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.

Student Film Contest Winners announced

The Morrin Centre has announced the winners of its Student Film Contest for March of 2015, made possible in part by the Department of Canadian Heritage.   First-place film: Le$$, 2015 documentary, produced for the Documentary class at the Cegep de l’Outaouais’ Arts and Letters program’s Cinema and Media profile.  Subject: A glimpse into the life of Leslie Jamieson. Filmed and produced by Francis Leduc and Sara Ben Saud. Language: English with French subtitles Second prize: Petites heures  A dreamlike, sensory portrait of Montreal during the overnight hours. It’s an investigation into an oft-ignored world, creating meaning through the filming, sound and editing> Petites heures explores these short, magical hours through voices, stories, sounds, profiles and spaces: fleeting, unusual moments during the period between night and day. Production: Didier Pigeon-Perreault Video: Florence Carrier Audio: Gabrielle Tremblay Editing: TamDan Vu Sound track: johnny_ripper (Password: pigeon)

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.

Morrin Centre featured in 1608 Magazine

The Morrin Centre and our Executive Director, Barry McCullough, were recently featured in 1608 magazine, Quebec City’s arts and lifestyle publication. In an article entitled “Pour anglophones et -philes,” 1608 wrote about a number of English-centered locations in the city, including Morrin Centre community partners CBC Radio and La Maison Anglaise.