Arts & Entertainment News

Morrin Centre’s new workshop series is a laughing matter

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Setting up a punchline, using music in stand-up, communicating satire through cartooning, and improvising a funny skit are just some of the things you will learn during the Morrin Centre’s upcoming Laugh Lab series.

Kids code robots at the Morrin Centre

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Karin Gomez helps her six-year-old daughter Samantha Moscoso code an Ozobot, which can be programmed simply by drawing colour-coded lines and blocks. The mini-robot changes speed and direction as it follows the colour-coded trail. Both kids and parents enjoyed the experience very much! 

 

DDO School hosts a Money Fair in Shannon

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Photo: Nicholas Keats
The entrepreneurial spirit is reaching Quebec City! The first Canadian Money Fair of the 2018-2019 school year took place at Dollard-des-Ormeaux School in Shannon on Dec. 8. Nicholas Keats, who teaches Contemporary World and Finance at the school, encouraged his Secondary 5 students to undertake this adventure. 

Meet Andrew Johnson: principal percussion with the OSQ

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As many of you know, I sing with the choir of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ). At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – At our last two concerts – La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo and Hollywood 4 – in the orchestra’s percussion section, which is usually behind all the other musicians, directly in front of the choir, I noticed a new face.

Château Frontenac closes a year of 125th anniversary celebrations

“I hope people will come and feel that magic”

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Photo: Mary McCown
In the echoes and shadows of the ancient city of Quebec, Canada, walks a man.…” These are words from the trailer of Alfred Hitchcock’s 1953 film, I Confess, set here in the streets of Old Quebec.  

A year-long adventure to help save our planet begins

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Photo: Lise Lafond

At the end of an old year and the beginning of a new one, many of us take stock and think about how we can change things for the better.

Ice ring open for business on Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Peter Black

The opening of the ever-popular ice ring on the Plains of Abraham had to be delayed for several days in December but it was ready to welcome skaters in time for the holidays. The “après-skate” deck is larger this year, and a new fireplace and several heaters have been added, as well as more chairs.

An “elf-made” man visits children at local library

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Children in the Limoilou area didn’t need to go to the North Pole to get into the silly elf spirit on Dec. 14.

Do you have what it takes to be an astronaut?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

It isn’t every Saturday storytime that the parents are as interested in the special guest as their kids. Canadian astronaut candidate James Veilleux gave the large group of parents and children gathered in the Morrin Centre main library some insider information about the intensive and demanding process of being selected to be sent into space.

Birdwatching: observing our beautiful winter birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Feed the birds in winter; in return, they will feed your soul with the look of gratitude!” - Mehmet Murat Ildan, contemporary Turkish novelist and playwright.

Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

A journalist’s journey: “My life as a Print Man”

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Photo: Mary McCown

Don’t be boring, get your facts straight and learn to spell.” The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Peter Black shared the golden rules of writing for print on Dec. 3 at the Morrin Centre during the second of a four-part series of In the Press storytelling workshops.

Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Submitted by Joanne Kyvetos, [email protected]

A gritty streetcar ride through New Orleans

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Photo: Normand Brassard

I don’t want realism. I want magic!” - Blanche Dubois

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) brings to life a dynamic and relevant production of Tennessee Williams’ classic theatre piece A Streetcar Named Desire.

Grand Viennese airs and waltzes fill Le Capitole

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Capitole theatre resembled a Viennese concert hall and ballroom on Nov. 30 for Les Valses de Vienne, Les Grands Airs Viennois.

Sixteen dancers, 24 musicians, eight choristers and three soloists filled the theatre with the music of Johann Strauss Sr., his sons Johann (the “Waltz King”) and Eduard Strauss, and other well-known composers of the era.

Elites and Orphans playthings on display at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A charming permanent display of toys and tea sets was recently unveiled at the Morrin Centre.

Elites and Orphans explores the different types and styles of toys played with by children of both the upper and lower classes amongst Quebec City’s English-speaking population at the turn of the 20th century.

65th Winter Carnival to reveal Bonhomme’s Dreams

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

With nine weeks to go before the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival, the program was revealed on Nov. 29 during a press conference held at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Le Local: a café, a boutique and a place of discoveries

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Photo: Julie Moffet

A unique café recently opened on Rue Saint-Jean in Old Quebec. It’s called Le Local, and it is also a boutique and a tourist information centre. Business partners Marie-Elsa Proulx and Marc Duchesne say they are “driven” by their “unconditional love for Quebec City and what it has to offer.”

A symphonic video game encounter with the OSQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo, composed by Maxime Goulet for Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, has shone a positive light on the gaming universe. The soundtracks and musical scores of video games are now making their way into concert halls.

SLC’s What The Heck pays homage to musical icons

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus students know how to bring down the house! On Nov. 23, the college band What The Heck (WTH) gave the rock and roll, punk and grunge show of the semester in the nearly sold-out amphitheatre. Former band members, friends and family drove all the way from Montreal to pay tribute to punk, pop and soul singers who are no longer with us.

Latest mystery puts Louise Penny at the top of her game

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Winter has come to the village of Three Pines, and Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache finds himself doing battle with the elements, driving along a snow-packed road toward an abandoned farmhouse. It’s not business this time, at least not obviously so. He’s been summoned by a cryptic note to a meeting.

The Morrin Centre’s 10th annual Literary Feast scores again

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Photo: Dylan Page

On Nov. 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, hosted its 10th annual Literary Feast. The event, which benefits the centre’s programming and mission, began with a cocktail reception in the magnificent Victorian library, followed by a dinner in the ballroom.

MNBAQ exhibit celebrates 350 years of Quebec art

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Musée nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has breathed new life into the restored Gérard Morisset pavilion, inaugurated in 1933, with its exhibit 350 ans de pratiques artistiques au Québec (350 years of artistic practices in Quebec), which opened on Nov. 14. 

2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be different … and shorter

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be held over 11 days rather than the usual 17. The two parades, scheduled for Feb. 9 and 16, will take place in Upper Town only.

At a press conference held at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec on Nov. 7, Carnival managing director Mélanie Raymond and consultant Daniel Gélinas revealed details of next year’s parade.

Quebec Art Company’s Streetcar is ready to roll

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Photo: Normand Brassard

There’s great excitement in the air as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of A Streetcar Named Desire is but a week away from the opening night of a six-show run.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi flies into La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon

La Bordée theatre really took a chance on this month’s production of The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, a play being presented in English only. Written in 1995 by Quebec playwright Larry Tremblay, it is a challenge for francophone theatre-goers to understand.

PIGS light up the Impérial Bell with the music of Pink Floyd

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Photo: Lise Lafond

PIGS, Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute band, was back in town Nov. 7 to play at the Impérial Bell as part of their Outside / In Canadian tour. Some of the more “mature” fans felt young again reminiscing and getting into the frame of mind that is created by the music of Pink Floyd.

SNACS Book Fair a literary success!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s annual English-language book fair, run for the first time by SNACS (Special Needs Activities & Community Services) Entrepreneurs after eight decades of stewardship by the Quebec City Women’s Club, attracted quite a crowd looking for some extra reading material for the dark and dreary winter months.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 
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