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Scenes from Winter Carnival

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Photo: All by Cassandra Kerwin

VEQ transportation to encore performance of The Philanthropist

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Voice of English-speaking Québec will provide free bus transportation from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and Shannon to CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence for the performance of The Philanthropist on Saturday, Feb. 3.

* Departure at 5:30 p.m. from Valcartier Community Centre (1743 boulevard Valcartier).

* Departure at 6 p.m. from Shannon City Hall (50 rue St-Patrick).

Winter Carnival candle campaign enters final stretch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since last November, the duchesses have been working hard to promote Winter Carnival. They completed the final stretch over the weekend of Jan. 20, as the campaign of the bougie (the iconic candle) came to an end on Sunday. All of their efforts and sales increased their odds at being crowned queen of the 64th Winter Carnival.

The voice of the Remparts travels … literally

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Photo: Luc Lang
On this very snowy night in Cape Breton, 20 players in red were getting warmed up for a regular season game in the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League, in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Bonhomme Carnaval’s Ice Palace soon ready to take flight

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Visitors will have a lot to look forward to when the 2018 Quebec City Winter Carnival opens on Jan. 26. Graffiti artists, led by local artist Phelipe Soldevila, are returning to paint works of art on site at the Ice Palace during the day.

Get out and move … at the Salon Bouge

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Need an excuse to get up and move in 2018? The Salon Bouge was held last weekend at ExpoCité, showing off more enjoyable ways to move and get some exercise than shovelling snow. After the holidays many have made resolutions, and one popular resolution is to get out and move.

Cocktails, beds and circus dreams at the Ice Hotel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Ice Hotel at Village Vacances Valcartier is now open to visitors and overnight guests. As of Jan. 7, only 15 rooms have been completed, while workers and artists continue to create and build the remaining rooms and halls. With only the main hall, the bar and the chapel completed, the hotel opened on Dec. 23, 10 days earlier than expected.  

The return of The Philanthropist multimedia theatre presentation

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Photo: Normand Brassard

The QCT recently learned that The Philanthropist, the multimedia theatre presentation about the life of Jeffery Hale that took place in August, 2017, will be back for two encore performances at Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus in early February, 2018. We sat down with playwright Mike Boden to ask him a few questions.

QCT: Was it in the original plan to have another string of presentations?

Merry Christmas to all!

The story behind the creation of the crêche at the Cathedral

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

We wanted a really special photo for the front page of the last issue of the QCT before the holidays, so we contacted the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in late November to see if our photographer Jay Ouellet could take a photo of their charming crêche or nativity scene. We learned that it would be set up during the annual Christmas pageant on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 17.

Jigsaw puzzle genius Ron Baker

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ron Baker is a puzzling person… That is, he loves to do jigsaw puzzles!

The 89-year-old lives in McGreevy Manor with his charming little Siamese cat Angel, but spends part of every day next door at Saint Brigid’s Home doing jigsaw puzzles.

Welcome to my kitchen

Not everything sweet is a dessert

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I guess by this late date in December your shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped and under the tree or still hidden in the basement cupboard. The house is clean and the Christmas groceries are just waiting to dance together in the pot.
No? I know the feeling. It’s my life’s story as I write these lines.

SLCSA pitches in for the Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Vincent-Jean Dubé

We would like to sincerely thank everyone at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus who donated money and non-perishable goods but also those who also gave their time in volunteering for the packing and delivery of hampers for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign.

Jesus Christ Superstar fundraiser creates quite a buzz

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Those who attended the Quebec Art Company’s gala at the Morrin Centre last Saturday evening to raise funds for the QAC’s April 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar are buzzing with excitement.

Please contribute to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The English-speaking community of Quebec City has come together once again to run the annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign with its ambitious, yet realistic, fundraising target of $30,000. You can track our progress through a new, dynamic thermometer on the qchampers.ca website. The amount raised is updated every Thursday. 

Anita Jack to launch her latest novel

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Anita Jack is about to launch her second published novel, Sins of the Fathers. The story is set mostly in Montreal, with a brief journey to Dublin, Ireland. Jack writes in the suspense genre, and this particular story involves a Montreal pub owner Charlene “Charlie” Butler, her best friend Frank, and a private investigator who goes by the name of Simm.

