Arts & Entertainment News

CBC celebrates 75 years of national broadcasting at Quebec City Open House

Canada’s national public broadcaster celebrated its 75th anniversary with Canadians in 32 cities across the country. On October 1, Quebec City’s CBC studio on St. Jean Street held a popular Open House. Despite overcast skies and cooler temperatures, the public lined up well in advance of the 9 a.m.

Q and A with controversial film director Larry Clark

Photo: Thomas Shahan Wikipedia Creative Common

On September 21, the Quebec City Film Festival rolled into town. With it, the divisive director Larry Clark, who is responsible for Kids – an early 90s film about a group of Manhattan-based skateboarders, Bully, Wassup Rockers, and Ken Park, a film so provocative it is very rarely shown in North America.

Gregory Charles at Quebec International of Sacred Music

Photo: Photo: Gregory Charles productions

"I am the most passionate person about music ever!" says Gregory Charles, who will host the Special 15th

Anniversary Concert for the Quebec International of Sacred Music on September 15.

QAC Auditions for “Guys and Dolls”

The Quebec Art Company will be performing the musical “Guys and Dolls” this fall and is holding auditions for supporting roles and the chorus later this week (see details in the Community Calendar or visit  After directing the QAC’s production of “South Pacific” in 2009,

Celebrate Celtic roots with Natalie MacMaster at the 6th Quebec Celtic Festival

Natalie MacMaster will perform September 17 at 8 p.m. at the Palais Montcalm. Tickets are $65 at the Palais Montcalm website. (Photo MacMaster Press Kit)

Arts and Entertainment - August 31, 2011

August 26 to September 17 - Quebec Celtic Festival is underway!. There will be a kiosk in Place Laurier where you can pick up a complete program and buy tickets for certain special events. Visit for complete details of the various activities and musical presentations.

Arts and Entertainment - August 24, 2011

August 17 to 28 - Expo Quebec at Expo City. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the biggest agricultural fair in Eastern Canada. Fun and games for kids and adults, concerts, sand sculptures, plus all the agricultural exhibits – beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and smaller animals.

The Aurian Haller Band playing at Le Cercle

Photo: Photo by Aurian Haller Band

The Aurian Haller Band will be performing at Le Cercle, at 228 rue St. Joseph Est, on Thursday, August 25 at 9:00 p.m. This will be their first concert in Quebec City since the launch of their latest album, Normal Town. LeZarts Studios is filming the show for Vox TV.

Arts and Entertainment for August 10, 2011

August 11 to 14 – 5th Annual Levis Jazz Etcetera Festival – 100% outdoor concerts – 100% FREE! For the official opening on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m., internationally acclaimed Quebec jazzman Oliver Jones and his trio will share the stage with Les Violons du Roy, under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

Good News for movie goers.

The Tree of Life.

Good news for those of us who like to see movies in English. Le Clap has just announced it will be presenting the movie "The Tree of Life" in it's original English language version (VOA),  starting Monday, August 15.

Art dances with music at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec.

The era of Diaghilev’s Russian Ballets

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Photo: MNBAQ

Don’t go thinking that this exhibition at the MNBAQ is just about a man, even though the name of Diaghilev is often mentioned.  It’s not about ballet costumes either although many of them are displayed in the museum’s galleries.  The truth is that it’s an exhibition about the Russian Ballets through which one can get an idea of the creativity that prevailed in various artistic discipl

Over 100,000 fans pack the Plains for Metallica

Photo: Jay Ouellet

Over 100,000 fans gorged the Plains of Abraham on July 16 for a supershow that included Dance Larry Dance, guitarist Joe Satriani and Metallica.
For years, music lovers have been requesting that Metallica, a heavy metal band, perform at Summer Fest. Single-day passes for Saturday’s show sold out in a few days, a testament to the group’s strong Quebec following.

Arts and Entertainment - August 17, 2011

August 18 to 21 at 8:00 p.m. – Concerts at the Edwin Bélanger Kiosk on the Plains of Abraham. Bring your own chair or blanket. FREE. Schedule as follows:

- Thursday, August 18 - Adam Karch – A happy blend of acoustic folk and blues, Adam Karch’s performance will charm you as the tunes come alive on his guitar.

MatièreS à création exhibit turns forgotten scraps into colourful art


Recovery is the theme of MatièreS à création, a new exhibition displayed as part of AutocART, a project that puts the work of burgeoning artists on a bus and drives to public squares and schools. The AutocART bus appeared at the Garden St. Roch on June 27 and will turn up again at 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm on Saturday, July 16 at Cartier Brébeuf.

Arts and Entertainment for July 13, 2011

June 24 - September 3rd (Tuesday – Saturday, 9:30 pm). The Cirque Du Soleil has come to town once again with Les Chemins invisibles Enjoy a whimsical mix of street dance, acrobatics, music and more. Watch for free under the Dufferin Highway in Saint-Roch. Show begins at 9:00 starting August 2nd at 8:30 pm after August 31.

