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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.

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.

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.

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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.

Quebecers celebrate their rich heritage during spectacular Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and the Old Town went back to their origins for four days at the 23rd edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF). From Aug. 1 to 4, locals became soldiers, peasants, bourgeois, nobles and even royals of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors fully enjoyed the parade along Grande Allée on Aug. 1, and the New France “village” in the Parc de l’Esplanade until Aug. 4.

Jealous lovers duke it out at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is sold out. The audience are there to see a humorous recital of L’Amant jaloux ou Les fausses apparences, which was composed by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) and features excerpts of works by Mozart, Méhul and Devienne, among others.

Les Noces de Figaro ties the knot at La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec continued on July 29, 31 and Aug. 2 with three presentations of an adapted version of Mozart’s comic opera Les Noces de Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro at La Bordée theatre.

FLIP Fabrique draws a big crowd at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

FLIP Fabrique has found a new home in a more spacious venue for its summer performances. The local circus group has moved to Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre, and transformed the area into an abandoned amusement park, complete with wooden ramps.

Quebec opera festival opens with Tempêtes & Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

More than an hour before the doors of the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone opened, fans hoping to get a front-row seat inside were lined up at the door of the museum in Old Quebec. Admission was free to this first event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Le Vaisseau fantôme conquers the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s no mean feat to fill the vast stage area of the Grand Théâtre, but during scenes from the Festival d’Opéra de Québec’s magnificent production of German composer Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman) the space, while not exactly rendered intimate, was stunningly conquered.

Back Alley Jazz & Gin served up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Michael Fournier

The Back Alley jazz band made its debut at the Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on July 18. Singers Vanessa Bergeron and Zita Bombardier-Touret, accompanied by Félix Dubé (piano), Olivier Garand (bass), Raphaël Dubois (trumpet) and Gaétan Paquette (drums), gave a sizzling concert.

Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! festival sprouts an enchanted garden

The Morrin Centre invites you to discover exciting, new activities during its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. On Aug. 2 and 3, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host several performances, concerts, and workshops, proudly featuring Quebec City-based artists. This year’s programming explores nature and dreams with events on the theme: “The Garden of Live Flowers.”

Enjoying a musical weekend at the Domaine Forget

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A little getaway to the country led to the discovery of the amazing Emerson String Quartet performing at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on July 19.

Wagner’s Flying Dutchman docks at Quebec opera festival

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Photo: Peter Black

One of the most complex and spectacular productions ever mounted at the Grand Théâtre, Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman in English, Der fliegende Holländer in German), is ready to take Quebec opera fans on a thrilling voyage “combining epic tales, supernatural worlds and remarkable scenic effects.”

Celtic Festival planned for September 2019

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Photo: Festival celtique de Québec

The Quebec City Celtic Festival / Festival celtique de Québec (FCQ) has revealed the preliminary programming of its 14th edition. The festival will be held from Sept. 5 to 8, mainly at the enchanting Domaine de Maizerets. Certain activities will still take place in Old Quebec, specifically on Rue Saint-Jean.

Mother Nature slays Imagine Dragons at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was almost no room in front of the Bell Stage on July 13. Despite weather warnings, people had been lined up for hours. Some had driven hundreds of kilometres to see Imagine Dragons, a concert on the roster of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). To everyone’s disappointment, Mother Nature created a repeat of the Foo Fighters’ 2015 concert, to the day.

A dazzling Mariah Carey sings through the rain

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

July 11 was a sparkling evening on the Plains of Abraham, despite the rain and dense clouds. Mariah Carey stepped onto the Bell Stage in a form-fitting short silver dress, reflecting the shining star that she is. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the queen of R&B had arrived at the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Bluesman Buddy Guy’s still got it at 82

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Photo: Peter Black

He turns 83 on July 30, so Buddy Guy has more than earned the right to sing the blues and claim the title of the last of the great bluesmen, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and their ilk having already ascended to the big three-chord progression in the sky.

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