Arts & Entertainment News

Fiddler ready to take to the roof

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Photo: Normand Brassard

Featuring a dazzling set, a first-rate cast, unforgettable songs and a moving story compellingly told, the Quebec Art Company production of Fiddler on the Roof is a must for lovers of musical theatre. It opens Thursday, Nov. 21, for a limited seven-show run.

Bravo for Bravi Productions’ Gypsy!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Let me entertain you” is one of the key songs of the famous musical based on the 1957 memoirs of the famous burlesque artist, Gypsy Rose Lee (real name Rose Louise Hovick). And Bravi Productions’ version of Gypsy certainly entertained audiences at the Théâtre Petit Champlain on Nov. 15 and 16.

Game and Toy Show attracts people of all ages

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Board games, video games, blocks, escape-room games, figurines, memorabilia and everything in between was on display at the Centre de Foires over the weekend. On Nov. 16 and 17, the Game and Toy Show was packed. Ten thousand people of all ages came last weekend to try out all sorts of games, most of which were technology-free.

Quebec City expands New Year’s bash to four days

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Photo: 3E

Drawing on the success of previous New Year’s Eve parties on Grande Allée, organizers have created a four-day year-end bash called Toboggan featuring some popular music acts.

It’s a bit like the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) in winter, as one would expect from 3E, the same folks who organize the wildly successful summer music festival.

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà pulsate with energy

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Angèle Dubeau and La Pietà – her all-Canadian female string ensemble – mesmerized the audience with their passionate, pulsating music at the Palais Montcalm on Nov. 9 as they played excerpts from their most recent, and 44th, album, Pulsations.

Robert Lepage’s appearance at Literary Feast worth the wait

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Photo: Dylan Page courtesy of Morrin Centre

Quebec City’s world-renowned playwright, actor, film and stage director Robert Lepage was the much sought-after guest speaker at the Morrin Centre’s annual Literary Feast fundraising dinner on Oct. 30. Literary Feast organizers had invited him a number of times, and finally their persistence paid off.

Drop in for a Brew: Of Taverns and Men at the MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People often look back fondly on simpler times. The latest exhibit at the Musée de la Civilisation, Brew: Of Taverns and Men, explores that very subject.

Did you say French opera? presented by Tempêtes et Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

In the quiet after the storm last Saturday evening, lovers of romantic opera music gathered at the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone to hear Tempêtes et Passions lyrical singers perform excerpts from well-known 19th-century French operas.

Club Musical takes audience away to 19th-century Paris

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Club Musical de Québec opened its season at the Palais Montcalm on Oct. 7 by taking a full house on a sublime excursion into 19th-century Parisian music and poetry.

MNBAQ hands COZIC exhibit Over to You

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Visitors to the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ)’s newest exhibit COZIC – Over to You: From 1967 to Now may be struck by the depth and scope of the 100 works on display. The exhibit is showing from Oct. 10 to Jan. 5, 2020 in the Pavillon Pierre Lassonde.

Witches and wizards conjure up fun in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Over the weekend, curious visitors discovered the local wizarding culture. Witches and warlocks, wizards and fantastic creatures revealed themselves at the first edition of the Sorcelleries de Québec. From Oct.

OSQ musicians perform at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Octuor à Vent, an octet comprised of musicians from the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, presented a program of chamber music for wind instruments – oboes, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes – at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Oct. 3.

Irish dancers do it again at Vieux-Québec Feis 2019

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Some 200 dancers from eastern Canada and the northern United States were on stage showing off their talent at the sixth annual Vieux-Québec Feis held at Séminaire Saint-François on Sept. 28. Ranging in age from four years to adult, and from beginner to championship, they competed on four stages in soft shoe and hard shoe, while proud parents, family and friends looked on.

 

FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard takes Le Diamant by storm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the wake of the autumn equinox, FLIP Fabrique landed at Le Diamant theatre with Blizzard from Sept. 24 to 28. For most Quebecers, winter can wait until December, but not for this circus group. Once the audience was seated, a meteorologist from the Department of Cold, Chills and Brrrr warned them of the impending winter storm.

