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You’re more Celtic than you think

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

It's time to dust off your tartans, Quebec. The Quebec City Celtic Festival is fast approaching. The festival, billed as the largest French-language Celtic festival in North America, is back for a ninth consecutive year.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
An affray took place at a late hour on Sunday evening in Champlain street resulting in the death of one James Clark, a man in the employ of Mr.

New Canadian citizens welcomed

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On August 20, thirty-eight new Canadians were welcomed at the Louis-St-Laurent Building, more familiarly known as the "Old Post Office," in Quebec City. Each person enthusiastically took the oath of citizenship in a ceremony presided by the Honourable Andrea Paine, a judge at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Book Quest 2014 closing party

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Photo: Gordon Wilson

Last Saturday, 15 children participating in Book Quest, the Morrin Centre's summer reading program, celebrated the end of the summer with a closing party.

This year, the Morrin Centre presented its tenth edition of the program for children 5 to 12 years of age. Book Quest encourages literacy with children, sharing the pleasure of reading in English.

Quebec Bridge over “troubled waters”

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

This past year has been a fruitful one for historical birthdays in Quebec, from the 250th anniversary of the QCT to the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22e Régiment and the 60th anniversary of the Quebec Winter Carnival. Another, perhaps lesser known, anniversary coming up soon is that of the Quebec Bridge.

Marathoners run all over Lévis and Quebec City

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lévis and Quebec City played host to the17th annual SSQ Quebec City Marathon last weekend. Six different races attracted thousands of runners, joggers and walkers of all ages: SSQ Star Race, the SSQ 5K Health Run, the Tanguay Kids Run (5K), the Marathon, the Half-Marathon and the Oasis 10K.

On Friday evening, August 22, the SSQ Star Race offered a great start for the running weekend.

Quebec Garrison Club launches 135th anniversary album

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To mark the 135th anniversary of the historic Quebec Garrison Club/Cercle de la Garnison, a souvenir album, meticulously researched and written by historian Jean-Marie Lebel, was launched at the club last week. Fellow historian, Charles André Nadeau, awaits a signed copy of the book following the official launch. Copies of the book are available at the Club for interested parties.

International Sacred Music Festival unveils Preludes, its free concert series

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Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

What makes a music festival universally appealing is the diversity of its programming and its egalitarian nature. Quebec City's International Sacred Music Festival certainly knows how to cast its net wide. This year, six main concerts will cover the spectrum from gospel and Brahms to the music of the Viennese imperial court and the Silk Road.

Drawn to Quebec

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Though parade uniforms, blue capes, and golden horns are eye-catching, the story of the Royal 22e Régimen's mascot outstrips the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Quebec Citadel.

Batisse, as the progression of goats has been known, was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II to the Royal 22e Régiment in 1955.

Valcartier Family Centre Open House

Come discover your Centre, dine with us, and vote for your representatives at the Valcartier Family Centre, located in Building 93 at CFB Valcartier, on Wednesday, September 10.

The complexity of cashmere

According to the Canadian Cashmere Producers Association, the western world may have been introduced to cashmere when Napoleon gave his wife Josephine one of the fabled shawls from Central Asia.

HitchBOT makes it across Canada thanks to the kindness of strangers

Photo: Photo: Ryerson University

HitchBOT, an interactive robot with blue foam pool noodles for arms and legs, a bucket for a body, and a clear plastic cake cover protecting his/her/its* LED head, miraculously made it all the way from Halifax to Victoria in under four weeks, just in time for afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel.

Quebec Art Company holding auditions for its fall production

Plans are underway for the Quebec Art Company's next production - Witness for the Prosecution - a well-known play written by Agatha Christie based on her original 1933 short story, Traitor Hands.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Holland School, 940 Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, in Quebec City.

Bubbling over with happiness at Lake Témiscouata

Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

I recently met three very generous people - Tania Heymann from Chile, her mother, Marta Roytman, from Uruguay, and Martin Simard - at beautiful Lake Témiscouata.

Ever since she was a little girl, Tania has carried a magic bubble wand around with her wherever she goes. When she met Martin, she asked him if he could make bigger and better bubble wands, which he did.

Venus’ orbit set to pass through Quebec City

Photo: Photo: Coupe Banque Nationale

The whoosh of the racket and the pop of the little green ball will return to the PEPS at Université Laval in early September. The Coupe Banque Nationale, formerly known as the Challenge Bell, will bring elite Canadian and international female tennis players to Quebec City. This edition of the tournament will welcome its biggest name ever, former World No. 1, now No. 20, Venus Williams.

