The week of February 2 marked the inaugural Poutine Week in Montréal! 30 Montréal restaurants rose to the challenge of creating their own variation of Quebec’s emblematic dish.
Poutine is Québec’s famous fast food dish that is rapidly becoming its most trendy culinary export. Simple enough, poutine consists of French fries smothered in gravy and sprinkled with special cheese curds. This melting, hyper-caloric and delicious mixture has long been an all-around favourite, especially for the late-night party crowd.
Minister Jean-François Lisée announced the creation of a committee this morning mandated to consider what should constitute a Québec international solidarity agency (Agence québécoise de solidarité internationale - AQSI).
The Programme de stage en didactique du français, culture et société québécoises is an annual 3-week enrichment program that welcomes over 70 teachers of French to Québec every year. The government of Québec offers scholarships to selected participants that help defray the costs. The program, which has been in place since 1978, alternates between Montréal and Québec City.
Save the dates! Throughout the month of March, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Québec cuisine, theater and cinema as part of the Festival de la Francophonie, Chicago’s annual celebration of French-speaking cultures.
Commercial Attachés Cyril Gauchet and Keith Kalinowski served up a Unibroue beer tasting at the Chicago Collective opening night reception on Sunday, January 27. Fall lines were unveiled at this edition of the semi-annual menswear show, which attracts buyers and exhibitors from across the U.S. and Canada to its stylish displays at the Merchandise Mart. Montréal designer S. Cohen was featured at the show with support from the Québec Government Office in Chicago.
The Boarding House, one of the most talked about new restaurants in Chicago, recently announced that Québec City native Christian Gosselin would be its Executive Chef. The Boarding House’s proprietor, Alpana Singh, is a well-known name in Chicago. In addition to being a master sommelier, she’s the former host of WTTW’s famous TV show Check Please!. The Boarding House is her first foray into the restaurant world. Chef Gosselin’s menu at the Boarding House reflects New American cuisine inspired by the food and culture of global wine regions.
Following the signing of bilateral agreements between aerospace industries in Québec and Ohio last fall, 2013 is shaping up to be an exciting second year for the Canada-Ohio Aerospace Summit. The summit, which takes place in Cleveland on February 25 and 26, is organized by the Ohio Aerospace Institute in collaboration with many partners including the Québec Government, the Canadian Consulate in Detroit, Aéro Montréal and Québec’s Consortium for Aerospace Research & Innovation.
A delegation from Leningrad Oblast (Leningrad Region) will be attending the 59th edition of the Québec Winter Carnival — a true institution in Québec’s capital city. Over the years, the Winter Carnival’s international impact has grown, thanks among other things to a 15-year-old tradition of inviting a foreign country to take part in the major winter event. This year’s special guest is Russia.
Québec Premier Pauline Marois will participate in the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, from January 23 to 26 before undertaking a mission to the United Kingdom accompanied by the Minister for Canadian Intergovernmental Affairs, the Canadian Francophonie and Sovereignist Governance, Alexandre Cloutier.
As a result of cooperation between Québec and France, Québec’s existing rare disease resources are now accessible on the Orphanet international portal for patients and health care professionals in Québec as well as in France and elsewhere.
We use Facebook and Twitter to provide regular updates and interact with you on all things Québec – whether it’s hot news (there’s a Poutine Fest in Chicago on 2/24), interesting Québec connections and happenings in the Midwest (Bombardier is putting 706 new high-tech train cars on the CTA tracks) or fun stories and photos (Montréal is stunning under 18 inches of snow).
La Canadienne began 45 years ago in Montreal in the heart of Canada’s fashion capital. The goal of the company was to create comfortable and versatile boots that would offer unbeatable protection against the cold, wet, Canadian climate. Today, La Canadienne is recognized worldwide, not only for its amazing protection against the snow and rain, but for its fashion forward designs, its ethical practices, and its ability to make remarkable footwear.
In Chicago, you can find La Canadienne boots at Hanig’s Footwear, Nordstrom, Macy’s and several other locations. To learn more about the company and to find out where you can buy La Canadienne boots, visit their website: www.lacanadienneshoes.com
Every winter, Igloofest brings together thousands of electronic music fans to dance under the stars on the Quays of the Old Port of Montreal. With its ice-and-steel decor, its striking architectural staging, its programs that pull in the best local and international DJs, Igloofest is one of the hottest events in the city and among the most prominent in Canada.
CALL FOR PROPOSALS - 'CANADA IN THE HEMISPHERE’ - the 22nd Biennial ACSUS Conference will take place November 19-23, 2013, in Tampa, Florida, in partnership with the Mexican Association for Canadian Studies/Asociación Mexicana de Estudios sobre Canadá (AMEC) and the Canadian Studies Network/Réseau d’études canadiennes (CSN-REC). The deadline for submission is February 1, 2013. Learn more here.
Described in the press as a $3 million speed-dating event, STIQ’s “Buyer-Supplier Day” achieved its highest number of participants and B2B meetings ever during its 2012 edition, held October 16th just outside of Montréal in Boucherville. The goal of the event, which embodies STIQ’s overall mission, is to give Québec companies specializing in a variety of industrial manufacturing activities a more efficient way to meet potential business partners and stay up to speed with networking and industry trends.
The Québec government is moving ahead with plans for a carbon market. On December 13, 2012, the Cabinet adopted the Regulation Amending the Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission (GHG) allowances.