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Calgarians serve up breakfast at Quebec Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Crowds gathered at Place d’Youville on the morning of February 4, as the 48th edition of the Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast got underway. Over 4,000 sausages were roasted and as many flapjacks were flipped, to the delight of hundreds of Quebecers and tourists at Quebec’s Winter Carnival.

Lifelong Learners learn to appreciate fine wines

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
This was doubtless one of the most popular and well-attended events of the season for the Lifelong Learning group. 
Some 50 people gathered in the gymnasium of the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre to sample some fine wines donated by Ted and Louise Gunn – well, more specifically by their son Ken Gunn, a wine agent, and his company, Marchands des Amériques. 
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Winners of the National Snow Sculpture competition

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The winners of this year’s National Snow Sculpture competition, based on the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary, are no strangers to success. The team from the Montérégie region of Quebec represented Canada last year in the 2016 International Snow Sculpture competition and won multiple prizes, including first prize for their work, The Puppet. 

Winter Carnival parade a fantasy world of giant animals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The 63rd Winter Carnival Night Parade drew spectators into a world of fantasy and imagination. On February 4, children and adults of all ages waited along the parade route in Charlesbourg, the duchy of Carnival Queen Claudine Julien, in anticipation of the wonders to come.

Ice-canoe racers battle strong currents and heavy snowfall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 5, some 350 racers crouched by their canoes at the Old Port, wiping away wet snow, waiting for Bonhomme to signal the start of the Winter Carnival Ice-Canoe Race. Crowds gathered at Louise Basin, on the docks along Quebec City’s Old Port and across that river in Lévis.

For the love of bikes!

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Although most motorcycle lovers cleared out early Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the Super Bowl game that evening, they managed to pack ExpoCité on Friday and Saturday for the Quebec City Salon de la Moto et VTT.

Launch of "Children of Earth and Sky" at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Samantha Kidd Photography

Not to be missed!   

Strange Tales from the Sea….

The Karen Young Choir perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Jamie Adkins elicits belly laughs with Circus Incognitus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

A clown dances, plays, laughs, cries and loves. Everyone has a clown inside of them, it’s just a matter of letting it out.” –  Jamie Adkins, clown 

Powerful performance at perfect venue

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity Cathedral opened its doors on December 10 for another spectacular musical showcase. This time, Maxim Bernard, the accomplished pianist, did not disappoint.

Club Musical de Québec takes a step back in time


A magical night at the opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If you haven’t seen the Opéra de Québec (OdQ)’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Grand Théâtre yet, there are still two performances on October 22 and 24.

Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, launches her debut book at the Morrin Centre

"Matrons and Madams"

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Photo: Sgt. Ronald Duchesne

Join Her Excellency Sharon Johnston, spouse of the Governor General, as she presents her debut novel, Matrons and Madams, at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chausée des Écossais in Old Quebec, on Monday, October 5 at 7:30 p.m. 

Out on a school night with Andy Brown

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

Some 20 individuals bask in the light glowing softly around New Brunswick folk singer Andy Brown and his acoustic guitar in the basement of Le Cercle. The audience includes a handful of Quebec High School (QHS) staff and former students, many of whom are long-time followers and fellow musicians themselves. 

The rain on the Plains fell mainly on the Foo Fighters

Mother Nature 1 – Foo Fighters 0

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, provided by FEQ

On the evening of July 11, the Foo Fighters from Seattle started an impressive rock show and fought hard against the elements, but the electrical storm, heavy gusts of wind and rain were just too intense. The Festival d’Été organizers and the Foo Fighters had no choice but to cancel the show after only four songs – a first for the FEQ.

Valérie Clio / Gabrielle Shonk concert and dance workshop at Morrin Centre postponed

Concert moved to September 25, new workshop date TBA


Valérie Clio / Gabrielle Shonk concert and dance workshop postpo

Opéra de Québec stages audience favourite, Puccini’s Tosca

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Giacomo Puccini saw Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play La Tosca in 1889 when it was first performed in Rome. He immediately recognized the play's melodramatic ingredients - love, intrigue, murder and suicide - as ideal material for an opera.

