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Lifelong Learners learn to appreciate fine wines

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
This was doubtless one of the most popular and well-attended events of the season for the Lifelong Learning group. 
Some 50 people gathered in the gymnasium of the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre to sample some fine wines donated by Ted and Louise Gunn – well, more specifically by their son Ken Gunn, a wine agent, and his company, Marchands des Amériques. 
Laine Lepage

Winners of the National Snow Sculpture competition

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The winners of this year’s National Snow Sculpture competition, based on the theme of Canada’s 150th anniversary, are no strangers to success. The team from the Montérégie region of Quebec represented Canada last year in the 2016 International Snow Sculpture competition and won multiple prizes, including first prize for their work, The Puppet. 

Winter Carnival parade a fantasy world of giant animals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The 63rd Winter Carnival Night Parade drew spectators into a world of fantasy and imagination. On February 4, children and adults of all ages waited along the parade route in Charlesbourg, the duchy of Carnival Queen Claudine Julien, in anticipation of the wonders to come.

For the love of bikes!

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Although most motorcycle lovers cleared out early Sunday afternoon in anticipation of the Super Bowl game that evening, they managed to pack ExpoCité on Friday and Saturday for the Quebec City Salon de la Moto et VTT.

Jamie Adkins elicits belly laughs with Circus Incognitus

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Photo: Danielle Burns

A clown dances, plays, laughs, cries and loves. Everyone has a clown inside of them, it’s just a matter of letting it out.” –  Jamie Adkins, clown 

A magical night at the opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If you haven’t seen the Opéra de Québec (OdQ)’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute at the Grand Théâtre yet, there are still two performances on October 22 and 24.

Opéra de Québec stages audience favourite, Puccini’s Tosca

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

Giacomo Puccini saw Victorien Sardou's 1887 French-language play La Tosca in 1889 when it was first performed in Rome. He immediately recognized the play's melodramatic ingredients - love, intrigue, murder and suicide - as ideal material for an opera.

Journey to Quebec in 1950 showcases Québécois composers

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

In 1950, up-and-coming New York photojournalist Lida Moser was commissioned by Vogue magazine to produce a report on Quebec. In the summer of that year, she traversed the province from Montreal to Quebec City, Charlevoix and the Gaspé, the Côte-du-Sud to Montérégie, visiting Île aux Coudres, Île d'Orléans, and the Bas-Saint-Laurent along the way.

St. Patrick’s Day kitchen party rocks La Korrigane

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

The St. Patrick's Day season started off with a bang at La Korrigane on Rue Dorchester in Lower Town on March 14 with a dinner, a kitchen party and a concert by the One Night Band. The bar was packed with over 150 Central Quebec School Board teachers, staff, alumni, family and friends, all duly decked out in green.

Trio gives charged performance at Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Photo: Kasia Borkowska

The second in La Petit Série of concerts at Holy Trinity Cathedral took place on Thursday, March 12. Cellist Blair Lofgren and bassist Étienne Lafrance of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) were joined by pianist Martin Dubé as they presented works of Barrière, Handel, Rachmaninov, Ravel and Vivaldi. Lafrance also performed compositions for solo bass.