August 2 2017 Edition

Louis Riel – opera or a musical drama?

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec took quite a risk by staging Louis Riel as the major production of this year’s week-long musical extravaganza.

Trois-Rivières a TRès resilient town in transition

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Motorsports are not for everyone. Racing cars, motorcycles, boats and anything else that has a carburetor and exhaust pipe, is offensive to those who value the more aesthetic vehicular competitions like sculling, airplane-gliding and go-cart derbies. 

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 3

August 24 is drawing near

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With the August 24 launch date of The Philanthropist fast approaching, we reached out to Mike Boden and Cheryl Rimmer to tell us more about the production.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Recorder’s Court - A woman, for causing noise in the street and swearing, was fined $3 and costs or ten days. A man, for contempt of Court by refusing to keep off his hat during the session was committed to gaol for twenty-four hours.

The story behind Rue des Violettes

Photo: Bill Cox
Most of the streets in this area of Charlesbourg are named after flowers such as zinnias, roses, lilies, dahlias, orchids and sunflowers.

An unusual encore at Chalmers-Wesley

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A recent Musical Wednesday concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church revealed a hidden talent of one of the performers. The concert featured Samuel Croteau, organist and pianist, and Antoine Trépanier, bassoonist.

The duo presented a delightful program of classical music by J.H. Hertel, C.P.E. Bach, Robert Clérisse, and an original composition for piano and bassoon by Trépanier.

Quebec City Opera Festival well underway

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Now in its seventh year, the 2017 Festival d’Opéra de Québec is now well underway. The opening Gala d’Opéra sous les Étoiles was performed under less-than-starry skies to a sold-out audience on Monday, July 24. 

Quebec City by Lantern Light Tours

Unusual discoveries and laughter guaranteed

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Photo: courtesy of NBC and Parks Canada

The year is 1847 and the premise is simple: you are part of a group of fresh-off-the-boat Irish immigrants, looking to rebuild your lives in Quebec City.

Aspiring young opera singers present Mascarade à Venise and Don Giovanni

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Mascarade à Venise
As part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Nathalie Magnan and Richard Paquet presented their fourth opera by and for young people over five nights from July 25 to 29 at La Maison Jaune. 

Great concerts at the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Large crowds gathered around the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand (EBB) from July 27 to 30 for four free concerts of international music offered by the National Battlefield Commission.

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