Quebec Celtic Festival 2013 Program

Quebec Celtic Festival 2013 Program

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Quebec, July 24, 2013 – The eighth edition of the Quebec City Celtic Festival will be held from August 29 to September 8 on the Chaussée des Écossais site at the Morrin Centre, as well as in various establishments (pubs and bistros) around Quebec! Festival goers will rediscover the classic activities along with some new ones!
Thursday, August 29, 8:00 pm at the l’Auberge internationale de Québec – $ 6.00
Gathering 2013 is a rally held in Ireland throughout 2013. To celebrate this unique event, the Festival offers an evening of music! Les Armstrong (violin / guitar), Marie-Desneiges Hamel (accordion / guitar) and François Matte (flutes) will transport you to the wonderful world of Ireland. You will be invited to dance and sing along just as if you were in a village pub in Galway Bay.
Friday August 30, 8:00 PM at Chaussée des Écossais (outdoor stage)
Considered the most accomplished Irish bagpiper of his generation, Paddy Keenan began learning the Uilleann pipes at the age of nine. His father and grandfather were Uilleann pipers themselves, and from them and from traveling musicians, and by drawing from the traditional Celtic repertoire, he perfected his craft. Always in demand, he has been touring the world for the last 15 years. He plays in the Travelling Piper style, characterized by a legato fingering and fast tempo and is also known for his rich use of the regulators. He will be with us for an exclusive Quebec engagement accompanied by his friend, singer and guitarist Tommy O’Sullivan.
On Saturday, August 31 at noon, a Celtic parade will depart from the St. John Gate toward the Chaussée des Écossais via rue St-Jean and rue Ste-Anne. More than a dozen groups will be participating, totalling nearly 100 people.
ALLISON MOMBOURQUETTE, STREET CEILIDH, Sunday, September 1 at 9:00 p.m. on rue St-Jean *NEW DISCOVERY!
Allie Mombourquette has played the violin since she was eight years of age. Now twenty-two, she plays the music her grandfather played in his Cape Breton village. She studied violin, tap dancing and piano at the Gaelic College of Celtic Arts. Still little known outside her native Cape Breton, she has played with Natalie MacMaster and other great Celtic musicians on both sides of the Atlantic. She regularly participates in events such as the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo in Halifax and the Celtic Colours International Festival in Cape Breton. She is particularly proud of her participation in Glasgow’s Sloan Pub Ceilidhs in Scotland. The Festival is proud to give the people of Quebec the opportunity to discover this new Maritime talent!
* Ceilids (pronounced kay-lee) are typical Scottish parties, where you can tap your feet to traditional music and dance in the streets to the sound of violins, accordions and bagpipes.
FEST NOZ, Auberge internationale de Québec, Saturday, August 31, 7:00 p.m. – $12.00
Put on a pair of comfortable shoes and come experience a typical Breton celebration known as Fest-Noz! The Breton musical groups Les Voisins and Les siffleurs de nuit guarantee an entertaining ambiance. Join in the dancing or watch the show. The Bretons of Québec and Saint-Ambroise have banded together to present this evening.

BEER AND WHISKY TASTING, 6:30 p.m. at the Morrin Centre
Increasingly popular, whiskey tastings are fun events that allow everyone to familiarize themselves with this typically Celtic drink. For beginners or experienced devotees, these exclusive evenings are led by experts in the field. This year, one of the three evenings will be devoted to beers. Indeed, our partner St. Ambroise will present this evening and none other than Peter McAuslan (founder of McAuslan Brewery and Honorary President of the Quebec Celtic Festival) will be our host. An evening not to be missed! A collaboration of Québec Whisky and McAuslan Brewery. 18 years and over ($30.00 / person Whisky and $20.00 / person Beer)
Thursday, August 29: Whiskey and cheeses from Laiterie Charlevoix
Thursday, September 5: Whiskey and chocolate
Friday, September 6: Beer
EVENING OF TALES AND LEGENDS, Wednesday, September 4, 6:00 p.m. at Pub Galway
Since time immemorial, tales and legends have entertained people. The Celtic nations are no exception and you will have the chance to relive their most intriguing stories in the company of the talented storyteller Arleen Thibaut and her violinist. For $30.00, you’ll also have a great meal from Pub Galway and a drink.
CELTIC BANQUET, Sunday, September 8, 12:00 p.m. at St Patrick’s High School    *RETURNING ACTIVITY
Once again, then Festival invites you to celebrate at the Astérix and Obélix Banquet. On the menu: wild boar and country-style dishes! ($20.00 adult/$10.00 12 and under). Come to this unique outdoor experience on the grounds of St. Patrick’s High School and enjoy the energetic atmosphere! The meal will be followed by Highland games.
Sunday, September 8, 12:00 p.m. at St Patrick’s High School
In 2012, the Celtic Festival welcomed Dirk Bishop, the heavyweight athlete from the Maritimes, who demonstrated Highland games events. This year, the Festival launches the first official competition. Five heavyweight athletes will dazzle us with their prowess in the five official events: the 17 lb Open Stone, the 56 lb Weight for Distance, the 22 lb Hammer Throw, the Caber Toss and the 56 lb Weight for Height. To the delight of all, the Festival will add a “festive” test – throwing a St. Ambroise beer barrel! Young and old can try their luck at interactive workshops with the athletes! Warm up your muscles! Spectators can also watch demonstrations by the Tourbillons de Beauport and Violons Verts dance troops and listen to the traditional Irish bagpipe music of the British Columbia Regiment Irish Pipes and Drums.
Please note that the Quebec Celtic Festival is proud to be collaborating with Bordeaux fête le vin à Québec in presenting the trio Giant Steps on Friday, August 30 starting at 5 :00 p.m. on the l’Espace 400e stage.
The Celtic Festival of Quebec hopes to help the public discover the culture of the Celtic peoples and celebrate their heritage. Even though we are not always aware of it, the Celtic influence can be found throughout Quebec; the majority of Quebecers of European descent share a Celtic link, be it Breton, Cornish, Scottish, Welsh, Irish or Manx. The presence of communities of Celtic origin has helped shape the heritage of Quebec through dance, music and customs. With the Quebec City Celtic Festival, a rich common heritage can be shared through the diverse activities and events.

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