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Their armor

Photo: Nicola-Franl Vachon, Perspective

Those of us whose knowledge of Japanese art is limited to Chinese inspired Zen ink paintings may be surprised by the lavishness of Samurai armor and helmets.  The fact is that by the time the power came into the hands the military leaders: shoguns and daimyos, this audaciously simplified and monochrome style of painting was combined with the Japanese Yamato-e paintings which emphasized gorgeou

Cultural Interlude 2012

Photo: Jeffery Hale Friends' Foundation

Paul Almond and David Homel discuss writing novels and making movies

Photo: Marie White

On April 13, authors Paul Almond and David Homel sat in the elegant Morrin Centre to talk and share a laugh or two about the art of writing novels and making movies. The evening was moderated by local CBC radio personality and journalist Peter Black.


Part I - Who was he and what was his function?

Photo: Studio Ferrazzini Bouchet Photography, Genève

Samurais are essential figures of feudal Japan stretching for the 12th to the 17th century. The word Samurai could be translated as "he who serves". He served his master, a daimyo or shogun, sort of military leader close to our western notion of dictator. The samurai's loyalty to his master had no limits, not even death.

The Rembrandt legacy in printmaking

The master’s influence on nineteen century French painters

Photo: photo: Paul Litherland

Rembrandt was a major figure of the Holland’s “Golden Age” because of his paintings, but he is also considered one of the most important printmakers in Europe, the most important in Holland’s seventeen century.  Indeed, he produced a considerable number of etchings.   Closely involved in

Mozart’s Requiem performed by the OSQ at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Schehrazade Boukenken, OSQ choir member

The final concert of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec’s Mozart Festival took place at the Grand Théâtre on Wednesday, March 4, with the performance of Mozart’s majestic Requiem directed by guest conductor, Kenneth Slowik.

Triple author event at AngloStore

Photo: Andrew Greenfield

For the first time, Anglo-Store will be showcasing three authors on the same evening, Wednesday, April 25. All of the writers come from Quebec province, so the evening will take on a local feeling. The three books are: Even the Owl is Not Heard by Barbara Verity and Gilles Péloquin.

Finding something new with The Lost Fingers

The Canadian gypsy jazz music group have just released their fourth album with the record label Tandem entitled La Marquise. The album became available on itunes on March 20 and has been in stores since March 27 This is their second album in French.

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Two young Quebec designers get nationwide recognition

Photo: SIx poin tun

During the 1990’s design was specifically introduced as an art form in Canadian museum collections. We consider design as an activity involving various professions aiming at enhancing the value of life.

Michel Tremblay

A Quebec Icon honoured by the Musee de la Civilisation

A focus on Quebec Sculptors

Exhibitions in the city’s public libraries

Two of the Quebec’s public libraries are now showing works by local artists that are noteworthy in many ways.  They are “carved pieces” – I deliberately set aside temporarily the term sculpture - by Marc Fugère and by Johanne Benedetti, the former carving stones and the latter wood.  

Fashion and Appearance in Quebec Art


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Photo: MNBAQ

In the past two years, the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has presented a series of exhibitions dedicated to fashion through the display of dresses, of photographs and of stage costumes.  They all denote its former director’s resolve to establish the correlation between the fields of art and fashion.   Art historian Esther Trepanier had come to the Musée from her position as di

Cinéma Cartier and Château Frontenac honour 60th anniversary of Hitchcock in Quebec City

Photo: supplied by Michel Savoy, Cinéma Cartier

To celebrate the 60th year since the world-famous movie director and master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock came to Quebec City, Director Michel Savoy created the Hitchcock Film Festival to be held at the Cinéma Cartier where Hitchcock’s movie I Confess was first shown. The Festival will be devoted exclusively to the great British artist.

The Daft Punk Tribute coming to Le Cercle on January 20

The electrifying beats of Daft Punk will soon be drifting through Quebec City as The Daft Punk Tribute will play at Le Cercle on Friday, January 20 at 9:00 pm.

