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Veronica Sutcliffe Laverdière

Veronica Sutcliffe Laverdière passed away on April 20, 2017, at Saint Brigid’s Home in Quebec City. She was predeceased by her husband, Raymond Laverdière. Veronica was the daughter of the late Mary Ellen Drinkwater and Joseph Patrick Sutcliffe.

Songbirds… Is their music fading?

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Photo: Lise Lafond
I attended the third edition of the Salon Nature Portneuf, in Saint Raymond last weekend. I didn’t want to miss the very popular conference on the decline of the songbird population, hosted by Roland Hamel, president of SHEP (Société d’Horticulture et d’Écologie de Portneuf).

Quebec Anglicans welcome their new bishop

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Photo: courtesy of Daniel Abel
The Anglican Diocese of Quebec formally welcomed their new bishop, the Right Reverend Bruce Myers, in a colourful ceremony at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on Saturday, April 22.  

The service began when Bishop Bruce knocked at the door of the Cathedral, seeking entrance. Church wardens let him in, beginning worship. 

How far will Quebec go with assisted death?

 
We’re hearing a lot about “sudden death” these days with so many overtime games in the first round of the Stanley Cup play-offs.
 
Sudden death means the abrupt, often cruel and unfair end to a tightly fought battle between superbly conditioned human specimens at the peak of their physical powers. 

A look at The Longest Year

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Photo: Mary McMahon

Connections ... 260 years of history are whimsically connected through the imagination of critically acclaimed author, Daniel Grenier. Born in Brossard and currently living in Quebec City, Grenier talked about his award winning debut novel, The Longest Year, at the ImagiNation’s Writers Festival on Saturday April 7.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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It is stated that a patient of one of the city hospitals, lately deceased, puzzled all the physicians as to the nature of his malady. After his death an examination revealed the cause, which was indeed a strange one.

The story behind Rue Mary-Travers

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Photo: Bill Cox
This street was named in honour of Mary Rose-Anna Travers (1894-1941). A legendary Quebec singer/songwriter known as “La Bolduc.” Born in Newport on the Gaspé coast, her father Lawrence Travers was of Irish descent and her mother was a French-Canadian Mi’kmaq.  

Jeans ’n Classics delight audience with ABBA tribute

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

After last year’s fantastic Jeans ’n Classics concert with the Orchestre symphonique de Québec, featuring the music of the Beatles, people flocked to the Grand Theatre last Friday and Saturday evening for an encore performance, this time featuring the music of the Swedish wonderband, ABBA, one of the most commercially successful in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide fr

Trivial matters at Quebec High School

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Photo: Susan McBain
Twenty-three teams of five highly-intelligent people anxiously awaited the final tally to learn who was the winner of the ninth annual Trivia Night competition held at Quebec High School last Friday evening. Who was smart, smarter and smartest? 

St. Pat’s Boys Bring Home the Honours

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Photo: Kaitlyn Craig

St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish Cadet and Senior basketball teams won the silver and bronze medals respectively at the regional high school basketball championships held in mid-April, and this after the culmination of a the very successful season for their Atom (12-0) and Bantam (12-2) counterparts.

QAC’s "Self-Help" – How actors see characters

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Photo: Photo courtesy of the QAC

One of the wonders of community theatre is how it brings together people from very different backgrounds, compels them to put their talents and vulnerabilities on display and become another person on stage.

Luc Langevin invites people to the 7th Quebec Magic Festival

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

From May 4 to 7, magicians from around the world are coming to Quebec City to apply their art and skills, to present illusions and tricks at the 7th Magic Festival. This year, the Festival will include more than 50 free magic shows, a magic school, a contest and a gala at eight sites around the city.

Ambient music selected for every customer

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Photo: from Wikimedia Common Domain

There are few things more charming than walking down the streets of Quartier Petit Champlain with the welcoming storefronts and cobblestone roads, and listening to the continuous stream of music emanating from the shops along the way. How do all the shop owners synchronize their music so perfectly? The answer has a fun history that began right here in Quebec City.

Valcartier Elementary School celebrating its 70th anniversary

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Photo: courtesy of Valcartier Elementary School

A bit of history: When the school was built in 1947 it was called the Valcartier Intermediate School. Sixty-six students attended the first year. In 1965, the Grade 8 and 9 students were sent to Quebec High School, and then in 1967, the Grade 6 and 7 students were sent to Holland School. The name of the school was then changed to Valcartier Elementary School.

