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St. Pat’s Hairspray more than just a musical comedy

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Photo: Mary McCown

With toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance moves, St. Patrick’s High School’s performance of the political comedy, Hairspray gave the audience a blast from the past on Wednesday, May 17, at Théâtre Périscope.

The Musée de la Civilisation is Mad About Brains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the human brain! The Musée de la Civilisation presents its most recent exhibit: Cerveau à la folie / Mad About Brains, where visitors can learn about neuroscience and psychiatry through interactive displays, objects and photos.

Recruiting for the Compagnons de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over the long May weekend, more than 60 history buffs and their families re-enacted the life of soldiers during the Seven Years War, which took place from 1754 to 1763, although the main conflict occurred from 1756 to 1763. The Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Citadelle de Québec hosted the fifth annual École soldat de la Nouvelle-France / New France Infantry School. 

T’ouvrir ma porte art exhibit at the Clarté-Dieu gallery

La Clarté-Dieu is presenting an exceptional week-long solo exhibit of works of art by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson from Saturday, June 3, to Sunday, June 11.

Quebec Art Company sets fall and spring show dates

Dates have now been set for the two upcoming Quebec Art Company productions.

Private Lives, Noel Coward's classic romantic comedy, takes to the boards Thursday, November 30, with performances on December 1, 2 and 3.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, September 10.

The Lumineers light up the Plains

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Photo: Renaud Philippe

The Lumineers, who are accustomed to performing in smaller venues, admitted that their headliner concert on the Plains of Abraham on the first Friday of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 8 provided, “the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for so far.”

Lac-Saint-Jean’s Julie Boulianne stars in Le Barbier de Séville

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Photo: Photo courtesy of IMG artists

Julie Boulianne arrives via the artists’ entrance at the Grand Théâtre dressed street casual, hair tousled and make-up free – about as undiva-like as can be. When her tiny dog Yuki bursts from her arms, there’s just a hint of the international opera star, who is preparing to play Rosina in Rossini’s ever-popular The Barber of Seville.

Opéra de Québec delivers a delightful Barber of Seville

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Photo: Photo courtesy by Louise Leblanc, courtesy of the Opéra de Québec

Le Barbier de Séville or The Barber of Seville as it is more familiarly known, is the most frequently performed of Gioachino Rossini’s operas as well as his masterpiece. Composed by Rossini 200 years ago, it has stood the test of time and remains hugely popular to this day.

What’s the buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar is coming!

Casting begins soon!

Want to be part of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, one of the top musicals of all time?

The Quebec Art Company, the city's renowned English-language theatre group, is staging the moving masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice next spring (2018). The QAC has produced more than 60 high-quality dramatic and musical performances over 35 years.

Self Help, the Savage Way with the Quebec Art Company

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Photo: courtesy of Normand Brassard

The Savage Way – “Out with the doubt and stinkin’ thinkin’!”

These were just some of the words of wisdom offered by the dynamic self-help gurus Cindy and Hal Savage during last week’s hilarious presentation of Norm Foster’s Self Help by the Quebec Art Company.

Luc Langevin sheds light on the road to becoming an illusionist

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Master magician and illusionist Luc Langevin gave a talk as part of the Quebec Magic Festival to shed light on the very unusual road that led him to enjoy success as an entertainer. Fellow magicians and members of the public filled the Capitole theatre to hear him.

QHS theatre students bring it home with Les Misérables

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The high school musical adaptation of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables, is a technically challenging work for any group of young students.
This complicated story, beginning in 1815 and culminating in the 1832 June Rebellion in Paris, follows the lives and interactions of several characters, particularly the struggles of ex-convict Jean Valjean and his experience of redemption.

The colour of salmon: an artist’s point of view

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Photo: Lise Lafond

On May 18, 2014, after a heavy rainfall, the Donnacona dam broke. This dam, that was built in 1913 along with the Cap-Santé fish ladder, the Bird Dam and McDougall Dam in Pont Rouge are essential waterways for the migration of Atlantic salmon as they head upstream towards their spawning grounds.

World class magic at the Festival de Magie de Québec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebec City’s seventh annual Magic Festival was opened on May 4 by none other than Hector Mancha, reigning champion of the Fédération Internationale des Sociétés Magiques (FISM).  

A night at the movies with Bon Cop Bad Cop 2

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Photo: from the Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 Facebook page

Anticipation was high at Quebec City's premiere of Bon Cop Bad Cop 2 (BCBC2) on May 3 at the Cineplex Beauport. A long line of eager movie-goers wound along the corridor like the tail of a Chinese dragon towards screening room #16 an hour before the 7 p.m. screening.

