Arts & Entertainment News

LHSQ is “selling our heritage”

Dr. Peter Sabor, FRSC Canada Research Chair in 18th-Century Studies McGill University

Thomas Feininger’s eloquent letter in the August 6 Chronicle-Telegraph, “LHSQ’s Patrimony for Sale,” has now been answered in the August 20 QCT by David F. Blair, President of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Society’s silent auction provokes outrage

Thomas A. Reisner, Professor of English Literature (retired) Université Laval

I am sure I speak for many readers of the Chronicle when I express outrage and revulsion at what can only be characterized as the rank hypocrisy of David F. Blair’s apologia for the silent auction currently under way at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Fans fulfilled after performance by Céline and friends

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Céline Dion’s worldwide popularity is undeniable. Her string of Las Vegas shows sold out year after year. On the web, devotees obsess about everything from her eating habits to interpretations of Céline-inspired dreams.

Dance show Gonfler l’Histoire takes over the wharves

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Photo: David Cannon

A recorded message sets the tone right at the beginning: “Please do not feed the dancers.” Danse K par K choreographer Karine Ledoyen hopes her contemporary dance production, Gonfler l’histoire, offers spectators something that is “catastrophic, romantic and runs away with the imagination.”

Giants dance in Quebec City streets

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Photo: Scott French

Visa Olympics

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Cang Yi Yan (pictured third from left) with her fellow Visa Olympics of the imagination contest first-prize winners.

Young QC artist’s poster wins gold

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Photo: courtesy of Visa Canada

Cang Yi Yan is one lucky girl and she knows it. The 12-year-old Montcalm resident was one of four Canadians whose artwork was awarded top honours in the Visa Olympics of the Imagination contest. As a first-prize winner, she and her father will be flown out to the Olympic Games in Beijing, August 5.

Quebec tae kwon do champions ready for Olympic fights in Beijing

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Photo: courtesy of www.combatcanada.ca

For the first time since tae kwon do became an Olympic discipline at the 2000 Sydney Games, Canada will be represented in the sport by a male athlete. Sebastien Michaud from Quebec City qualified in the - 80 kg category.

Aspiring archaeologists invited to dig on the Plains

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Photo: National Battlefields Commission

Aspiring archaeologists will be given an opportunity this week to unearth part of Quebec’s British colonial history on the Plains of Abraham. In parallel to Archaeology Month, the National Battlefields Commission is inviting the public to take part in an archaeological dig at Block House #1 under the supervision of archaeologist Phillipe Picard.

Rain and Music Don’t Mix

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Photo: Bill Cox

Thursday evening we had prepared for a pleasant outing at the Roland-Beaudoin Park in Ste-Foy to listen to the Quebec Symphony Orchestra’s outdoor concert.

New Funds Bolster Celt Fest

Quebecers might consider staying in Quebec City this Labour Day weekend, as the Celtic Festival programme is looking very promising this year.

Best Bets

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Photo: courtesy of http://www.olympic.asso.fr


Kiugwe: le grand rendez-vous

The Huron-Wendat Nation presents Kiugwe, a series of performances inspired by First Nations creation myths. The show shares Wendake culture through Aboriginal storytelling, song and dance.  Kiugwe takes place in Wendake, from July 18 to September 7 at 9:30 p.m.  For more information, visit www.wendake.com.

McCartney Mania Captures Quebec

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Paul McCartney thrilled fans with a free concert on the Plains of Abraham on Sunday, July20. Over 200,000 people came out to see the rock legend’s tribute to Quebec’s 400th anniversary. As birthdays go, this was one big party.

QC’s Canadian Idol falls just short of top 10

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Photo: courtesy of CTV

Quebec City’s Canadian Idol hopeful, Marie-Pierre Bellerose, made it within one round of the show’s top ten last week.

Despite falling short of her aspirations of becoming a Canadian Idol, the Cap Rouge native is staying upbeat about her prospects in the music industry.

Lost Fingers find big success at Montreal Jazzfest

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Photo: courtesy of Mike Wyman

Even if 2008 were to end today, it has been very good to The Lost Fingers. When it dawned, Christian Roberge, Byron Mikaloff and Alex Morrissette were three guys playing in a cover band, offering the hits of a previous generation in a style that had peaked in popularity when radio was still considered a marvel of technology.

Quebec City Jazz Festival

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Photo: courtesy of www.fermelaradio.com

La Maison Anglaise recommends summer reading for teens

One of my favourite things about summer vacation has always been having the time to read as much as I want. In fact, give me some sun, a comfy place to sit and a stack of books, and I’ll be perfectly happy to do nothing else. If that sounds like your perfect summer vacation too, here are some books that you’ll want to add to your reading list.

 

Dance, music, art and history: this summer in the city

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Photo: courtesy of Robin Lingwood

Scores of Archives 

SUMMER READING

We’ve said goodbye to grey and rainy June 2008, and the lazy hazy days of summer are finally here. Whether you’re heading to the cottage or sunning yourself on a terasse, nothing goes better with summer than a cold beverage and a good book.

But which book should you choose? Here are four suggestions that will help take the guesswork out of summer reading.

Canada Day goes off with a bang

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Photo by: Jay Ouellet

A view from Lévis of the skies above Quebec City during the Canada Day fireworks celebrations on July 1. The display represents the second in a series of three fireworks shows put on in 11 days in the city, sandwiched between the St. Jean Baptiste fireworks show and the upcoming Plein la Rue show for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary on July 3.

Family Fun Day draws big crowds of little people

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Photo: Valérie Lebel

Old art meets the new world: Le Louvre à Québec exhibition

275 works on loan from the Louvre are now on display at the Musée

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Photo: Scott French

The Musée national des beaux arts du Québec is serving up a taste of the Louvre’s art feast in Paris.

The Musée has taken an eclectic sampling of the Louvre’s expansive collection and serves a delectable amuse bouche of 275 works spanning 5,000 years. The exhibition is fresh, light, and satisfying; it won’t leave visitors feeling over-stuffed and ready for bed.

Visionaries Garden illuminates

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Photo: Scott French

The spectacularly light Visionaries Garden at the Musée de Civilization is now open to the public.

Two solitudes working together in harmony

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Photo: Dan Parker

Discover city’s naval museum

The Quebec Naval Museum is reminding Quebec City that, even after 400 years, “ [the city] is her river’s daughter.” The 2008 museum program was released last Thursday with three new exhibitions opening to the public between May 28 and 29.

Ex Machina’s The Busker’s Opera to play in Quebec City this week

The Busker’s Opera is coming to town! After being performed around the world, the production is coming home for a final tour. The Ex Machina musical, adapted by Kevin McCoy and Robert Lepage, will play La Bordée from May 22 to 25 during this year’s Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec.

VEQ holds weekend of 400th celebrations

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The Voice of English-speaking Quebec and its partner organizations set out two years ago to make their version of the Quebec 400th celebration memorable, open and appealing to everyone in the English-speaking community. In that regard, all who attended the events this past weekend agree that it was a great success.

Swing and metal come to Quebec

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An amazing musician and his exceptional music are coming to town on May 27 at Le Théatre Du Petit Champlain, 78 Rue du Petit Champlain. His name? Yoav.

QAC’s production of Our Town an all—round success

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Photo: Frank Scardina

The Quebec Art Company’s production of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, pleased the crowd.

Director Scott Emery’s vision enabled the company to experiment with theatre in the round – a formula that worked, thanks to narration courtesy of stage manager Cheryl Rimmer.

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