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Sillery, Sainte-Foy and Cap-Rouge

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Sillery, Sainte-Foy and Cap-Rouge have the reputation of being the more affluent neighborhoods of the capital. This area is home of the main campus of Université Laval, the oldest francophone higher education establishment in America, where the first LGTBQ organization in the capital, the Groupe gai de l’Université Laval, first appeared.

Whether arriving in Québec from the south shore using the highway or the Chemin du Roy, or coming in from the international airport, one inevitably crosses this district before accessing downtown Québec. There are also many hotels in the vicinity of the bridges, especially along Laurier Boulevard. This might be the more practical choices for those coming into the city by car, as the old narrow streets of Old Québec where obviously conceived for horse-drawn carriages and pedestrians, not cars. Shoppers will appreciate the proximity of the shopping malls also found on Laurier Boulevard.

Coming over the bridges from this district, you should visit the Promenade Samuel –De-Champlain park along the river, which was inaugurated in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of the city. Whether arriving by foot, bike or car, the promenade offers a spectacular view of the city and leads right into historic Old Québec. This is a great way to connect with a natural environment in the heart of the city.

Sillery is certainly the most affluent neighborhood of the capital. Its trendiest street, Maguire Avenue, is an area especially appreciated by our community, offering quaint boutiques, with good restaurants and nice terraces. It also features one of the most remarkable parks in the city, Spencer Wood, which became a showcase for horticulture in North America through the efforts of its owner, Henry Atkinson. For nearly 20 years, the governor-generals of United Canada lived on the property, which was purchased by the Québec government in 1870 and served as the residence of Québec lieutenant-governors until 1966. A major fire eventually destroyed the main residence. Visit the gorgeous park by the Saint Lawrence River, the beautiful gardens and relics of the site's long history.

Villa Bagatelle, with its distinctive irregular forms and ornamentations, was built in the picturesque English architectural style of the 19th century. The cultural centre hosts temporary art and history exhibitions. The Villa is also renowned for its garden where you can admire many native plants and a range of underbrush species.

Also noteworthy is the Aquarium du Québec, with its gardens and outdoor tanks, and a main building featuring many exhibition spaces. The venue includes nearly 10 000 specimens representing 300 species of mammals, indigenous and exotic fish, invertebrates, amphibians and reptiles. Watch marine mammals, such as polar bears, walruses and several seal species, frolic in the outdoor park. Many animals from the Pacific Ocean swim in our huge 350 000-litre tank. The area overlooks the Saint Lawrence River from atop a cliff, an excellent way of discovering these faraway regions.

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Trendy locals appreciate their impressive wine list and often drop by for a drink after work, or to dine on one of their many gourmet pizzas. Originality and flavour are on the menu here. Piz’za-za has an urban decor, with brick, wood and mirrors, centering on their impressive bar and open view of the kitchen. It’s on the second floor that we find the pièce de résistance, their large glass wine cellar that would make any oenophile drool. During the summer months, you’ll want to check out their lovely back patio.

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The restaurant staff is remarkably friendly and quick, creating a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. Employees receive regular courses on the wines offered in the restaurant to improve their service. The menu has many charms, for example, their tomato gratin with brie and raclette cheese made with Griffon beer. Bold, simple, and exquisite. The pizzas are delicious and made with fresh ingredients like fennel, fig, mango and smoked trout, and their salads and pastas are colourful and fresh. Every season, the chef makes up a new menu inspired by seasonal local ingredients.

The restaurant also offers wine tastings hosted by oenologist Richard Charbonneau. With varying themes, these workshops are a fantastic way to discover the diversity of wines while savouring a succulent meal.

Piz’za-za is definitely worth the detour. Thanks to its proximity to Canada`s capital, it is common for locals and tourists to cross the river for some good food, good wine, all at a reasonable price. To view their menu or find out about their wine tastings, visit their website at www.pizzaza.ca

Piz’za-za Restau Bar à vin 36, rue Laval Gatineau, Québec info@pizzaza.ca www.pizzaza.ca

