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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.

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.

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.

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.