Teatime returns to the Morrin Centre

Quebec City – Following a popular and successful debut in 2014, the Morrin Centre’s afternoon teatime will return this summer, with the season’s first session taking place Friday, June 19 at 4:00 p.m. Revelers will be able to sample traditional teas and cookies in keeping with Victorian customs and etiquette in the Morrin Centre’s historic library, which boasts a collection of over 20,000 books, and artifacts dating back to when teatime came into fashion. Teatime at the Morrin will be the opportunity to celebrate special occasions or to simply discover the English heritage that is part of Quebec City’s history. Teas will be provided by Sebz Thé & Lounge, while cookies will be provided by Traîteur Buffet Maison. The bilingual presentations will take place at 4 p.m. each Friday, Saturday and Sunday through September 6, unless the Morrin Centre library is otherwise booked. Admission fees for afternoon teatime are $12 for adults, $10 for students, and $6 for children 10 and under (all prices including tax). It is highly recommended to make reservations online or by phone (418-694-9147).

Valérie Clio/Gabrielle Shonk concert, dance workshop postponed

Quebec City – Due circumstances beyond its control, the Morrin Centre’s events for the evening of Saturday, June 13 as part of the ELAN Arts Alive! program have been postponed. – The concert with Valérie Clio and Gabrielle Shonk has been moved to Friday, September 25 at 8:00 p.m. – The dance workshop with Porto Swing will be moved to a date to be determined. The Community Arts Fair taking place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, as well as the Plants & Animals concert on Friday evening at 8:00 p.m., will continue as scheduled. For those who have already purchased tickets to Saturday evening’s events, their tickets will be valid for both the rescheduled concert and dance workshop; or, they can be returned to the Morrin Centre for a full refund.

Jazz Series Season Tickets

Reduced-price season tickets for the Morrin Centre’s Jazz Series are now available! Thursday, February 19, 8:00 p.m.: Plan B-bop Thursday, March 19, 8:00 p.m.: Hard Bop Café Thursday, April 16, 8:00 p.m.: François Rioux (pictured) Thursday, May 21, 8:00 p.m.: Martin Desjardins Thursday, June 18, 8:00 p.m.: Thiago Ferté    

Student Film Competition

The Morrin Centre is announcing its Student Film Contest for March of 2015, made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage. We’re asking high school and CEGEP students to submit a 3- to 10-minute documentary film or news report they have created to the contest. Of those submitted, we’ll choose a winner to earn a $500 prize, and a runner-up to earn a $250 prize. Winners will be named on the day of the colloquium, March 21. – Entries will be accepted in French or English. – The five best entries will be posted on the Morrin Centre website where the public will have a chance to vote. – The winning entry will be announced at the event. – The students involved in the creation of the five best entries will be invited to take part in one of the round-tables where they will discuss the making of their reports. – During the round-table, Anglophone and Francophone students will discuss their perceptions of language and media and how it shaped their reports. –  The session will be moderated by a prominent bilingual media personality, which will also help to encourage student participation. This will also allow students to express themselves in the official language of their choice.

President of LHSQ wins prix Hommage 2014

Quebec City — The Chambre de commerce et d’industrie de Quebec announced on Wednesday, November 12 that Literary and Historical Society of Quebec President Sovita Chander was awarded its 2014 “Prix Hommage,” which honors the contributions to society made by an individual born outside Canada. Chander joined the LHSQ’s board of directors in 2007, was named Vice-President in 2010, and President in 2012. During her time with the Society, she has led the way in developing the Morrin Centre’s activities into a unique program centered on heritage, education and the arts, helping to build a bridge between Quebec City’s Anglophone and Francophone communities. “Growing up, I was taught that you always give back, no matter where you live. Over the years, Quebec City and the Morrin have enriched my life immeasurably. As a unique cultural institution, the Morrin Centre plays a central role in building a new sense of community for all of us from near and far.” Born in Malaysia, Chander was raised in Washington, D.C., and arrived in Canada to study at McGill University. She moved to Quebec City in 1996, where she learned French and began a career in technology and healthcare, as a marketer and entrepreneur. She was previously with EXFO, a global telecommunications supplier, and Cardinal Health, a Fortune 20 firm. She also co-founded Caristix, a healthcare technology startup company that drew clients from major companies and hospitals in the US and Canada. She now advises CEOs and their marketing heads in the healthcare technology field. About the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec Founded in 1824, the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec was the first learned society in Canada. Its history is linked to the intellectual development of Quebec and Canada. The Society led the restoration of the Morrin Centre, which it now runs. As an English-speaking cultural centre located in the historical quarter of Quebec City, the Morrin Centre strives to be a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Francophone and Anglophone public with rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts.  Building upon our building’s history and key institutions, our programming aims to provide historical perspective on Quebec City’s unique French-English heritage, develop enhanced educational opportunities for youth,  and act as a springboard for artistic creativity. Through its community outreach, the Morrin Centre serves as an important bridge between the Anglophone and Francophone communities of Quebec City, helping to understand our common past and envision our future.

