Arts & Entertainment News (Print edition)

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Community Calendar of Events

• 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

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.

Up and coming entertainment

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

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

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

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

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!'

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.