Arts & Entertainment News

Jewish exhibition opens in Nicolet

'Same Cloth, different thread; the Jews of Quebec City' opens at the Musée des Religions in Nicolet

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Photo: Simon Jacobs

QAC’s Harvey brings father and son together on stage

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Photo: Courtesy of the Quebec Art Company

SOON: SLC Band Fundraiser

St.Lawrence artists celebrate the legacy of the Beatles to raise funds for Amnesty International

When the legacy of the most important rock band of all time is used in order to raise awareness on international issues, the result promises to be everything but ordinary. On Friday, December 5th, Champlain-St.Lawrence's band, 'What The Heck,' will present a unique concert featuring the beloved music of The Beatles.

QAC brings an imaginary rabbit to the stage with Harvey

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Photo: courtesy of Quebec Art Company

Best Bets

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“The High Priests are calling all disciples back to the fold / because the kids don’t know how to dance to rock and roll.” So go the biting lyrics of Sam Roberts’ latest single, Them Kids.

Nihon Sushi Zen offers a taste of Japan in Quebec City

It is not without apprehen-sion that I open the doors to enter Nihon Sushi Zen. Some foods, such as pizza or chow mein are still pretty good when they’re bad. Bad sushi, on the other hand, is very, very bad.

Penny set to thrill with fourth whodunit in four years

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Photo: courtesy of McArthur & Company

OSQ violinist takes two Arts and Culture Awards

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Photo: courtesy of the OSQ

Darren Lowe’s 20-year music career was recognized with two trophies at the 22nd annual Arts and Culture Awards at City Hall yesterday. Two independent juries, the Fondation OSQ and the Institut Canadien de Québec, each honoured Lowe with an award.

QAC’s Harvey fuelled by Pooka Power

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Photo: Ladd Johnson

By Ladd Johnson

QAC fall production of Harvey underway

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Photo: Mark Lepitre

Preparations are continuing for the Quebec Art Company's production of Harvey, a comedy by Mary Chase. The story revolves around an eccentric man whose unusual friendship with a pooka causes confusion and consternation among those around him.

Family and love in Pinnock’s novel The Last Good Kiss

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Photo: courtesy of Strebor Books

We humans are pretty lucky.
We’re born into a family that keeps us around long past our infancy. Our parents and siblings recognize us as blood a long time beyond our weaning. We are nurtured by them well into our adulthood, and we can return home at any time, knowing we’re not going to be bitten.

Off the sofa, into Quebec

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Photo: www.3garssulsofa.com

Montreal band 3 Gars su’l Sofa enjoys George Washington, chamber music, and ginger ale. This is pretty much all the band has to say about themselves on their MySpace page. But apart from this important information, what else should a listener know about this rising band?

QC’s bright artistic future

The second in a two-part series

Now that Quebec City has proved its capacity to organize major artistic events and to build state-of-the-art infrastructures to support art of all kinds, the community is ready to enter the second phase of its cultural boom, which must be characterized by unity among local institutions.

Jack Lavoie & Friends prepare to play Le Pape-Georges

Quebec City singer-songwriter Jack Lavoie and his band, Johnbé and Bassman Dan, are gearing up for another cozy night of music at Le Pape-Georges on Saturday, November 8.

Jack Lavoie and Friends will deliver homegrown acoustic rock, complete with Jack on vocals and guitar, Johnbé on djembe and Dan on bass and ukulele. Settle in before the first set starts at 10 p.m.

Hot picks for cold nights in Quebec

Two amazing concerts coming up!

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Photo: Yoav, 2008

As the temperature is dropping fast in Quebec City, you might want to warm your heart by attending a concert or two.  The good news is that a variety of very promising shows will be presented within the next month.  I chose to provide you with some information about two artists who have offered amazing CDs in the past months and whose concerts in Quebec City are much anticipated.

85-year-old shoots 81, stuns older friends

Despite cool weather, Frank “Long Drive” Coveney shot an 81 at the Castor Golf Club on October 8, four strokes less than his age, his friend Jerry O’Brien reported.

