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Who took over FEQ’s Bell stage Thursday? The Who!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Plains of Abraham were filled to overflowing as fans of all ages eagerly awaited the arrival of the iconic British rock band on the big Bell stage during the 50th Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on Thursday, July 13. 

The Who immediately rocked the house with “I Can’t Explain,” “The Seeker” and fittingly – “Who Are You…?”

DNCE dance the night away at FEQ’s 50th

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Photo: Jay Ouellet
Things were “hot” at the Parc de la francophonie FEQ50 stage on July 10, as DNCE’s founding member Joe Jonas performed with his all-star bandmates Jack Lawless (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Cole Whittle (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and JinJoo Lee (guitar, backing vocals).  

Quebec getting gassed up naturally

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Is it weird or wrong to get sentimental about a kitchen appliance?

We felt a tinge of some kind of emotion as we bid adieu to our electric stove after more than 25 years of faithful service. Countless cookies, cakes, Christmas turkeys and a few replaced elements later, the old Hotpoint ended its days with a wonky timer and an oven door held closed by duct tape.

New Brunswick, a province with international connections

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Photo: Juanita Craig
New Brunswick, with 33 per cent of its population francophone, is the only Canadian province that is constitutionally bilingual (English-French). Moncton is considered the capital of modern Acadia. 

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

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Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
At an early hour on Saturday morning, a destructive fire occurred in St. John Suburb, whereby about fifteen wooden houses have been consumed and twenty-six families rendered houseless. The fire broke out at half-past one a.m.

Metallica put the pedal to the metal at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Tonight, it’s metal at the highest level,” announced Denis “Snake” Bélanger, lead singer of Voivod, who performed on the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Friday, July 14.

Lady Antebellum gave the country music show of the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lady Antebellum drew country music fans from near and far to the Plains of Abraham for FEQ’s 50th on July 10. The American trio had a set list of 20 songs including a cover of Canadian country artist Shania Twain.

Animated Gorillaz invade the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

On the next-to-final night of FEQ50, crowds of festival-goers came to the Plains of Abraham to see the Gorillaz. This unique band from England drew fans and curious festival-goers. A dozen invited artists joined Gorillaz’s creator and lead singer Damon Albarn to deliver a concert filled with rap, punk, hip-hop, rock and pop music.

USCGC Eagle lands in Quebec City for RDV2017

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The eagle is the most enduring symbol of the power of the United States of America. Few words are as evocative of American might as moon-landing pioneer Neil Armstrong’s crisp declaration on July 20, 1969 – “The Eagle has landed.”

Festival d’Opéra de Québec firing up great performances

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Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of Opéra de Québec

The 2017 Quebec City Opera Festival will captivate music-lovers with international-calibre performances this summer.

Sister Louise Godin celebrates her 100th birthday!

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Sister Louise Godin, an Ursuline nun who lives in the convent in Old Quebec City, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 13, 2017, surrounded by her fellow sisters and staff.

Traffic restrictions in the Old Port during Rendez-vous 2017

From July 18 to July 23, Quebec City will host Rendez-vous 2017 (RDV2017), a unique large-scale event during which more than 40 tall ships from around the world converge on the capital.

OBITUARY: Desmond O'NEILL

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Desmond O’Neill, son of the late Thomas O’Neill and the late Ellen Fitzpatrick, husband of the late Yolande Robitaille, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 8, 2017, at the age of 89, at the Centre Paul-Gilbert. He lived in Quebec City. 

Discover yourself during Quebec’s Archeology Month

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Archaeology Month takes place every year during the month of August. From the 1st to the 31st, nearly 75 archeological and historic places in 15 regions throughout Quebec offer activities for all, made to measure to attract both novices and enthusiasts, young and old.

Emerald Ash Borers on the march

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain

The City of Quebec recently announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in its territory.

The insect was discovered through an early detection program in an ash tree in the Montcalm district.

Blame it on the cormorant...

Finding reasons to “like” these birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Sitting by the lake in Sainte-Catherine de la Jacques-Cartier, I observed a strange large dark-brown bird that was trying to pass incognito, by blending in with a flock of mallard ducks. I wasn’t sure, but as soon as its posture changed, I knew that it was a cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus).

August musical happenings at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The final four Midi en Musique concerts at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for the month of August will include a variety of musical styles not previously presented.

Nine new Passages Insolites to discover in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Have you discovered these unusual passages yet? Starting at the Gare du Palais (VIA Rail station), take a walk along the streets of the Lower Town to Place Royale through the Petit-Champlain area.

There you will find nine new works of public art called Passages Insolites (unusual passages) that were inaugurated on June 29 and will be in place until October 15, 2017.

Nick Jonas and Michel Fugain perform at FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

French singer Michel Fugain, 75, charmed the audience at the Parc de la Francophonie on Sunday evening. He sang all his classics: “Comme un oiseau,” “Attention attention.” Backup singer Dominique Fidanza looks on in admiration. Photo by Jay Ouellet

 

 

 

Backstreet Boys were back in town for the 50th FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a clear night sky with an almost full moon, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) gave a full show worthy of their reputation and genre on July 9. They opened their show of the Festival d’Été de Québec with their hit “Larger Than Life,” followed by other hits of their 24-year career.

P!NK and FEQ soar to new musical heights

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

As P!nk sang and soared above the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of Saturday, July 8, she literally brought FEQ’s 50th edition of the popular summer music festival to new heights.

Melissa Etheridge brings Memphis home to Quebec City

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Quebec, Hello! Bonjourrr,” purred the the first lady of Rock ’n’ Roll

Melissa Etheridge, exaggerating the last ‘r’ in the soulful, powerful voice for which she is known at the Festival d’Été’s opening night, July 6.

The 56-year-old vocal powerhouse took to the Loto-Québec stage at the Parc de la francophonie about 9:20 p.m., following the acts of Ria Mae and The Zombies.

Kendrick Lamar dazzles at FEQ and promises, “I’ll be back!”

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Renowned hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar highlighted the first weekend of Quebec City's 50th Festival d’Été (FEQ), and to no surprise, he delivered a show to remember.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle

Story behind Rue des Wapitis

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Photo: Bill Cox
The streets in the Orsainville sector of Charlesbourg are named after fur-bearing animals such as lynx, deer, moose, mountain goats and, of course, wapitis or elk, that used to be housed in the former Quebec Zoo. 

Citadel Foundation honours the late Alexander Huard

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Photo: Normand Brassard

The Philanthropist, an upcoming production on the life of Jeffery Hale, includes performances by Alexander Huard, one of the actors filmed for this multimedia project to be staged in August at the new Champlain–St. Lawrence Amphitheatre. Tragically, he took his own life this past spring at the young age of 15.

Fans join P!NK on the FEQ Bell Stage with virtual reality

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The day before P!NK performed, Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) proudly announced the first use of virtual reality live streaming that would take place during her July 8 concert. During the first three songs, spectators and fans virtually joined the international artist on the Bell Stage thanks to Samsung, Bell and Arnoovo.

Back to the future: Trudeau vs Mulroney in 2023?

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We passed by Saint-Léon-de-Westmount church the other day on a stroll through our old Montreal haunts. And I had an epiphany, not a religious one, more like a political flash forward.

Hanging out at the MNBAQ this summer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Vincent Meyer Madaus and Isabel Sarasa Mené are architects with LOT, an award-winning architectural and design firm with offices in New York and Greece. The two colleagues were in Quebec City last week to oversee the installation of a rather unusual interactive structure in front of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ (Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec).
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