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FEQ 2018 opens with big name stars, new features

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, provided by FEQ

With a lineup that includes a rare appearance by Canadian rock legend Neil Young, the much-anticipated return of the Foo Fighters and young sensations Lorde, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd, the 2018 edition of Quebec’s massive 11-day Festival d’Été (FEQ) aims to meet the annual and increasingly difficult challenge of outdoing itself.

Shaken! Mixes music and cocktails

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Like a game of musical chairs, the music went round and round during a concert held at the Morrin Centre on June 27. “Shaken! Mixologie et Minimalisme” was the first of a series of four Escapades musicales de la Cité concerts last weekend by local string musicians, many of them members of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ).

A taste of summer

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Aren’t they beautiful, all those strawberries lined up at the market? Our eyes widen when we see the first fruits of the season, so juicy you have to eat them holding a bowl under your chin to catch the juice as you bite into a plump strawberry. 

Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
EXMURO’s Les Passages Insolites (unusual passages) have returned to Lower Town and have expanded to six locations in the suburbs of Quebec City, where they can be viewed until Oct. 14. 

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist featured at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The works of French Impressionist Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) are now on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The exhibition continues until Sept. 23. 

Celebrate Canada Day and the Fête de la Ville de Québec

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Now that the Fête nationale is over (wasn’t THAT a party!), Quebec City residents are preparing for Canada Day on July 1 and the Fête de la Ville de Québec on July 3.

Canada Day

Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The ever-popular Musical Wednesday summer music series at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, begins at noon on June 27. The opening concert will be given by the church’s former organist, Jacquelin Rochette, who is now the artistic director of Casavant Frères, the famous organ builders in Saint-Hyacinthe.

Canadian Association for Irish Studies meets at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Canadian Association for Irish Studies held a conference in Quebec City from June 13 to 16, attended by representatives from seven countries and five Canadian provinces. Most of the lectures were held at Université Laval, hosted by Brad Kent, a professor of British and Irish Literatures at the university.

Musical escapades in Quebec City

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Photo: Courtesy of Blair Lofgren

Blair Lofgren, principal cellist of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and artistic director of Les Escapades musicales de la cité (EMC), recently launched EMC’s second annual chamber music festival. The four-day event features local musicians and invited guests who will perform from June 27 to 30.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 2: The drums and the bell

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Photo: courtesy of Gaétan Morissette
It was a short, quiet service, but of course, the drum was played. 

Portneuf musician Malcolm Kingsborough, one of the pillars of the annual Tambours de Portneuf folk festival, died in July 2017 at 77. Nearly a year later, with a few friends in attendance, his ashes were interred in the cemetery of Portneuf’s Christ Church.