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PAF! Presenting the 15th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board, we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining work in the province!

The Shannon Irish Show kicks off St. Patrick’s celebrations

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
March has arrived and “green season” is in full swing! Members of the Irish community of the Quebec City region and their relatives and friends filled the Shannon Community Centre for the annual Shannon Irish Show twice on March 10. Like all good Irish shows, this one was filled with humour, Irish dancing and a kitchen party. 

Welcome to my Kitchen

Shamrock Fudge for St. Patrick's Day

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Photo: oanne Kyvetos

You might well be wondering, why does a Greek have any business talking about St. Patrick’s Day? Well, guess what? My roots are Irish on my mother’s side.

Jay Sewall launches Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fans of the blues had a pleasant evening in the District Saint-Joseph bar in Saint-Roch on Feb. 27 as Quebec blues legend Jay Sewall launched his seventh album, Payin’ My Dues: 50 Years of Blues, to commemorate his 50-year career.

Violons du Roy present Handel and Haydn

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy and the La Chapelle de Québec choir gave a very impressive concert at the Palais Montcalm March 1, under the direction of the ensemble’s founding director, Bernard Labadie.

Disney on Ice brings the Big Dream to the Centre Vidéotron

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Photo: courtesy of Feld Entertainment Inc.

Wondering what to do during March Break? Take the kids to see Disney on Ice’s Big Dream at the Centre Vidéotron from March 8-11. There are two shows per day: Thursday at 3 and 7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Tickets from $20 are available at or

More about the Big Dream

"Jesus Christ Superstar" tickets are now on sale!

Photo: courtesy of Quebec Art Company

With opening night just eight weeks away, tickets for the Quebec Art Company (QAC) production of the smash rock opera hit Jesus Christ Superstar can now be reserved. There will be six showings, April 12, 13, 14 and 19, 20, 21, at 8 p.m. in historic Chalmers-Wesley United Church in the Old City.

A wind quintet from Marseille blows the audience away!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A wind quintet is a group of five musicians playing (most commonly) flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon. Add one bass-baritone and you’ve got quite a windy combination!

Tempêtes et Passions’ Viennoiseries musicales II

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Tempêtes et Passions once again immersed their audience in the music and culture of early 20th-century Vienna with their second Viennoiseries musicales concert, held at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone on Feb. 24.

Florida high school choristers sing with St. Pat’s students

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Choristers from LaVilla High School in Jacksonville, Florida, visited Quebec City on Thursday evening, and gave a charming concert in Chalmers-Wesley United Church. Before coming here, the tour organizers asked if there were any local high school choirs who would like to join them for part of the concert, and St. Patrick’s High School accepted the offer.

Acting Out! at the improv workshop

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

You have to think fast to “survive” at an improvisation workshop! Quick, give me a list of your five favourite vegetables. Next! The names of your five best friends. Next!

Going for baroque with the Violons du Roy at the Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Leonardo García Alarcón, an Argentinian conductor specializing in baroque music, gave a breathtaking concert at the Palais Montcalm on Feb. 15.

Carnival parade delights Upper Town spectators

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The heart of Quebec City’s Upper Town was closed to traffic for the Winter Carnival Parade on Feb. 10. Parked cars stretched far beyond the roadblocks; parents pulled their young children on sleds and adults and teenagers blew their Carnival trumpets. 

Hidden English history in Portneuf Part I: Le rêve de Shevrikay

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette

Musician Gaétan Morissette’s album took nearly five years to see the light of day, but its roots go back much further. Le Rêve de Shevrikay pays homage to the valiant labour and carefully maintained musical traditions of the English-speaking Irish community of Portneuf.

A warm Calgarian breakfast on a cold Carnival morning

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
    Bright sun and cold weather brought crowds out to Place d’Youville on Feb. 3 for the 61st annual Calgary Stampede Flapjack Breakfast. More than 4,000 sausages were roasted and as many flapjacks were flipped, to the delight of everyone. 

Strong current, wind, big floes and snow? No problem for ice canoe paddlers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On Feb. 4, at first glance, the weather felt just right: cloudy sky, snowing and warmer weather than the day before. Things were a tad rougher out on the St. Lawrence River. Nearly 50 teams of ice canoe paddlers were ready to face everything in the Winter Carnival Ice Canoe Race. 

