Arts & Entertainment News

Jack Lavoie & Friends prepare to play Le Pape-Georges

Quebec City singer-songwriter Jack Lavoie and his band, Johnbé and Bassman Dan, are gearing up for another cozy night of music at Le Pape-Georges on Saturday, November 8.

Jack Lavoie and Friends will deliver homegrown acoustic rock, complete with Jack on vocals and guitar, Johnbé on djembe and Dan on bass and ukulele. Settle in before the first set starts at 10 p.m.

Hot picks for cold nights in Quebec

Two amazing concerts coming up!

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Photo: Yoav, 2008

As the temperature is dropping fast in Quebec City, you might want to warm your heart by attending a concert or two.  The good news is that a variety of very promising shows will be presented within the next month.  I chose to provide you with some information about two artists who have offered amazing CDs in the past months and whose concerts in Quebec City are much anticipated.

85-year-old shoots 81, stuns older friends

Despite cool weather, Frank “Long Drive” Coveney shot an 81 at the Castor Golf Club on October 8, four strokes less than his age, his friend Jerry O’Brien reported.

Scary stuff to do

Halloween Lantern Tour on the Plains of Abraham

Spend Halloween or the following Day of the Dead scared out of your wits on the Plains! Tales of sorcery, murder, execution and mystery colour a tour led by Sir George Garneau, mayor of Quebec City in 1908, or his wife, Marie Alma.

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Parts 1 & 2

Culture and Society

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Part I

Jean-Thomas Tremblay

Cirque du Soleil defies gravity in honour of Quebec’s 400th

If you are planning on seeing Le Cirque du Soleil in the near future, I recommend purchasing an extra set of eyes. Two is just not enough to admire all the eye-candy the world-renowned circus has to offer. From Friday to Sunday last week, the Cirque set up camp at Le Colisée Pepsi, and offered Quebecers a free show, which, despite the price, was as spectacular as ever.

Coeur de Pirate steals Quebec City hearts with love songs

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

Coeur de Pirate is the new musical sensation in the province of Quebec. She is a tattoo-clad 19-year-old musician, dressed in black and adorned with a wild head of hair that seems at once chaotic and perfectly kempt.

International Literacy Day: the health benefits of reading

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Photo: Susanne Bergmann

Each year in September, UNESCO reminds us of the importance of literacy and adult learning by celebrating International Literacy Day. This year’s special focus was on literacy and health.

Montrealer wins Morrin Centre’s New Anglo Contest

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Photo: Scott French

Chez-Soi offers delicious Chinese fare for cheap

Sitting abreast a unique intersection where Rue St. Jean forks off into Rue D’Aguillon, Restaurant Chez-Soi provides piping hot, unpretentious, and affordable Chinese cuisine in downtown Quebec.

Quebec City bluesman wins award of a lifetime

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Photo: Guillaume D. Cyr, courtesy of Communications Paulette Dufour

He received a standing ovation before and after playing Be-Bop Beluga. During the performance, the crowd couldn’t help but sing along to the chorus. A full house of fans and fellow musicians honoured Quebec City bluesman Jay Sewall with the prestigious Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement award at the Théâtre Petit-Champlain Sunday night, saluting Sewall’s 30-year career in music.

Secrecy and identity in The Soul of All Great Designs

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Photo: courtesy of La Maison Anglaise

Who are we? What if who we truly are lies not in the truths we are willing to reveal about ourselves to others but what we withhold from them: our secrets?  Is the balance we strike between that which we share and that which we keep to ourselves what makes us who we are?

Vieux Farka Touré’s Malian blues at Le Palais Montcalm

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Photo: courtesy of www.kitziblog.de

This week, Le Palais Montcalm is on fire! Well, not literally. Le Palais Montcalm is figuratively on fire because in the last little while, it has brought us good show after good show and, luckily, the music venue shows no sign of letting up.

Envol et Macadam brings alternative rock to Saint-Roch

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

My shoes are dirty. My shoes are dirty because I am in the mud, behind a metal gate, trying to talk my way
backstage at the Envol et Macadam festival.

Held in Quebec City every September since 1996, Envol et Macadam is one of the town’s few alternative music festivals. This year, the concerts were staged at Ilot Fleury in the heart of Saint- Roch.

