Desjardins Group confirms a 150 000 $ donation to the Morrin Centre during its 10th annual Literary Feast

The Morrin Centre will launch an immersive tour on capital punishment in Quebec City’s former jail, in May 2019 Quebec City, November 15, 2018 – On November 15, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub, the Morrin Centre, hosted its tenth annual Literary Feast that benefits its programming and mission. The event which started with a cocktail in the Centre’s magnificent Victorian library, was followed by a dinner catered by Espace Arte Vino in the ballroom. The evening featured keynote speaker, Ken Dryden, and was presided by the President and CEO of Desjardins Group, Guy Cormier. Over $48,000 were raised during this fundraising dinner thanks to ticket sales, sponsorships, donations, as well as the sale of books and auction items. Keeping the memory of local English-speaking communities alive As part of Mr. Cormier’s opening remarks, he announced Desjardins Group’s contribution of $150,000 to the Morrin Centre. “With this contribution, the Morrin Centre will be able to move forward with its plans to build an immersive exhibit on the history of capital punishment, opening in May 2019,” said Mr. Cormier. “Desjardins is proud to be associated with this new venture – an educational tourist attraction. It’s important for all of us to acknowledge the contribution of those who arrived here from England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland, as well as the Loyalists from the U.S. Many of these people were entrepreneurs, and they played a pivotal role in shaping the communities in and around Quebec City.” It must be noted that the Morrin Centre’s building still houses, to this day, cells from Quebec City’s common jail which was closed in 1867 and replaced by the prison on the Plaines of Abraham. Desjardins Group’s donation is made through the $100-million development fund which was launched in 2016 to support and promote key projects for its members and communities in Quebec and Ontario. During his keynote speech, celebrated Montreal Canadiens goalie, lawyer, politician, and author, Ken Dryden, discussed his fifth book, Game Change, outlining the state of modern hockey, but also the history and chronology of this sport that ultimately led to Steve Montador’s death. He argued that the game is also having a serious impact on several other players in the NHL who suffer repeated concussions which lead to chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Dryden also presented what he sees as the solution to save other players from Montador’s demise and identifies Gary Bettman as the only person who can resolve this issue. The Morrin Centre would like to thank all the Major Partners for this event which include Desjardins Group, Québecor, La Maison Simons, McCarthy Tétrault, and the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph. It is thanks to their support and the people present during the Literary Feast that the Morrin Centre is able to continue offering rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts. About the Morrin Centre As an English-language cultural centre located in Quebec City’s historical quarter, the Morrin Centre is a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Anglophone and Francophone public with rich, […]

Quebec City celebrates CanLit during the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

From April 3 to 8, 2018, the Morrin Centre will be hosting its ninth annual writers’ festival. Building on popular recurring activities, such as the Books and Wine pairing event, and the Books and Brunch activity, the festival will present a smorgasbord of celebrated authors, translators, and artists, during a week-long celebration of Canada’s diversity, and rich history and culture.   Some of the headlining authors include Indigenous writers David Wolfman (cooking demonstration on April 7), and Lee Maracle (Books and Brunch onApril 8). Other visiting writers include hockey dad, Karl Subban, visual artists Kyo Maclear and Jack Breakfast, literary stars Elizabeth Hay and Barbara Reid, as well as musicians Ron Sexsmith, Gary Barwin and Randall Spear. Festival events will explore themes including Quebec history, the giants of CanLit, contemporary science fiction, post-traumatic stress disorder, translation, seeking out nature in urban settings, and First Nation cultures.   Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with English-language authors from across the country, in the heart of Old Quebec. For more information on the complete program, and to purchase a festival pass or single event ticket, visit morrin.org/imagination or contact the Morrin Centre at 418-694-9147.   The festival is made possible thanks to the support of many partners, including Canadian Heritage, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec.   About the Morrin Centre As an English-language cultural centre located in Quebec City’s historical quarter, the Morrin Centre is a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Anglophone and Francophone public with rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts. Building upon our Centre’s history and key institutions, our programming aims to provide historical perspective on the region’s unique French-English heritage, develop enhanced educational opportunities for youth, and act as a springboard for artistic creativity.

