Community Calendar of Events
Compiled by Shirley Nadeau
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Community Calendar of Events
Nov. 24 to Dec. 23 – The Quebec City German Market will be open at five locations in the Old City. For more details, visit noelallemandquebec.com/en. See photo feature in this edition.
Wednesday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m. – Lifelong Learning presents a Holiday Kickoff Finger Food Brunch at the Quebec City Reading Council, 3005 William-Stuart, room 201. Bring a favourite finger food and/or recipe to share. Send recipes to firstname.lastname@example.org to be combined into a recipe book for all to enjoy. “Show and Tell” a Christmas ornament and the story behind it. Register with Catherine at email@example.com or call 418-681-1258.
Dec. 1 to 4 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. – Décembre by Québec Issime is a large-scale musical fresco, a family event with the magic of the holidays in the spotlight with special guest Marc Hervieux at the Videotron Centre. For more details and tickets, visit quebecspectacles.com or lecentrevideotron.ca.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – The Ensemble Caprice, the Festival Classica and the Ensemble vocal Arts-Québec directed by Matthias Maute present Handel’s Messiah at the Palais Montcalm. For details and tickets, visit palaismontcalm.tuxedobillet.com.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. – Productions Strada and the Trio Malka present Noëls du monde at the Arquemuse concert hall (151-A rue Saint-François Est). A capella songs and period instruments offer a journey to the heart of this festival. Admission $20. Free for children under 12. Tickets available at lepointdevente.com, strada.ca, arquemuse.com and at the door.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. – The Chœur de la Colline invites you to its annual Christmas concert at Église Saint-Dominique, 175 Grande Allée Ouest, with Yuletide favourites and a few surprises, under the direction of Catherine-Élisabeth Loiselle. Admission is $25 (adults), $10 (students) and free for those under 12. Tickets available at the door. For more information, visit choeurdelacolline.org.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 4:30 p.m. – A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols will be held at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Old Quebec. The choir has prepared a program of beloved traditional Christmas music with works by Palestrina, Vaughan Williams, Rutter and Willcocks. All are welcome. Come and join in the singing.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at 7:30 p.m. – La Musique des Voltigeurs de Québec are giving an Épique concert with epic tales of Henry V, Father Gabriel and Robin Hood including works for wind orchestra by composers Bert Appermont and Philip Sparke, at the Complexe militaire Saint-Malo, 1020 Rue Vincent-Massey. Admission is free but places are limited and must be reserved at eventbrite.ca/e/468939088437
Dec. 7 and 8 at 7:30 p.m. – Les Violons du Roy directed by Bernard Labadie, presents three of J.S. Bach’s sublime cantatas, including the chorale “Jesus, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” They will be joined by the La Chapelle de Québec choir and soloists Lydia Teuscher (soprano), Avery Amereau (contralto), Andrew Haji (tenor) and Matthew Brook (baritone-bass). For information and to reserve tickets, visit violonsduroy.com/en.
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7 p.m. – A Service of Lessons and Carols will be held at Trinity Church, 2687 Chemin des Quatre-Bourgeois in Sainte-Foy . All are welcome. Come and sing traditional Christmas carols and join us for a social time in the church hall after the service with mincemeat tarts!
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. – The Brubeck Brothers Quartet celebrate the 100th birthday of Chris and Dan’s illustrious father Dave Brubeck with a jazzy concert at the Palais Montcalm. For details and tickets, visit palaismontcalm.ca.
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2:30 p.m. — Christmas Sing-Along with choir director Katharina Urbschat and organist and pianist Irène Brisson at St. Michael’s Anglican Church, 1800 Chemin Saint-Louis. Songs and poems will be in English and French. Admission is free; a goodwill offering will be appreciated.
Saturday, Dec. 10 from 1-3 p.m. – Former QCT journalist Bill Cox launches his autobiography Wash Behind Your Ears, Billy, The Greatest Story Ever Told About Me by Me at La Maison Anglaise bookstore in Place de la Cité. The author will be present to sign copies of purchased books.
Dec. 11 at 2:30 p.m. – The Ensemble Vocal Dal Segno, now an all-female choir, presents a Christmas Concert featuring “A Ceremony of Carols” by Benjamin Britten, arrangements by American composer Dan Forrest and a work by Quebec composer and violinist Marie-Claire Saindon entitled “Méditations de la Vierge Marie” at Église Saint-François-Xavier, 2180 boul. Père-Lelièvre. For more details, contact director Guillaume St-Gelais at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, Dec. 11 at 7:30 p.m. – Noël à l’Opéra at the Grand Théâtre with the operatic pop trio LYRICO, composed of Marco Bocchicchio, Sam Champagne and Ian Sabourin, present a Christmas show for the entire family, with a touch of Italian and interpretations of the most memorable and beloved Christmas songs. The orchestra and choir will be conducted by Francis Choinière, musical director of the FILMharmonique. For details and tickets, visit grandtheatre.qc.ca/programmation/lyrico-noel-opera.
Monday, Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. – Students of the Conservatoire de Québec present a concert by string and chamber music ensembles who will play works by Reich, Handel, von Weber, Vivaldi, Respighi, Rameau, Dvorak, Schubert and more. At 7:30 p.m. brass and chamber music ensembles present works by Mozart, Bartok, Brahms, Bruch, Poulenc and others. Admission is free for these two concerts held at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec.
Tuesday, Dec. 13 from 5 – 7 p.m. – Voice of English-speaking Québec is holding its annual Holiday Happy Hour at the Morrin Centre. RSVP by Dec. 6 at email@example.com or call 418-683-2366. Proceeds from the cash bar will go towards the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign. Please remember to bring your indoor footwear.
Dec. 15 and 16 at 7:30 p.m. – Celebrate Noël en choeur with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, directed by Jean-Sébastien Vallée, soloist Éric Laporte (tenor) and the OSQ choir, prepared by David Rompré, at the Grand Théâtre. For more information and reservations, visit osq.org/concerts/noel-en-choeur.
Dec. 17 at 7 :30 p.m. – Les Rhapsodes choir, directed by David Rompré, presents La Natività del Signor, an evening entirely devoted to an Italian Christmas holiday, at the Palais Montcalm. Guest soloists are soprano Mary Bewitch, mezzo-soprano Luce Vachon, tenor Éric Laporte, oboist Philippe Magnan and organist Marc D’Anjou. For more information and tickets, visit lesrhapsodes.com.
Sunday, Dec. 18 at 11:15 a.m. – Join us for a traditional Service of Lessons and Carols at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, followed by social time in the lower hall. All are welcome.
Sunday, Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. – Tempêtes & Passions presents Stille Nacht, Noël en Famille. Enjoy the magic of Christmas in the pure German tradition, with Luce Vachon (mezzo-soprano), Guy Lessard (tenor) and Guylaine Girard (soprano), accompanied by pianist Hélène Marceau. Children of the artists will also participate in the festivities, at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Tickets (general $35; age 25 and under, $20) are available on lepointdevente.com, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 418-476-8199.
For information about other activities happening in our community, visit the Voice of English-speaking Québec list of upcoming events at veq.ca/our-community/upcoming-events.