Community Calendar of Events
Compiled by Shirley Nadeau
Sept. 24 to Oct. 3 – 10th edition of the Festival de Magie de Québec takes place at the Palais Montcalm and the Manège Militaire. There are also many outdoor activities. For details and to reserve tickets, visit en.festivaldemagie.ca.
Sept. 30 at 5 p.m. – Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) annual general meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Those who wish to attend are requested to send an email to email@example.com or call 418-683-2366. The Zoom link will be sent to those who register.
Oct. 3 at 2:30 p.m. – The Orchestre symphonique de Québec presents music by Beethoven, Dvořák and McCartney at the Grand Théâtre. Director Johannes Debus conducts Dvořák’s Concerto pour violoncelle with soloist Victor Julien-Laferrière, Paul McCartney’s Spiral and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7. To reserve tickets and learn more about concerts for the 2021-2022 season, visit osq.org.
Oct. 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. – Les Violons du Roy concert at the Palais Montcalm. Guest conductor and harpsichordist Matthew Hall has concocted a program highlighting the huge impact that Italian baroque music had during the 18th century, especially in Germany, where it inspired some of the most celebrated composers of the day. A must for baroque music fans. For tickets and to dis- cover the rest of the orchestra’s upcoming season in Quebec City, visit violonsduroy.com/en/programming/quebec-city- season/2021-10.
Oct. 15 (9a.m.-7p.m.)and 16 (9a.m-2p.m.) – SNACS Fall Book Sale will be held in the gymnasium of Quebec High School, 945 Avenue Belvédère (corner of Boulevard René-Lévesque). All books $3. Cash, credit or debit cards accepted. Donations, including English and French books, CDs and puzzles, may be dropped off at the main entrance of the school from Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until Oct. 15.
Oct. 21, 22, 23, 28, 29 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. – Quebec Art Company presents the musical HAIR at St. Patrick’s High School auditorium, 79 Rue de Maisonneuve. Tickets ($25) will be available soon at quebecartcompany.com.
Oct. 23, 26, 28 and 30 at 7:30 p.m. – The Opéra de Québec presents L’Elisir d’amore by Gaetano Donizetti at the Grand Théâtre de Québec. This two-act opera buffa features five exceptionally talented local soloists: Catherine Saint-Arnaud (Adina), Julien Dran (Nemorino), Hugo Laporte (Belcore), Julien Véronèse (Dulcamara) and Lucie Saint-Martin (Giannetta). For more information and to reserve tickets, visit operadequebec.com.
Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) offers Out and About activities for English speakers (ages 50 and up) including free transportation, and many other events for English speakers of all ages, including virtual visits, tours for newcomers, Baby Chat, Café au Lait Crew, information sessions on jobs with the federal public service and a virtual prenatal course. Visit veq.ca/our-community/upcomingevents for details or call VEQ at 418-683-2366.
We’re All In This Together is a bi-weekly web series designed especially for seniors by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN). Each of the 18 episodes features entertainment, activities and conversations designed to connect with those in need of support and empathy, with a gentle reminder that we are, indeed, all in this together. Episodes released so far can be found on YouTube (search for “We’re All In This Together Senior Web Series”) and Facebook (search for “WereAllInThisTogetherQuebec”) and are available for all to enjoy.
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