Wendake mounts world’s first francophone Native literary fest

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Photo: Marie White

Avant-garde art installations offer fresh perspectives

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Photo: Comunications Sira ba

Instead of singin’ in the rain, inventor-cumcomposer Paul De Marinis makes the rain sing. Showcasing De Marinis’ installation, Rain Dance, along with a wonderland of similarly grand curiosities that marry science and technology with art, a special outdoor edition of Le Mois Multi will be held in and around Saint-Roch and the lower town throughout the weekend.

Quebec Art Company Auditions Sept. 14 at 1:30

Auditions for the Quebec Art Company's production of 'HARVEY' by Mary Chase will be held on Sunday Sept. 14 at 1:30 at Carter Hall, 31 rue des Jardins. The play will run Nov. 27-30. For more info please contact Cheryl at 418 881-4090.
 

LHSQ is “selling our heritage”

Dr. Peter Sabor, FRSC Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies McGill University

Thomas Feininger’s eloquent letter in the August 6 Chronicle-Telegraph, “LHSQ’s Patrimony for Sale,” has now been answered in the August 20 QCT by David F. Blair, President of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Society’s silent auction provokes outrage

Thomas A. Reisner, Professor of English Literature (retired) Université Laval

I am sure I speak for many readers of the Chronicle when I express outrage and revulsion at what can only be characterized as the rank hypocrisy of David F. Blair’s apologia for the silent auction currently under way at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Fans fulfilled after performance by Céline and friends

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Céline Dion’s worldwide popularity is undeniable. Her string of Las Vegas shows sold out year after year. On the web, devotees obsess about everything from her eating habits to interpretations of Céline-inspired dreams.

Dance show Gonfler l’Histoire takes over the wharves

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Photo: David Cannon

A recorded message sets the tone right at the beginning: “Please do not feed the dancers.” Danse K par K choreographer Karine Ledoyen hopes her contemporary dance production, Gonfler l’histoire, offers spectators something that is “catastrophic, romantic and runs away with the imagination.”

Giants dance in Quebec City streets

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Photo: Scott French

Visa Olympics

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Cang Yi Yan (pictured third from left) with her fellow Visa Olympics of the imagination contest first-prize winners.

Young QC artist’s poster wins gold

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Photo: courtesy of Visa Canada

Cang Yi Yan is one lucky girl and she knows it. The 12-year-old Montcalm resident was one of four Canadians whose artwork was awarded top honours in the Visa Olympics of the Imagination contest. As a first-prize winner, she and her father will be flown out to the Olympic Games in Beijing, August 5.

Quebec tae kwon do champions ready for Olympic fights in Beijing

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Photo: courtesy of www.combatcanada.ca

For the first time since tae kwon do became an Olympic discipline at the 2000 Sydney Games, Canada will be represented in the sport by a male athlete. Sebastien Michaud from Quebec City qualified in the - 80 kg category.

Aspiring archaeologists invited to dig on the Plains

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Photo: National Battlefields Commission

Aspiring archaeologists will be given an opportunity this week to unearth part of Quebec’s British colonial history on the Plains of Abraham. In parallel to Archaeology Month, the National Battlefields Commission is inviting the public to take part in an archaeological dig at Block House #1 under the supervision of archaeologist Phillipe Picard.

Rain and Music Don’t Mix

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Photo: Bill Cox

Thursday evening we had prepared for a pleasant outing at the Roland-Beaudoin Park in Ste-Foy to listen to the Quebec Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor concert.

New Funds Bolster Celt Fest

Quebecers might consider staying in Quebec City this Labour Day weekend, as the Celtic Festival programme is looking very promising this year.

Best Bets

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Photo: courtesy of http://www.olympic.asso.fr


Kiugwe: le grand rendez-vous

The Huron-Wendat Nation presents Kiugwe, a series of performances inspired by First Nations creation myths. The show shares Wendake culture through Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance.  Kiugwe takes place in Wendake, from July 18 to September 7 at 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.wendake.com.

McCartney Mania Captures Quebec

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Paul McCartney thrilled fans with a free concert on the Plains of Abraham on Sunday, July20. Over 200,000 people came out to see the rock legend’s tribute to Quebec’s 400th anniversary. As birthdays go, this was one big party.

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