Community Calendar of Events
Compiled by Shirley Nadeau
The Festibière de Québec is taking place from Aug. 5 to 29 at a microbrewery near you and at outdoor festival sites in the Vieux-Port area and in Saint-Romuald (Lévis). To learn more about this year’s Festibière, visit infofestibiere.com/quebec.
Aug. 25 at noon – Musical Wednesdays concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec, featuring the 78th Fraser Highlanders with Pipe Major Alan Stairs and lead tip (drummer) Don Neilson. The last concert of the series on Sept. 1 will see former Chalmers-Wesley organist Jacquelin Rochette at the keyboard of the magnificent organ. All concerts are free, although donations are welcome. For more details about the concert series, visit chalmerswesley.org.
From Sept. 2-19, the Fête Arc-en-Ciel returns in a new hybrid format, with an outdoor exhibit at Place d’Youville and a series of online events, outdoor events and intimate gatherings around the city. Some events require advance reservations. For more information, visit fetearcenciel.ca/en and see article here.
On Sept. 4, 5 and 6, MondoKarnaval is back! This year’s edition will take place in person at Place Fleur de Lys, 552 Boul. Wilfrid-Hamel, Quebec City. Plenty of surprises await! Visit mondokarnaval.com to learn more.
Imagine Picasso, the immersive projection of more than 230 masterpieces of the artist’s work, is at the Centre des congrès de Québec until Sept. 8. For details and reservations, visit imagine-picasso.com.
Sept. 9 to 11 – Envol et Macadam festival at Stade Canac. For details and reservations, visit envoletmacadam.com.
Sept. 10 to 12 – The Quebec Celtic Festival returns with events at the Domaine de Maizerets, in and around the Grand Marché, in Old Quebec and on the festival’s social media platforms. You’re more Celtic than you think! Reservations are required for some activities. For more information, visit festivalceltique.com and see article here.
Sept. 11 and 12 – Journées du patrimoine religieux. Churches and other religious sites throughout Quebec will be open to the public. For details, visit journeesdupatrimoinereligieux.ca/en/home.
On Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. at Chalmers-Wesley United Church (78 rue Sainte-Ursule), as part of the Journées du patrimoine religieux, organist Danny Belisle will perform on the church’s 1890 Warren-built organ that was rebuilt and enlarged by Casavant Frères in 1912 and in 1981. The church will be open to visitors from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday and 12:30 p.m to 4:30 p.m. on Sunday.
Église Saint-Dominique, 175 Grande Allée Ouest, will also host concerts during Les Journées du patrimoine religieux. On Sept. 11 at 3 p.m., Maëlle Le Dévéhat (violin and voice) and Robert Patrick Girard (organ) will present a concert entitled Se laisser bercer par la musique. At 7:30 p.m. Stéphanie Lavoie (soprano), Maëlle Le Dévéhat (violin) and Robert Patrick Girard (organ) present Beauté et réjouissances – Exultez, jubilez, entonnez de suaves cantiques! On Sept. 12 at 3 p.m. a family string ensemble, featuring Pierre Bégin (viola), France Marcotte (violin), Marie Bégin (violin) and Emmanuelle Bégin (cello), with the participation of Robert Patrick Girard (organ) present L’univers des cordes – La famille Marcotte-Bégin, une famille unique.
On Sept. 14 and 15, the Morrin Centre will present virtual storytelling workshops as part of its So the Story Goes project. Illustrator Sophie Casson introduces budding storytellers to the art of picture book illustration. A workshop for children ages eight-12 will be held on Sept. 14 at 6 p.m. and a workshop for teens and adults will be held Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Both workshops will take place on Zoom. Reserve your place for these free activities online at morrin.org.
On Sept. 17 and 18, Arts Alive! Québec returns to the courtyard of the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais in Old Quebec. The theme of the 2021 festival will be “Street Art,” and the festival will gather together musicians, artists and artisans. The festival will present two concerts on Sept. 17 during which local artist Maud Besson will work on a painting inspired by the music. The painting will be officially revealed the next day. On Sept. 18, the Chaussée des Écossais will be filled with local artisan tables, and festivalgoers will enjoy a concert, a workshop and various presentations by members of the community. Family activities will be held throughout the day, including a special storytime and a treasure hunt. For more information, visit the event website (morrin.org/en/event/arts-alive-quebec-2021).