What to do this weekend – showcasing Sherbrooke(13-15 July)

Sherbrooke might be an urban centre but it is also surrounded by nature. A unique destination. it is home to anglophones and francophones who live side by side, creating a rich cultural mix of special events and live entertainment. This weekend is no exception. You might find it hard to cram everything in!


A first! Quebec’s Issime performs songs from Starmania

This hugely popular rock opera from the 1970s is back in the spotlight from July 11-August 18 in a show entitled Québec Issime chante Starmania. Seven singers and 12 musicians will perform a concert version of this musical extravaganza, complete with projections, setting the scene for familiar songs such as La complainte de la serveuse automate, La chanson de Ziggy, Le blues du businessman, Les adieux d’un sex-symbol, Ce soir on danse à Naziland et Le monde est stone.


Rock ‘n’ Roll at the Nature and Science Museum

Music is definitely front and centre this summer. Sherbrooke’s Nature and Science Museum is hosting an exhibition entitled La Science du Rock’n’Roll (The Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll) – a first for Quebec! It explains the role that science played in the creation and popularization of rock music, covering the period between 1950 and 2000. The exhibits go beyond just the auditory and emotional effects of this popular musical genre by explaining exactly how the music was created, recorded and distributed. Always had a hankering to be part of the rock scene? This is your big chance! Sit in a recording booth, beat out an epic solo on a drum, play an electric guitar or pretend to a deejay!


A multitude of ways to discover the Sherbrooke murals

Le Circuit des murales de Sherbrooke – a tour of the Sherbrooke murals and the first of its kind in Canada – has transformed the downtown area into a veritable outdoor art gallery. Each piece of wall art reveals something fascinating about the city’s culture and history. Summer and winter you can walk around the streets and along the way discover great restaurants, museums and microbreweries.

Taking a cue from augmented reality, Muralis, a mobile app, brings the murals to life. Try a quiz with your family or friends. Perhaps a guided tour? Or Par le chemin des fresques - a drive around the murals with entertainers in period costume who will transport you back to the era of the 1950s.


Wait! There’s more!

Don’t miss the following upcoming Sherbrooke events :

  • Music and fireworks at the Fête du lac des Nations - July 17- 21
  • Outdoor musical performances during the Concerts de la cité (until August 4)
  • Lise Dion with her brand new show at Sherbrooke University’s Cultural Centre
  • Narrated walks at Domaine Howard every Friday evening, starting at 8pm (until September 7).
  • Les jardins réinventés de la Saint-François (outdoor art installations) at la Maison des arts et de la culture de Brompton (until September 13).
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