Christiane Germain and Louise Penny Come Together to Support the Morrin Centre’s Annual Literary Feast

Louise Penny, renowned international author, will be keynote speaker for the evening. Penny received many literary honours including a New Blood Dagger for Best First Novel; two Arthur Ellis awards; three Anthony awards; and an unprecedented four consecutive Agatha awards for best novel, in addition to a nomination for a fifth. Her books have made the New York Times Bestseller Lists repeatedly, and her Gamache novels have been published in 23 languages. One of her Inspector Gamache novels, Bury Your Dead, uses the Morrin Centre’s Victorian library as backdrop for a terrible murder. She will be talking about her new book, Glass Houses, on this occasion.   The evening’s Honorary President, Christiane Germain, is co-president of Groupe Germain Hotels, as well as the soul behind the experiential concept at Germain establishments. She is also in charge of operations for all hotels under the Le Germain Hotels banner and the Alt Hotel banner. Dynamic, tenacious and inventive, Christiane has made her mark in the restaurant and hotel industries. She is also a “dragon” on the show Dans l’oeil du dragon on Radio-Canada, the Quebec adaptation of Dragons Den. A silent auction will also take place during the evening, with proceeds enabling the Morrin Centre to continue offering a variety of stimulating and innovative English-language cultural programs at a reasonable cost.   A limited number of tickets for this black-tie (optional) event are available for $250 per person. A private VIP Bury Your Dead tour of the Morrin Centre with Louise Penny can also be purchased with your ticket for $100. We strongly advise purchasing your tickets in advance since a limited number are available for the evening and tour. Tickets may be reserved by calling our Administrative Assistant, Rosemarie Fischer, at 418-694-9147, extension 221, or by e-mailing info@morrin.org.  

iA Financial Group Pledges to Support the Morrin Centre for 5 years

Quebec City – The Morrin Centre’s eighth annual Literary Feast fundraiser, featuring author Roch Carrier as the keynote speaker, was held on Thursday, November 10, 2016. This event was attended by some of Quebec’s most prominent public figures, including Quebec City’s mayor, Regis Labeaume, and Geoffrey Kelly, Minister responsible for Native Affairs. The evening’s Honorary President, Yvon Charest, President and Chief Executive Officer of Industrial Alliance, made a special announcement during his welcome speech: he revealed that Industrial Alliance pledged to donate $100 000 over five years to the Morrin Centre. This substantial donation was made in anticipation of iA Financial Group’s 125th anniversary. iA Financial Group has participated in more than twelve decades of Quebec City’s history. The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec’s President, Barry Holleman said: “The LHSQ and the Morrin Centre are grateful for the support that Industrial Alliance has pledged. The recognition of the importance of the Morrin Centre’s diverse cultural programming, that brings the English and French speaking communities together, is extremely encouraging. This contribution will allow us to continue to develop attractive programs and reach even more members of our community”.

Canada’s oldest learned society elects new president

The Literary and Historical Society of Quebec (LHSQ) held its 192nd annual general meeting last night at the Morrin Centre, the English-language cultural hub it manages. In addition to discussing the Centre’s accomplishments in the past year, and of its plans for 2016, members were invited to elect Council. On this occasion, Barry Holleman who has been a member of Council since 2012 and Vice President since March 2015 was elected 55th President of the Literary and Historical Society. As Senior Business Advisor at Inno-centre, Holleman advises companies on funding assistance, marketing, strategic planning, business development and partnership formation. Through his experience as CEO at Myca Health and Vice President Clinical Technologies at Cardinal Health he has worked in the life science supply chain, IT consulting and computer development, health care IT and medical equipment sales. He has a Master of Communication Science from Radboud University of Nijmegen, Netherlands and has completed the Leadership Development Program at Duke University in North Carolina. When addressing the members assembled on Wednesday evening, he shared his enthusiasm for the continued growth of the Morrin Centre in the areas of heritage interpretation, education and the arts. One of his objectives will be “to work with staff, members and Council to provide the environment and conditions for the Society to thrive and for the Morrin Centre to become the destination of choice for members of our community and visitors to Quebec City alike.” After four years at the head of the LHSQ, President Sovita Chander stepped down to continue her work as Vice President of Strategy at Le saint, a marketing agency where she advises CEOs and their marketing heads in the healthcare technology field. About the Morrin Centre As an English-language cultural centre located in Quebec City’s historical quarter, the Morrin Centre strives to be a leading cultural institution of national standing, providing the Anglophone and Francophone public with rich, engaging programming in the areas of heritage interpretation, education, and the arts. Building upon our Centre’s history and key institutions, our programming aims to provide historical perspective on the region’s unique French-English heritage, develop enhanced educational opportunities for youth, and act as a springboard for artistic creativity.

