Galerie d’art inuit Brousseau et Brousseau, in Quebec's Vieux-Quebec neighborhood, was established by Raymond Brousseau in 1974. This gallery was where Brousseau could showcase his collection of sculptures by local artists, that he has been accumulating since 1956. In 1999, he opened the adjoining space as the The Brousseau Museum of Inuit Art. The Hydro Quebec Room is a permanent zone that showcases the original collection by Raymond Brousseau. Beautifully crafted sculptures by local Inuit artists, mainly revolving around their culture and beliefs, comprise the artworks on display at both these galleries.
The 20,000 works at Musée National des Beaux-arts du Québec range from the traditional landscape paintings of Cornelius Krieghoff to the controversial abstraction of Paul-Émile Borduas and the avant-garde sculptures of Serge Tousignant. Non-Quebec artist Arthur Lismer's lovely St-Hilarion is one of the Museum's prized possessions. A huge slate of activities awaits art, music and cinema lovers. The museum hosts numerous events and exhibits throughout the year, so call ahead for more information.
Quebec City's modern Grand Théâtre de Quebec stands in stark contrast to the venerable beauty of the Palais Montcalm, which it effectively replaced. Built in the mid-1960s, the home of the Quebec Symphony Orchestra and L'Opéra de Québec does have its own charm, however. The Salle Louis-Fréchette seats spectators in a classic four-tier arrangement, while the Salle Octave-Crémazie is a more intimate option with fewer seats. With a huge annual program befitting a first-class, multi-use facility, any visitor with an interest in the arts is likely to find himself or herself, enjoying at the Grand.
Museum of Civilization plays host to a wide variety of locally and internationally themed exhibitions. In a building that effortlessly combines ancient colonial architecture with ultramodern additions, visitors feast on bilingual exhibitions ranging from Xi'an, Eternal Capital, a multimedia exploration of the ancient Chinese city, to Encounter with the First Nations, which focuses on Quebec's Native Peoples. Guided tours are also available.
The grand Palais Montcalm Theatre, erected at Place d'Youville, has entertained Quebec for almost 70 years. With a diverse lineup of classical, contemporary and specialty musical acts, the stone structure allows magnificent sightlines and superior acoustics in stately surroundings. A smaller performance space, the Café-Spectacles du Palais Montcalm, showcases blues and jazz acts in a cozy atmosphere. Though superseded by the Grand Théâtre in stature, the Palais Montcalm remains one of the city's true artistic and architectural landmarks. Ticket prices vary.
The beautiful Museum of French America (Le Musée de l'Amérique française) offers many multidisciplinary insights into the history of North America's French communities. There are two permanent exhibits: The Settling of French America is a multimedia trip from France to the colonies, while The History of the Collections Séminaire de Québec boasts an unmatched assortment of religious art and scientific instruments. Guided tours are available in both French and English.
Housed in a two-story structure, in Quebec's Montcalm neighborhood, Galerie Linda Verge has been delighting visitors with exquisite works of contemporary art for over 30 years. Artworks by renowned names along with creations by upcoming artists are showcased here, providing a great platform to promote this form of art. Paintings, that reflect the vibrancy and technique of color, and sculptures, that reveal skills of moulding, are the kind of works displayed at Galerie Linda Verge.
The alternative music scene of Quebec City got a new lease of life with the opening of Pantoum in May 2012. Since then several local as well as international indie bands like Karneef, X-Ray Zebras and Popeleon have performed at the intimate performance studio. However, the event schedule at Pantoum is not just restricted to music as it also hosts dance shows and theater events regularly. Pantoum also doubles up as a recording studio and rehearsal space in the city.
Théâtre Premier Acte is a wonderful performance space, located within the Centre Culturel et Environnement Frédérick Back building in central Quebec. Accommodating an audience of only 80 members at a time, the theater is an intimate space. The aim of Théâtre Premier Acte is to offer upcoming theater groups a platform to showcase their talents. These groups function on a shoe-string budget, thus this modest, but well-equipped space is sufficient for them. The acts performed here are enthralling and you will surely be captivated by the thought and performances of each play.
Théâtre Periscope is a popular name in the field of theater and is home to some of the best artistic performances in the city. Theater lovers will adore the passel of exotic and charming theatrical shows staged on the dais from time to time. Discover innovative acts even as you treat your senses to a brilliant amalgamation of visuals, conceptual solidity and auditory brilliance. The theater comprises of 4 main entertanment zones: the main theater, the Salle Bleue; which hosts intimate cultural and corporate dos, meetings and conferences, the studio Marc Doré and the exhibition space, Le Foyer. Also, you will find theater companies like Niveau Parking, Blanc, Les Nuages en Pantalon and Gros Becs, situated in the premises of the Periscope, performing often in the theater. Check website for more details on current and upcoming events.
Henry-Stuart House is named after its prior owners. This beautiful house symbolises the early British architectural style and appears as a jewel amidst the urban Quebec city. The house has a unique square roof and a beautiful welcoming British style garden. Inside the house, the accessories and styling of the Stuart family is kept intact. Guided tours are arranged from June to September. Tea and lemon cakes are served at the end of the tour.