December 5 2018 Edition

Hommage a Vienne

Senior Gov Canada Reminder

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.

QCT journalist Ruby Pratka is off on another African adventure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Ruby Pratka, who has been writing for the QCT since January 2013, is off to Africa on another humanitarian mission. We felt we should let our readers know why she is going and what she’ll be doing while she’s away. In reply to a list of questions, Ruby explained….

The weather outside is frightful, but is it the apocalypse?

If you’ve gone outside in the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed something very weird is going on.

La Grande Migration brings Émilie Clepper back to her roots

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Émilie Clepper is closer to home than she has been in a long time – and yet, her latest album, Émilie Clepper et la Grande Migration, takes listeners on a journey into uncharted territory. The singer-songwriter has temporarily shelved her electric guitar and set aside the chiselled, evocative landscapes that characterized her past writing.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 9, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Wreck
St. John’s, Nfd. – The Brig Neptune, from Quebec bound to London with staves, timber etc., was cast away at St. Shores, near Cape Pine, St. Mary’s Bay in a thick fog, and went to pieces, the crew were saved, but had suffered much from famine and fatigue before they had arrived in Trepassey.

December 5, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

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.

The story behind Rue Christie

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Photo: Ville de Montréal archives
This street is named in honour of Robert Christie (1787-1856), a lawyer, militia officer, historian and politician, who was born in Windsor, N.S., to parents who had emigrated from Scotland. Christie studied at King’s College and obtained his diploma sometime before 1803. 

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.

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