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The making of The Philanthropist: Part 3

August 24 is drawing near

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With the August 24 launch date of The Philanthropist fast approaching, we reached out to Mike Boden and Cheryl Rimmer to tell us more about the production.

Quebec City by Lantern Light Tours

Unusual discoveries and laughter guaranteed

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Photo: courtesy of NBC and Parks Canada

The year is 1847 and the premise is simple: you are part of a group of fresh-off-the-boat Irish immigrants, looking to rebuild your lives in Quebec City.

An unusual encore at Chalmers-Wesley

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A recent Musical Wednesday concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church revealed a hidden talent of one of the performers. The concert featured Samuel Croteau, organist and pianist, and Antoine Trépanier, bassoonist.

The duo presented a delightful program of classical music by J.H. Hertel, C.P.E. Bach, Robert Clérisse, and an original composition for piano and bassoon by Trépanier.

Quebec City Opera Festival well underway

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Now in its seventh year, the 2017 Festival d’Opéra de Québec is now well underway. The opening Gala d’Opéra sous les Étoiles was performed under less-than-starry skies to a sold-out audience on Monday, July 24. 

Aspiring young opera singers present Mascarade à Venise and Don Giovanni

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Mascarade à Venise
As part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Nathalie Magnan and Richard Paquet presented their fourth opera by and for young people over five nights from July 25 to 29 at La Maison Jaune. 

Intriguing, quirky images on view at the Halsman exhibit

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs are currently on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and you don’t want to miss the evolution of how they came to be, by surrealist photographer Philippe Halsman.

Summer movie time at Baie de Beauport

Due to its popularity and incredible success last year, the Ciné-plage Illico is back at Baie de Beauport for new movie screenings over the next few weeks. Only minutes from downtown, residents of Quebec City can watch movies outdoors and under the stars on Friday evenings.

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

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Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Lady Antebellum gave the country music show of the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lady Antebellum drew country music fans from near and far to the Plains of Abraham for FEQ’s 50th on July 10. The American trio had a set list of 20 songs including a cover of Canadian country artist Shania Twain.

Metallica put the pedal to the metal at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Tonight, it’s metal at the highest level,” announced Denis “Snake” Bélanger, lead singer of Voivod, who performed on the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Friday, July 14.

Festival d’Opéra de Québec firing up great performances

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Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of Opéra de Québec

The 2017 Quebec City Opera Festival will captivate music-lovers with international-calibre performances this summer.

Nick Jonas and Michel Fugain perform at FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

French singer Michel Fugain, 75, charmed the audience at the Parc de la Francophonie on Sunday evening. He sang all his classics: “Comme un oiseau,” “Attention attention.” Backup singer Dominique Fidanza looks on in admiration. Photo by Jay Ouellet

 

 

 

Backstreet Boys were back in town for the 50th FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a clear night sky with an almost full moon, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) gave a full show worthy of their reputation and genre on July 9. They opened their show of the Festival d’Été de Québec with their hit “Larger Than Life,” followed by other hits of their 24-year career.

Melissa Etheridge brings Memphis home to Quebec City

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Quebec, Hello! Bonjourrr,” purred the the first lady of Rock ’n’ Roll

Melissa Etheridge, exaggerating the last ‘r’ in the soulful, powerful voice for which she is known at the Festival d’Été’s opening night, July 6.

The 56-year-old vocal powerhouse took to the Loto-Québec stage at the Parc de la francophonie about 9:20 p.m., following the acts of Ria Mae and The Zombies.

P!NK and FEQ soar to new musical heights

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

As P!nk sang and soared above the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of Saturday, July 8, she literally brought FEQ’s 50th edition of the popular summer music festival to new heights.

Kendrick Lamar dazzles at FEQ and promises, “I’ll be back!”

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Renowned hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar highlighted the first weekend of Quebec City's 50th Festival d’Été (FEQ), and to no surprise, he delivered a show to remember.

