ELAN announces Arts Alive! Festival programming in Knowlton and Québec City

Family festival offers performances, workshops, and activities in music, theatre, visual arts, dance, and more

ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) presents Arts Alive! Québec

KNOWLTON—Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5
QUÉBEC CITY—Friday, August 3 – Saturday, August 4

Montreal, July 12th, 2018 • Spreading creativity throughout the province this summer, Arts Alive! Québec’s (AAQ) next stop is early August in both Knowlton (August 3-5) and Québec City (August 3-4). A number of award-winning as well as up and coming musical artists are participating in both regions’ weekend festivals.

For ELAN Executive Director Guy Rodgers it’s difficult to choose between the bucolic pleasures of Knowlton in the Townships and the historic treasures of the Morrin Centre in the heart of Old Québec City. “Whichever destination visitors choose, they can be sure of a charming Arts Alive! Québec experience. I especially like the way workshops and performances dovetail this year in Knowlton, and follow a swing music theme in Québec City,” he said.

Some of Knowlton’s workshops have been paired with live performances. Theatre Lac-Brome is running the satirical comedy The Mystery of Irma Vep where two actors play multiple characters and have many quick costume changes, so organizers are offering a portrait photography workshop. The show Libertango inspired a tango workshop. Both workshops will be held just in advance of the performances, offering participants a heightened theatre experience. Families can take in Just Enough, a puppet/clown show based on a traditional Yiddish folktale and inspired by the popular children’s book Something from Nothing by Phoebe Gilman, and then attend a puppet-making workshop. Amos Joannides, who recently performed on La Voix and is a member of the local community theatre, is leading a song writing workshop and then performing with other artists in the Songwriters Circle concert that evening.

For Knowlton Arts Alive! Québec spokesperson Danny McAuley, it’s all about people getting in touch with their creative side and trying new things. “Arts Alive is good for the soul. Put away the iPhone, turn off Netflix; take in a concert and join a workshop. This is the perfect opportunity for parents and children to do something together,” he said. He adds, “Townshippers are always excited to introduce new people to the community and these events give us a platform to do just that. This year our partner Theatre Lac-Brome is a creative hub for many terrific activities.”

Arts Alive! Québec – Guy Rodgers, ELAN Executive Director (Photo: Kinga Michalska)

Québec City’s Morrin Centre invites people to ‘tune in and swing out’ with their outstanding musical line-up. The Centre’s Executive Director, Barry McCullough, acknowledges how meaningful the event is to the community because it offers local artists an opportunity to reach new audiences, especially during the outdoor street fair. “Our prime location in the heart of Old Québec attracts a great number of passersby. The combination of locals, both English-speaking and French-speaking, along with visitors, makes the crowd diverse and dynamic. More and more, Arts Alive! Québec is becoming a can’t-miss event; the setting is steeped in history and is inspiring.”

The Old Québec City walls will be reverberating with top-notch music all weekend. Between them, these jazz and swing bands have won prestigious awards, released multiple albums, played renowned international festivals, collaborated with household names, and entertained countless enthusiastic audiences.

Detailed Knowlton and Québec City programming below.


Tickets for Knowlton events can be purchased at Brome Lake Books—45, chemin Lakeside, J0E 1V0. Venues: Théâtre Lac-Brome, 9 Mont Echo; Old Court House, 15 St. Paul; United Church, 234 ch, Knowlton; Star Café, 61 Lakeside. Tickets for shows at Theatre Lac-Brome available at the theatre.



4-5:30pm: Photography with Yves Pinsonneault (in Théâtre Lac-Brome), $10

Exhibit of artists’ works in the theatre all weekend (photographer Susan Pepler, Stanley Lake, as well as workshop participants)

Performances and events

5:30-7:30pm: Festival opening reception at Theatre Lac-Brome featuring the musical stylings of pianist John Barr, sponsored by townshippers.qc.ca, Free

8:00pm The Mystery of Irma Vep, comedy produced by Théâtre Lac-Brome, $30



12:30-2pm: Puppet workshop with Maggie Winston (Old Court House), $10 (for one adult/child)

4:30-6pm Latin Dance workshop with Caroline Demers from Tango Rico in Sherbrooke (theatre) $10

Performances and events

11am-12pm: Just Enough–puppet and clown show based on a traditional Yiddish folktale and inspired by the popular children’s book “Something from Nothing” by Phoebe Gilman, (Old Court House), pass the hat

11:30am-12pm: Teddy Bears’ Picnic and reading by Stanley Lake & Almut Ellinghaus (Old Court House),

1-4pm: Live music at the Star Café, Free

8pm: Libertango with soprano Nathalie Choquette, pianist Dominic Boulianne, and cellist Dominic Painchaud (theatre) $35



11am-12:30pm: Drumming with Frédéric Gauld, including communal drums for 6-8 people (theatre), $10

1-2:30pm: Flower Arranging with Debbie Hornig (United Church), $10

2:30-4pm: Song Writing with Amos Joannides (theatre), $10

3-4:30pm: Still Life painting with lauded painter Susan Pepler (United Church), $10


7-9pm Songwriters Circle concert with Amos Joannides, Kate Morrison, Kyra Shaughnessy, and Rick Murrin (theatre), $20

For general enquiries about Knowlton events: Brome Lake Books, 450 242-2242

Misses Satchmo Quartet will perform at the Arts Alive! Festival in Québec City on August 4th


Québec City events take place inside and around the beautiful Morrin Centre—44 Chaussée des Écossais, G1R 4H3. Jazz concert, free musical workshops, street fair with local artisans and musicians


7pm: Daniel Arthur Trio

8:30pm: Sienna Dahlen, (indoors) $20 


10:30am: Musical workshop for kids (indoors)

1pm: Song writing workshop with rising Pop/RnB singer-songwriter NJ Taylor, beginners/adults (indoors)

Street Fair

11am: Teddy Bears’ Picnic

12pm-5pm: Local artisans

12pm: Swing Dance beginners’ workshop

1pm: Misses Satchmo Quartet — 20s-30s swing

2pm: Roxanne Burns and the Gentlemen — jazz standards and originals

3pm: Tea for 20’s — celebrating jazz roots from the 20s- jazz, swing and American blues

4pm: Mardi-Gras Band — New Orleans jazz from the 20s and 30s

For general enquiries about Québec City events: Morrin Centre, 418-694-9147, info@morrin.org

For general enquiries about Arts Alive! Québec: arts.alive@Québec-elan.org

About Arts Alive! Québec

ARTS ALIVE! QUÉBEC is a moveable feast of music, theatre, dance, visual arts, film and so much more. Initiated by ELAN (English-language Arts Network) in 2015, six dynamic regions—Hudson, Huntingdon, Knowlton, Québec City, Wakefield and West Island/Montreal—produce six individual festivals to showcase Québec’s diverse cultural communities and innovative artists with activities and performances for the entire family! Visit the ELAN’s AAQ page and stay connected for the rest of the summer.

Upcoming regional events— West Island/Montreal Aug. 15, Sept. 29 (and others tbc), Wakefield Sept. 7-8;


About ELAN

ELAN (English-Language Arts Network) is a not-for-profit organization that connects, supports, and promotes Québec’s English-speaking artists and arts communities. Its members include artists and organizations representing a multitude of artistic disciplines and regions of Québec. ELAN’s philosophy is inclusive, encouraging an evolving Québec identity that recognizes French as the public language and celebrates social, cultural, and artistic diversity. To find out more about ELAN’s various programs, visit www.Québec-elan.org.

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