Morrin Centre launches temporary exhibit on Hong Kong and the Home Front

The Morrin Centre is launching an exhibit to mark the 75th anniversary of the battle and fall of Hong Kong on March 24, 2016 at 7 p.m. During the evening, exhibit curator Patrick Donovan will answer questions such as “Why did Canadians go to Hong Kong during World War II?” and “What is the legacy of this battle 75 years later?” From March 24, 2016 until January 1, 2017, visit Hong Kong and the Home Front, and discover how the Royal Rifles of Canada, Quebec City’s main English-speaking regiment, took part in the battle to defend Hong Kong, until Great-Britain surrendered the colony to the Japanese on Christmas Day in 1941. Through photos and archives, learn about what has been called “one of the darkest stories in Canadian military history.” The odds were stacked against the Canadian troops. Some men never came back. Those that did spent nearly four difficult years in Japanese prisoner-of-war camps. Their stories, and those of life on the home front in Quebec City, will be shared. A limited number of places are available at the launch of this exhibit during which drinks will be served. Reserve today at morrin.org or at 418-694-9147.

Morrin Centre Launches Local Youth Leadership Forum

Thanks to the support of Canadian Heritage and the Mouvement Desjardins, the Morrin Centre launched its Youth Leadership Forum We Are One on February 17. Twenty-two students in secondary three and four, from Quebec High School, St. Patrick’s High School, L’École Joseph-François-Perrault, and the Collège François-de-Laval, gathered at the Centre to discuss the issue of poverty. This bilingual, one-day colloquium allowed them and their teachers to connect around this issue, and build a common project that will allow them to take action in their community from now until December 2016. The Chief Executive Officer of Centraide, Bruno Marchand, met with the students on this occasion. He helped dispel stereotypes, shed light on underlying issues, and raise awareness about the difficulties and challenges that the less fortunate face. Inspired by this talk, and the activities aiming to motivate and enable the students to take part in concrete actions, the participants formed committees that will be working together on a common objective, i.e. help fight poverty in their region. For news of developments related to this initiative, follow the students at www.facebook.com/morrin.centre. About the Morrin Centre As an English-language 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 Centre’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.

THE ASYLUM’s patients haunt the halls of the Morrin Centre during this year’s Interactive Halloween Experience

Quebec City, September 30, 2015 – From October 23 to November 7, the Morrin Centre and Hérôle will host an all-new Interactive Halloween Experience. The former prison will open its doors, its cells and its darkened hallways to create the terrifying universe of The Asylum. An experience unlike anything else in Quebec City, participants will be immersed in a world where everything around them seems real. All are invited to enter The Asylum, but those looking to escape must solve puzzles even more challenging than in previous years. For a sneak peak of what awaits you You’ve had the same nightmare every night for a month. You’re searching for someone at the asylum, but all of the patients start to chase after you. When you finally find who you’re looking for, the person gives you an envelope. And it’s at this moment when you always wake up. At your wits’ end, you decide to call the asylum. They tell you that a patient known as “the messenger” has asked to see you. Building up your courage, you decide to visit “the messenger.” Once you get there, you’re astonished to learn that others have had the same nightmare as you… Hérôle offers a NEW Interactive Halloween Experience in Quebec City Hérôle has also held an Interactive Halloween Experience each year since 2011 at the Old Prison of Trois-Rivières, with frequent sellout crowds at the program. The Asylum will be presented at the Morrin Centre in French on Fridays and Saturdays between October 23 and November 7 from 6:30 to 11:30 p.m., with 60-minute tours beginning every fifteen minutes. Participants are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets in advance by visiting www.morrin.org, or by calling 418-694-9147. Admission is $25 per person, and the activity is recommended for participants age 16 and up. Will you be able to make it out of THE ASYLUM? – 30 – For more information : Elizabeth Perreault Development and Communications Director 418-694-9147 elizabethperreault@morrin.org

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).