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The making of The Philanthropist: Part 4

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Photo: Francis Fontaine
As the The Philanthropist’s August 24 opening night is almost here, we wanted to check in with Mike Boden again to see if he had anything he might want to share with our readers.

Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This couple, dressed in gold, represent King Louis XIV and Queen Maria Theresa, making an incredible and unique visit to his colony in America. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

 

Film Festival CinéPopUps powered by solar energy

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Photo: Courtesy of FCVQ

Lovers of short films, to your containers! The Quebec City Film Festival / Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (FCVQ) CinéPopUps are back, and this year they are completely autonomous, powered by solar energy!

Dîner en Blanc served in the Jardin Saint-Roch

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The picturesque Jardin Saint-Roch was invaded by some 2,000 people all dressed in white for the seventh annual Dîner en Blanc last Wednesday evening. 

Festivent provides uplifting music and fun for everyone in Lévis

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Photo: Natalie Keller

A dynamic line-up of musicians awaited fans at this year’s edition of Festivent, which ran from August 1 to 6 at Parc Champigny in Lévis.

Festivities kicked off on August 1 with openers Foreign Diplomats – a local group hailing from the Laurentians, Quebec, playing a mix of energetic indie pop songs.

Opera Festival ends on a glorious high note

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Last weekend brought the highly successful Festival d’Opéra de Québec to a close.

Rain, thunder and lightening for premier of Crépuscule: Vents & marées

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Under a rumbling sky lit by lightning, visitors entered the Agora in the Old Port on August 3. The stage was set for the premiere performance of Flip FabriQue’s third Crépuscule, entitled Vents & marées (winds and tides) presented by the Ville de Quebec. 

Counting on tombstones in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Now here’s an interesting and unusual way to spend your summer vacation – counting and assessing tombstones.

That’s just what Natasha Joannis and Marie-Sophie Gendron are doing this summer at Mount Hermon Cemetery, thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant. Both are archeology students at Université Laval.

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine in concert in church

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As the rain began to fall on August 5, Mark Brennan, executive director of Mount Hermon Cemetery, made the decision to move the planned outdoor concert Bach and MacPherson Le Moine from the cemetery across the street into St. Michael’s Anglican Church.

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.

An unusual encore at Chalmers-Wesley

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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

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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. 

Intriguing, quirky images on view at the Halsman exhibit

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs are currently on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and you don’t want to miss the evolution of how they came to be, by surrealist photographer Philippe Halsman.

Summer movie time at Baie de Beauport

Due to its popularity and incredible success last year, the Ciné-plage Illico is back at Baie de Beauport for new movie screenings over the next few weeks. Only minutes from downtown, residents of Quebec City can watch movies outdoors and under the stars on Friday evenings.

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

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Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Lady Antebellum gave the country music show of the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lady Antebellum drew country music fans from near and far to the Plains of Abraham for FEQ’s 50th on July 10. The American trio had a set list of 20 songs including a cover of Canadian country artist Shania Twain.

Metallica put the pedal to the metal at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Tonight, it’s metal at the highest level,” announced Denis “Snake” Bélanger, lead singer of Voivod, who performed on the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Friday, July 14.

Festival d’Opéra de Québec firing up great performances

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Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of Opéra de Québec

The 2017 Quebec City Opera Festival will captivate music-lovers with international-calibre performances this summer.

Backstreet Boys were back in town for the 50th FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a clear night sky with an almost full moon, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) gave a full show worthy of their reputation and genre on July 9. They opened their show of the Festival d’Été de Québec with their hit “Larger Than Life,” followed by other hits of their 24-year career.

Nick Jonas and Michel Fugain perform at FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

French singer Michel Fugain, 75, charmed the audience at the Parc de la Francophonie on Sunday evening. He sang all his classics: “Comme un oiseau,” “Attention attention.” Backup singer Dominique Fidanza looks on in admiration. Photo by Jay Ouellet

 

 

 

Melissa Etheridge brings Memphis home to Quebec City

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Quebec, Hello! Bonjourrr,” purred the the first lady of Rock ’n’ Roll

Melissa Etheridge, exaggerating the last ‘r’ in the soulful, powerful voice for which she is known at the Festival d’Été’s opening night, July 6.

The 56-year-old vocal powerhouse took to the Loto-Québec stage at the Parc de la francophonie about 9:20 p.m., following the acts of Ria Mae and The Zombies.

P!NK and FEQ soar to new musical heights

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

As P!nk sang and soared above the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of Saturday, July 8, she literally brought FEQ’s 50th edition of the popular summer music festival to new heights.

Kendrick Lamar dazzles at FEQ and promises, “I’ll be back!”

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Renowned hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar highlighted the first weekend of Quebec City's 50th Festival d’Été (FEQ), and to no surprise, he delivered a show to remember.

Fans join P!NK on the FEQ Bell Stage with virtual reality

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The day before P!NK performed, Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) proudly announced the first use of virtual reality live streaming that would take place during her July 8 concert. During the first three songs, spectators and fans virtually joined the international artist on the Bell Stage thanks to Samsung, Bell and Arnoovo.

Hanging out at the MNBAQ this summer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Vincent Meyer Madaus and Isabel Sarasa Mené are architects with LOT, an award-winning architectural and design firm with offices in New York and Greece. The two colleagues were in Quebec City last week to oversee the installation of a rather unusual interactive structure in front of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ (Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec).

Arts Alive! Québec celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

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Photo: Mary McCown
The third annual Arts Alive! Québec festival helped Canada celebrate its 150th birthday at the Morrin Centre. On Sunday, July 2, free workshops were offered all day.

The first Oh Canada! Book Quest! event of the summer kicked off the party at 10 a.m. Young book lovers met Sunday morning and made Canada Day crafts. 

Calling all choristers to the Cathedral

Please note:
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will be hosting the Fourth Chamber Organ and Choral Festival from August 15 - 17, with a concert including a string quartet from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec on Thursday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Quebec City celebrates its 409th anniversary

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Photo: Mary McCown
It was a busy and wonderful weekend in Quebec City where Canada 150 celebrations seemed to be taking place on every corner but another important anniversary was celebrated just a couple of days later.
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