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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.

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.

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.

'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.

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.

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.

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.