The Philanthropist, just as fascinating the second time around

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The theatre of the newly-named Jeffery Hale Student Centre hosted the encore and final showings of The Philanthropist, a multimedia theatre presentation about the life of the man himself – Jeffery Hale – on Feb. 2 and 3. 

OSQ and its choir perform a heart-to-heart concert

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Many hearts beat as one last Thursday, Feb. 1, as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) under the direction of Alain Trudel, and the choir of the OSQ, led by choirmaster David Rompré, presented the première performance of Coeur (heart).

Of course, in French, a choir is a choeur (just add an “h” to coeur). In this case, the choir was truly at the heart of this concert.

Calling all music lovers: Club musical de Québec announces exciting 2018-2019 season line-up

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The new season of the Club musical de Québec began on a high note this past Sunday afternoon, with a concert by esteemed French pianist Philippe Cassard. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, the pianist performed several pieces by the late composer. Other composers whose works he performed included Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt. 

Scenes from Winter Carnival

Photo: All by Cassandra Kerwin

VEQ transportation to encore performance of The Philanthropist

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Voice of English-speaking Québec will provide free bus transportation from Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier and Shannon to CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence for the performance of The Philanthropist on Saturday, Feb. 3.

* Departure at 5:30 p.m. from Valcartier Community Centre (1743 boulevard Valcartier).

* Departure at 6 p.m. from Shannon City Hall (50 rue St-Patrick).

Winter Carnival candle campaign enters final stretch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since last November, the duchesses have been working hard to promote Winter Carnival. They completed the final stretch over the weekend of Jan. 20, as the campaign of the bougie (the iconic candle) came to an end on Sunday. All of their efforts and sales increased their odds at being crowned queen of the 64th Winter Carnival.

The voice of the Remparts travels … literally

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Photo: Luc Lang
On this very snowy night in Cape Breton, 20 players in red were getting warmed up for a regular season game in the Quebec Junior Major Hockey League, in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

Bonhomme Carnaval’s Ice Palace soon ready to take flight

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Visitors will have a lot to look forward to when the 2018 Quebec City Winter Carnival opens on Jan. 26. Graffiti artists, led by local artist Phelipe Soldevila, are returning to paint works of art on site at the Ice Palace during the day.

Get out and move … at the Salon Bouge

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Need an excuse to get up and move in 2018? The Salon Bouge was held last weekend at ExpoCité, showing off more enjoyable ways to move and get some exercise than shovelling snow. After the holidays many have made resolutions, and one popular resolution is to get out and move.

Cocktails, beds and circus dreams at the Ice Hotel

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Ice Hotel at Village Vacances Valcartier is now open to visitors and overnight guests. As of Jan. 7, only 15 rooms have been completed, while workers and artists continue to create and build the remaining rooms and halls. With only the main hall, the bar and the chapel completed, the hotel opened on Dec. 23, 10 days earlier than expected.  

Jigsaw puzzle genius Ron Baker

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ron Baker is a puzzling person… That is, he loves to do jigsaw puzzles!

The 89-year-old lives in McGreevy Manor with his charming little Siamese cat Angel, but spends part of every day next door at Saint Brigid’s Home doing jigsaw puzzles.

The return of The Philanthropist multimedia theatre presentation

Photo: Normand Brassard

The QCT recently learned that The Philanthropist, the multimedia theatre presentation about the life of Jeffery Hale that took place in August, 2017, will be back for two encore performances at Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus in early February, 2018. We sat down with playwright Mike Boden to ask him a few questions.

QCT: Was it in the original plan to have another string of presentations?

Merry Christmas to all!

The story behind the creation of the crêche at the Cathedral

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

We wanted a really special photo for the front page of the last issue of the QCT before the holidays, so we contacted the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in late November to see if our photographer Jay Ouellet could take a photo of their charming crêche or nativity scene. We learned that it would be set up during the annual Christmas pageant on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 17.

Welcome to my kitchen

Not everything sweet is a dessert

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

I guess by this late date in December your shopping is finished, the gifts are wrapped and under the tree or still hidden in the basement cupboard. The house is clean and the Christmas groceries are just waiting to dance together in the pot.
No? I know the feeling. It’s my life’s story as I write these lines.

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