Serge Bruyère

A native of Lyon in France, Serge Bruyère fell in love with the city of Québec from his very first visit in 1976. He immigrated to its province during the Montréal Olympic Games, working at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel before moving to Québec city. Prior to leaving his native country, he had undergone his training in the kitchens of l’Auberge du Tunnel in Auvergne with Paul Bocuse and the Troisgros brothers. He first worked at the Hilton before becoming executive chef at the Éperlan restaurant. One year later, he founded the Marie-Clarisse restaurant near the Breakneck Stairs (l’Escalier Casse-cou) with another partner. In 1980, he undertook a new adventure at the Maison Livernois on Saint-Jean Street, this time on his own: Serge Bruyère’s restaurant À La Table was created. He was among the very first chefs to work closely with local craftsmen in order to obtain high quality products for his menu. Serge Bruyère died prematurely in 1994 at the age of 33. His heritage is considered enormous: he introduced an updated version of haute cuisine, laying the foundations of a gastronomy concerned with great quality and based on a relationship of proximity with his suppliers. Throughout the 14 years of existence of À La Table, Bruyère devoted time and energy in training dozens of competent chefs like Daniel Vézina, Jean Soulard and Marie-Chantale Lepage, who to this day remain inspired by his culinary philosophy.

His passion for gastronomy as well as his devotion to the recognition of the trade were immense. He knew how to transmit his enthusiasm and the importance of working with precision, and also to respect clients and producers. Bruyère is one of only two Québec chefs to be included in the Larousse gastronomique lexicon, and was the first to introduce new cuisine to the city.

He was a humble, sympathetic and respected chef. His passion for quality produce and his unfailing technique and hard work, along with the sharing of his knowledge were of utmost importance to him. The Fondation Serge Bruyère, which is dedicated to the encouragement of Québec’s new culinary talent, serves to perpetuate his legacy.

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Both a capital as well as a sought-after tourist destination, Québec is a city offering a wide variety of fine dining establishments. Among the dozens of restaurants in the very popular Old Québec neighborhood, one can find the finest tables and most prestigious chefs in the city. Much importance is given to local produce and the menus are widely inspired by French cuisine. This great culinary tradition is largely the result of the efforts of the late Serge Bruyère, who was a precursor of new cuisine in Québec, updating French traditions as early as the 1970s.

From fast-food to haute cuisine, there are upwards of 2500 restaurants in the greater Québec city area, representing a ratio of 350 restaurants for every inhabitant, which is 3 times more than in New York! There are endless choices for every visitor. Beyond the Old Québec neighborhood, other areas such as Grande Allée, Cartier and René-Lévesque Streets near the National Assembly are positively crawling with great restaurants, many of which offer lively terraces in the summertime.

Many gay-friendly cafés and bistros can be discovered (or rediscovered) on Saint-Jean Street in the heart of the Faubourg Saint-Jean-Baptiste. The Nouvo Saint-Roch has also more recently emerged as a sought-after destination. The Saint-Roch and Saint-Sauveur neighborhoods offer many restaurants featuring a diverse selection of food from around the world. The more affluent Sillery neighborhood also offers excellent restaurants, among them those housed by Université Laval as well as many hotels and shopping malls along Laurier Boulevard.

Although Québec proudly displays its French character and traditions, and probably as a result of having always been a capital focused on tourism for over a century, no regional specialties are really associated with the city. That being said, Québec’s gastronomic trademark is associated with the best that French cuisine can offer and local produce of exceptional culinary quality.

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In the summertime, beach enthusiasts will not want to miss visiting the Baie de Beauport. It has been a popular cruising area for years, offering enchanting scenery on the Saint-Lawrence coastline. Every summer, visitors can practice volleyball, soccer, canoeing, kayaking and sailing, or just relax on the beach and have a swim. Baie de Beauport is located only five minutes away from downtown Québec.

At the far edge of the old port and Nouvo Saint-Roch, Gare du Palais serves as Via Rail’s terminal and links Montréal to Québec City. Built in 1915 by the Canadian Pacific Railway, the two-story châteauesque station is similar in design to the Château Frontenac. This magnificent railway station has been designated as a heritage site.

18km from downtown Québec in the Ste-Foy-Sillery-Cap Rouge district, Jean-Lesage International Airport is the world’s gateway into the capital and the eastern and northern regions of the province. It is the second most important airport in the province after Pierre-Elliott Trudeau in Montréal. Close by, the Grand Time Hotel’s two charming establishments offer travellers some well-deserved rest.

LGBTI professionals in the tourism industry can link-up with travel companies worldwide thanks to a new partnership between The Gay European Tourism Association and the LGBTI recruitment website, myGwork.com

myGwork, which promotes itself as “a Linkedin for LGBTI professionals”, was established last year by twin brothers Adrien and Pierre Gaubert in response to problems experienced by LGBTI employees. The site allows LGBTI professionals to create profiles and companies to post job opportunities.