Scary stuff to do

Halloween Lantern Tour on the Plains of Abraham

Spend Halloween or the following Day of the Dead scared out of your wits on the Plains! Tales of sorcery, murder, execution and mystery colour a tour led by Sir George Garneau, mayor of Quebec City in 1908, or his wife, Marie Alma.

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Parts 1 & 2

Culture and Society

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Part I

Jean-Thomas Tremblay

Cirque du Soleil defies gravity in honour of Quebec’s 400th

If you are planning on seeing Le Cirque du Soleil in the near future, I recommend purchasing an extra set of eyes. Two is just not enough to admire all the eye-candy the world-renowned circus has to offer. From Friday to Sunday last week, the Cirque set up camp at Le Colisée Pepsi, and offered Quebecers a free show, which, despite the price, was as spectacular as ever.

Coeur de Pirate steals Quebec City hearts with love songs

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

Coeur de Pirate is the new musical sensation in the province of Quebec. She is a tattoo-clad 19-year-old musician, dressed in black and adorned with a wild head of hair that seems at once chaotic and perfectly kempt.

International Literacy Day: the health benefits of reading

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Photo: Susanne Bergmann

Each year in September, UNESCO reminds us of the importance of literacy and adult learning by celebrating International Literacy Day. This year’s special focus was on literacy and health.

Montrealer wins Morrin Centre’s New Anglo Contest

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Photo: Scott French

Chez-Soi offers delicious Chinese fare for cheap

Sitting abreast a unique intersection where Rue St. Jean forks off into Rue D’Aguillon, Restaurant Chez-Soi provides piping hot, unpretentious, and affordable Chinese cuisine in downtown Quebec.

Quebec City bluesman wins award of a lifetime

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Photo: Guillaume D. Cyr, courtesy of Communications Paulette Dufour

He received a standing ovation before and after playing Be-Bop Beluga. During the performance, the crowd couldn’t help but sing along to the chorus. A full house of fans and fellow musicians honoured Quebec City bluesman Jay Sewall with the prestigious Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement award at the Théâtre Petit-Champlain Sunday night, saluting Sewall’s 30-year career in music.

Secrecy and identity in The Soul of All Great Designs

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Photo: courtesy of La Maison Anglaise

Who are we? What if who we truly are lies not in the truths we are willing to reveal about ourselves to others but what we withhold from them: our secrets?  Is the balance we strike between that which we share and that which we keep to ourselves what makes us who we are?

Vieux Farka Touré’s Malian blues at Le Palais Montcalm

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Photo: courtesy of www.kitziblog.de

This week, Le Palais Montcalm is on fire! Well, not literally. Le Palais Montcalm is figuratively on fire because in the last little while, it has brought us good show after good show and, luckily, the music venue shows no sign of letting up.

Envol et Macadam brings alternative rock to Saint-Roch

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

My shoes are dirty. My shoes are dirty because I am in the mud, behind a metal gate, trying to talk my way
backstage at the Envol et Macadam festival.

Held in Quebec City every September since 1996, Envol et Macadam is one of the town’s few alternative music festivals. This year, the concerts were staged at Ilot Fleury in the heart of Saint- Roch.

Wendake mounts world’s first francophone Native literary fest

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Photo: Marie White

Avant-garde art installations offer fresh perspectives

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Photo: Comunications Sira ba

Instead of singin’ in the rain, inventor-cumcomposer Paul De Marinis makes the rain sing. Showcasing De Marinis’ installation, Rain Dance, along with a wonderland of similarly grand curiosities that marry science and technology with art, a special outdoor edition of Le Mois Multi will be held in and around Saint-Roch and the lower town throughout the weekend.

Quebec Art Company Auditions Sept. 14 at 1:30

Auditions for the Quebec Art Company's production of 'HARVEY' by Mary Chase will be held on Sunday Sept. 14 at 1:30 at Carter Hall, 31 rue des Jardins. The play will run Nov. 27-30. For more info please contact Cheryl at 418 881-4090.
 

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