Second annual interactive Halloween tours at the Morrin Centre

Quebec City – For the second year, Hérôle and the Morrin Centre will host a 60-minute Interactive Halloween Experience in the halls of the Centre, Quebec City’s first common gaol. Participants will be immersed in the terrifying world of Dr. Frankenstein. It’s an unforgettable experience for fright-seekers and fans of ghost stories! Three years ago, Victor Frankenstein abandoned his house after conducting research about life on earth, having finally achieved his greatest success. Unfortunately, every prior experiment left behind monsters, each more terrifying than the next. The scientist has disappeared…but his subjects still haunt the house’s corridors. The Morrin Centre’s tours will be presented from Thursdays to Saturdays between October 17 and November 15 (excluding October 18 and November 13). Tours will start every 15 minutes between 6:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m. We strongly encourage reserving ahead of time with a credit card by phoning 418-694-9174 or by visiting www.morrin.org. The activity is offered in French for an audience aged 16 and older and costs $25 for an hour of intense emotions, mystery and suspense.

Literary Feast 2014

Our sixth annual Literary Feast fundraiser will be held at the Morrin Centre on Thursday, October 16, 2014. The evening will start with a cocktail at 5:30 p.m. in one of Canada’s most beautiful libraries, followed by dinner in the historic College Hall at 6:30 p.m., catered by Le Saint-Amour restaurant, inspired by the meals served during 1864’s Quebec Conference on the way to Confederation. This year, we are honoured to welcome two distinguished guest speakers. Our keynote speaker is Christopher Moore, the Governor-General’s-Award-winning author of “1867: How the Fathers Made a Deal” and other works. His speech, “Three Weeks in October: When Quebec City invented Canada,” will explore the personalities, parties, and politics of the constitutional conference held at Quebec City exactly 150 years ago, when the constitutional arrangements by which we still live were debated and drafted. The evening’s honorary chair, David F. Blair, is a Partner in McCarthy Tetrault’s Business Law Group, where he focuses his practice on transportation law. He was president of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec from 1999 to 2012. In December 2013, Mr. Blair was awarded the Order of Canada. A limited number of tickets for this black-tie (optional) event are available for $225 per person. You may reserve your ticket(s) by calling Program and Communications Director Hoffman Wolff at 418-694-9147, extension 223, or e-mailing hoffmanwolff@morrin.org. As part of the Literary Feast, there will also be a silent auction. This is a great opportunity to purchase a valuable item or a special service while supporting our flagship English-language cultural centre. Proceeds from the evening will enable the Morrin Centre to continue offering a variety of stimulating and innovative English-language cultural programs at a reasonable cost. Silent auction items will be listed on the Literary Feast website as they become available atmorrin.org. I hope that you will be able to join us for this important event and thank you for your continued support.

The Morrin Centre explores a British love affair

“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” – Henry James Quebec City, June 2, 2014 – The Morrin Centre launched its new summer activity this morning. At a press conference in the Library, President Sovita Chander observed that the Centre’s Victorian decor is the ideal setting to experience afternoon tea, an English tradition that grew in popularity in the 19th century and is making a comeback as one of the number one food trends in 2014, according to NPR’s Bonny Wolf. She added that the Centre is “looking to build its programming around the history of the building and the multiple functions that is has had over the centuries.” From June 7 to September 1, the Morrin Centre will carry local and out-of-town visitors back to when Britain’s love affair with tea first swept through all the social classes of the nation and beyond. There will be two sittings each Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 5 p.m. An enchanting decor Participants will be able to sample traditional teas and pastries in keeping with Victorian customs and etiquette in this historic library which boasts a collection of over 20,000 books, a spiral staircase reminiscent of the library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and artifacts dating back to a time when teatime came into fashion. “We are very proud to be launching this new activity. Afternoon tea at the Morrin will be the opportunity to celebrate special occasions or simply discover the English heritage that is part of the unique history of our fortified city,” commented Executive Director, Barry McCullough. It is highly recommended to reserve online (www.morrin.org) or by phone (418-694-9147). About the Morrin Centre The Morrin Centre is an English-language cultural centre that promotes the heritage of the English-speaking community of Quebec City, fosters cultural exchange and offers a wide range of activities including library services, guided tours, readings by prominent authors, writing workshops, a writers’ festival and much more. This 200 year-old building, listed as a National Historic Site, is managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

ImagiNation 2014 – Up close and personal with bestselling Canadian authors

Quebec City, March 19, 2014 – The Morrin Centre’s fifth annual writers’ festival includes both well-established and newly-acclaimed authors, including Miriam Toews, winner of a Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, who will be reading from her yet-to-be-released novel, All My Puny Sorrows; Terry Fallis, winner of two Stephen Leacock medals for humour and whose first novel, The Best Laid Plans, has been adapted for TV in a new CBC mini-series; Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC Radio’s Wiretap; celebrated food critic Jacob Richler; historical fiction writer and winner of the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, Annabel Lyon; and many others whose readings and discussions will touch on themes such as the environment, translation as an art form, family secrets, identity and poetry. Sponsored in part by La Maison Anglaise et Internationale bookstore and Le Soleil, the Morrin Centre’s fifth annual English-language writers’ festival will be held from April 9 to 13, 2014. ImagiNation contributes year after year to helping the general public become better acquainted with Canadian authors through public discussions, readings and performances. The Morrin Centre would like to thank its partners, namely Canadian Heritage, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Entente de développement culturel (a partnership between the City of Quebec and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications), the Centre local de développement de Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. The complete program is available at www.morrin.org/imagination. Please contact Elizabeth Perreault for interview requests with the authors or organizers at 418-694-9147 or elizabethperreault@morrin.org.