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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.

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. 

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.

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. 

JH-SB’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament rained out!

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Photo: Michèle Provencher
The 28th annual Jeffery Hale-Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation golf tournament may have been rained out, but it turned out to be the best ever fundraising event! 

VEQ Fall Fest brings community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ)’s annual Fall Fest is always a much-anticipated event for the members of the anglophone community. Once again this year, Mother Nature smiled down on those who gathered at St. Vincent Elementary School’s gymnasium and playground on a bright, sunny Saturday, Sept. 15.

Saint Brigid’s Guild honoured for 50 years of devoted service

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Ladies and a few gentlemen of Saint Brigid’s Guild were recognized for their 50 years of devoted service to the residents of Saint Brigid’s Home at a special event held at the home on Sept. 14. 

Metropolis remains epic after 90 years

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Metropolis, a pioneering silent science fiction film made nearly a century ago, is a fascinating, complex film. On the surface, it is about the lower class rebelling against the upper class, while in reality, it is also about control, love, self-discovery and finding common ground between two parties.

The designer behind the Death Star speaks at QCFF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

When people mention Star Wars, 2001: A Space Odyssey, WarGames, or Close Encounters of the Third Kind, they think about the props, characters, directors, actors and music. The name Colin Cantwell doesn’t necessarily come up. It should. Without him, these movies wouldn’t be what they are.

Keeping fit with Rawfit exercise classes in English

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Those who want to stay in shape but can’t stand the thought of being cooped up inside a gym have a new option in Quebec City. Rawfit focuses on exercises done outdoors, in all kinds of weather – rain or shine.

Luck of the Celts for the 13th Festival Celtique de Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Tartans, bagpipes, a mystic village, clans and Irish dancing were proudly exhibited at the 13th annual Festival Celtique de Québec (FCQ). From Sept. 6 to 9, Quebecers celebrated their Celtic heritage. Men wore kilts and women dressed in traditional costumes. 

Vieux-Québec Feis is open for registration

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Photo: erry Ann King

Get ready Quebec! Irish dancers from Canada and the United States will soon be invading the La Vieille Capitale and you can get in on the act.

Vieux-Québec Feis, a competition of Irish dance, music and song, will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Séminaire Saint-François, 4900 Rue Saint-Félix, in Saint-Augustin-de-Desmaures.

Montcalm en Fête street party a high-energy success

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Photo: Natalie Keller
A neighbourhood in downtown Quebec City was alive with activity this past Saturday for the annual Montcalm en Fête. Avenue Cartier, between Grande Allée and Boul. René-Levesque, was open only to pedestrians for the day, with peripheral events taking place at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) and at the nearby Parc du Musée on the Plains of Abraham.

The conversation continues with Dialogue avec l’histoire II

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Dialogue avec l’histoire is back! The stark white Rubik’s cube-like sculpture, offered to Quebec City by the City of Paris, was originally installed in Place de Paris in Lower Town with much fanfare in 1987. It did not survive Quebec’s winters very well, and was demolished in June 2015 because it was falling apart.

Festin celtique a delicious treat at the Domaine de Maizerets

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Photo: Courtesy of LesFestifs.com
The Festival Celtique de Québec got off to a great start on Sept. 7 at the Domaine de Maizerets where, for the first time in the 13-year history of the event, a Festin celtique (Celtic feast) was held. 

MondoKarnaval celebrates world cultures in Quebec City

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Photo: Danielle Burns
When one thinks of Quebec City, diversity might not be the first word that springs to mind. Over the weekend, the fifth edition of MondoKarnaval – a festival that aims to share world cultures – tested that notion. 

Pedal to the metal with Judas Priest and Deep Purple

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The very foundation of the Vidéotron Centre trembled when the British bands Judas Priest and Deep Purple took the stage on Aug. 30. Straight from the early ’70s, the two heavy metal pioneers joined forces and blew the audience away with a spectacular show.

2018 Quebec City Film Festival features more than just movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Classic movies, special effects, virtual reality, a cine-concert, a magic  lantern show and outdoor movies – all this and much more will be on offer at the eighth annual Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF). From Sept.

At the Salon de Quilles Témis, it’s all about family

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Michel Ruest was working as a bank manager when he decided to start a family business. With his expertise, he looked at many concepts and, in 1993, decided to come back to his hometown of Cabano to open a 10-lane bowling alley. 

L’Ensemble de musique sacrée de Québec recruiting choristers

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A jolt of ZZ Top in Quebec City

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Photo: Sébastien Clavet
The ZZ Top concert at the Vidéotron Centre on Aug. 16 was 90 minutes of pure, undiluted, high-octane Texas rock.

Celebrating diversity at MondoKarnaval

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The Lost Fingers and hundreds of other artists from around the world will find their way to the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site from Sept. 1-3 for the fifth annual MondoKarnaval.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring Jacques Boucher (organist) and Désirée Till (soprano) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Free admission, donations welcome.

Discover your “Celtitude” at the Quebec Celtic Festival

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Photo: Juanita Craig from QCT archives

The Quebec Celtic Festival, the biggest francophone Celtic festival in North America, recently unveiled the programming of this year’s event, to be held from Sept. 6 to 9, mainly at the Domaine de Maizerets. Dance and music concerts, sports competitions, cultural presentations and family activities await visitors, all for free!

Summer fun swimming in Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The third edition of the “Nageons au Témiscouata” open water swim races was held on Aug. 11. More than 124 participants swam around the orange buoys, trying to beat the clock and the elements on a beautiful summer day.

Arts Alive! Québec swings over language barrier

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Arts Alive! Québec swung into action with a jazz- and swing-themed street fair and outdoor concert series in the courtyard of the Morrin Centre on Aug. 4. The festival is the fourth in a series of community events around the province, organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and local partners, showcasing arts and culture in English-speaking communities. 

Fun for the whole family at the Festival Celtes et Cie de Saint-Malachie

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The seventh annual Festival Celtes et Cie will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 in the heart of the picturesque village of Saint-Malachie, situated about one hour south of Quebec City via Highway 277.

Tchaikovsky and the Russians full of storm and passion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Tempêtes & Passions put legendary Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and several of his lesser-known compatriots in the spotlight during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec on Aug. 5.

New France festivities bring history to life in Lower Town

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Elegantly dressed noblemen and noblewomen in 17th- and 18th-century attire, members of the bourgeoisie and simple peasants appeared throughout Quebec City’s Lower Town during the 22nd annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF), dressed as if they had just stepped from the pages of history. 

Mozart’s Magic Flute enchants audiences

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Photo: Louise Leblanc
The major production of this year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec was La Flûte Enchantée or The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s final compositions, which premiered in Vienna in 1791, just two months before his premature death at age 35. 
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