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Café-Spectacles to present The Echo Hunters

The Café-Spectacles at Palais Montcalm will welcome two Canadian folk/roots groups on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Montreal-based The Echo Hunters and Porkbelly Futures, some of whom hail from Toronto, will share the stage for the latter group’s first Quebec appearance.

LHSQ unveils impressive Writers’ Series for 2008

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Photo: Mitch Krupp

Six Quebec and Canadian authors will grace the library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec this spring during the 2008 Writers’ Series.

hey’ll come from far and wide to present their work to a new audience. One of them, Charles Mountford, splits his time between Stratford, Ontario, and Quebec City. Others are known for their book club favourites.

New Virtual Art Gallery

From five-year-old dancers to 18-year-old musicians, student performers are preparing to take the stage at the Central Québec School Board’s fifth annual Arts Festival.

Ford dies at 90

When people in Portneuf first got television, Allan Ford was right there fixing them. “He married a nice French girl named Claire,” said Molly Richard, a longstanding Portneuf resident.  

Richard was one of many people who had their television repaired by Ford.

Jazz, classical and comedy in QC

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Sing-Along "Sound of Music"

More musical news!

Mahler Concert of a Thousand Wows Thousands

I know the daily papers have covered this major event but I thought it would be nice for everyone to know there were many members of the English-speaking community participating in the Mahler Symphony #8, "Concert of a Thousand" at the Pepsi Colisée last Saturday night.

Quebec City resident sues Detroit band over use of her voice on their album

Detroit garage rockers The White Stripes, one of the most popular bands in the world, are gearing up for a major legal battle with a Quebec City resident.

Choirs, folk and rock this week in QC

Catch the fever of The Acousticolics March 18

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Photo: Gabriel Rancourt

Addicted to acoustics is the literal translation of the name behind a Quebec City group that’s garnered quite a following. People are tuning in and turning up for their shows!

The Acousticolics are Julian Keller, Paul Keller, Maxime Désilets, Laurent Comtois Martel, Mathieu Grégoire and Kathleen Keller.

New theatrical effects for Shannon Irish Show

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Photo: TED LAGLOIRE

This year’s Shannon Irish Show will feature a few theatrical effects and some avant-garde costumes for the dancers.

Crépuscule to play Café Babylon

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Quebec: A City and Its Artists at Musée

The Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec has launched Québec: A City and Its Artists, an exhibit featuring over 160 works by 22 artists who were born or lived in Quebec City between 1670 and 1970.

Beaver magazine weaves city’s history

Classical guitar, heavy metal and prog rock

Winter Carnival 2008 [photo 2]

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Photo by Jay Ouellet

Winter Carnival 2008 [photo 3]

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Photo by Jay Ouellet

Above: Winter Carnival parade number one was a little late out of the starting gate, but a celebration of the 400th anniversary nonetheless. There was even snow to brighten the show! The second parade is scheduled for Quebec City on Saturday, February 16. Dress warmly!

Septune at Université Laval, Agaguk in the snow

James Allan presenting the haggis along with piper Alan Stairs

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James Allan (right) presenting the haggis along with piper Alan Stairs from the 78 Fraser Highlanders who performed during the ceremony. A bunch of joyful Scots and their friends paid tribute to the bard Robbie Burns, last Saturday night, at the old school in Kinnear’s Mills.

VEQ’s 400th anniversary plans are coming together

Voice of Engish-speaking Québec is rallying the troops this spring during the May long weekend with a full schedule of events for residents and visitors alike. 
 
Their hopes are to woo English-speakers back to their roots during 2008 and enc

Dina Bélanger to be celebrated

Voices from the Crossroads begins

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The operetta Rosina was a hit! Students from the conservatoire d’art dramatique et de musique du Québec, singers and musicians, performed to sold out houses at Morrin Centre’s College Hall last weekend. Rosina launched Voices from the Crossroads, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec’s 400th anniversary initiative.

Urbanopolis questions impact of cities

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We here at The Beat feel that it is our duty to keep you updated with the latest activities of Quebec City’s 400th birthday celebrations. Going forward with this week’s edition and every other week, we will make it a priority to keep you posted on some of the events you might want to attend, visit or participate in.

2008 promises plenty of music from around the world

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Welcome back to the musical beats on Quebec City streets! We start off a promising 2008 with music from the other side of the world, stopping to celebrate our great city’s 400th birthday with Les Muses Boréales: De Saint-Pétersbourg à Québec. This trio will be performing at Le Palais Montcalm, 995 Place D’Youville, on February 2 at 8 p.m.

Rosina takes to the stage [photo]

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Conservatoire de musique et d’art dramatique du Québec students rehearse Frances Brooke’s operetta Rosina, composed by William Shield. From left to right: Andréanne Moreau (William), Valérie Bélanger (Phoebe), Andrée-Anne Laprise (Captain Belleville), Karine Crépeault-Boucher (Mr. Belleville) and Lydia Laquerre (Rosina).

Rosina takes to the stage at Morrin Centre’s College Hall

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Deep below the Grand Théâtre de Québec, students at Quebec’s Conservatoire de musique are rehearsing the songs, dance moves and lines for the fast-approaching premiere of Frances Brooke’s operetta Rosina. The production is to be staged at Morrin Centre’s College Hall from January 24 to 27.

Carson thinks Rosina will be a hit!

Performers preparing for Rosina’s opening night

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Photo: Michele Thibeau

Deep below the Grand Théâtre de Québec, students at Quebec’s Conservatoire de musique are rehearsing the songs, dance moves and lines for the fast-approaching premiere of Frances Brooke’s operetta Rosina. The production is to be staged at Morrin Centre’s College Hall from January 24 to 27.

Fakin’ Eh! has a Canuck sense of humour

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“Fakin’ Eh! How to Pretend to Be a Canadian” by Dan de Figueiredo, illustrations by Roger Garcia
2007, Blue Bike Books $14.95 Canada 224 pages

The house down the road finally sold, and you’re looking forward to welcoming new neighbors to the area. You hear they’re from down south.

Céline Dion says good-bye to Vegas to begin her new life

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It certainly is a new day for Quebec chanteuse Celine Dion, as she closed on December 15 an almost five-year run in Las Vegas to embark on a world tour in February.

Since March 2003, the talented singer did 723 sold-out shows for her “A New Day” extravaganza, with Franco Dragone, known for his work with Cirque du Soleil, as the creative force behind the project.

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