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• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter. For more information, visit quebecartcompany.com.

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• The Quebec Art Company held an online reading of The Visitor on March 28. Monthly QACStage Pass performances of vintage radio plays are uploaded to the QAC YouTube channel on the last Sunday of every month and can be viewed free of charge anytime thereafter.

'Le Sang du pélican' at Cinéma Le Clap

REVIEW

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Photo: Les Distributions Netima and Productions Dionysos

The QCT does not normally review French-language films, but Le Sang du pélican is an outstanding exception. It will be playing at Cinéma Le Clap in Ste-Foy as of March 26.

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Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport sing at COVID memorial

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Photo: Louise Marie Pelletier

On March 11, during the COVID-19 commemoration ceremony in front of the National Assembly, the beautiful, clear voices of Les Petits Chanteurs de Beauport were heard via a YouTube recording as they sang “À la claire fontaine” which ends with the heart-wrenching refrain, “Il y a longtemps que je t’aime, jamais je ne t’oublierai.” (I’ve loved you for so long, I will n

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Photo: Harald Hoffmann

• The Shannon Irish Show 50th-anniversary edition, recorded in 2016, was streamed live on March 13 on the Facebook pages of Voice of English-speaking Québec, the Quebec Anglophone Heritage Network and A Different Tune: Musical Heritage in English-Speaking Quebec. It and the following two shows will be archived on the A Different Tune YouTube channel as well as on Facebook.

Tempêtes et Passions returns to the stage

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Guy Lessard, the president of Tempêtes et Passions, announced the return of the troupe’s seasonal activities on March 11. Two concerts scheduled during the 2020-2021 season have been put back on the program and will be offered online and, if public health regulations permit, also in person.

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• The Trio celtique presents The Craic Sessions, a series of online performances, from March 12 to 14. For details, see the article below.

Trio celtique presents The Craic Sessions for St. Patrick’s Day

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Photo: the Trio celtique

Zita Bombardier-Touret and Vanessa Bergeron, whom some readers may remember as “the two Marys” in the Quebec Art Company’s 2018 production of Jesus Christ Superstar, along with guitarist Antoine Bensoussan, together known as the Trio celtique, have recorded The Craic Sessions, a special show for St. Patrick’s Day. It will be broadcast online over three days, March 12, 13 and 14.

St. Patrick’s Day trivia

St. Patrick’s Day is one of those special days that, while celebrated across the country, doesn’t quite warrant public holiday status in Canada – except in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Shannon and Valcartier St. Patrick’s Day festivities go virtual

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

This time last year, the town of Shannon was buzzing. Parents were sewing sequins onto dance dresses and rehearsal rooms were vibrating with the distinctive sound of hard shoes. The curtain was just about to rise on the 54th edition of the Shannon Irish Show.

Sylvia Melanson launches her first book

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Photo: supplied by Sylvia Melanson

Local author Sylvia Melanson had her first children’s book, Square-Eyed Raccoon: Home Sweet Home!, published in December 2020.

Ludovica Miniland: creating worlds one block at a time

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

What do you do if you have a passion for construction and architecture, a creative imagination and a pile of plastic interlocking bricks? Gilles Maheux and his son Steven have turned their passion into a career and created Ludovica Miniland, now located in the Laurier Québec shopping centre.

Portneuf’s Irish “tambourines” have centuries-old resonance

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Photo: Louise Ste-Marie

Gaétan Morissette comes from a long line of musicians, and plays several instruments, including the harmonica, the fiddle and the accordion.

The MCQ reopens with the magic of 'Special Effects!'

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Who hasn’t wondered how Keanu Reeves dodged bullets in The Matrix, or how Andy Serkis transformed into Gollum in The Lord of the Rings? How long have special effects been a part of cinematography?

QAC brings back old-time radio dramas with a modern twist

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Quebec Art Company (QAC), Quebec City’s foremost and longest-running English-language community theatre group, has taken a page from the glory days of radio to provide a unique form of entertainment during COVID-19 confinement.

'Turner and the Sublime' finally arrives at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Much to the delight of art lovers, the Turner and the Sublime exhibit, originally scheduled to open at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec (MNBAQ) last October, is finally open. The delay, predictably, was caused by the pandemic.

Entertainment is Zooming along!

With so many performance venues still closed due to public health regulations, entertainment organizers are becoming very creative with their programming. Here’s a brief list of who’s Zooming or YouTubing what.

Morrin Centre virtual concert explores roots of Quebec music

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Photo: Screenshot from YouTube

Musicians Daniel Fréchette and Dominic Haerinck gave a 30-minute concert of Québécois and Celtic music on Jan. 29, pre-recorded in the library of the Morrin Centre and streamed on YouTube.

Quebec City prepares for the 67th Winter Carnival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This year, due to the pandemic, Bonhomme Carnaval and his team of busy “snowflake” workers decided to divide his usual large Ice Palace into smaller ice towers, located in six districts of Quebec City. Twelve routes lined with ice and snow sculptures leading to each of the towers have also been created. During the weeks leading up to the official opening on Feb.

FEQ ‘studying scenarios’ for 2021 festival

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Photo: FEQ website

Despite the optimistic notice on the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) website – “Next FEQ – July 8 to 18, 2021” – there is little certainty, perhaps even little hope, that the mammoth event will be staged this summer. At best, it might be a FEQ like none before.

COVID-19 forces the 67th Winter Carnival to adapt

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The ongoing pandemic has forced Winter Carnival organizers to make some major changes and go mostly virtual for the first time in the event’s 67-year history. From Feb. 5 to 14, Carnival-goers can discover Quebec City’s iconic winter magic from the comfort of their homes on the Carnival YouTube channel, #ColdOrNot, I’m Going!

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.

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