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QCT Mystery Photo Contest - July 24

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Bethann Merkle, Shirley Nadeau and Danielle Burns have been scouting out people, places and objects around the city for you to try and identify over the summer months. Every week, we’ll print a mystery photo and your mission is to tell us the location and  answer the questions about the photo. 

Lumières marks 350 years of history at the Séminaire de Québec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The premiere performance of Lumières, l’étonnant Destinée du Séminaire de Québec, took place in the seminary courtyard in Old Quebec last Monday evening. Lumières is a sound-and-light show produced by Olivier Dufour to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the Séminaire de Québec.  

QCT Mystery Photo Contest

Where am I? Who made me? What do I symbolize?

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Welcome to this summer’s MYSTERY PHOTO CONTEST. Bethann Merkle, Shirley Nadeau and Danielle Burns have scouted out people, places and things around the city for you to try and identify over the next three months. Most of them are outdoors, but some, like this one, are indoors. Your mission is to find these objects and correctly identify them by answering the questions with each photo.

Ghomeshi: Q is “my love letter to Quebec City”

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Photo: Marie White

What does Q stand for?” asked a woman who voiced what everyone else was wondering. Q is the name of his national daily cultural affairs talk program (recorded in Studio Q at the CBC headquarters in Toronto). “Could it be for Quebec City?” she teased. “Well, yes, right, that’s it,” chimed in a charmed Jian Ghomeshi and the room roared with laughter and applause.

The Broth of Brith: a musical comedy

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Photo: Submitted by Hubert Radou

This year, St. Lawrence College (SLC) thespians are undertaking an original musical comedy, The Broth Of Brith, authored by three local playwrights, John Halpin, Margaret Forrest and Hubert ‘Hubie’ Radoux. The play is a spoof on the traditions of Shakespearean dramas.

Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race results

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It seemed like a perfect day out on the ice of the St. Lawrence River Sunday afternoon as 14 teams of Elite Male and another 14 teams of Elite Female ice canoe racers pushed, paddled and dragged their boats from the Bassin Louise to Lévis and back (twice for the men). Another 23 teams in the Sport class also battled their way through the ice.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with the Aurian Haller Band

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Photo: Aurian Haller Band

Come celebrate Valentine's Day with The Aurian Haller Band on Friday, February 15, at Le Petit Impérial (240, rue Saint-Joseph Est Québec) at 8:00 p.m. This bilingual, indie folk band has just released two new singles and will be launching their second album, The Dark Room, on April 9.

St. Lawrence College delivers enthralling Othello

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The young actors at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence didn’t choose Shakespeare’s Othello, it chose them.

QAC auditions for spring play

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Photo: source: public domain

Plans are underway for the Quebec Art Company’s spring production – The Importance of Being Earnest – a farcical comedy written by Oscar Wilde.
Auditions will be held on Sunday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. immediately following the company’s annual general meeting which begins at 1:30 p.m. Both events will take place at Holland School, 940 Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, Quebec.

Downton Abbey reaches new heights of popularity in Quebec

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Photo: Photo Wikipedia

The beautifully filmed and excellently cast hit British series is now being broadcast in French on Radio-Canada.

Othello, the Moor of Venice, at St. Lawrence College

(Press release) The St. Lawrence College Theatre Troupe will perform one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies, Othello, the Moor of Venice, on January 17, 18, and 19. The cast, made up of current and former students of CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence, is being co-directed by two former St.

Traditional Art of Nigeria

The human figure

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Photo: Annabelle Fouquet, Perspective

The concern of the early twentieth century artists looking at African art seems to have been essentially aesthetic. Their interest for the forms, their angularity surpassed the interest in time, place and function of the objects they gathered in their studios.

