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International Literacy Day: the health benefits of reading

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Photo: Susanne Bergmann

Each year in September, UNESCO reminds us of the importance of literacy and adult learning by celebrating International Literacy Day. This year’s special focus was on literacy and health.

Montrealer wins Morrin Centre’s New Anglo Contest

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Photo: Scott French

Chez-Soi offers delicious Chinese fare for cheap

Sitting abreast a unique intersection where Rue St. Jean forks off into Rue D’Aguillon, Restaurant Chez-Soi provides piping hot, unpretentious, and affordable Chinese cuisine in downtown Quebec.

Quebec City bluesman wins award of a lifetime

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Photo: Guillaume D. Cyr, courtesy of Communications Paulette Dufour

He received a standing ovation before and after playing Be-Bop Beluga. During the performance, the crowd couldn’t help but sing along to the chorus. A full house of fans and fellow musicians honoured Quebec City bluesman Jay Sewall with the prestigious Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement award at the Théâtre Petit-Champlain Sunday night, saluting Sewall’s 30-year career in music.

Secrecy and identity in The Soul of All Great Designs

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Photo: courtesy of La Maison Anglaise

Who are we? What if who we truly are lies not in the truths we are willing to reveal about ourselves to others but what we withhold from them: our secrets?  Is the balance we strike between that which we share and that which we keep to ourselves what makes us who we are?

Vieux Farka Touré’s Malian blues at Le Palais Montcalm

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Photo: courtesy of www.kitziblog.de

This week, Le Palais Montcalm is on fire! Well, not literally. Le Palais Montcalm is figuratively on fire because in the last little while, it has brought us good show after good show and, luckily, the music venue shows no sign of letting up.

Envol et Macadam brings alternative rock to Saint-Roch

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

My shoes are dirty. My shoes are dirty because I am in the mud, behind a metal gate, trying to talk my way
backstage at the Envol et Macadam festival.

Held in Quebec City every September since 1996, Envol et Macadam is one of the town’s few alternative music festivals. This year, the concerts were staged at Ilot Fleury in the heart of Saint- Roch.

Wendake mounts world’s first francophone Native literary fest

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Photo: Marie White

Avant-garde art installations offer fresh perspectives

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Photo: Comunications Sira ba

Instead of singin’ in the rain, inventor-cumcomposer Paul De Marinis makes the rain sing. Showcasing De Marinis’ installation, Rain Dance, along with a wonderland of similarly grand curiosities that marry science and technology with art, a special outdoor edition of Le Mois Multi will be held in and around Saint-Roch and the lower town throughout the weekend.

Fans fulfilled after performance by Céline and friends

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Céline Dion’s worldwide popularity is undeniable. Her string of Las Vegas shows sold out year after year. On the web, devotees obsess about everything from her eating habits to interpretations of Céline-inspired dreams.