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).

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.

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.