Arts & Entertainment News

Santa brings cheer to Children’s Christmas party

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It was a jolly, merry morning on Dec. 8, when Santa arrived with a sack full of gifts for the good little girls and boys attending the annual Children’s Christmas party in the Coin Soleil room at Jeffery Hale Hospital. Some 130 people, including kids, parents and grandparents, arrived bearing non-perishable food items.

A journalist’s journey: “My life as a Print Man”

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Photo: Mary McCown

Don’t be boring, get your facts straight and learn to spell.” The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph’s Peter Black shared the golden rules of writing for print on Dec. 3 at the Morrin Centre during the second of a four-part series of In the Press storytelling workshops.

Around the Anglosphere: Living in English on the Magdalen Islands

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The English-speaking community in the Magdalen Islands, an archipelago in the Gulf of St. Lawrence off the coast of the Gaspé Peninsula, was built up through a succession of accidents of history. “Many of us are the descendants of shipwreck survivors or fishermen,” says islander Helena Burke.

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Submitted by Joanne Kyvetos, [email protected]

A gritty streetcar ride through New Orleans

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Photo: Normand Brassard

I don’t want realism. I want magic!” - Blanche Dubois

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) brings to life a dynamic and relevant production of Tennessee Williams’ classic theatre piece A Streetcar Named Desire.

Grand Viennese airs and waltzes fill Le Capitole

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Capitole theatre resembled a Viennese concert hall and ballroom on Nov. 30 for Les Valses de Vienne, Les Grands Airs Viennois.

Sixteen dancers, 24 musicians, eight choristers and three soloists filled the theatre with the music of Johann Strauss Sr., his sons Johann (the “Waltz King”) and Eduard Strauss, and other well-known composers of the era.

Elites and Orphans playthings on display at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A charming permanent display of toys and tea sets was recently unveiled at the Morrin Centre.

Elites and Orphans explores the different types and styles of toys played with by children of both the upper and lower classes amongst Quebec City’s English-speaking population at the turn of the 20th century.

65th Winter Carnival to reveal Bonhomme’s Dreams

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

With nine weeks to go before the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival, the program was revealed on Nov. 29 during a press conference held at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Le Local: a café, a boutique and a place of discoveries

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Photo: Julie Moffet

A unique café recently opened on Rue Saint-Jean in Old Quebec. It’s called Le Local, and it is also a boutique and a tourist information centre. Business partners Marie-Elsa Proulx and Marc Duchesne say they are “driven” by their “unconditional love for Quebec City and what it has to offer.”

SLC’s What The Heck pays homage to musical icons

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus students know how to bring down the house! On Nov. 23, the college band What The Heck (WTH) gave the rock and roll, punk and grunge show of the semester in the nearly sold-out amphitheatre. Former band members, friends and family drove all the way from Montreal to pay tribute to punk, pop and soul singers who are no longer with us.

A symphonic video game encounter with the OSQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo, composed by Maxime Goulet for Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, has shone a positive light on the gaming universe. The soundtracks and musical scores of video games are now making their way into concert halls.

Latest mystery puts Louise Penny at the top of her game

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Winter has come to the village of Three Pines, and Chief Superintendent Armand Gamache finds himself doing battle with the elements, driving along a snow-packed road toward an abandoned farmhouse. It’s not business this time, at least not obviously so. He’s been summoned by a cryptic note to a meeting.

The Morrin Centre’s 10th annual Literary Feast scores again

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Photo: Dylan Page

On Nov. 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, hosted its 10th annual Literary Feast. The event, which benefits the centre’s programming and mission, began with a cocktail reception in the magnificent Victorian library, followed by a dinner in the ballroom.

2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be different … and shorter

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 2019 Quebec Winter Carnival will be held over 11 days rather than the usual 17. The two parades, scheduled for Feb. 9 and 16, will take place in Upper Town only.

At a press conference held at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec on Nov. 7, Carnival managing director Mélanie Raymond and consultant Daniel Gélinas revealed details of next year’s parade.