Wine and spirits, cheese and chocolate and beer, oh my!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
There was so much more than just wine and spirits at this year’s Salon International des vins et spiritueux de Québec held from April 28 to 30 at the Centre des congrès de Québec. 

Cabane à sucre party a sure sign of spring in Quebec

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Photo: Bill Cox
Spring can be appreciated in many ways but for me the best is at a cabane à sucre (sugar shack) “boiling off” party in a maple grove with warm sunshine, and a gentle breeze swaying the top branches of the trees.

What The Heck “breaks the mold” of traditional school rock shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 29, Champlain-St. Lawrence’s rock band What The Heck brought down the house with its recent show, Break The Mold.* During what is hopefully the final performance outside the campus’ amphitheatre, the band played impressively at the Collège Compagnons-de-Cartier. During the show, the audience danced, sang along, cheered and applauded.

The music world converges on Quebec City for FEQ’s 50th!

One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who, and the delightfully original Gorillaz virtual band members will be headlining the 50th Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) along with Kendrick Lamar, P!nk, Metallica and Muse.

More than 100 new names have been added to the 50 released earlier this year, including pop star Nick Jonas and the Canadian indie rock duo Death from Above 1979.

Jeans ’n Classics delight audience with ABBA tribute

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After last year’s fantastic Jeans ’n Classics concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, featuring the music of the Beatles, people flocked to the Grand Theatre last Friday and Saturday evening for an encore performance, this time featuring the music of the Swedish wonderband, ABBA, one of the most commercially successful in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide fr

Luc Langevin invites people to the 7th Quebec Magic Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From May 4 to 7, magicians from around the world are coming to Quebec City to apply their art and skills, to present illusions and tricks at the 7th Magic Festival. This year, the Festival will include more than 50 free magic shows, a magic school, a contest and a gala at eight sites around the city.

Ambient music selected for every customer

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Photo: from Wikimedia Common Domain

There are few things more charming than walking down the streets of Quartier Petit Champlain with the welcoming storefronts and cobblestone roads, and listening to the continuous stream of music emanating from the shops along the way. How do all the shop owners synchronize their music so perfectly? The answer has a fun history that began right here in Quebec City.

Winners of St. Patrick’s High School Public Speaking competition

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Students at St. Patrick’s High School hold a Public Speaking competition every year and this year’s speakers certainly had a lot of interesting things to talk about! The competitions were held on April 5 and 6 in the school auditorium.

There’s nothing like a Lip-Sync Idol at the EQLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Students at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (EQLC) gathered in the cafeteria last Thursday for the fun event of the semester: the eighth annual Lip-Sync Idol singing competition. Six students took up the challenge this year to lip sync a song before their fellow students, teachers and four judges.

Montreal Orchestra Company brings video games to life

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Video game and classical music enthusiasts entered the Palais Montcalm on April 12 for the Montreal Orchestra Company’s presentation of The Video Game Musical Odyssey, a concert featuring music composed for popular video games.

Those attending the event had the opportunity to play video games in the entry hall before and after the concert, and during intermission.

Le Club musical de Québec offers great classical performers

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Photo: provided by Le Club Musical

Le Club musical de Québec recently unveiled its 2017-2018 program featuring great classical performers from around the world. Music lovers will discover vocal and instrumental music from various periods and different artistic generations.
Three of the season’s six concerts will take place at the Grand Théâtre.

"Self Help" coming soon!!!

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Self Help is coming soon. With opening night just two weeks away, rehearsals for the hilarious Norm Foster farce are in high gear. The Quebec Art Company production is the second play in a row from the prolific Canadian playwright. Ladd Johnson (left) plays Hal Savage. He and his wife Cindy decide to abandon acting to become self-help gurus.

Comedy icon Don Rickles dies at 90

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Photo: Photo provided by Scott Emery

How a person’s day can change! The morning of April 6 (Tartan Day!), I learned that Don Rickles was booked to play the Smith Center in Las Vegas on February 23, 2018. Being a big fan of Rickles I immediately started looking for flights and a hotel.

Philippe Jaroussky, the art of a countertenor

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Violons du Roy, directed by Mathieu Lussier, welcomed French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky to the stage of the Palais Montcalm on April 5. For lovers of Baroque music, it was a fabulous evening of pure vocal magic.

SLC Theatre gives a “firey” performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As people arrived in the Champlain-St. Lawrence Amphitheatre, they made their way to chairs along the walls, leaving the centre free for SLC Theatre’s performance of The Flaming Youth, presented at the college from April 6 to 8. 
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