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Couperin Concerts going for baroque online

The Couperin Concerts are back (online) and are “going for baroque” with baritone Hugo Laporte and lutenist, theorbist and guitarist Charles Galipeau.

The concert consists of excerpts from baroque operas and solos for theorbo and lute, and includes works by Dowland, Purcell, Handel, Corbetta, Visée, Lambert, Lully and Couperin. Several arrangements are by Galipeau.

Scott Griffin recalls being spy novelist le Carré’s Canadian “pilot”

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Photo: Griffin Poetry Prize

Of all the places John le Carré took readers in his two dozen or so spy novels, only once did he make an extended stop in Canada. That place was Espérance, a bustling gold mining town in Quebec’s Abitibi region.

Bonus Episode: The Podcasters

GASPÉ TALES

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Photo: Gaspé Speaks Podcast Series via Facebook

Expatriate Gaspesians stuck far from the peninsula this holiday season will be able to have a bit of home in their headphones, thanks to a new podcast series launched by New Richmond-based historian Tom Eden in partnership with Vision Gaspé-Percé Now and Canadian Heritage.

Les Violons du Roy offer a free Baroque Christmas concert

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Photo: Elias Djemil

To ring in the holiday season, Les Violons du Roy recorded Noëls baroques (Baroque Christmases) in November at the Palais Montcalm, under the direction of founding conductor Bernard Labadie.

The Parade des Jouets transforms into the ‘Storm of the Century’

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The organizers of the annual Parade des Jouets (Toy Parade), which normally features Santa Claus and his elves and other characters winding their way through the Saint-Roch and Limoilou districts of Quebec City, have had to rethink their plans due to the current public health restrictions on large gatherings.

Opera de Québec Gala a virtual success

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Close to 5,000 people watched the online presentation of the Opéra de Québec Gala in celebration of World Opera Day during the afternoon of Oct. 25. Although the concert hall at the Grand Théâtre was empty, the stage was filled with over 60 musicians and singers.

SLC Fashion Show donates $7,000 to Make-A-Wish

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Photo: CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence

In March, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) students responsible for the annual fashion show were crushed when they learned that their event could not take place. “All those months of fundraising, finding sponsors, recruiting and preparing for the evening just all went up in smoke,” recalled student organizer Elizabeth Ratté.

Opéra de Québec gala highlights World Opera Day

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After a months-long pause due to the pandemic, the Opéra de Québec (OdQ) is restarting its activities with a virtual gala concert on Oct. 25 at 3 p.m. to mark World Opera Day, artistic director Jean-François Lapointe announced.

Phelipe Soldevila holds a successful Canadian Bacon exhibit

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The pandemic couldn’t stop local artist Phelipe Soldevila and the Canadian Bacon collective from holding an exhibition of their recent works.

Paintings, photos and one sculpture by the group of emerging Quebec artists were on display at Sans Galerie Fixe (SGF), a converted yoga studio on Côte d’Abraham, from July 11 to Sept. 27. Strict public health guidelines were in place.

'La Déesse des mouches à feu' premières at the Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Quebec City Film Festival

Seven months after its world première at the Berlin International Film Festival, La Déesse des mouches à feu (The Goddess of the Fireflies) had its North American première at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) on Sept. 17.

Quebec City Film Festival closes with award presentations

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, originally from Flickr, with permission of Alan Langford

The 10th Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) celebrated the art of film from Sept. 16 to 20. For the first time, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cinephiles across Quebec could enjoy the experience in the comfort of their own homes. The festival was jam-packed with short and feature-length films, and conversations with major players in the film industry.

Les Chercheurs d’Or relaunch Caballero

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After six months of confinement, indie-folk-bluegrass band Les Chercheurs d’Or found themselves onstage at Le Studio of the Grand Théâtre for two exclusive concerts on Sept. 17 and 18 to relaunch their latest album, Caballero, which was initially launched during a blizzard in February.

'Imelda 2: Le Notaire' and 'Nadia, Butterfly' launch 10th QCFF

[Note from the Editor: This headline, text and photo captions have been corrected. ONLY 'Imelda 2: Le Notaire' was shown at the opening event.]

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 10th Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) opened at the Cinéplex Odéon in Sainte-Foy on Sept. 16 with Martin Villeneuve’s short film Imelda 2: Le Notaire starring Robert Lepage and Pascal Plante’s full-length feature film, Nadia, Butterfly.

Due to the second wave of COVID-19, the five-day festival went virtual, pleasing cinephiles across the province.