The new partnership with GETA will help to create a tourism element to the website, linking GETA’s 4,200 business members to its thousands of LGBTI consumers as well as gay professionals throughout the world.  It is open to businesses and LGBTI professionals worldwide.

“As Europe’s authority on LGBTI tourism, we place innovation at the heart of our activities” said Carlos Kytka, Executive Director of GETA. “In recent months we have helped launch Europe’s first LGBTI language courses in Spain, partnered with the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office to publish LGBTI travel advice and created the first multi-national LGBTI travel marketing service in collaboration with one of the world’s top PR agencies.  This new initiative with myGwork is another advance in improving LGBTI travel in for businesses, employees and travellers”.

Pierre Gaubert said “myGwork exists to empower LGBTI professionals and we hope our partnership with GETA will help us meet this commitment in the tourism industry“

You can see more about myGwork at www.mygwork.com (http://www.mygwork.com/en/)

Mutek2015MUTEK launches into its 16th edition with 5 nonstop days of internationally recognized artistic excellence, running from May 27 to 31 at Montréal's Musée d'art contemporain (MAC) and various other venues in the heart of the city. Expect another year of mind and body bending artistry operating at the leading edge of technology, music, digital creativity and live performance.

As digital and electronic culture has matured and evolved, MUTEK is proud to maintain its unique position and reputation for emphasizing live performance in this ever-mutating realm. A core value since its inception, MUTEK seeks out and promotes original creations that unfurl in real time, underlining the immediacy and sense of happening that the whole festival thrives on, for both performers and audiences alike.

With Montréal as its backdrop, MUTEK has always played on the special character and convivial spirit the city is famous for. Visitors enter a sophisticated urban setting filled with multi sensory adventures that include the Quartier des spectacles, world famous restaurant culture and the high spring energy that fills the streets. The second edition of the city-wide Digital Spring, bringing together practitioners and institutions who elaborate the digital arts, promises an even richer encounter for tourists, as well as locals, who use MUTEK and its context as a vehicle to rediscover their own hometown.

The complete festival program has now been announced, including numerous headliners, our exceptional A/VISIONS performers as well as our generous free activities and performances.

We can't wait to see you!

BoxOfClown“Mom?”: A Comedy of Mourners- A mysterious trunk sits on the peak of a mountain at the end of the universe. Out of the trunk come the clown siblings Victoria, Frank, and Mango. They have brought with them the ashes of their dear, departed mother, whose last wish was to be scattered across the void. The clowns trip, fall, and stumble through the stages of grief.

Box of Clowns, a new physical theatre company from Portland, Oregon, is packing up the box, strapping it to the top of their tiny clown car, and heading across country. Their newest show, “Mom?”: A Comedy of Mourners, will make you laugh, cry, and call your mother. “Mom?” is the product of 2 years of ensemble collaboration that began at Dell’Arte International School in Blue Lake, California. Clowns Jeff Desautels, Laura Loy, and Anna Sell were swept off their feet by the magic and possibility found in the red nose. Their final project was the first incarnation of what they now present to audiences across North America. Described as “infectiously joyful”, their show has already wowed audiences in Canada, Washington, and Oregon. Their show is jam-packed with acrobatics, slapstick, and mischievous antics- all for dear, old Mom. While clinging desperately to their memories, the three siblings cling to each other, literally, as they teeter on the edge their tiny stage, surrounded by the vacuum of space. Nothing is ever simple for the clowns, least of all scattering remains. While trying to fulfill Mother’s last wishes, the clowns blast tradition, making a giant, ashy mess. The red-nosed clowns in “Mom?” stem from each actor’s personality and bear little resemblance to performers commonly spotted at children’s parties. “We don’t twist balloons, but we’re very good at popping them...” says Loy. The company’s character clowns are a conglomeration of the European tradition of clown, the American existential clown, and the ancient roots of the trickster. With these characters, the members of Box have happened upon a new kind of fearless theatre: personal, without an agenda, and insanely fun.  ABOUT THE COMPANY

Box of Clowns is a new ensemble from Portland, Oregon. Eschewing balloon animals and horror films, these clowns come from the tradition of popular theatre. The ensemble met while training at the Dell'Arte International School of Physical Theatre, where their production, “Mom?”, was born. Armed with their Dell’Arte training, group research, and a collective desire to find delight and humor in unexpected places, Box of Clowns creates visceral, emotional, and provocative experiences for their audiences.

