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Artisans show off their passions at Plein Art

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Annie Dufresne was a motorcycle instructor, Georges-Alexandre Aubé-Brière was a literature student and Denis Belleau was an architecture technician. Former professional clowns, salespeople, restaurateurs, aspiring priests and construction workers were also among those manning the tables at Plein Art – le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec, which runs until Aug.

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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This singer from Artiz was definitely having a good time with the audience.
Photo by Danielle Burns

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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The Festival des Journées d’Afrique didn’t only include African countries. This Mexican dance troupe warmed up the crowd on Sunday evening with their colourful twirling dresses.

Pelléas et Mélisande commemorates composer Claude Debussy

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec presented the concert version of Claude Debussy’s operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the youthful Orchestre de la Francophonie performed at the Palais Montcalm along with many of the brightest operatic voices in France and Quebec.

Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène is a hit with FOQ audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ) teamed up again this year with Jeunesses Musicales Canada to present Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre La Bordée. French and English surtitles helped the audience keep track of the complicated plot.

David Jacques handles antique baroque guitars with loving care

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guitarist David Jacques was the solo performer at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on July 25 as part of the Musical Wednesdays concert series. He brought two unique baroque guitars with him, one of which was made in France in 1665 by the famous Voboam family of luthiers.

Emily Brontë remembered on her 200th birthday

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Photo: Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë from Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

It’s difficult to imagine the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire moors without thinking of Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights.

Tea Time at the Morrin Centre is steeped in history

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
There’s something enchanting about sitting in the Morrin Centre library sipping tea, watching warm summer light stream through the windows, surrounded by books and steeped in history. This is Tea Time, and the Morrin Centre pulls out all the stops to make it an enjoyable party.

Oboist Emma Ahern delights residents at Saint Brigid’s Home

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A group of residents attended a lovely summer concert in the Kildare Lounge of Saint Brigid’s Home on July 19. This was the third year that talented young oboist Emma Ahern has performed at the home; this time she was accompanied by pianist Kasia Borkowska.

Travels through the Townships

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Want to get away for a few days and enjoy the countryside? Why not hit the road and head east, to the Eastern Townships, that is. 

Emerging artists come to the Surface

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Surface: Mon Histoire, Késako was held July 19-21 at Quai Paquet in Lévis, next to the ferry terminal with the majestic Quebec City skyline and sunset as a backdrop.

Cyndi Lauper proves that girls still wanna have fun!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Cyndi Lauper, the iconic American pop rock singer who rose to fame in the 1980s, attracted a huge crowd on July 13 on the Plains of Abraham as part of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Les Chercheurs d’Or find gold at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Foo Fighters on fire in return to FEQ stage

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On July 10, the tens of thousands of people gathered on the Plains of Abraham most likely felt a strong sense of déjà vu as heavy rain pelted the Plains ahead of the scheduled Foo Fighters concert at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Fortunately for the fans, there would be no repeat of the tempest that derailed the band’s 2015 FEQ performance after just four songs.

A regal performance for Lorde on the Plains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lorde required three airplanes to bring her all the way from New Zealand to Quebec City with her entourage to perform at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 13. She and her backup dancers were the closing act of an evening of concerts showcasing female artists.

Sum 41 close the 51st FEQ with a punkish bang!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Sum 41, a punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and grunge band from Ajax, Ont., is playing in three Canadian cities while on their current tour. On July 16, they swung by the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Grunge and punk fans filled the Parc de la Francophonie and surrounding streets to hear their favourite Canadian band.  

Art Walk in the Vieux-Port

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
This month’s walk is an enjoyable trek around Lower Town to take in the recently unveiled works of art in EXMURO’s Passages Insolites (unusual passages) outdoor exhibition. For more information, see “Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City,” by Cassandra Kerwin, in the July 4, 2018 edition of the QCT. 

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. 
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