Founded in 2002, traditional Québec musical group, Le Vent du Nord, performs catchy songs, many with origins in traditional Québec folk repertoire, in promotion of progressive Québec folk music. They are recognized around the world for their enticing interpretation, composition, and arrangement. The quartet has performed well over 1,400 concerts, racking up several prestigious awards, including a Grand Prix du Disque Charles Cros, two Junos (Canada’s Grammys), a Canadian Folk Music Award, and “Artist of the Year” at the North American Folk Alliance Annual Gala.
PORTAGE, Indiana, Sept. 29, 2015 – Québec Minister of International Relations and Francophonie Christine St-Pierre and Indiana Lieutenant Governor Sue Ellspermann, today announced that the Province of Québec and the State of Indiana will launch a new partnership to intensify their collaboration in Great Lakes/St. Lawrence System shipping and maritime economic development. Recent studies have shown that for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region, maritime transportation accounts for $34 billion in annual economic returns and more than 225,000 jobs.
Toronto, September 23, 2015 – Québec Premier Philippe Couillard has been selected by the Clean50 group to join the prestigious list of influential figures in Canada’s sustainable development sector in 2016. The Clean50 awards ceremony took place earlier today in Toronto.
The Québec Government Office in Chicago (DQC) recently attended the 2015 Arts Midwest Conference in Kansas City, MO. Now in its 28th year, the Conference is attended by nearly 1,000 performing artists, managers, and agents; performing arts presenters/venues; and arts administrators from throughout the United States and beyond.
The Minister of Immigration, Diversity and Inclusiveness, Kathleen Weil, and the Minister of International Relations and La Francophonie, Christine St-Pierre, unveiled the exceptional measures that Québec will be putting in place to welcome more refugees, in particular Syrian refugees, and to support the efforts of Québec's international cooperation organizations that are working on the ground.
Cirque du Soleil is a Quebec based company recognized all over the world for high-quality, artistic entertainment. Since its dawn in 1984, Cirque du Soleil has constantly sought to evoke the imagination, invoke the senses and provoke the emotions of people around the world.
Québec expertise was recently honoured at the annual American Cheese Society (ACS) competition in Raleigh, North Carolina, with Québec artisan and specialty cheese producers winning 36 prizes, including seven first places.
Québec cheesemaker Fromagerie Presbytère won the coveted Grand Champion Award in the Canadian Cheese Grand Prix for Laliberté! The awards, recognizing the best of the best in Canadian cheeses, are given out every two years. Laliberté is a triple-cream cheese with a tender bloomy rind. It has flavours of mushroom and cream when young, turning to hints of grass and root vegetables when aged.
With the help and support of the Quebec Government Office in Chicago as well as Export Québec, 7 buyers from the Midwest were able to attend a special event called: Braderie de Mode Quebecoise. This event, held from April 16 to 19 in Montréal, was an ideal venue for these buyers since it allowed them to meet some 130 Quebec designers all assembled in one place: the historic Marché Bonsecours in Old Montreal. Although the Braderie is well known to Montrealers for showcasing the best locally design clothes and accessories, this was the first time the event hosted an export driven initiative.
With the Chicago springtime in full swing and the summer fast approaching, it is never too early for the active woman to start thinking about summer fashion! When searching for a new, well-being inspired look for this summer, Lolë’s new Southport location is a one-stop destination for dresses, swimwear, and active wear to cater to the Chicago woman who not only wants to feel good while actively enjoying the summer sun, but look good doing it!
Each year, the Québec Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAPAQ) extends a limited number of VIP invitations to professional food & beverage buyers from around the globe to be their guest at SIAL Canada. This year more than 20 buyers will participate in the program, 6 from the United States. This year, SIAL Canada 2015 is being held in Toronto (April 28-30) and will return to Montréal in 2016. In addition to a sourcing agenda specifically designed to their individual needs, U.S. Buyers will be able to visit the more than 800 exhibitors from 45 countries.
The surprise snow storm on Monday, March 23rd, was a subtle reminder that winter cannot be escaped in the Midwest. Yet from March 21st to the 24th, during the Fall/Winter 2015-16 edition of Stylemax at the Merchandise Mart, the snow that blanketed the Chicago streets only gave inspiration to the participants within the 100,000 square foot show. Exhibitors were pleased to share their new fall lines to the trade as the new fashions not only conveyed practicality against the frigid cold air but that also are an embodiment of style and elegance.
Quebec suppliers were back in force at the Work Truck Show in Indianapolis from March 4-6, 2015. According to its organizer, the event attracted a “record-setting 11,005 industry professionals from all 50 states, eight Canadian provinces and 23 countries”. Included were eight exhibitors from Québec: Bibeau Enterprises, Brandon Truck Equipment, Ranger Design, RH Ladder (Robert Hydraulique), SpaceKap, Techno-Fab 2000, Tenco, and Zone Technologies.
As more commerce moves online and the "internet of things" takes shape, large data centers proliferate. Each hosts hundreds or thousands of computer servers – the backbone and guts of the internet -- which generate a lot of heat as they hum. Carnot Refrigeration, a company from Trois-Rivières, Québec, has a solution for handling all that heat, while saving energy and replacing greenhouse gases as refrigerants.
The infamous Chicago cold did not keep the masses of buyers, sellers, and fashion enthusiasts away from participating in the first Chicago Collective of the year. From February 8th-10th the exhibitors tried to warmed buyers as they presented their Fall-Winter 2015-16 lines.
If you find yourself in the Minneapolis - Saint Paul area, you will probably hear the bells of the region’s light rail system. In 2004, the Twin Cities established the Hiawatha line which covered 12 miles and created easy access to the Mall of America in Bloomington, downtown Minneapolis, and the Minneapolis/Saint Paul (MSP) International Airport. Bombardier, a firm which specializes in the aerospace and transportation industry furnished the Hiawatha line with BOMBARDIER FLEXITY, a model vehicle designed to fit the needs of newly adopted light rail systems.
Montreal-based company, DAVIDsTEA, was founded in 2008 by tea lover and connoisseur David Segal. Along with his cousin, Herschel Segal, David began changing the nature of tea around Canada. In 2011, DAVIDsTEA made its big move to the United States, starting with a flagship store in New York City, and eventually in 2012, it crossed over to the Mid-West with its first Chicago-based stores.
Escape into the wintry countryside!
You can enjoy cross-country skiing not far from Québec's cities and often in them. Gatineau (Outaouais) is home to an immense natural paradise, Gatineau Park, which delights skiers with over 200 km (125 mi.) of groomed trails carving through forest and valley. Not far from Trois-Rivières, the Mauricie National Park of Canada promises cross-country enthusiasts hours of fun with more than 80 km (50 mi.) in trails. You can also sleep on site, in cabins accessible only by ski!