’Til the Boys Come Home concert at Chalmers-Wesley Church

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Chamber Organ and Choral Festival Concert charms audience


Close to 300 people filled the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Sunday afternoon for the first Chamber Organ and Choral Festival, under the direction of Dr. Douglas Renfroe.

Delightful, delicious and de-lovely evening at the Lévis jazz festival

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

The streets of Old Town Lévis seemed like something straight out of the classic Cole Porter musical Anything Goes on the evening of Saturday, August 9.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
At about a quarter to four yesterday afternoon, a fire broke out in the large three-storey building, or rather range of buildings, situated in St.

The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Michael-Henry Brophy (1860-1905) was the mayor of Sainte-Foy from 1899 to 1905. Of Irish origin, Brophy graduated in medicine at Laval University and practiced in Sillery, Sainte-Foy and Cap-Rouge.

He was an alderman on the Sainte-Foy municipal council from 1890 until he became Mayor in 1899 until his death in 1905.

The Great War as seen by French painters

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To mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War, the Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Quebec Citadel is hosting an exhibit of 20 paintings on loan from the Musée de l'Armée of Les Invalides in Paris.

The paintings by French artists depict scenes of the war with captivating realism.

Dîner en Blanc an extraordinary picnic in the park

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Champagne, fois gras and lobster are not normally associated with picnics. Neither are evening gowns and feathered hats. But the Dîner en Blanc is no ordinary picnic; it is in equal measure an elegant soirée and extravagantly imaginative social experiment.

The scene at Domaine Cataraqui last Thursday was reminiscent of one of Jay Gatsby's lavish parties, only considerably more democratic.

1,500 choristers sing Carmina Burana at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Last Thursday, August 14, the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal (OSM), directed by Kent Nagano, held an amazing concert on the Esplanade of the Olympic Stadium before a standing-room-only crowd of 40,000. Some people arrived before noon to claim a spot in the front section where chairs were allowed.

Expo Québec reaches new heights

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Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

What more wonderful way to visit the opening of Expo Québec on August 15 than by viewing it from a platform suspended by a crane some 150 feet above the fairgrounds!

Safely strapped into a comfortable seat around a table with 16 other members of the media, we were raised smoothly in the air to see breathtaking views of Quebec City and the surrounding mountains and forests.

Philippe Moussette’s astronomical photographs


Philippe Moussette's enthusiasm for photography and his knowledge of the subject kept his audience on the edge of their chairs during his recent presentation at the Roger Lemelin Library in Cap-Rouge.

The bells of Saint-Dominique church

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Living in the Montcalm district near Église Saint-Dominique, I am daily treated to the sound of bells as they mark the hours from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., preceded by a short melody. The melody, played on small bells, is a tuneful and almost dainty sound; the hourly ring, however, is a deep, sonorous, bong. On Sunday mornings before the 10:30 a.m.

A toast to a successful Festibière!

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

It was a beer drinker's heaven from August 14 to 17 at the fifth annual Festibière de Québec at the Espace 400e. Eight microbreweries, two breweries and one cider house joined the long list of regular exhibitors. This festival is much more than a beer-tasting event. Nineteen restaurants, including five new exhibitors, were spread around the site.

England 21 - Canada 9 in the Rugby World Cup

Photo: Photo by Ron LeBlanc/Rugby Canada

It wasn't the score they wanted, but the 100 or so rugby fans packed into the Galway Pub on Sunday afternoon still went home happy.

The Canadian women's rugby team, which included four top players from Quebec City, was defeated by England 21-9 in the Rugby World Cup final on Sunday afternoon in Paris. Canada had qualified for the final for the first time in tournament history.

Drawn to Quebec


Does returning to school require eschewing the outdoors? Not necessarily. A growing body of research shows children learn better, have less behavioural problems, and perform better academically, when they learn in and about nature.

The not-so-great news is that most children are not experiencing these benefits.

“Genie, I’m going to miss you”* Robin Williams 1951 - 2014

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On August 11, one of the world's most loveable, talented and comical actors left us. Robin Williams, aged 63, committed suicide after battling depression and alcoholism as well as the onset of Parkinson's disease, according to his wife Susan Schneider.

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