Arts & Entertainment News

Festival Opéra de Québec announces 2018 summer program

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Photo: Jocelyn Michel, leconsulat.c

The Quebec Opera Company is just days away from presenting their spring production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre (May 12 to 19), but they are already preparing for the eighth Festival Opéra de Québec, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

SLC students strut their stuff at fashion show

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The fashionistas of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) were present at the Musée de la Civilisation on April 28 for the annual fashion show. Students were organizers and models. Many of their friends and family cheered, especially when they walked the runway in eye-catching sportswear or in haute couture outfits.

Dave Gunning and J.P. Cormier perform in Valcartier

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Dave Gunning is no stranger to Quebec City. Over the last four years, he has stopped by Quebec High School three times to work with the music concentration students, teaching about songwriting and guitar playing and discussing life as a professional musician.

Brahms’ German Requiem a balm for those who are grieving

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) and its choir filled the Grand Théâtre with strong emotions on the evening of April 25. The audience listened intently to two tempestuous pieces by German composer Johannes Brahms: Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Hymn) which was immediately followed by A German Requiem (sung in German instead of the usual Latin).

No easy steps to realize ballet dance studio dream

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Photo: Myriam Filion

There’s probably never a perfect time or set of circumstances

Jeffery Hale Volunteers are BERRY much appreciated!

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Photo: courtesy of the Wellness Centre
Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a berry special evening to show their appreciation for their volunteers on April 19. 

I’m not vegan, but...

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

What is being vegan? Veganism is the practice of abstaining completely from the use of animal products, particularly in diet, and adopting an associated philosophy that rejects the commodity status of animals. A follower of either the diet or the philosophy is known as a vegan.

Do you believe in magic? Come to the Festival de Magie!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The 8th annual Festival de Magie de Québec (Quebec City Magic Festival) will take place from May 3 to 6. Lovers of magic of all ages will have the opportunity to see more than 50 shows, 35 of which are free, presented by internationally acclaimed magicians from Canada, the United States, Spain, France and England. A new competition for young magicians will reveal some surprises.

Hosanna Hey, "Jesus Christ Superstar" can’t be missed!

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Photo: Normand Brassard
   Jesus is my drug of choice!” a protest sign reads at yet another fantastic Quebec Art Company (QAC) production. Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see production featuring a very talented and very large cast. 

A Tower for a Trumpet: The great Canadian art switcheroo

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One suspects that few humble souls of modest means can grasp the staggering amounts of money spent on works of art. It’s a phenomenon easily as mystifying as the creative ability that compels the human being holding the brush, chisel or charcoal. How do you put a value on an image captured on a piece of stretched canvas?

Familiar faces introduce Newfoundland to Lifelong Learners

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

They say, “Home is where the heart is.” This was more than evident to the capacity crowd that came to hear Katherine and Keith Burgess express their heartfelt affection for Newfoundland in their “Calling Us Home” presentation.

This Lifelong Learning event was one of a series of talks showcasing different regions of Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

Alberto Giacometti exhibit at MNBAQ open until May 12

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Don’t miss the exhibit of works by Alberto Giacometti which is open until May 12 at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). A Swiss sculptor and painter who lived in Paris, Giacometti is known for his unique sculptures of elongated subjects with specially detailed surfaces, but the exhibition also celebrates the painter.

Morrin Centre holds a magical ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Mary McCown
Anyone can write a novel; try getting it down to 400 words,” says author Barbara Reid, explaining the challenges of writing for children. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate quote to open this article. Covering the ninth annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival at the Morrin Centre was the easy part; giving the events proper recognition in a few words is a tall order.

OBITUARY: Donna Marie McNeil Kane

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It is with deep love that we announce the passing of our mother Donna Marie McNeil Kane on March 27, 2018, near Toronto, at the age of 82.

A breath of fresh air for the OSQ’s 2018-2019 season

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Photo: courtesy of OSQ

Music director Fabien Gabel and the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) launched their 2018-2019 season on March 27. During the press conference, Gabel said, “Making this city vibrate to the sound of music is a source of extreme motivation for me… I hope to see you again for this new season, which promises to be exceptional.”

QHS team takes second place in provincial Improv Championships

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Photo: Joanne Arsenault

Over the March 23-24 weekend, the Quebec High School Senior Improv Team traveled to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, to compete in the Montreal Regional Improv Championships organized by the Canadian Improv Games.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Pick your home on wheels at the Quebec City RV show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

If you dream of having your own home on wheels, a visit to the annual Quebec City Recreational Vehicle Show is an absolute must. This year’s show of mini rolling homes was held from March 22 to 25 at ExpoCité. The show was separated into three themes: vehicles, camping gear and accessories, and places to visit.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Behind the curtains of Jesus Christ Superstar

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Sparkling costumes. Incredible vocals. Tightly executed choreography. As audience members watching a theatrical performance, we appreciate the final product. We may wonder how many hours went into making the show a reality, although only by taking part in the preparations can one truly appreciate the months of hard work required.

English and French language speakers come together to perform with the QAC

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The Quebec Art Company (QAC) and its community theatre performances are well known in the English-speaking community of Quebec City. Serving as both a creative outlet and a social gathering place for anglophones in the city, the company has put on at least one English-language play or musical each year for the last 40 years.

Jesus Christ Superstar coming soon to a church near you!

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With just over a week before the Quebec Art Company (QAC)’s latest production hits the stage, the cast and crew of the rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar were treated to something very special last Thursday.

It was a great day for the Irish in Quebec City

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Thousands of Irish eyes were smiling as the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick made its way through the Montcalm district and into the heart of Old Quebec on March 25, a week after St. Patrick’s Day. The parade is always held a week later in Quebec City, as many of the bands participate in the Montreal parade the previous weekend.

Three Bach cantatas presented by Les Violons du Roy and guest soloists

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, presented Cantates de Bach, l’Étoile du Matin – three glorious cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Palais Montcalm on March 22.

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

PAF! Presenting the 15th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board, we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining work in the province!

The Shannon Irish Show kicks off St. Patrick’s celebrations

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
March has arrived and “green season” is in full swing! Members of the Irish community of the Quebec City region and their relatives and friends filled the Shannon Community Centre for the annual Shannon Irish Show twice on March 10. Like all good Irish shows, this one was filled with humour, Irish dancing and a kitchen party. 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Shamrock Fudge for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo: oanne Kyvetos

You might well be wondering, why does a Greek have any business talking about St. Patrick’s Day? Well, guess what? My roots are Irish on my mother’s side.

Jay Sewall launches Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fans of the blues had a pleasant evening in the District Saint-Joseph bar in Saint-Roch on Feb. 27 as Quebec blues legend Jay Sewall launched his seventh album, Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues, to commemorate his 50-year career.

Violons du Roy present Handel and Haydn

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir gave a very impressive concert at the Palais Montcalm March 1, under the direction of the ensemble’s founding director, Bernard Labadie.

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