Kuessipan wins the QCFF Feature Film Award

QUEBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Kuessipan shows everything that is wonderful, uplifting and difficult about growing up in Uashat, an Innu community next to Sept-Îles, Quebec. The film’s première on Sept. 18 at the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) shone the spotlight on Innu culture.

Les Violons du Roy bring new life to Nosferatu

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For over a century, stories about vampires and the undead have piqued the curiosity of the masses. The undead have been featured in countless television series, movies and books, but where did it all start? It’s hard to say, but we do know that Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror brought Bram Stoker’s novel Dracula to the screen … even if it was an unauthorized version.

QCFF honours documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin

QUEBEC CITY FILM FESTIVAL

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Apart from celebrating cinema, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) is about marking cinematic milestones. This year, it honoured the First Nations, the Métis Nation and the Innu by shining the spotlight on legendary documentary filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin.

“That’s a wrap!” for highly successful film festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Since its beginning in 2011, the Quebec City Film Festival (QCFF) has been working toward becoming one of Canada’s major cinematic festivals. Over the years the audience has increased dramatically and the program has exploded.

Tempêtes et Passions set the stage for the season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Tempêtes et Passions kicked off their 2019-2020 season magnificently with the fundraising Grande Fête Lyrique, held on Sept. 16 in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique Francophone.

St-Roch XP, where the cool kids hang out

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The multifaceted St-Roch XP (Expérience) festival that took place from Sept. 12 to 15 emphasized the sights, sounds, shows and flavours that make this urban neighbourhood a place “where the cool kids hang out” to dine, drink, dance and go out on the town.

Walking the red carpet at the Quebec City Film Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As another beautiful end-of-summer day turned to dusk on Sept. 12, the crowd settled in at Place d’Youville. There they found rows of white Adirondack chairs facing a giant screen. Between the seats, a red carpet flowed like a river from the staircase of the nearby Palais Montcalm.

Chalmers-Wesley Classic Film Club premières on Sept. 20

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

If you love classic cinema and would like to experience a night at the movies as it was “back in the day,” Chalmers-Wesley United Church (78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec) has a new series for you and your friends!

La Grande Foire de Québec signals the end of summer

Photo by Jay Ouellet

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The Grande Foire de Québec at ExpoCité was packed on a mild August evening. The 35 rides and other entertainment kept kids and adults busy and amused over the four days of the fair, Aug. 21 to 25.

Maguire en Fête: Gin and appetizers are on the menu

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Distilleries, restaurants and shops transformed a commercial street into a neighbourhood party. Aug. 24 was the day to celebrate Avenue Maguire.

Rhythm and taste buds satisfied in Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Rythmes et Papilles celebrated everything that is great about summer on the Beaupré coast. For the second year, the community assembled in the park across from Basilica Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré for four evenings of family fun, live music and delicious meals from local food trucks.

FREE Inaugural tours of Le Diamant

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Photo: Screenshot from Le Diamant website

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Catch me, if you can, at Domaine de Maizerets

Photos by Danielle Burns

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The six FLIP Fabrique performers in Attrape-Moi are having a ball juggling, dancing, jumping on trampolines and more at MaizRêve, the Maizerets neighbourhood festival. 

Experience Wildlife Concerts at Forêt Montmorency

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Photo: Université Laval

For the 13th year, Forêt Montmorency presents its famous Wildlife Concerts. Unique in North America, these unusual 90-minute concerts are musical interpretations of nature to honour the life and sounds of the boreal forest at dusk on Saturday evenings.

Jesse Cooke takes Domaine Forget by storm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Canadian acoustic guitar virtuoso Jesse Cooke gave an outstanding performance at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on Aug. 17.

Accompanied by his band of four, he played his signature combination of flamenco, jazz and many forms of world music.

Arts Alive! Québec festival thrives at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre held its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival on Aug. 2 and 3. The Old Town was absolutely crawling with visitors and residents alike as the Nouvelle-France festival was happening just a few blocks away.

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