Arts & Entertainment

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.

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. 

The Jeffy Jan II now open to visitors at Brown Basin

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The Jeffy Jan II, the small yacht that became famous during the Second World War for having transported VIPs, including future British Prime Minister Anthony Eden and Lord Louis Mountbatten, around the Port of Quebec during the Quebec Conferences of August 1943 and 1944, is now on display and open to visitors in the Brown Basin park for the summer.

Concerts to begin soon at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin from QCT archives

The Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand proudly presents the first concert of its 26th summer season on the Plains of Abraham on June 10. A standout program of 22 shows will be presented from Thursdays to Sundays. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you will discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners.

Encore! for the Encore Chorale

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Encore Chorale, a group of 130 mature singers (everyone is at least 55) from the United States, directed by Jeanne Kelly, gave a most impressive performance at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on June 2.

London Calling at the Musée de la civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Twiggy, The Beatles, iconic black cabs and a Routemaster double-decker bus are in the Musée de la civilisation’s latest exhibit Ici Londres – London Calling, which will be open until March 10, 2019.

The exterior of the museum’s tower has been decorated to look like Big Ben and a London Underground sign sits at the entrance to the building.

Quebec City springs into music

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Photo: courtesy of Printemps de la musique

The Printemps de la musique, the third annual springtime festival of music in Quebec City, was a resounding success this past weekend.

In past years, the musical presentations were given in local libraries scattered around the city. Not surprisingly, they did not draw very large audiences.

And the winner of the third Apéros FEQ competition is …

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout the winter and spring, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) gave music enthusiasts a taste of what is to come this summer. For the third consecutive year, local bands and singers participated in the Apéros FEQ concert series, competing for a spot at the festival and a $7,000 bursary.

Historic regiments invade the Citadelle

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Seventeenth-century soldiers and their families took over the Citadelle de Québec during the May long weekend.

More than 140 historical re-enactors from the United States and Canada participated in the sixth edition of the École du Soldat de la Nouvelle-France/New France Infantry Recruit School hosted by the Royal 22e Régiment Museum.

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