Presently in a red zone, the 2021 Carnival will deploy outside only scenic elements and contemplative monuments of ice and snow. Disseminated through the commercial arteries of the city, about a hundred sculptures (Scotiabank Ice and Snow Route) and magnificent 20-foot-high towers (Loto-Québec Ice Towers), which will represent Bonhomme’s Palace, will rock Quebecers walks.
The virtual program will be added to the Carnival YouTube Channel with, among other things, musical performances by Émile Bilodeau and Clay and Friends, mixology workshops presented by SAQ and Ungava Spirits with Monsieur Cocktail, interviews with the Winter Fanatics, quizzes and games to do at home and family mornings with Arthur L’Aventurier and Ari Cui Cui! Today, the Carnival is also launching the St-Hubert Virtual Snow Bath Challenge!
A Thrilling Virtual Program
Festive themed evenings, a way to warm up after a day spent outdoors, as well as a family program on Sunday mornings will be presented, to be watched seated comfortably in front of your screen on the Carnival YouTube Channel! Hosted by Virginie Gagnon and the friendliest co-host, the King of the Party Bonhomme Carnaval, the Carnival YouTube Channel will offer a variety of content that will appeal to all tastes!
Friday, February 5 at 7 PM – #ColdOrNot, It’s Hot in the Cabin! – Presented by Videotron
They will be dancing at home during this crazy evening, which will bring out memories of the fun and festive atmosphere of the popular Jos’ Camp! On the schedule: Opening ceremony, a show by Émile Bilodeau with an exclusive interview presented by WKND 91.9, jig with the group En 2 Temps and a traditional tale told by Francis Désilets.
Saturday February 6 at 7 PM – #ColdOrNot, Let’s Play! – Presented by Videotron
Turn your living room into a playroom during this crazy night out! The evening kicks off in style with The Carnival with Marto Napoli, where two competitors compete in exciting challenges, followed by a Carnival quiz hosted by La Revanche, in which Carnival visitors can participate remotely, and ending with a Punch Club match, with Fabiola Aladin and Nicolas Drolet competing in a game of musical improvisations.
Sunday February 7 at 7 AM – #ColdOrNot, Wake Up – Presented by the Government of Quebec
Every kid’s favourite traveller, Arthur L’aventurier, and Bonhomme Carnaval tell the story of a winter adventure for young families! In song, Arthur L’aventurier explains how he managed to find Bonhomme Carnaval who had wandered off to the Great North. Arthur also shares his knowledge about animals and winter activities! Families will be transported in this beautiful adventure filled with rhythmic songs that warm the heart!
Thursday, February 11 at 7 PM – #ColdOrNot, We Get Nostalgic! – Presented by Videotron
After 66 Carnivals, there is so much to be said about the world’s biggest Winter Carnival! We have planned a trip into the past with Carnival memories and a retrospective of the archives with special guests, including historian Jean Provencher.
Friday, February 12 from 7 PM – #ColdOrNot, We Happy Hour! – Presented by SAQ
Carnival visitors are invited to join this evening event, glass in hand, that will appeal to epicureans, with mixology workshops presented by Ungava Spirits and hosted by Patrice Plante aka Monsieur Cocktail, a winter BBQ with the team from Boucan, and a show and exclusive interview with Clay and Friends presented by WKND 91.9! Warning: The organizers strongly advise everyone to plan a dance floor in their living rooms, as a sudden urge to boogie down may overcome you at any time.
Saturday, February 13 at 7 PM – #ColdOrNot, We Talk
For this last virtual evening, the Carnival will present exclusive interviews on subjects that are both interesting and diverse. First, the Winter Fanatics interviews in collaboration with Tourisme Jacques-Cartier will feature courageous people who don’t blink in the face of danger! Around an outdoor fire in the magnificent Jacques-Cartier region, guests Billy Rioux (winter survival in bushcraft mode), Sébastien Zappa (Wim Hof method), Jeane Beaumont-Lapointe (ice canoe), Alexandre Lemerise (fatbike) and François-Guy Thivierge (mountaineering) discuss a passion that unites them all: winter! And because everything is more interesting when it is being discussed by a drag queen, the evening will finish with a bang with the exclusive talk show We Drag and Talk, filmed at Le Drague Cabaret Club. Don’t miss the incredible stories and spectacular performances by the guest drag queens!
Sunday, February 14 from 7 AM – #ColdOrNot, Wake Up – Presented by the Government of Quebec
Ari Cui Cui invites her little snowflakes to visit her universe filled with magic, rhythm and education! Accompanied by Bonhomme Carnaval and her friend the Joyful Baker, she will get the entire family moving, dancing, singing and making crafts, and will even tell a very special story joined by Bonhomme!
St-Hubert Snow Bath Virtual Challenge
At the Carnival, we are Stronger Than the Cold, so we’re not scared of a dare! Everyone is invited to take the virtual St-Hubert Virtual Snow Bath Challenge! Bonhomme is looking for generous and courageous souls who are ready to face the cold and do the virtual St-Hubert Snow Bath with him! In exchange, he will make donations to help warm up two organizations in Quebec City. This year, Bonhomme’s Carnival will provide hot meals to Le Pignon Bleu courtesy of St-Hubert, and new sets of winter accessories to people from Lauberivière. He is also inviting all his Carnival visitors to contribute to these two organizations.
The entire Carnival 2021 program is offered free of charge.
WHEN & WHERE
Dates: February 5 to 14, 2021 – Schedule
The 2021 Winter Carnival will deploy outside only scenic elements and contemplative monuments of ice and snow. Disseminated through the commercial arteries of the city, about a hundred sculptures (Scotiabank Ice and Snow Route) and magnificent 20-foot-high towers (Loto-Québec Ice Towers), which will represent Bonhomme’s Palace, will rock Quebecers walks.
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