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QC’s bright artistic future

The second in a two-part series

Now that Quebec City has proved its capacity to organize major artistic events and to build state-of-the-art infrastructures to support art of all kinds, the community is ready to enter the second phase of its cultural boom, which must be characterized by unity among local institutions.

Jack Lavoie & Friends prepare to play Le Pape-Georges

Quebec City singer-songwriter Jack Lavoie and his band, Johnbé and Bassman Dan, are gearing up for another cozy night of music at Le Pape-Georges on Saturday, November 8.

Jack Lavoie and Friends will deliver homegrown acoustic rock, complete with Jack on vocals and guitar, Johnbé on djembe and Dan on bass and ukulele. Settle in before the first set starts at 10 p.m.

85-year-old shoots 81, stuns older friends

Despite cool weather, Frank “Long Drive” Coveney shot an 81 at the Castor Golf Club on October 8, four strokes less than his age, his friend Jerry O’Brien reported.

Scary stuff to do

Halloween Lantern Tour on the Plains of Abraham

Spend Halloween or the following Day of the Dead scared out of your wits on the Plains! Tales of sorcery, murder, execution and mystery colour a tour led by Sir George Garneau, mayor of Quebec City in 1908, or his wife, Marie Alma.

Cirque du Soleil defies gravity in honour of Quebec’s 400th

If you are planning on seeing Le Cirque du Soleil in the near future, I recommend purchasing an extra set of eyes. Two is just not enough to admire all the eye-candy the world-renowned circus has to offer. From Friday to Sunday last week, the Cirque set up camp at Le Colisée Pepsi, and offered Quebecers a free show, which, despite the price, was as spectacular as ever.

Coeur de Pirate steals Quebec City hearts with love songs

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Photo: Matthew Mendel

Coeur de Pirate is the new musical sensation in the province of Quebec. She is a tattoo-clad 19-year-old musician, dressed in black and adorned with a wild head of hair that seems at once chaotic and perfectly kempt.

International Literacy Day: the health benefits of reading

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Photo: Susanne Bergmann

Each year in September, UNESCO reminds us of the importance of literacy and adult learning by celebrating International Literacy Day. This year’s special focus was on literacy and health.

Montrealer wins Morrin Centre’s New Anglo Contest

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Photo: Scott French

Chez-Soi offers delicious Chinese fare for cheap

Sitting abreast a unique intersection where Rue St. Jean forks off into Rue D’Aguillon, Restaurant Chez-Soi provides piping hot, unpretentious, and affordable Chinese cuisine in downtown Quebec.

Quebec City bluesman wins award of a lifetime

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Photo: Guillaume D. Cyr, courtesy of Communications Paulette Dufour

He received a standing ovation before and after playing Be-Bop Beluga. During the performance, the crowd couldn’t help but sing along to the chorus. A full house of fans and fellow musicians honoured Quebec City bluesman Jay Sewall with the prestigious Lys Blues Lifetime Achievement award at the Théâtre Petit-Champlain Sunday night, saluting Sewall’s 30-year career in music.