Arts & Entertainment News

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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Loretteville's Halloween Masquerade

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Loretteville’s Rue Racine was closed to traffic on Saturday afternoon and early evening, October 28, for the 16th annual Halloween Masquerade.

“Empty orchestra” = karaoke at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Strong voices flooded the Morrin Centre with music last Wednesday night during the “Share the Song in Your Heart” karaoke workshop led by Cheryl Moore. The event took place thanks to the My Morrin program which encourages members to propose workshop ideas. The Morrin Centre helps bring them to fruition. 

Canada’s PIGS deliver an authentic Pink Floyd tribute show

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Photo: Natalie Keller

It’s been a busy and exciting year for Pink Floyd fans in Quebec. Following the Australian Pink Floyd Show at Festivent in August and rock legend Roger Waters’ concert at the Videotron Centre in early October, Quebec City once again hosted a delightful Pink Floyd performance.

Hello! Welcome to my kitchen

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I love to cook … and eat.

My passion for food started more than 30 years ago. I was there for the 35 per cent cream sauce, I slathered my bread with butter and spooned on the sugar, but at some point in life I became reasonable and more health conscious.

Two more nights to see Rigoletto at the Opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Opéra de Québec invited members of the media and hundreds of high school students to attend the dress rehearsal of Verdi’s Rigoletto on October 19, before the October 21 opening night. It is always refreshing to see and hear the reaction of these young people, many of whom had never been to an opera before. They applauded everything, even the orchestra tuning up! 

Native music celebrated at Teweikan Aboriginal Music Gala

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The second Aboriginal Music Gala took place at Palais Montcalm on Friday, October 13. Under the theme “The drum – the breath of a people,” the Teweikan gala celebrated the creativity of artists and musical groups from the Innu, Atikamekw, Cree and Wendat nations.

Billy Boyd joins superheroes and fantasy characters at Comiccon

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Hobbits, Nazguls, superheroes, villains, wizards, stormtroopers, droids and video game characters gathered in the Centre des congrès de Québec for the fourth annual Comiccon on October 14 and 15.

The highlight of the weekend was actor Billy Boyd who starred as the hobbit Pippin in the 2001-2003 film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (LOTR).

Canada, It’s Complicated …

After 150 years, we’re starting to get the joke

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Photo: Tom Cochrane
The foundation of our nation is a big fat lie,” was the chorus of the opening song performed by the seven young actors of Canada, It’s Complicated, which was produced at the Morrin Centre last Wednesday evening. 

And the duchesses of the 64th Quebec Winter Carnival are…

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval and 14 women hoping to be chosen as duchesses for the 64th Quebec City Winter Carnival appeared before a large crowd at Place Laurier on October 5. The young ladies, two for each of the seven duchies of Quebec City, anxiously awaited the announcement as to who would be chosen to represent their district.

Gourmands gather at FoodCamp 2017

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Six hundred foodies congregated in the main ballroom of the Château Frontenac last Saturday to savour the recipes and techniques of 14 of Quebec’s most talented chefs. Freshly-made coffee, made to order on Jura espresso machines, and pastries and cheese awaited the early birds. Mixologist Monsieur Cocktail offered refreshing fruit drinks, tonics and elixirs.

VEQ Fall Fest gathers English-speaking community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, bouncy castles, a smoothie bike, face-painting…. What more could anyone ask for at a Fall Fest? Once again the staff of Voice of English-speaking Quebec pulled together a wonderful showcase of community groups, schools, churches and businesses to launch the autumn season. 

Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough

A review of Jim Napier’s book

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It’s true that Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough is Jim Napier’s first novel, but this is not the work of a novice. As Canada’s best crime fiction critic, Napier has produced hundreds of reviews and has a long history teaching creative writing. Legacy demonstrates Napier’s deep love for the mystery genre and his understanding of what makes a great mystery novel.

"Canada, It’s Complicated" coming to Quebec City

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Photo: provided by "Canada, It’s Complicated"

Canada, It’s Complicated – an innovative new production by Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CODCO) – will be at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, in the Old Quebec City, on Wednesday, October 4. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each, or $60 for groups of five.

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation Golf Tournament raises $22,000

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fore! Nineteen teams teed off at 12:30 p.m. on September 22 for the 27th annual golf tournament and dinner, a fundraiser that raised a whopping total of $22,000 for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation.

Quebec City Film Festival comes to an upbeat end

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The second week of the Quebec City Film festival (QCFF) was filled with what Quebecers love: Oscar winning movies, classics, drama, Quebec productions, a cinéconcert and beautiful weather. Crowds enjoyed watching free outdoor movies projected on a giant screen in Place D’Youville in the evenings.

"Rigoletto" and "Carmen" highlight the 2017-2018 Quebec City opera season

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Photo: courtesy of Opéra de Québec
For its 34th season, the Opéra de Québec will stage two major works in new productions entirely conceived and realized in Quebec City. In October, Rigoletto, Verdi’s first great international success, and next May, the emblematic opera of the French repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen. 

The revamped YWCA on Avenue Holland is open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On September 7, the doors to the sports and leisure pavilion of the YWCA on Avenue Holland reopened after 15 months of renovations. The restored indoor pool has an added baby pool and shallow basins. There are new gyms and classrooms. Everything is in place to welcome people. 

MondoKarnaval calls for cultural harmony

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The fourth edition of MondoKarnaval, Quebec City's largest free, international cultural festival, took place at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf in Limoilou from September 2 to 4. Over 40 countries were represented, with 600 artists present over the weekend.

Corn husking time at Baie de Beauport

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Photo: Bill Cox

Sunday was a perfect day for corn husking at the Baie de Beauport beach. The delicious sweet corn, the only certified controlled-origin corn in the province, came from Neuville. Sun Life Financial Services, WKND radio, the tiki bar Monsieur Cocktail and La Mangue Verte catering service saw to the needs of the assembled crowd. About 100 people attended.

First Nations unite at the Place de L’Assemblée-Nationale

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The first edition of Kwé! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones was held from September 1-3 at the Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale. This free event was a celebration of the 11 indigenous nations and 55 communities in Quebec, their traditions and contemporary life.

Neighbours attend Huron-Wendat cultural event

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Photo: Natalie Keller

An indigenous cultural celebration was held in Sillery on September 2 behind the picturesque Maison des Jésuites de Sillery. The family-friendly afternoon activity offered visitors the chance to discover a variety of traditional chants, prayers and dances of the Huron-Wendat Nation, whose traditional territory lies just outside Quebec City.

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