Metallica to perform twice in Quebec City in September...

the last show in the Pepsi Colisée and the first in the Centre Vidéotron

 

Quebec Art Company presents Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

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QUEBEC ART COMPANY  Quebec City's only anglophone community theatre group is pleased to present  ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD by Tom Stoppard.  

Journey to Quebec in 1950 showcases Québécois composers

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

In 1950, up-and-coming New York photojournalist Lida Moser was commissioned by Vogue magazine to produce a report on Quebec. In the summer of that year, she traversed the province from Montreal to Quebec City, Charlevoix and the Gaspé, the Côte-du-Sud to Montérégie, visiting Île aux Coudres, Île d'Orléans, and the Bas-Saint-Laurent along the way.

St. Patrick’s Day kitchen party rocks La Korrigane

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The St. Patrick's Day season started off with a bang at La Korrigane on Rue Dorchester in Lower Town on March 14 with a dinner, a kitchen party and a concert by the One Night Band. The bar was packed with over 150 Central Quebec School Board teachers, staff, alumni, family and friends, all duly decked out in green.

PAF! Performing Arts Festival

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St. Patrick's High School is hosting the 12th annual Performing Arts Festival (PAF!) organized by the Central Québec School Board to showcase student talent. This Friday, March 20, over 400 students from as far away as La Tuque, Jonquière and Thetford Mines will assemble to take workshops from professional artists. 

Trio gives charged performance at Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

The second in La Petit Série of concerts at Holy Trinity Cathedral took place on Thursday, March 12. Cellist Blair Lofgren and bassist Étienne Lafrance of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) were joined by pianist Martin Dubé as they presented works of Barrière, Handel, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Vivaldi. Lafrance also performed compositions for solo bass.

Cathedral of the Holy Trinity takes a bold musical direction

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Photo: Luc-Antoine Couturier

All mélomanes aboard! To celebrate the 25th anniversary of its designation in 1989 as a National Historic Site by the governments of Canada and Quebec, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity has unveiled an exciting series of concerts featuring local musicians.

Last one to leave the party: the lyrical world of Jane Ehrhardt

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

When Jane Ehrhardt took to the stage at the atmospheric Café Babylone last Saturday night, she might have been in your living room, sharing a story and a song. Unassuming and affable, she introduced herself in her unmistakably Anglophone sing-song accent and, just like that, she had the audience engaged.

Help Beatrice Cadrin attend music symposium in Germany

Beatrice Cadrin, experienced violinist, orchestra conductor and arranger and former choral director of the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, will be launching her new production company In Musica at the beginning of 2015. The mission of her company is to modernize the symphonic concert experience and adapt it to the expectations of today's audience.   

A walk between Heaven and Earth

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Villa Bagatelle is hosting Entre Ciel et Terre, an exhibit of pieces by forty Quebec artists. The works of art are divided into two sections, with Heaven representing the ideal striven for by artists, and Earth depicting reality, humanity and materialism. In both sections, the works are divided into six themes.

Les Rhapsodes and soloists shine at the Palais Montcalm

The Palais Montcalm was filled with the joy of the season at the Christmas concert of Les Rhapsodes choir, directed by David Rompré, on Saturday night. The ambitious program included five soloists, a string ensemble and organist Marc D'Anjou at the console of the Casavant organ.

USS Oak Hill hosts early Fourth of July reception

Dressed to the nines despite the pouring rain, guests of the U.S. Consul General Hale Van Koughnett flocked to an early Fourth of July reception last Thursday evening. Van Koughnett welcomed a hearty contingent of U.S. expats, along with local dignitaries such as Cardinal Gerald Lacroix and François Moreau, President of the Rendez-vous naval de Québec, on board the USS Oak Hill (LSD 51).

Rendez-vous naval de Québec takes the city by land, sea and air

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The weather could have been better on Friday and Saturday. Lined up at Quay 22 in the Port of Quebec were the U.S. Navy ship, USS Oak Hill, the Royal Canadian Navy destroyer, HMCS Athabaskan, the French Navy ship, Laplace, a Canadian Coast Guard patrol vessel, CCGCS Caporal Kaeble, the Jeffy Jan II (see separate article) and Theodore Too, the little tugboat from Halifax.

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