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OSQ holds a Symphonic Spring gala

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A gala benefit concert for the Orchestre symphonique de Québec was held at the Château Frontenac on April 13.

The evening was presided over by Sylvie Cordeau, Québecor vice-president of philanthropy and sponsorships; Marie-Josée Guérette, executive vice-president of public affairs and corporate influence for La Capitale Assurance; and Peter Simons, president of La Maison Simons.

What if? – The musical coming soon to a stage near you

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The cast and crew of What if? – The musical are hard at work ensuring that every last element of this exciting production is in perfect harmony and ready for the upcoming run in Quebec City.

FEQ 2019 headliners include Mariah Carey and Buddy Guy

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Photo: FEQ

Take your pick, depending on your tastes, of the blockbuster headliners announced last week for the 2019 edition of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

St. Lawrence College’s 2019 Fashion Show was a hit

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Special guests and ticket holders rushed into the Musée de la Civilisation for the annual CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Fashion Show on March 30. In contrast to the icy streets and sidewalks outside, indoors they found tasty warm hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and non-slip floors. The music was booming, the stage was lit, and the chairs were lined up.

Isang Enders performs Schumann’s Cello Concerto brilliantly

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Cellist Isang Enders was the guest performer with the OSQ on March 20, when he played Robert Schumann’s Concerto for Cello. The QCT had the opportunity to meet with Enders after a rehearsal the previous day.

Fabien Gabel unveils the OSQ’s 2019-2020 season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) recently unveiled what promises to be an extraordinary coming season. The musical year 2019-2020 will be highlighted by four remarkable concerts, veritable master strokes by musical director Fabien Gabel.

Tickets for QAC’s Noises Off now on sale

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Photo: QAC

Tickets are now on sale online for the Quebec Art Company’s hilarious farcical romp, Noises Off. It takes to the stage on Thursday, May 16, for four performances, including the QAC’s traditional Sunday matinee, at 2 p.m. Evening performances start earlier than in the past, at 7:30 p.m.

Laugh it up with Bowser and Blue at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Bowser and Blue

Comedy duo Bowser and Blue will be performing at the Morrin Centre on Saturday, March 2 at 7:30 p.m. as part of the Laugh Lab series. Join them at Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub for a concert and an introduction to political and social satire in music. On this occasion, they will discuss their art and entertainment, while performing songs and comedy bits from their repertoire.

2019 Shannon Irish Show: On St. Patrick’s Day EVERYONE is Irish!

The C.W.L. of Shannon cordially invites you to the annual Shannon Irish Show, which takes place on Saturday, March 9 at the Shannon Community Centre, 75 Gosford Road, Shannon.

A choice of two performances awaits you: the 1 p.m. show (doors will open at noon) or the 7:30 p.m. show (doors will open at 6:30 p.m.). Tickets are available at the door only:

Tempêtes et Passions offer tasty Viennese treats

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

All the right ingredients were at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Feb. 23 as Tempêtes et Passions treated the audience to delicious Viennese pastries and music.

Les Objets Perdus: a family band

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Photo: Gary Kobinger

It was a fantastic – if unusual – way to spend time with family and friends on a Sunday afternoon. David Lord and his twin 12-year-old daughters Eliza and Isabelle, along with your scribe and her 13-year-old son, temporarily forgot about their day jobs and took to the stage as rock stars.

Audition call for the Quebec Art Company’s fall production of the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof"

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The Quebec Art Company, fresh from the smash success of Jesus Christ Superstar in April 2018, has embarked on its next ambitious musical project, the powerful and moving classic, Fiddler on the Roof, book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Stein and music by Jerry Bock

Scottish culture celebrated at Habitations Valcartier

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Photo: Sarah Savill

Robert “Robbie” Burns once said, “There is no such uncertainty as a sure thing,” and to many Canadians this saying applies to our winters. We are sure the snow will fall, but not so sure about the road conditions. For this reason, the Burns celebration at Habitations Valcartier, arranged by Jayne Doddridge of Valcartier Elementary School, was postponed from Jan. 20 to Jan. 27.

Carnaval de Québec is coming to Avenue Maguire

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Frigid temperatures, snow and ice everywhere can only mean one thing: Carnaval de Québec – Quebec City’s 65th renowned Winter Carnival – is barely a week away. This year, festivities will be spread throughout the greater Quebec City and Lévis areas. Over 60 business districts have organized their own special activities as part of the Hydro-Québec partner events from Feb. 8 to 17.

Musée de la civilisation puts rock art online

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It is now possible to see Indigenous stone engravings from all over Canada virtually, thanks to the exhibit on the website of the Musée de la civilisation de Québec (MCQ).

Mega fun at the Mega Parc amusement centre

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

After a year of work, the revamped Mega Parc at Les Galeries de la Capitale opened in mid-January and welcomed throngs of fun-seekers.

The mall park features 18 rides and attractions, including several new ones. Four of the original rides were restored, including the spectacular Italian-made carousel, situated in the centre of the reconfigured skating patinarium.

Morrin Centre’s new workshop series is a laughing matter

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Setting up a punchline, using music in stand-up, communicating satire through cartooning, and improvising a funny skit are just some of the things you will learn during the Morrin Centre’s upcoming Laugh Lab series.

Kids code robots at the Morrin Centre

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Karin Gomez helps her six-year-old daughter Samantha Moscoso code an Ozobot, which can be programmed simply by drawing colour-coded lines and blocks. The mini-robot changes speed and direction as it follows the colour-coded trail. Both kids and parents enjoyed the experience very much! 

 

DDO School hosts a Money Fair in Shannon

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Photo: Nicholas Keats
The entrepreneurial spirit is reaching Quebec City! The first Canadian Money Fair of the 2018-2019 school year took place at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon on Dec. 8. Nicholas Keats, who teaches Contemporary World and Finance at the school, encouraged his Secondary 5 students to undertake this adventure. 

Meet Andrew Johnson: principal percussion with the OSQ

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As many of you know, I sing with the choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ). At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – in the orchestra’s percussion section, which is usually behind all the other musicians, directly in front of the choir, I noticed a new face.

Château Frontenac closes a year of 125th anniversary celebrations

“I hope people will come and feel that magic”

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Photo: Mary McCown
In the echoes and shadows of the ancient city of Quebec, Canada, walks a man.…” These are words from the trailer of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film, I Confess, set here in the streets of Old Quebec.  

A year-long adventure to help save our planet begins

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Photo: Lise Lafond

At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, many of us take stock and think about how we can change things for the better.

Ice ring open for business on Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

The opening of the ever-popular ice ring on the Plains of Abraham had to be delayed for several days in December but it was ready to welcome skaters in time for the holidays. The “après-skate” deck is larger this year, and a new fireplace and several heaters have been added, as well as more chairs.

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It isn’t every Saturday storytime that the parents are as interested in the special guest as their kids. Canadian astronaut candidate James Veilleux gave the large group of parents and children gathered in the Morrin Centre main library some insider information about the intensive and demanding process of being selected to be sent into space.

Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

A journalist’s journey: “My life as a Print Man”

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Photo: Mary McCown

Don’t be boring, get your facts straight and learn to spell.” The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Peter Black shared the golden rules of writing for print on Dec. 3 at the Morrin Centre during the second of a four-part series of In the Press storytelling workshops.

Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

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