August 3 2016 Edition

A midnight launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A midnight launch of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, the eighth book of the Harry Potter series recently took place in Quebec City. After three years of speculation and rumours, author J.K. Rowling released her latest story, which is actually in the form of a script-book, on Sunday, July 31, at 12:01 a.m.  

L’Espérance arrives in Quebec City after Atlantic crossing

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Photo: Marc-Antoine Jean

The tall ship L’Espérance arrived safely at the Port of Québec on July 28 after a 50-day Atlantic crossing that started in La Rochelle, France, on June 4. 

Caring for caregivers at the Monastère des Augustines

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Photo: Sarah Barclay

There are arguably three distinct groups in Quebec City who already know about the Monastère des Augustines’ museum, hotel, restaurant, and wellness centre: the trendsetters, history buffs, and most importantly, caregivers and health professionals who rely on the monastery as a place of shelter and relief.

Chewing political fat at the farm fair

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It’s August already and a summer that took its sweet time getting here will soon be packing its bags and moving on. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The story behind Rue Pollack

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Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Pollack is named in honour of Maurice Pollack (1885-1968), who was born in Russia and immigrated to Quebec in 1902 at 17 years of age. He worked as an itinerant salesman before opening a men’s haberdashery on Rue Saint-Joseph in Quebec City’s  Saint-Roch district. In 1914, departments for ladies and children’s wear were added. 

A taste of Gounod at the Opera Festival

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Gounod à l’apéro concert at the Chapelle de l’Amérique francophone was certainly a tasty treat. From July 25 to 29, starting with a pre-concert apéritif, six talented singers presented excerpts from eight of the 12 operas written by French composer Charles Gounod during his lifetime (1818-1893).  

Christophe Dumaux sings Giulio Cesare with Les Violons du Roy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

French classical countertenor Christophe Dumaux performed at the Palais Montcalm with Bernard Labadie and the Violons du Roy on July 26, as part of the Festival de l’Opéra de Québec. 

A brilliant Starmania at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After an absence of eight years, Starmania opera, the lyrical version of the most popular rock opera in Quebec entertainment history, returned to Quebec City’s Grand Théatre from July 30 to August 4. With a cast selected from the best of current opera singers, it is the featured work in this year’s Festival de l’Opéra de Québec. 

Summer chamber music at Église Sainte-Pétronille

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Lovers of lyrical music were treated to a special performance by mezzo-soprano Michèle Losier at Église Sainte-Pétronille on the tip of Île d’Orléans last Thursday, July 28, as part of the 2016 Musique de chambre summer concert series. 

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