Quatre-quarts [katkar] or [katʁəkaʁ], noun. An innovative three-year project established by the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes, in collaboration with LaboKracBoom, the Maison des arts de la parole, and the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke, designed to tell the story of four micro-neighbourhoods in downtown Sherbrooke.
Quatre-Quarts is an interactive, immersive theatre experience that invites spectators to discover the faces and stories of yesterday and today, over the next three years, and to imagine the futures of four micro-neighbourhoods in downtown Sherbrooke, which we’ve named ourselves. During the first year, 2018, the project will go through several stages of research, creation and public engagement in the Quartier Alexandre, Quartier des Musées, Quartier de la Création, and Quartier de la Cathédrale. The second year, 2019, will feature block parties inspired by the first year’s walking tours, and it will all be wrapped up in the third and final year, 2020, via a great theatrical walking tour through downtown Sherbrooke. Quatre-Quarts is created by the Théâtre des Petites Lanternes in collaboration with its partners, LaboKracBoom, the Maison des arts de la parole and the Société d’histoire de Sherbrooke. It is funded by the City of Sherbrooke and the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications.
Les promenades-jasettes du centro
Les Promenades-Jasettes du Centro are part of the first year of the Quatre-Quarts project. The artists behind the project want to explore your city centre. What are your favourite corners, parks, spots and views? Which shops, bars and cafés do you / have you / would you like to frequent? Do you know the city centre as a resident? Neighbour? Worker? Admirer? Visitor? What are the stories that make this city centre yours? A promenade-jasette is an intimate walking-talking tour where you’ll take one of the project’s artists or historians to discover your reality in one of the four neighbourhoods of downtown Sherbrooke. We want to hear from you, but if ever you fall silent, we’ll be there to fuel the conversation! Les Promenades-Jasettes du Centro are for anyone who wants to share their experience with us in one of the downtown neighbourhoods. Whether you’ve known downtown Sherbrooke for 2 weeks, 2 months or 20 years, we’re sure you have a story to tell! The artists will take inspiration from the content of these walks for year two of the project (the block parties).
Les Promenades-Jasettes du Centro are now over, but please stay connected to see the next steps of the project!
With artists and historians Cyril Assathiany, Simon Durocher-Gosselin, Bruno Gagnon, Marie-Ève Gingras, Michel Harnois, Kristelle Holliday, Élise Legrand, Marie Lupien-Durocher and Angèle Séguin.
The Quartier des Musées
De Montréal Street, Belvèdere North, the river, Frontenac East
The city centre is a peninsula, and the Quartier des Musées is at its point. A cultural crossroads, a linguistic portal, a rich heritage, an industrious past, a cultural movement, and infinite wisdom. The Quartier des Musées is home to our roots, it amplifies our knowledge, and serves as a protective spirit: the Cerberus of our history, the sentinel of our intellect, watchman of our veterans, defender of our culture and caretaker of our citizens. How does this museum quarter, the ultimate shepherd, guide us along life’s path, at once celebrating our individuality and fostering a sense of community?
Being foodies at heart, we’re always filling up on the joy that surrounds words, stories, encounters and flavours. For the Quatre-Quarts project (since a quatre-quarts is a pound cake in French) it wasn’t a choice; we had to create cakes to go with the research and exploration phase! Thanks to our four magnificent partners, Folle Théière, Lupa, Les Vraies Richesses and Café Général, we have four different pound cakes—a flavour for each micro-neighbourhood. On each walk, you’ll have a chance to taste one of these creations. Click on the photos to learn more.