Arts & Entertainment

Highlanders and friends gather to celebrate the birthday of Scottish bard Robbie Burns

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 1801, five years after the death of Robbie Burns, nine of his friends gathered in Scotland to give testament to the poet’s life and works. Since then, annual gatherings take place on Jan. 25, the anniversary of Burns’ birth in 1759.

A pioneer of the Romantic movement in literature, Burns was celebrated last Saturday night at the Garrison Club in Old Quebec.

A full house and stage for an amazing concert at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stage of the Grand Théâtre was filled to capacity on Jan. 22 and 23 as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, augmented for the first time by Les Violons du Roy, presented Igor Stavinsky’s Le Sacre du printemps (The Rite of Spring) – a revolutionary work in the history of music and dance. The monumental work required the presence of an impressive number of instruments on stage.

Cookshire’s Pine Hill Farm: The land, the people by Winston C. Fraser

B OOK REVIEW

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Photo: Photo of book cover by Shirley Nadeau

Winston Fraser has done it again! His latest book about his family’s history of settlement in the village of Cookshire in the Eastern Townships, launched in early December 2019, is a tale of determination and continuity that dates back to thousands of years before his ancestors settled on the land, then inhabited by First Nations people.

Joe Lonergan to launch his latest book, A Natural Affair

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Local author and retired teacher Joe Lonergan is ready to launch his second book, A Natural Affair. Readers may recall his first book – Shamrocks in the Maples – which was published in the fall of 2014.

Feds give $500,000 for Impérial Bell theatre upgrade

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Photo: Peter Black

One of Quebec City’s most antique theatres is getting the most modern production technology as part of a million-dollar upgrade.

The wait is over to audition for QAC’s production of Wait Until Dark

Famous thriller play takes to the stage in May

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The Quebec Art Company is embarking on yet another ambitious theatrical production. Recent shows have taken audiences to a Jewish village in Russia (Fiddler on the Roof ), a revolving set for an English manor (Noises Off ), a seedy New Orleans tenement (A Streetcar Named Desire), and the streets of Jerusalem (Jesus Christ Superstar).

QCT has cameo in cross-border comedy "Super Troopers 2"

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Photo: Peter Black

You’d have to be quick or lucky to spot it, but the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph has a minor role in a popular comedy feature film that’s been streaming on the Crave movie channel.

Les Rhapsodes Christmas concert features brass and organ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Christmas concert by Les Rhapsodes at the Palais Montcalm on Dec. 14 was billed as Cuivres et orgue pour Noël, with music from Handel to Bing Crosby as “fireworks” for the holidays.

Cirque’s ultra cool Axel is a rock show on ice

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Photo: Danielle Burns

For the second time, the Cirque du Soleil has created an on-ice show that mixes circus arts and acrobatics with skating (Crystal was the first Cirque show on ice). Axel is touring Canada and the U.S. and made its way to the Videotron Centre in Quebec City from Dec. 12 to 15.

Angela Morgan exhibits Snow, Pearls and Lemonade at Beauchamp gallery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Colourful works of art by British Columbian Angela Morgan are on exhibit at the Beauchamp gallery on Rue Notre-Dame at the corner of Côte de la Montagne in Lower Town until Jan. 12.

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