Les Violons du Roy reveal their fall program

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A few dozen people had an exceptional treat on Sept. 10 when they heard Les Violons du Roy perform live onstage in the Salle Raoul-Jobin of the Palais Montcalm. The occasion was the presentation of the new fall program of the Violons and La Chapelle de Québec, who will perform both in Quebec City and in Montreal.

Blueberry Sunday launch their first album

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Photo: Mika Dopheide

Blueberry Sunday will be performing their very first live

Turner will bring the Sublime to the MNBAQ this fall

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Now that the Frida Kahlo/Diego Rivera show is winding down, the art-loving public will be glad to know that the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has something sublime in store for this fall. It will be presenting a Canadian exclusive of the international exhibition called Turner and the Sublime.

OSQ returns to the stage at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After almost six months of not performing in public, the musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) were thrilled to be back onstage at the Grand Théâtre on Aug. 14 to play for a sold-out, live audience.

Baseball movies to watch while the major leagues are on hold

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Photo: imdb.com

Normally, at this time of year, Major League Baseball is almost two months into the season, and fans have started to fill in the ballots for the upcoming All-Star game in mid-July.

QHS Trivia Night held online this year

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

So, this is what the pandemic has led us to. Playing trivia games online instead of in the comfort of the Quebec High School gymnasium. And on an app called Kahoot, of all things!

Lights, camera, movies? Maybe!

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Photo: Rachel Collet from QCT archives

When Mayor Régis Labeaume proposed the possibility of free drive-in movies at three sites around Quebec City at a press conference on April 22 (see Peter Black’s article on page 2), the city’s entertainment-starved press and public jumped on the idea. However, the business community and public health authorities still have some reservations.

Unimaginable: COVID-19 kills FEQ 2020, Fête nationale on Plains

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Photo: Halsey Facebook page

When Premier François Legault took a stroll on the Plains of Abraham a few Saturdays ago, the possibility – perhaps inevitability – of a summer deprived of public gatherings in the city’s spectacular park must have been on his mind.

Virtual motorsports aid in the race to cure COVID-19

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As people of the world find creative ways to stay connected while doing their part to combat COVID-19, veteran race car driver Bertrand Godin will use his talent to fight the virus in a unique way. Godin will be behind the wheel of car No. 77, sporting the colours of Groupe à l’infini.

Ti Boeuf rock band is ready for the spotlight

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Photo: Ti Boeuf by Reloopstudio

Instead of lounging around during the COVID-19 lockdown, the members of Ti Boeuf have been making music from home in Saint-Raymond de Portneuf. The rock trio – brothers Derek Lee (guitar) and Landon Ra (bass) Dagenais, and their pal Olivier Cabot (drums) – recorded and produced their first EP, called Anderson I, earlier this year.

Wait Until Dark fans must … wait

For the first time in its nearly 40-year history, the Quebec Art Company (QAC) has been forced to postpone a show in the works. The reason is the ongoing uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis.

QAC president Cheryl Rimmer says the production of the thriller Wait Until Dark, which had been slated for May, will now be staged at the end of November.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick de Québec 2020 cancelled

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish eyes weren’t smiling in Quebec City when it was announced that edition 2020 of the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick was cancelled due to COVID-19. The Quebec City St. Patrick’s parade isn’t alone in being cancelled, however. In Montreal and a number of cities in the United States, and even in Ireland, parades won’t be held this year.

A look back at Shannon Irish Shows

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was no Shannon Irish Show this year, due to the COVID-19 restrictions, so we thought we’d treat you to a few favourite photos from past years.

Bon courage, Shannon, the Irish Show will “rise again!”

 

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Magnificent last concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On March 11, a full house was privileged – and fortunate – to attend what was likely the last concert to be held at the Grand Théâtre for the next 30 days, possibly longer, depending on the duration of the COVID-19 closures.

Songs to See By looks at Canadian art in a new light

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Photo: Aurian Haller

The Aurian Haller Band wants you never to look at Canadian art the same way again.

The 12 tracks on the Quebec City quartet’s latest album, Songs to See By, due out in late spring, were all inspired by famous works by Canadian artists.

La Galerie: more fondue than Happy Meal

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The opening show by the homegrown Quebec-based acrobatic company Machine de Cirque took place in Quebec City on March 3 at the dazzling Diamant theatre.

Wait until you see Wait Until Dark!

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

Rehearsals are well underway for the latest Quebec Art Company production, the edge-of-your-seat thriller Wait Until Dark. Written by British mystery-master Frederick Knott, the play is the story of a young blind woman matching wits against a trio of thugs plotting to get their hands on a doll stuffed with heroin hidden in her apartment.

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