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Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation Golf Tournament raises $22,000

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fore! Nineteen teams teed off at 12:30 p.m. on September 22 for the 27th annual golf tournament and dinner, a fundraiser that raised a whopping total of $22,000 for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation.

Quebec City Film Festival comes to an upbeat end

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The second week of the Quebec City Film festival (QCFF) was filled with what Quebecers love: Oscar winning movies, classics, drama, Quebec productions, a cinéconcert and beautiful weather. Crowds enjoyed watching free outdoor movies projected on a giant screen in Place D’Youville in the evenings.

"Rigoletto" and "Carmen" highlight the 2017-2018 Quebec City opera season

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Photo: courtesy of Opéra de Québec
For its 34th season, the Opéra de Québec will stage two major works in new productions entirely conceived and realized in Quebec City. In October, Rigoletto, Verdi’s first great international success, and next May, the emblematic opera of the French repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen. 

The revamped YWCA on Avenue Holland is open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On September 7, the doors to the sports and leisure pavilion of the YWCA on Avenue Holland reopened after 15 months of renovations. The restored indoor pool has an added baby pool and shallow basins. There are new gyms and classrooms. Everything is in place to welcome people. 

MondoKarnaval calls for cultural harmony

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The fourth edition of MondoKarnaval, Quebec City's largest free, international cultural festival, took place at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf in Limoilou from September 2 to 4. Over 40 countries were represented, with 600 artists present over the weekend.

Corn husking time at Baie de Beauport

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Photo: Bill Cox

Sunday was a perfect day for corn husking at the Baie de Beauport beach. The delicious sweet corn, the only certified controlled-origin corn in the province, came from Neuville. Sun Life Financial Services, WKND radio, the tiki bar Monsieur Cocktail and La Mangue Verte catering service saw to the needs of the assembled crowd. About 100 people attended.

First Nations unite at the Place de L’Assemblée-Nationale

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The first edition of Kwé! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones was held from September 1-3 at the Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale. This free event was a celebration of the 11 indigenous nations and 55 communities in Quebec, their traditions and contemporary life.

Neighbours attend Huron-Wendat cultural event

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Photo: Natalie Keller

An indigenous cultural celebration was held in Sillery on September 2 behind the picturesque Maison des Jésuites de Sillery. The family-friendly afternoon activity offered visitors the chance to discover a variety of traditional chants, prayers and dances of the Huron-Wendat Nation, whose traditional territory lies just outside Quebec City.

Looking forward to 2018 Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Even though the leaves have barely started falling – let alone the snowflakes – it’s never too early to start thinking of the next Winter Carnival, especially for those working on the organization of the world-famous event.

Celebrating one’s Celtitude at the Festival Celtique de Québec

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Quebec’s heritage has been shaped by immigrants with Celtic heritage. In fact, many Quebecers with European ancestry share a Celtic connection, whether it be Irish, Scottish, Breton, Cornish, Welsh or Manx Gaelic. It only makes sense, therefore, to commemorate the Celtitude of many of this province’s forebears. 

A visit to the Citadelle de Québec at nightfall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the Citadelle de Québec. The sun has just set but the ghosts of soldiers and prisoners of the past still walk through the seemingly deserted military base.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 4

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Photo: Francis Fontaine
As the The Philanthropist’s August 24 opening night is almost here, we wanted to check in with Mike Boden again to see if he had anything he might want to share with our readers.

Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This couple, dressed in gold, represent King Louis XIV and Queen Maria Theresa, making an incredible and unique visit to his colony in America. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

 

Film Festival CinéPopUps powered by solar energy

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Photo: Courtesy of FCVQ

Lovers of short films, to your containers! The Quebec City Film Festival / Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (FCVQ) CinéPopUps are back, and this year they are completely autonomous, powered by solar energy!

Festivent provides uplifting music and fun for everyone in Lévis

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Photo: Natalie Keller

A dynamic line-up of musicians awaited fans at this year’s edition of Festivent, which ran from August 1 to 6 at Parc Champigny in Lévis.

Festivities kicked off on August 1 with openers Foreign Diplomats – a local group hailing from the Laurentians, Quebec, playing a mix of energetic indie pop songs.

Dîner en Blanc served in the Jardin Saint-Roch

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The picturesque Jardin Saint-Roch was invaded by some 2,000 people all dressed in white for the seventh annual Dîner en Blanc last Wednesday evening. 

Rain, thunder and lightening for premier of Crépuscule: Vents & marées

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Under a rumbling sky lit by lightning, visitors entered the Agora in the Old Port on August 3. The stage was set for the premiere performance of Flip FabriQue’s third Crépuscule, entitled Vents & marées (winds and tides) presented by the Ville de Quebec. 

Opera Festival ends on a glorious high note

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Last weekend brought the highly successful Festival d’Opéra de Québec to a close.

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine in concert in church

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As the rain began to fall on August 5, Mark Brennan, executive director of Mount Hermon Cemetery, made the decision to move the planned outdoor concert Bach and MacPherson Le Moine from the cemetery across the street into St. Michael’s Anglican Church.

Counting on tombstones in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Now here’s an interesting and unusual way to spend your summer vacation – counting and assessing tombstones.

That’s just what Natasha Joannis and Marie-Sophie Gendron are doing this summer at Mount Hermon Cemetery, thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant. Both are archeology students at Université Laval.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 3

August 24 is drawing near

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With the August 24 launch date of The Philanthropist fast approaching, we reached out to Mike Boden and Cheryl Rimmer to tell us more about the production.

Quebec City by Lantern Light Tours

Unusual discoveries and laughter guaranteed

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Photo: courtesy of NBC and Parks Canada

The year is 1847 and the premise is simple: you are part of a group of fresh-off-the-boat Irish immigrants, looking to rebuild your lives in Quebec City.

An unusual encore at Chalmers-Wesley

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A recent Musical Wednesday concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church revealed a hidden talent of one of the performers. The concert featured Samuel Croteau, organist and pianist, and Antoine Trépanier, bassoonist.

The duo presented a delightful program of classical music by J.H. Hertel, C.P.E. Bach, Robert Clérisse, and an original composition for piano and bassoon by Trépanier.

Quebec City Opera Festival well underway

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Now in its seventh year, the 2017 Festival d’Opéra de Québec is now well underway. The opening Gala d’Opéra sous les Étoiles was performed under less-than-starry skies to a sold-out audience on Monday, July 24. 

Aspiring young opera singers present Mascarade à Venise and Don Giovanni

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Mascarade à Venise
As part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Nathalie Magnan and Richard Paquet presented their fourth opera by and for young people over five nights from July 25 to 29 at La Maison Jaune. 

Intriguing, quirky images on view at the Halsman exhibit

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs are currently on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and you don’t want to miss the evolution of how they came to be, by surrealist photographer Philippe Halsman.

Summer movie time at Baie de Beauport

Due to its popularity and incredible success last year, the Ciné-plage Illico is back at Baie de Beauport for new movie screenings over the next few weeks. Only minutes from downtown, residents of Quebec City can watch movies outdoors and under the stars on Friday evenings.

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

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Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Metallica put the pedal to the metal at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Tonight, it’s metal at the highest level,” announced Denis “Snake” Bélanger, lead singer of Voivod, who performed on the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Friday, July 14.

Lady Antebellum gave the country music show of the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lady Antebellum drew country music fans from near and far to the Plains of Abraham for FEQ’s 50th on July 10. The American trio had a set list of 20 songs including a cover of Canadian country artist Shania Twain.

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