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Evensong at St. Mary’s Chapel on Île d’Orleans

Photo: Photo by Keith Boeckner

It was in 1867 that Edward Staveley drew up plans for St. Mary's Chapel to be erected in Sainte-Pétronille on the Île d'Orléans. Little did he imagine that in 2014 the area west of the chapel would be filled with horseless carriages as worshippers gathered for Evensong, the first in eight years to be held in the woodland chapel.

A “Kurios” circus in Quebec City’s Old Port


The première performance of the Cirque de Soleil's new show, Kurios - Cabinet of Curiosities, opened last Friday evening under the big blue-and-yellow striped tent at the city's Old Port. As the circus promised, seeing would be disbelieving, so this reporter was "kurios" indeed.

Comfortable seats were arranged in a semicircle outside the centre ring of this magical circus setting.

Biking delirium = Vélirium in Quebec City and at Mont-Sainte-Anne City8 urban mountain-biking event at Place d’Youville

Photo: Photo by AleDiLullo from Vélirium website

Excitement's in the air in downtown Quebec City and at Mont-Sainte-Anne a few hours before the start of the Vélirium activities running from July 31 to August 3. Whether in town or on the mountain, the Vélirium 2014 program promises to be more intense than ever with the new Cross-country eliminator World Cup, and the Downhill World Cup, the Cross-country World Cup.

The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets Rue Bell

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Rue Bell is named after Matthew Bell (1769-1849), a Quebec City businessman, landowner, and elected member of the Legislative Assembly of Lower Canada.

Matthew Bell was born in Berwick-upon-Tweed in England. When he was 15 years old, he arrived in Quebec City and worked as a clerk for John Lees, a merchant. Around 1790, he started an import-export business with David Monro.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
We hear the story of a lady who was staying with her husband at a hotel. In the night, the husband was taken very ill with spasm in the stomach.

Host families sought for Homestay Network

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Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

Two years ago, it seemed to Heather Clibbon-Côté that her house was becoming alarmingly empty. "The kids were leaving," she recalled. "My youngest son, Robert, was going into Secondary Four. He had lost his best friend to leukemia and his brother was going away to university.

Wear a piece of QCT history Buy a QCT 250th anniversary T-shirt


We have T-shirts left over from our recent 250th anniversary celebrations, and we're offering them for sale to our readers at the modest price of $15 + taxes + mailing (if applicable). Printed on quality white pre-shrunk cotton, they come in Small, Medium, Large and X-Large.

QCT’s special 250th Anniversary Edition now available at La Maison Anglaise

This 56-page glossy magazine, published on June 21, 2014, contains commentaries from Ray and Stacie Stanton and publishers of the QCT, along with an introduction from the magazine's editorial team.

Nine distinguished contributors - including members of the city's English-speaking community, an editorialist from Le Soleil, a former U.S.

Drawn to Quebec

Yes, late July is hot, but we can better appreciate the heat and humidity by considering how necessary long sunny days are for ripening the fruits that characterize summer.

Canada in fourth place at 2014 Commonwealth Games


Canada's Patricia Bezzoubenko won a spectacular five gold medals in the Women's Rhythmic Gymnastics competition at the Commonwealth Games being held in Glasgow, Scotland. Born in Vancouver, the petite (5'2") 17-year-old athlete posted the highest scores of the day in the Hoop, Ball and Clubs.

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

Traffic delays expected on August 6

It was recently learned that the parade of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France will be coming down Grande Allée and into the Old City on Rue Saint-Louis between 7:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6. Please be aware that traffic delays could affect your arrival at the 'Till the Boys Come Home concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. that evening.

Consort Baroque Laurentia an afternoon delight

It wasn't hard to put aside a beautiful summer afternoon to attend the Consort Baroque Laurentia concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Old Quebec on July 17.

Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec

Free fireworks displays on the St. Lawrence River


Once again this year residents and visitors will be treated to Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec, free fireworks displays visible from the Quebec City and Lévis shores of the St. Lawrence River on Saturday and Wednesday evenings from August 2 to 20.

Les Passages insolites intriguing and amusing

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

From July 17 to October 18, the public are invited to see a number of larger-than-life art pieces in Quebec City. The artworks are visible to pedestrians on the streets and walkways of the crescent-shaped area comprising Petit-Champlain, Place Royale and the Old Port; this area was recently dubbed the Quartier Création.