Venue 4/Studio CirQus

4247 St. Dominique www.montrealfringe.ca

  • 06.12 20:15
  • 06.13 14:00
  • 06.14 18:00
  • 06.16 23:00
  • 06.18 20:30
  • 06.19 22:30
  • 06.21 14:45

rp_SnackMusic-525x286.jpegThis June 13th is the Montreal Fringe Festival premiere of Snack Music, a brand new show from the award-winning creators of the fringe smash-hits Kitt & Janeand Little Orange Man (Playwright’s Theatre Centre Prize, Centaur Theatre Award, Most Outstanding Overall Production.) Snack Music invites the audience to tell their best (or worst) true story, then sit back and watch the artists bring the story to life with improvised puppetry and live music. The snacks are free.

“There is something about puppets that can take the strangest story and make sense of it, take the darkest story and find the humour, take the simplest story and make it an epic tale,” says director Ginette Mohr. “Imagine telling a short story from your life to a dancer and watching them dance it, or giving your story to a composer and having them compose a mini symphony. It’s impossible to explain, you’ve just got to experience it.”

During the post-show Q & A, audience members remarked that Snack Music “feels like a house party, only funnier and with more friends.” If the idea of sharing your story terrifies you, you can also just sit back and watch. “Everyone is welcome,” says Snack Music puppeteer Ingrid Hansen, “We won’t make you open your mouth, except to maybe put snacks in it.”

All this is in an attempt to build a temporary community out of an audience of strangers. Snack Music has only six performances at the Montreal Fringe, and the company’s show Kitt & Jane sold out last year, so get your tickets in advance for this one or you might get left out of the game.

SNACK MUSIC produced by SNAFU

Playing at the 2015 St-Ambroise MONTREAL FRINGE FESTIVAL

Directed by Ginette Mohr

Performed by Andrew G. Young, Elliott Loran, and Ingrid Hansen

Dates:

  • Saturday June 13th @ 22:15
  • Sunday June 14th @ 14:15
  • Thursday June 18th @ 18:00
  • Friday June 19th @ 20:00
  • Saturday June 20th @ 23:45
  • Sunday June 21st @ 13:30

Venue: MAI (Montréal, Arts Interculturels) 3680 Rue Jeanne-Mance, Montreal

Tickets: $10 online at www.montrealfringe.ca

At the Fringe HQ Box Office 3905 St. Laurent 514.849.FEST and cash-only at the door.

Fringe

MainLine Theatre is pleased to announce the line-up of this year’s St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival, coming June 1-21. Celebrate 25 years of local, national, and international artists converging in the Plateau-Mont-Royal to present theatre, music, dance, and visual arts.

Discover the biggest bilingual art party Montreal has on offer through three jam-packed programs: FRINGE After Dark (June 1-21), FRINGE A-Z (June 2-21) and FRINGE Park (June 12-22). For full information on Music at the FRINGE and Dance at the FRINGE consult the index section of the same name in our Press Kit. Long-time and first-time Fringers alike are invited to bring their children to share in the excitement at the MiniFRINGE.

HISTORY
The very first Fringe Festival was the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, established in 1947 by a group of eight theatre companies prevented from participating in that year’s Edinburgh Festival. This inspired the creation of Canada’s first Fringe Festival, the Edmonton Fringe Festival in 1982. A decade later in 1991, the St-Ambroise Montreal FRINGE Festival was established by Kris Kieren and Nick Morra on McGill Campus. Over the years, the festival has grown to become an essential cultural variety pack kicking off Montreal’s famed summer festival season.

“Our recipe for success twenty-five years later is our unwavering devotion to four driving principles,” says Executive & Artistic Director, Amy Blackmore. “We are fully committed to diversity, community and artistic freedom. It’s the kind of festival where ANYONE can do ANYTHING. An experimental playground for artists.”

FRINGE PRINCIPLES
●    No artistic direction. Artists are chosen by lottery or first-apply first-accepted.
●    No censorship. Artists have complete freedom to present anything.
●    Accessibility to artists. Anyone can apply to the lottery.
●    Accessibility to audience. Ticket prices are capped at $10 and 100% of that ticket price is returned 
to the artists you see on stage.

These principles make the FRINGE a festival unlike any other. Around every corner a surprise lays waiting, at any moment magic may happen. “We create space for artists and audiences to meet and play,” says General Manager Geoff Agombar. “At the FRINGE, the audience is the artistic director.”

Follow the buzz to uncover this year’s hits. Share your comments and reviews online at www.montrealfringe.ca or by using the hashtag #fringebuzz.