Fans join P!NK on the FEQ Bell Stage with virtual reality

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The day before P!NK performed, Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) proudly announced the first use of virtual reality live streaming that would take place during her July 8 concert. During the first three songs, spectators and fans virtually joined the international artist on the Bell Stage thanks to Samsung, Bell and Arnoovo.

Hanging out at the MNBAQ this summer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Vincent Meyer Madaus and Isabel Sarasa Mené are architects with LOT, an award-winning architectural and design firm with offices in New York and Greece. The two colleagues were in Quebec City last week to oversee the installation of a rather unusual interactive structure in front of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ (Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec).

Calling all choristers to the Cathedral

Please note:
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will be hosting the Fourth Chamber Organ and Choral Festival from August 15 - 17, with a concert including a string quartet from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec on Thursday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Arts Alive! Québec celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

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Photo: Mary McCown
The third annual Arts Alive! Québec festival helped Canada celebrate its 150th birthday at the Morrin Centre. On Sunday, July 2, free workshops were offered all day.

The first Oh Canada! Book Quest! event of the summer kicked off the party at 10 a.m. Young book lovers met Sunday morning and made Canada Day crafts. 

Quebec City celebrates its 409th anniversary

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Photo: Mary McCown
It was a busy and wonderful weekend in Quebec City where Canada 150 celebrations seemed to be taking place on every corner but another important anniversary was celebrated just a couple of days later.

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine concert in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domaine

Mount Hermon Cemetery is happy to announce that the Bach & MacPherson Le Moine concert event will take place on August 5 in its enchanted and inspiring surroundings.

Consort Laurentia present Vivaldi & Company at the Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’s Midi en Musique summer concert series opened on July 6 with an exquisite concert by the Consort Laurentia, a highly talented trio of musicians consisting of Peggy Bélanger (soprano), Michel Anger (theorbe) and Rachel Baillargeon (cello).

Celebrating the birth of Canada at Wendake’s Pow Wow

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Photo: Juanita Craig
It was a weekend full of celebrations in Wendake with the 52nd edition of the Huron-Wendat Nation’s International Pow Wow and the inauguration of the new permanent roof over the outdoor amphitheatre.

78th Fraser Highlanders open Musical Wednesdays

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Photo: Mary McCown

Musical Wednesdays, a series of 10 noon-hour summer concerts at Chalmers-Wesley United Church in Old Quebec, opened on June 28 with a program of bagpipe and drum music presented by two members of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Jeffy Jan II, a yacht, a war and a legend

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Photo: Charles André Nadeau

Thursday last, Lévis alderman Pierre Lainesse and the Naval Museum of Quebec director André Kirouac officially inaugurated the Jeffy Jan II, a yacht, a war and a legend exhibit at the A.C. Davie Shipyard National Historic Site.

National Aboriginal Day celebrated in Loretteville

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Photo: Juanita Craig
"Mamu Menuatetau. Come and celebrate together,” were the words used to encourage people to attend the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Café Roreke in Loretteville on Wednesday, June 21.

Olive Jewell’s centennial masterpiece

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Photo: Patricia Conabree

Fifty years ago, in 1967 while perusing her favorite magazine [possibly Maclean’s]; Olive Jewell noticed there was a handcraft contest to create something special for Canada’s Centennial year.

Arts Alive! at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: David Cannon

The Morrin Centre is hosting the Arts Alive! Québec festival on Canada’s birthday weekend, July 2 and 3. Interim executive director Elizabeth Perreault said, “For our third annual participation in Arts Alive! Québec, we want to showcase local talent and offer a fresh new sound in a historic setting.

Cardboard boats and tons of fun on Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond
You’ve probably heard of a soap-box derby, but have you ever heard of a cardboard-boat derby? Apparently they are all the rage on Lac Témiscouata, in southeastern Quebec! 

Lise Lafond, a frequent contributor to the QCT, who is spending the summer at the lake, shared this report with us.
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