Stroller traffic at the Parents and Kids Fair

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Photo: Danielle Burns
ExpoCité’s parking lot was filled with minivans and family cars last weekend for the 4th annual Parents and Kids Fair in Quebec City.

Québec Exquis! offers a gourmet film event with Theatre of Life

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Photo: Danielle Burns
The award-winning documentary film Theater of Life (Théâtre de la vie), by Montreal director Peter Svatek was shown at Le Clap cinema last weekend in conjunction with Québec Exquis! 

From the Himalayas to Quebec City: Adam Sherlip’s hockey journey

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Photo: Peter Black
It’s an oft-told tale, how sports can open doors to career opportunities, to self-realization, to redemption. In some cases, involvement in sports can take you places you never could have imagined.

They’re back… again!

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Last week a flock of Canada geese landed on our partly frozen lake and I was anxious to see if “my” geese were with this group. These geese stayed for a while – they may have been born here and dropped by for a visit, or maybe they just needed a rest – but a couple of hours later they were gone.

Legal pot? Are we tripping, or what?

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"Far out, man!” 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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A dilapidated, but philosophical looking specimen of humanity, who had suddenly succumbed to some prostrating influence the night before last and had been found by the police reclining upon St.

"I read, therefore I am" book launch in Thetford Mines

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Photo: courtesy of MCDC

The Megantic English-speaking Community Development Corporation (MCDC), recently launched I read, therefore I am, a book aimed at promoting literacy among youth, produced in collaboration with St. Patrick Elementary and A.S. Johnson High School in Thetford Mines.

The story behind Rue de la Belle-Angélique

Street Views:

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Normally, Bill Cox prepares the weekly “Street Views” column, but because I have an unusual connection to the person after whom this new street in Charlesbourg is named, I felt I had to write a “view” of this particular one.

Good Friday Procession of the Cross in Old Quebec

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove
Faithful worshippers gathered in Old Quebec on Good Friday evening for solemn,  dramatic reads from the Passion according to Saint John. They walked silently through the streets from one church to another while taking turns carrying a large wooden cross. 

Winners of St. Patrick’s High School Public Speaking competition

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Students at St. Patrick’s High School hold a Public Speaking competition every year and this year’s speakers certainly had a lot of interesting things to talk about! The competitions were held on April 5 and 6 in the school auditorium.

There’s nothing like a Lip-Sync Idol at the EQLC

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Students at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre (EQLC) gathered in the cafeteria last Thursday for the fun event of the semester: the eighth annual Lip-Sync Idol singing competition. Six students took up the challenge this year to lip sync a song before their fellow students, teachers and four judges.

St. Lawrence students honoured for their projects

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Photo: courtesy of OSEntreprendre
The OSEntreprendre Challenge honored student projects on April 4, during the annual local gala. Three St. Lawrence projects qualified in the individual and group projects. 

Montreal Orchestra Company brings video games to life

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Video game and classical music enthusiasts entered the Palais Montcalm on April 12 for the Montreal Orchestra Company’s presentation of The Video Game Musical Odyssey, a concert featuring music composed for popular video games.

Those attending the event had the opportunity to play video games in the entry hall before and after the concert, and during intermission.

"Self Help" coming soon!!!

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Self Help is coming soon. With opening night just two weeks away, rehearsals for the hilarious Norm Foster farce are in high gear. The Quebec Art Company production is the second play in a row from the prolific Canadian playwright. Ladd Johnson (left) plays Hal Savage. He and his wife Cindy decide to abandon acting to become self-help gurus.

Le Club musical de Québec offers great classical performers

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Photo: provided by Le Club Musical

Le Club musical de Québec recently unveiled its 2017-2018 program featuring great classical performers from around the world. Music lovers will discover vocal and instrumental music from various periods and different artistic generations.
Three of the season’s six concerts will take place at the Grand Théâtre.

Comedy icon Don Rickles dies at 90

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Photo: Photo provided by Scott Emery

How a person’s day can change! The morning of April 6 (Tartan Day!), I learned that Don Rickles was booked to play the Smith Center in Las Vegas on February 23, 2018. Being a big fan of Rickles I immediately started looking for flights and a hotel.

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