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It was a great day for the Irish in Quebec City

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Thousands of Irish eyes were smiling as the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick made its way through the Montcalm district and into the heart of Old Quebec on March 25, a week after St. Patrick’s Day. The parade is always held a week later in Quebec City, as many of the bands participate in the Montreal parade the previous weekend.

Three Bach cantatas presented by Les Violons du Roy and guest soloists

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, presented Cantates de Bach, l’Étoile du Matin – three glorious cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Palais Montcalm on March 22.

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

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

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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 gestev.com or ticketmaster.ca.

More about the Big Dream

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.