Arts & Entertainment

Chamber music this summer

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The public square at the corner of Avenue Cartier and Boul René-Lévesque was the scene of a casual noon-hour concert last week. The Élement 8 cello octet performed for passers-by and a seated audience, as a promotion for the third annual Festival de Musique de Chambre, called Vibrances.

Drumming up business while recycling

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This street musician in the Old City is a great example of how to help the planet by recycling. His “instruments” consist of empty plastic buckets, barrels, tin cans, and various pots, pans and lids. He was drumming up a lot of business (donations) near Porte Saint-Louis last weekend.

Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille unveils its 36th season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ever faithful to its tradition of excellence, Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille (MCSP) will present six concerts from June 27 to Aug. 22 for its 36th season. The concerts will take place in the beautiful church at the tip of Île d’Orléans, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City.

Artistic director Marc Roussel announced the season’s program for lovers of chamber music.

Grands Feux Loto-Québec celebrates with music and dance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The party of the summer will be happening simultaneously at Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City. The 25th anniversary of the Grands Feux Loto-Québec (GFLQ) will be celebrated over the St. Lawrence River on four Wednesdays and two Saturdays from July 31 to Aug. 24. The public is invited to dress according to different cinematic themes every evening.

Noises Off is ready to take off

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

It’s the door-slammer of all door-slammers. Some tickets are still available for a very rare theatrical event courtesy of the Quebec Art Company. Noises Off takes to the stage at CEGEP St. Lawrence for four performances from May 16 to 19.

Yet another award for Rouge et Or’s Mathieu Betts

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger courtesy of U-Laval

Mathieu Betts, a defensive lineman for the Université Laval Rouge et Or, was named the USports male athlete of the year for 2018-19.

A week after signing a three-year deal with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, Betts was named the recipient of the 2019 Lieutenant Governor’s Athletic Award at a ceremony held in Calgary on May 2.

The world needs magic! And the Festival de magie delivers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There is something captivating about magic, illusions and artistic performances. Even in the 21st century, with many magic secrets revealed on the internet, people still love to see magicians perform. Quebecers flocked to the Quartier Petit Champlain and the Capitole de Québec theatre for the ninth Festival de magie de Québec from May 2 to 5.

Woodstock 2019 at SLC! The Quebec City rock show of the year

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In August 1969 Woodstock changed the universe of music. Over three days on a farm in Upstate New York, 32 bands performed for an audience of some 400,000 people. On April 26 and 27, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) student band What The Heck (WTH) held their own Woodstock-ish concert at the AI Financial Group Amphitheatre.

What if? – The Musical lovelier the second time around

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Less than a year after What if? – The Musical, written by and starring J.P. Chartier, was staged at La Maison Jaune, a new, sleeker version was presented at the Salle Multi de Méduse on Rue Saint-Vallier on April 26 and 27.

QHS’s Music Extravaganza was extravagant

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Gym lights off. Stage lights on. Instruments tuned. The stage was set for another wonderful QHS Music Extravaganza. Quebec High School offered a haven from the rain for those seeking a great musical evening performed by one-third of the student body. Singers, solo artists and band members all faced down their stage fright and focused on their music.

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