Cathedral Summer Concerts Begin


Last Thursday, the Parish of Quebec inaugurated a new summer concert series at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. The series of concerts has been put together by Béatrice Cadrin, Cathedral Choir Director, and showcases talent from the Quebec City region. The concerts have been made possible with the financial assistance of Desjardins, Caisse populaire de Québec.

Arts and Entertainment for June 29, 2011

June 25 - August 7, (3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. performances) – La mélodie du bonheur, (version française of The Sound of Music) presented by Juste pour rire sur scène, at the Salle Albert Rousseau, 2410 chemin Sainte-Foy. Over 35 actors, singers and dancers on stage. Tickets $88 to $103. Reservations (418) 659-6710.

Newly restored prison cells come alive at the Morrin Centre

Photo: Marie White

The Quebec Common Gaol is the latest historic exhibition in Quebec City. This exhibition depicts the life and times of the people who were imprisoned there, including men, women and children, between 1813 and 1868.

An untraditional twist on tradition: A Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph Poll


Mayor Regis Labeaume has announced that all city police officers will be on duty for the Saint-Jean-Baptiste festivities this year, with a specific task of stopping anyone from drinking alcohol outside of designated areas. This year will mark the first time that all alcoholic drinks must be purchased from licensed vendors.

17th Annual Fireworks show at Montmorency Falls

The General Director of Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec Jacques Dupuis recently announced the program of this year’s international fireworks show which takes place in the beautiful setting of Montmorency Falls Park with the falls themselves as a perfect natural backdrop.

Cultural Interlude Brings Together Music, Art, Tea, and the Community


Volunteers at the Cultural Interlude, a High-Tea fundraiser that took place on Sunday


Arts and Entertainment - June 1, 2011June 1 2011 Edition

Saturday, June 4, 8:00 p.m. – The twenty choristers of L’Ensemble de Musique Sacrée de Québec, directed by Richard Duguay, invite the public to a breathtaking and touching musical experience – ILLUMINATION. An a capella choral presentation giving life to great composers of different epoques in an electrifying repertoire.

Newsy Notes for May 25, 2011

The Trinity Anglican Church Women wish to thank everyone who came out and supported our Coffee Party which took place in Colley Hall on the morning of May 7th. It was a success both financially and socially. Thank you one and all! - Marion Blinco

Shannon Historical Society remembers Michael Neville:

The British are coming to the Plains of Abraham!

Photo: from the CARVAQ Web site

On Saturday, June 4, 2011, the Rendez-Vous British Quebec will take place on the charming site of the Plains of Abraham. This is the 13th edition of this British car show, a gathering of people who share their passion for these Lil Brit’ Beauties. The public are most welcome to come and view the entries. The show runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Arts and Entertainment for week of May 25, 2011

May 25, 26, and 27, 8:00 p.m.: Maestro Yoav Talmi’s final concert as artistic director of the OSQ at the Grand Theatre. Le Cadeau d’Adieu de Maestro Talmi will include Beethoven’s Coriolan, ouverture, De Profundis, a creation by Yoav Talmi for the orchestra and choir, and finishing with Beethoven’s magnificent Ninth Symphony, with soloists and choir. Billetech (418) 643-8131.

An evening of insight, inspiration and entertainment at the Morrin Centre

Finding Balance: personally, relationally, and vocationally is the theme of the evening with Gregory Schroeder of IntegroWellness who asks, “If you could find your balance anywhere in life, where would it be? Balance within, in relationships and at work, is better when we strengthen our vision, character and skill.”

Arts and Entertainment for week of May 18, 2011

May, 2011, to January 29, 2012 - the Musée de la civilisation (rue Dalhousie, Québec) is hosting a bold new exhibit - ROME. From the Origins to Italy’s Capital - that showcases invaluable treasures from Roman culture, treasures that bear witness to 2,600 years of history in a city whose every artifact and stone exudes the glory of history!

Maestro Talmi’s farewell gift

Photo: Courtesy of l’OSQ

The final three concerts of the season presented by the Quebec Symphony Orchestra / Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) will be unlike any other this season. In fact, the evenings of May 25, 26 and 27 will mark the end of Maestro Yoav Talmi’s artistic direction.

Robert Lepage to take Wendake by Storm—or rather, by Tempest!

Photo: Pointcom

Internationally acclaimed Robert Lepage has chosen to stage his latest production of William Shakespeare’s classic play this July at the outdoor amphitheatre in charming Wendake, home of the Huron-Wendat nation. At the press conference in the village’s Hotel-Musée last week, Lepage spoke about the upcoming event.

Arts and Entertainment in Quebec City week of May 11, 2011

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