Objects and their meaning

A visit of two museum exhibitions

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Photo: MNBAQ

Material culture is that segment of man’s physical environment which is purposely shaped by him according to a culturally dictated plan.” James Deetz (1930-2000)

Stradivari’s Heritage: Jing Wang competes for precious violin

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Jing Wang

The Canada Council for the Arts will announce the winners of 2012 Musical Instrument Bank competition from among 30 finalists on Wednesday, September 26. One of the finalists who competed in Toronto is violinist Jing Wang who made his debut here with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec at the tender age of 9. Jing lived in Quebec City for seven years and his family still lives here.

VEQ Fall Fest brings family and friends together

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Photo: Allison Van Rassel

The third edition of the Voice of English-speaking Quebec Fall Fest took place this Saturday at Quebec High School where family and friends gathered to celebrate the vitality of the community. Businesses and groups such as the Quebec City Women’s Club, Champlain St.

Strong Celtic Men Wear Kilts

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Strong man Dirk Bishop explained to the crowd gathered on the Quebec High School sports field last Saturday when the Celtic Festival joined forces with VEQ’s Fall Fest, that he is “not just some guy who likes to wear a skirt in public.” In fact the “skirt,” actually a kilt, worn by Bishop is an ancient Cameron tartan.

Plan ahead for the 2nd annual QuebeCrime Festival

Are you waiting anxiously to know the lineup for the QuebeCrime Festival which is happening later in October? La Maison Anglaise is proud to welcome more than 20 authors from around the world. There will be readings, panel discussions and book signings with Crime and Mystery authors from Australia, Canada, England, Ireland, Quebec, Sweden and the United States.

VEQ Fall Fest

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Doug Williams, QHS ceramics teacher, demonstrated his white-clay pottery skills.

Madonna Magic lights up the Plains

Uplifting and inspirational! 2012 Quebec International of Sacred Music

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Photo: Marie White

The 16th Quebec International of Sacred Music promises to be uplifting and inspirational from September 8 to 16 under the artistic direction of Canadian counter-tenor Daniel Taylor. “It is with sincere pride,” says Taylor in his welcoming message online, “that we present to you the 2012 edition. We celebrate new beginnings as we join together for our sacred journey.

Madonna Magic lights up the Plains

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a brilliant full moon accompanied by a chilling September 1st wind, Madonna mesmerized  the over 70,000 fans of all walks of life and ages who turned out to see the Queen of Pop live for the first time in Quebec City as she electrified the evening in a non-stop visual extravaganza that could be heard well into the old city.

Morrin Centre a natural choice for bestselling author Paul Almond

Quebec, August 31, 2012 – Author and filmmaker Paul Almond will launch The Pilgrim, the fourth novel in his Alford Saga, on Wednesday, September 12. After his experience as honorary president of the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival last April, Paul Almond concluded the Morrin Centre was the logical place to launch his book. The reading and book signing will start at 6 p.m.

Celtic Tunes and Cartoons

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The 7th annual Celtic Festival kicked off on a high note on Thursday, August 30, with a Cartoon Concert at St. Andrew’s Church (next to the Morrin Centre) bringing musicians and cartoon artists together in a visually and acoustically pleasing performance that was very different from your average night out at the movies.

Grand Concert celebrates 150 years of the Voltigeurs de Québec

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Photo: Marie White

Festival of Military Music Parade

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

“Seventy-six trombones led the big parade . . . .” Well, not quite, but I’ll bet there were more than 76 trombones (and a lot of bagpipes) in total during the entire parade.

Madonna: Crazy for you

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Photo: from Madonna’s website

Madonna the Queen of Pop, with over 300 million records sold worldwide is going to perform on the Plains of Abraham this Saturday, September 1.

Countdown to Madonna!

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Quebec Celtic Festival 2012

(Adapted from a press release) The seventh edition of The Quebec City Celtic Festival will be held from August 30 to September 16 on the Chaussée des Écossais, at the Morrin Centre, and in various pubs and bistros in Québec.

Special celebrations mark Sillery’s 375th year

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Robert Dobell (Martin Bernier) poses proudly with the March 12, 1877 issue of The Morning Chronicle.
Photo by Marie White

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