All Irish Heritage Quebec activities are cancelled until further notice because of the current COVID-19 crisis and the requirement to maintain social distancing. In the meantime you are encouraged to browse our website. Irish Heritage Quebec will continue to reply to genealogical queries on line. Good health to you all.

Music and the preservation of Irish-Canadian heritage by Kate Bevan-Baker.

Sunday March 8 at 19:30 in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry

A culture is often defined by its music, language and traditions that are passed down from one generation to the next. This presentation will discuss the role and importance of Irish music in Canada, featuring performances and analysis of specific examples. Traditional music plays a pivotal role in the maintenance of lifeworlds of Irish settlers and their ancestors. Drawing on interviews, transcription analyses, and archival recordings, this talk focuses on performance histories of past and present Irish musicians and explores the cultural memory and collective sense of place that give musical meaning to the pieces these musicians perform. Kate will also investigate the centuries of technological change and how it has affected the recording, performance, and appreciation of Irish traditional music.

Newfoundland-born Kate Bevan-Baker holds violin performance degrees from Memorial and McGill Universities, and a PhD specializing in Irish Music on PEI from Concordia University where she was a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Scholar. She was the winner of Concordia University’s Doctoral Thesis Defense Award in 2018, and the recipient of the inaugural Rhona Richman Kenneally Award for the top PhD paper at the Canadian Association for Irish Studies conference in 2018. Kate’s music performance career has taken her to Russia, across Canada twice with the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, to China for the 2010 World Expo with rock band Hey Rosetta!, the 2010 JUNO Awards performing with Michael Bublé, as well as playing with symphony orchestras and chamber groups across Canada. Kate is a founding member of the Newfoundland-based ECMA-nominated traditional band, The Dardanelles, and currently plays fiddle and sings with the Montreal-based Celtic trio, Solstice. She has been featured on many nation-wide radio and television broadcasts, and can be heard on over thirty CDs, videogame, and movie soundtracks. Kate currently lives in Montreal where she balances and active performance and teaching schedule.

Joe Malone and the Bulldogs by Marc Durand

Monday, February 10 at 19:30Marc Durand will give a presentation on Joe Malone and the Quebec Bulldogs hockey team that won the Stanley Cup in 1912 and 1913.  All are welcome to attend.  For more information, phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.

Marc Durandis a local sports announcer who has published two well-acclaimed books on hockey, La Coupe à Québec: Les Bulldogs et la Naissance du Hockey and Jean Beliveau: La Naissance d’un Héros.  Copies of his books will be on hand for sale.

Annual Meeting

☘ Irish Heritage Quebec will hold its Annual Meeting on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 19:30 in McMahon Hall in the basement of St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City. We hope to see many of you there. Immediately following the the conclusion of business, Irish Heritage Quebec will present a plaque to Patrick McKenna in recognition of his book St. Patrick’s High School In Quebec City – 1843-1998. Irish Heritage Quebec will also serve refreshments and cake following the presentation.

November Flea Market


☘☘☘ Saturday, November 30 from 9:00 to 13:00 – Irish Heritage Quebec will hold a book sale and flea market in McMahon Hall, 1145 De Salaberry in Quebec City. We are interested in books, CDs, LPs, tools, jewelry, pins and collectibles. There will be a  book selection of Irish interest. ☘☘☘

Canadian Military Memorabilia with Dennis Rioux

☘☘☘ November 18. 2019 at 19:30 Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry Avenue in Quebec City. .  Dennis Rioux has been a collector for over fifty years and his interests are numerous: stamps, coins, military medals and badges, nautical artifacts, ivory carvings, minerals, paintings, engravings.  He will present his very impressive collection of Canadian military memorabilia focusing particularly on World War I and World War II.  All are welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs from Îlot St. Patrick will be validated. For more information phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404   ☘☘☘

Dennis Rioux was born and raised in Quebec City. He attended St. Patrick’s Elementary and St. Patrick’s High School from which he graduated in 1967.  In 1970 he graduated from l’École des Beaux Arts.  He worked in advertising for several years in Quebec before moving to Montreal.  He was the Purchasing Director for La Fondation des Sourds.  He was a Security Agent for La Clinique T.S.O. (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) and retired in 2014 after 10 years of service.  He is very implicated as Hospitaller with Le Grand Prieuré Russe de l’Ordre de St-Jean de Jérusalem dit de Malte and the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem, donating more than $1,000,200 to the needy in clothing, food and furniture.

St. Patrick’s High School: Quebec City 1843-1908 by Patrick McKenna

Patrick McKenna, a former student, teacher and principal of St. Patrick’s High School, has written and published a book entitled
St. Patrick’s High School In Quebec City 1843-1998.  On Tuesday, October 22 at 19:30, Irish Heritage Quebec will host Patrick McKenna’s book launch in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry, Quebec City. The book will be available for $20.00.  All are invited to attend.  Parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated and refreshments will be served.  For more information, phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404.
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Irish Flags with John Bertrand

☘☘☘ Monday October 14 at 19:30 – Irish Heritage Quebec will hold an activity in McMahon Hall, 1145 de Salaberry in Quebec City. John Bertrand will give a presentation on the history, origins and evolution of Irish flags. All are welcome to attend and admission is free. John Bertrand is a member of the Board of Directors of Irish Heritage Quebec and a graduate of Laval University. Refreshments will be served and parking stubs for Îlot St-Patrick will be validated. For more information, please phone Irish Heritage Quebec at 418-704-3404 ☘☘☘