic Lantern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Quebec City Film Festival is full of surprising presentations. It is not only about film showings but also about culture, music and heritage. On Sept. 22, the public were invited to take a step back in time, earlier than talkies and silent films. They were in for a unique show of the American Magic Lantern Theatre (AMLT) at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. 

Jigs, reels, and dresses sparkle at the Vieux-Québec Feis

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Hundreds of Irish dancers from around the region leapt and kicked their way through the Petit Séminaire Saint-François in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures during the Vieux-Québec Feis on Sept. 22. 
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