Local company announces ground-breaking CO2 project

Photo: Photo by Sophie Rivett-Carnac

The search to find a cost-effective way of capturing carbon dioxide during energy generation from fossil fuels has been going on for decades. Heads have been scratched and pencil-ends chewed.

The stories behind the names of Quebec City streets

Côte Benson-Hall

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

The little street known as Côte Benson-Hall (it's almost a lane, really) is named after George Benson Hall (1810-1876). He was born in Amherstburg, Ontario.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Yesterday, as two gentlemen were talking at the door of the "Mercury" office, they observed a respectable looking man suddenly stagger and fall upon the

Drawn to Quebec

Fire and earth


Fire and earth - working with clay is almost that simple. Add sufficient water to make the earth malleable, and you can meld three of the four "basic elements" into functional vessels and stunning works of art. Those at the peak of this artform have dedicated their lives to the craft but for beginners, working with clay can seem almost instinctive.

Age-old craft

Eloise? No thanks, we have Bruno!

Lucy Price’s debut children’s book a delight

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

New York's Plaza Hotel has its Eloise and now Quebec's Auberge Saint-Antoine has its own iconic resident: Bruno Lebrun. Bright, loyal and resourceful, Bruno is always in search of adventure and can be counted on to find a solution to the most puzzling predicament.

Bastille Day marked by French Consulate General


Nicolas Chibaeff, the French Consul General in Quebec City, hosted a Bastille Day reception at the Séminaire de Québec on Monday, July 14. In keeping with tradition, the elegant room (in which General de Gaulle is said to have been momentarily) was decorated in red, white, and blue.

Montreal theatre troupe brings the Bard to Quebec City

Photo: Barbara Ford

The Festival d'Éte might be over but Quebec City's summer of cultural delights certainly isn't.

Out of place: Books on the immigrant experience

Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

There are few in the Anglophone community in Quebec City who are not intimately acquainted with the immigrant experience. Even those who have moved from another province, or even a neighbouring city, know the challenges - and the many rewards - of being a newcomer. Who among us have never felt out of place, as though they do not belong?

Saint-Félix church celebrates local artists

Photo: Photo by Bill Cox

Nestled under the trestle alongside the Cap-Rouge tidal river, is Église Saint-Félix-de-Cap-Rouge. The beautiful little stone church has been celebrating masses with the help of local talent every Sunday this summer, until August 17. I attended last Sunday's service, and I'm pleased to say that our artists made me very proud.

Mount Wright has trees for the hugging

Have you hugged a tree lately? Well Mount Wright would be a good place to find a nice tree to hug. The Wright family donated their 190 hectares (469 acres) of exceptional forest to the Municipality of Stoneham and Tewkesbury. One of the conditions of the gift was that the trees and the land would be protected.

Not-so-high stakes rescue

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

Last week, GRIMP, the fire department's rescue unit conducted a practice rescue from the heights of a construction crane.

Named after the French word grimper (to climb), the rescue unit strapped one of their fellow firemen onto a gurney and lowered him from the top of the eight-storey crane.

“Saluting Our Builders”

New France Festival honours the first settlers

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Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Rides on the historic schooner La Goélette Grosse-Île, demonstrations on how to make a birch-bark canoe, and tours of the private Ursuline gardens are just some of the highlights of this year's New France Festival (Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France), which will run from August 6-10.

We're digging archaeology this August!

Photo: Photo by Sophie Rivett-Carnac

Throughout August, Quebecers across the province are being encouraged to get out and enjoy the plethora of activities organized to mark Archaeology Month. The Archéo-Québec Network promises every site you visit will hold a hidden story, often going back thousands of years.

Extra Midi en Musique concert will feature Cathedral organs


The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is pleased to announce an additional concert in their Midi en Musique concert series. Acclaimed organist Dr. Benjamin Waterhouse will be featured in a noon-hour concert of organ music. Dr.

Commissioner of Official Languages urges the federal government and CBC to keep in mind its duties with regard to official langu

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

Canada's Commissioner of Official Languages Graham Fraser recently reminded the federal government and CBC/Radio-Canada that they both have responsibilities to official language communities as the public broadcaster's operations evolve.

"CBC/Radio-Canada is faced with challenging circumstances and is attempting to put together a strategic plan that will enable it to fulfil its mandate to th

An architectural stroll down memory lane at the Saint-Jean-Baptiste church

Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

In keeping with the movement by archaeological organizations and universities to spotlight historic and religious sites in urban centres, an exhibit in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste district examines the impact of local religious communities.

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