Bora Parc celebrates first anniversary with a beach party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Village Vacances Valcartier held a winter beach party to celebrate Bora Parc’s first anniversary. Crowds of people, families and children entered the tropical atmosphere for a swim in the wave pool, a surf in the Flywater, a quick descent on the many slides or a smooth and relaxing float along the river.

Hats, Heels and Headpieces at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Early 20th-century fashions are now on display at the Musée de la Civilisation. Ten years ago, the heritage- and fashion-conscious couple Annie and Pierre Cantin donated over 5,000 items of clothing and accessories to the museum, of which 1,800 are part of the Hats, Heels and Headpieces exhibit. On behalf of her late husband, Annie Cantin opened the exhibit on Nov. 28.

Christmas Campaign elves are hard at work, posing for s-Elfies

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Photo: s-Elfie by Diane Kameen

The Community Christmas Hamper Campaign is in full swing. All of the campaign’s elves are hard at work behind the scenes to organize this wonderful annual community initiative.

Quebec City’s German Christmas Market celebrates its 10th year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Quebec City’s German Christmas Market was officially opened on Nov. 23 to the sound of Bavarian alphorns in front of City Hall. 

A visit to the 39th Salon de Noël in Sillery

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Christmas spirit is spreading through the city. Residents and businesses are decorating their homes and stores. Christmas markets and fairs, such as the Salon de Noël at the Charles-H.-Blais Library on Avenue Maguire in Sillery, are open. Until Dec. 10, the public can admire and purchase works of art, scarves, hats, gloves, toys and more.  

Déclic musique, a new way to enjoy music in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

There is a whole new way for young people to enjoy concert music in Quebec City. Inspired by an initiative of Quebec City’s theater community, Déclic musique is the new subscription formula!

Quebec City a favourite literary character

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Quebec City is more than a literary setting, it is also a character in many novels. Our Writings is an all-encompassing event that celebrates Quebec City as the literary inspiration it is. The program includes an online interactive map, a walking tour, two exhibits and a series of events. 

Sharpen your skates! They’re rolling out the rink on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

Workers for the Glaces CT company are rolling out the many metres of tubing required to build the large refrigerated ice rink on the Plains of Abraham. The large rink or ring of ice, now celebrating its fifth year, is growing in popularity, last winter attracting some 60,000 skaters.

APPEAL expands to Charlesbourg

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

To be in operation for more than 30 years is quite an achievement for APPEAL, a social club in Quebec City whose goal is to assist their members in developing and retaining English language skills. Now the Sainte-Foy-based non-profit organization is branching out to offer Monday morning conversation workshops in Charlesbourg starting Jan. 15, 2018.

Violons du Roy play with Bach and Telemann

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Palais Montcalm stage was a musical playground last Thursday evening as Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, welcomed Vincent Lauzer (recorder) and Mathieu Lussier (bassoon), to join with them for a concert of delightful baroque pieces by Bach and Telemann.

QAC hosting fundraiser for Jesus Christ Superstar

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There won’t be loaves and fishes on the menu, but there will be some tasty finger food and wine as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) hosts a fundraising party in preparation for its 2018 production of the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Parade des Jouets, Santa and his elves delight children

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Penguins, elves, an ice princess, dancers and Santa Claus marched or floated along the streets of Saint-Sauveur, Saint-Roch and Limoilou. On Nov. 11, children with their Christmas wish-list letters for Old St. Nick and adults with young hearts lined the route for the 16th annual Parade des Jouets. Despite the cold temperatures, everyone was joyful and excited. 

LHSQ Literary Feast 2017

Louise Penny makes a fond return to the scene of the crime

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Photo: Dylan Page
Best-selling murder mystery novelist Louise Penny returned triumphantly to the scene of one of her most famous literary crimes last week, as the guest speaker at the ninth annual Literary Feast fundraising event for the Morrin Centre.

International Sacred Music Festival revives the spirits

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The International Sacred Music Festival (ISMF) presented seven spiritually uplifting concerts over the four days of the series. 

OSQ present Bach and Mendelssohn at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

What a wonderful evening of classical music! The musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, directed by Jean-Claude Picard, with Benjamin Waterhouse at the keyboard of the great Casavant organ, literally blew the audience away with their program of preludes and chorales of Bach on the organ, interspersed with other pieces by Barber, Mendelssohn and Bach played by the orchestra.

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