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Native music celebrated at Teweikan Aboriginal Music Gala

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Photo: Juanita Craig

The second Aboriginal Music Gala took place at Palais Montcalm on Friday, October 13. Under the theme “The drum – the breath of a people,” the Teweikan gala celebrated the creativity of artists and musical groups from the Innu, Atikamekw, Cree and Wendat nations.

Billy Boyd joins superheroes and fantasy characters at Comiccon

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Hobbits, Nazguls, superheroes, villains, wizards, stormtroopers, droids and video game characters gathered in the Centre des congrès de Québec for the fourth annual Comiccon on October 14 and 15.

The highlight of the weekend was actor Billy Boyd who starred as the hobbit Pippin in the 2001-2003 film trilogy The Lord of the Rings (LOTR).

Canada, It’s Complicated …

After 150 years, we’re starting to get the joke

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Photo: Tom Cochrane
The foundation of our nation is a big fat lie,” was the chorus of the opening song performed by the seven young actors of Canada, It’s Complicated, which was produced at the Morrin Centre last Wednesday evening. 

And the duchesses of the 64th Quebec Winter Carnival are…

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Bonhomme Carnaval and 14 women hoping to be chosen as duchesses for the 64th Quebec City Winter Carnival appeared before a large crowd at Place Laurier on October 5. The young ladies, two for each of the seven duchies of Quebec City, anxiously awaited the announcement as to who would be chosen to represent their district.

Gourmands gather at FoodCamp 2017

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Six hundred foodies congregated in the main ballroom of the Château Frontenac last Saturday to savour the recipes and techniques of 14 of Quebec’s most talented chefs. Freshly-made coffee, made to order on Jura espresso machines, and pastries and cheese awaited the early birds. Mixologist Monsieur Cocktail offered refreshing fruit drinks, tonics and elixirs.

VEQ Fall Fest gathers English-speaking community together

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Corn-on-the-cob, hot dogs, bouncy castles, a smoothie bike, face-painting…. What more could anyone ask for at a Fall Fest? Once again the staff of Voice of English-speaking Quebec pulled together a wonderful showcase of community groups, schools, churches and businesses to launch the autumn season. 

Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough

A review of Jim Napier’s book

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It’s true that Legacy: Sometimes good intentions aren’t enough is Jim Napier’s first novel, but this is not the work of a novice. As Canada’s best crime fiction critic, Napier has produced hundreds of reviews and has a long history teaching creative writing. Legacy demonstrates Napier’s deep love for the mystery genre and his understanding of what makes a great mystery novel.

"Canada, It’s Complicated" coming to Quebec City

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Photo: provided by "Canada, It’s Complicated"

Canada, It’s Complicated – an innovative new production by Mary Walsh (This Hour Has 22 Minutes, CODCO) – will be at the Morrin Centre, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, in the Old Quebec City, on Wednesday, October 4. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $20 each, or $60 for groups of five.

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation Golf Tournament raises $22,000

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Fore! Nineteen teams teed off at 12:30 p.m. on September 22 for the 27th annual golf tournament and dinner, a fundraiser that raised a whopping total of $22,000 for the Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation.

Quebec City Film Festival comes to an upbeat end

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The second week of the Quebec City Film festival (QCFF) was filled with what Quebecers love: Oscar winning movies, classics, drama, Quebec productions, a cinéconcert and beautiful weather. Crowds enjoyed watching free outdoor movies projected on a giant screen in Place D’Youville in the evenings.

"Rigoletto" and "Carmen" highlight the 2017-2018 Quebec City opera season

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Photo: courtesy of Opéra de Québec
For its 34th season, the Opéra de Québec will stage two major works in new productions entirely conceived and realized in Quebec City. In October, Rigoletto, Verdi’s first great international success, and next May, the emblematic opera of the French repertoire, Bizet’s Carmen. 

The revamped YWCA on Avenue Holland is open

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On September 7, the doors to the sports and leisure pavilion of the YWCA on Avenue Holland reopened after 15 months of renovations. The restored indoor pool has an added baby pool and shallow basins. There are new gyms and classrooms. Everything is in place to welcome people. 

MondoKarnaval calls for cultural harmony

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The fourth edition of MondoKarnaval, Quebec City's largest free, international cultural festival, took place at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf in Limoilou from September 2 to 4. Over 40 countries were represented, with 600 artists present over the weekend.

First Nations unite at the Place de L’Assemblée-Nationale

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Photo: Juanita Craig
The first edition of Kwé! À la rencontre des peuples autochtones was held from September 1-3 at the Place de l'Assemblée-Nationale. This free event was a celebration of the 11 indigenous nations and 55 communities in Quebec, their traditions and contemporary life.

Neighbours attend Huron-Wendat cultural event

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Photo: Natalie Keller

An indigenous cultural celebration was held in Sillery on September 2 behind the picturesque Maison des Jésuites de Sillery. The family-friendly afternoon activity offered visitors the chance to discover a variety of traditional chants, prayers and dances of the Huron-Wendat Nation, whose traditional territory lies just outside Quebec City.

Corn husking time at Baie de Beauport

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Photo: Bill Cox

Sunday was a perfect day for corn husking at the Baie de Beauport beach. The delicious sweet corn, the only certified controlled-origin corn in the province, came from Neuville. Sun Life Financial Services, WKND radio, the tiki bar Monsieur Cocktail and La Mangue Verte catering service saw to the needs of the assembled crowd. About 100 people attended.

Looking forward to 2018 Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Even though the leaves have barely started falling – let alone the snowflakes – it’s never too early to start thinking of the next Winter Carnival, especially for those working on the organization of the world-famous event.

Celebrating one’s Celtitude at the Festival Celtique de Québec

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Photo: Juanita Craig
Quebec’s heritage has been shaped by immigrants with Celtic heritage. In fact, many Quebecers with European ancestry share a Celtic connection, whether it be Irish, Scottish, Breton, Cornish, Welsh or Manx Gaelic. It only makes sense, therefore, to commemorate the Celtitude of many of this province’s forebears. 

A visit to the Citadelle de Québec at nightfall

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the Citadelle de Québec. The sun has just set but the ghosts of soldiers and prisoners of the past still walk through the seemingly deserted military base.

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!

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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