QAC Auditions for “Deathtrap”

Photo: Ladd Johnson

After this fall’s major musical production, the Quebec Art Company is returning to a more intimate piece for its spring production – “Deathtrap”, a thriller written by Ira Levin.  Auditions will be held Sunday, January 15, at 3:00pm immediately following the company’s annual general

Large crouds attended the 10th Annual Santa Claus Parade


Crowds filled the sidewalks along rue St. Joseph on Sunday for the 10th annual Parade des jouets as Santa Claus came to town. Several new floats and groups added to the excitement of the festivities, all put together with the help of more than 350 volunteers. Once again this year, children were invited to tailgate with Santa at the beginning of the parade route before he took to the streets.

Guys and Dolls are coming to town!

QAC prepares its fall musical

Photo: Artwork by Yvan Breton


Something is up at the Holland  Elementary School -- clandestine meetings, men wearing fedoras, girls in risqué attire, and vagu

Vote for the Morrin Centre!

The Morrin Centre has been chosen as one of seven finalists in an annual competition called “Les Mérites d’architecture de la Ville de Québec.” This competition rewards efforts being made to improve urban beautification. To vote for the building of your choice – hopefully, the Morrin Centre – go to the following web site:

The Painter

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Photo: Bill Cox

This beautiful October day, warm and bright with sunlight, could not distract my attention to the even more brilliant works of the artist installed in Place Royale Square across from the Notre-Dame-des-Victoires Church in Old Quebec.

CBC celebrates 75 years of national broadcasting at Quebec City Open House

Canada’s national public broadcaster celebrated its 75th anniversary with Canadians in 32 cities across the country. On October 1, Quebec City’s CBC studio on St. Jean Street held a popular Open House. Despite overcast skies and cooler temperatures, the public lined up well in advance of the 9 a.m.

Q and A with controversial film director Larry Clark

Photo: Thomas Shahan Wikipedia Creative Common

On September 21, the Quebec City Film Festival rolled into town. With it, the divisive director Larry Clark, who is responsible for Kids – an early 90s film about a group of Manhattan-based skateboarders, Bully, Wassup Rockers, and Ken Park, a film so provocative it is very rarely shown in North America.

Gregory Charles at Quebec International of Sacred Music

Photo: Photo: Gregory Charles productions

"I am the most passionate person about music ever!" says Gregory Charles, who will host the Special 15th

Anniversary Concert for the Quebec International of Sacred Music on September 15.

QAC Auditions for “Guys and Dolls”

The Quebec Art Company will be performing the musical “Guys and Dolls” this fall and is holding auditions for supporting roles and the chorus later this week (see details in the Community Calendar or visit  After directing the QAC’s production of “South Pacific” in 2009,

Celebrate Celtic roots with Natalie MacMaster at the 6th Quebec Celtic Festival

Natalie MacMaster will perform September 17 at 8 p.m. at the Palais Montcalm. Tickets are $65 at the Palais Montcalm website. (Photo MacMaster Press Kit)

Arts and Entertainment - August 31, 2011

August 26 to September 17 - Quebec Celtic Festival is underway!. There will be a kiosk in Place Laurier where you can pick up a complete program and buy tickets for certain special events. Visit for complete details of the various activities and musical presentations.

Arts and Entertainment - August 24, 2011

August 17 to 28 - Expo Quebec at Expo City. Celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the biggest agricultural fair in Eastern Canada. Fun and games for kids and adults, concerts, sand sculptures, plus all the agricultural exhibits – beef and dairy cattle, horses, sheep, goats and smaller animals.

The Aurian Haller Band playing at Le Cercle

Photo: Photo by Aurian Haller Band

The Aurian Haller Band will be performing at Le Cercle, at 228 rue St. Joseph Est, on Thursday, August 25 at 9:00 p.m. This will be their first concert in Quebec City since the launch of their latest album, Normal Town. LeZarts Studios is filming the show for Vox TV.

Arts and Entertainment for August 10, 2011

August 11 to 14 – 5th Annual Levis Jazz Etcetera Festival – 100% outdoor concerts – 100% FREE! For the official opening on Thursday, August 11 at 7:30 p.m., internationally acclaimed Quebec jazzman Oliver Jones and his trio will share the stage with Les Violons du Roy, under the direction of Jean-Marie Zeitouni.

Good News for movie goers.

The Tree of Life.

Good news for those of us who like to see movies in English. Le Clap has just announced it will be presenting the movie "The Tree of Life" in it's original English language version (VOA),  starting Monday, August 15.

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