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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.
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