MNBAQ exhibit celebrates 350 years of Quebec art

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Musée nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has breathed new life into the restored Gérard Morisset pavilion, inaugurated in 1933, with its exhibit 350 ans de pratiques artistiques au Québec (350 years of artistic practices in Quebec), which opened on Nov. 14. 

Quebec Art Company’s Streetcar is ready to roll

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Photo: Normand Brassard

There’s great excitement in the air as the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of A Streetcar Named Desire is but a week away from the opening night of a six-show run.

The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi flies into La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Nicola-Frank Vachon

La Bordée theatre really took a chance on this month’s production of The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, a play being presented in English only. Written in 1995 by Quebec playwright Larry Tremblay, it is a challenge for francophone theatre-goers to understand.

PIGS light up the Impérial Bell with the music of Pink Floyd

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Photo: Lise Lafond

PIGS, Canada’s Pink Floyd tribute band, was back in town Nov. 7 to play at the Impérial Bell as part of their Outside / In Canadian tour. Some of the more “mature” fans felt young again reminiscing and getting into the frame of mind that is created by the music of Pink Floyd.

SNACS Book Fair a literary success!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s annual English-language book fair, run for the first time by SNACS (Special Needs Activities & Community Services) Entrepreneurs after eight decades of stewardship by the Quebec City Women’s Club, attracted quite a crowd looking for some extra reading material for the dark and dreary winter months.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 

Tempêtes & Passions reveal romantic bel canto treasures

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect setting for a concert by Tempêtes & Passions in the ornate Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone in Old Quebec. 

Bravi Productions presents Un Soir Pour l’Art

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Photo: courtesy of Bravi Productions

How could an evening filled with live performances of singing, piano, dancing and poetry delivered by some of Quebec City’s most talented artists be even more exciting? Having that evening focused solely on Canadian composers, artists, poets and painters, and while you’re at it, hosted in a beautiful venue.

Streetcar Named Desire rolling along

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Streetcar is rolling: Holland School’s gymnasium would never be mistaken for the sweltering streets of New Orleans, but that’s where rehearsals are underway for a production set in the Big Easy: Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale goes modern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the last Saturday of October, a long line of people waited outside Église St-Charles-Garnier in Sillery for Saint Brigid’s Guild’s semi-annual clothing sale. Twice a year, an anonymous benefactor donates over 1,500 bags of clothes, accessories, linen and jewelry.

2,000-year-old statues are still contemporary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Identical twins have fascinated people for ages. Then there are other people with no connection who are so similar that they could be twins. There is something unsettling, yet enthralling, about them. This is the subject of the Musée de la Civilisation’s latest exhibit Mon sosie a 2000 ans / My 2,000-year-old Double, on display until May 12, 2019.

Fur flies at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Pet lovers found what they were looking for at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie (SNAC), held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Centre de Foires de Québec. Dogs, cats, pet pigs, alpacas, rodents and many other animals were on site, with breeders who were ready and eager to answer questions.

Find your wax doppelganger at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Wax sculptures either impress people or give off an eerie vibe… perfect for Halloween. Wax heads hanging in a display cabinet on the second floor of the Musée de la Civilisation are a preview of the upcoming exhibit My 2000-Year-Old Double, which opens Oct. 24 and runs until May 12, 2019. 

CANCELLED: Enigma at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: courtesy of the Morrin Centre

REGRETFULLY, due to circumstances beyond our control, this event has been CANCELLED.

Those who purchased tickets online will be fully refunded.

Those who purchsed tickets at the Morrin Centre, please contact the Centre for details. 

 

——————— EVENT CANCELLED ————————- 

 

Halloween Magic at the Aquarium du Québec

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The Aquarium du Québec was invaded by witches, sorcerers and magicians on Oct. 13 for its annual Halloween festivities. Visitors were asked to pitch in and help rid the aquarium of these spooky visitors.

The aquarium had suggested that people arrive in costume for the occasion, and participants did not disappoint. 

How the pumpkin became a Jack O’Lantern

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Did you eat a traditional meal on Thanksgiving? If so, was pumpkin pie on the menu?
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