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Blondie and Billy Joel take centre stage

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It couldn't have been a more perfect night for live music in the great outdoors.

The Piano Man: Billy Joel plays to his audience at the FEQ

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QCT photographer Jay Ouellet says, "Incredible! This was the first time in my 10 years [covering the FEQ] that photographers were allowed up on the stage ... off to the side about 50 feet away. Our legs and hands were shaking with the thumping bass. With our long lenses, it was actually quite tough getting a steady shot."

Street views: The stories behind the name of Rue Anthony-Law

Anthony-Law Street is a short street located in Sainte-Foy between Rue Nelles and Rue Gregg. A municipal park and Saint-Yves Church is nearby. The street is named after Commander C. Anthony Law (1916-1996), a Canadian naval officer and one of Canada's most notable official artists of the Second World War.

Sketching en plein air

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The sun was brilliant, the sky was bluebird blue, and the Roger-Van den Hende botanical gardens was swarming - with local sketchers. Imagine a day-long flash mob involving some thirty people drawing and painting the roses, lily pads, bumble bees and gazebos.

What’s the German word for “party”?

Late German heroics thrill fans of “the world’s game”

Chéri(e), j'arrive, a popular music show on 94.3 CHYZ FM, was broadcasting live from the top floor of the Ninkasi bar on Rue Saint-Jean on Sunday afternoon.

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

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This 56-page glossy magazine, published on June 21, 2014, contains commentaries from Ray and Stacie Stanton, the owners 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.

Bronze plaque unveiled to recognize donors to the Fondation Patrimoniale Nostre Dame de Kebec

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On July 11, the Fondation Patrimoniale Nostre Dame de Kebec recognized 20 major financial donors to the restoration program of the two landmark churches in the city. Among the guests at the unveiling of the large bronze plaque were Cardinal Gérald Lacroix and Deputy Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle.

Three Days Grace rock at the FEQ

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Quebec City punk-rock fans welcomed the Toronto band Three Days Grace to the Loto-Québec Stage at the Festival d'Été de Québec on July 7. So many people came to see them that general admission to the site at the Parc de la Francophonie was closed 45 minutes prior to the show.

Afro-reggae star rocks the Old City ramparts at Festival d'Été

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Week two at the Festival d'Été de Québec. As the sun slowly set, the moon, clearly pleased with the festivities, rose into a glorious glowing disc in the inky black sky.

The scene around Place d'Youville's Hydro-Québec stage was a sight to behold last Thursday night. The ramparts of the Old City teemed with revellers, and one could almost imagine invading armies of long ago.

A lively DEADMAU5 on the Plains

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Toronto's Joel Zimmerman, is also known as DEADMAU5. As Canada's premier DJ, he rocked the Plains of Abraham with his rhythmic house and trance beats on July 9. The youngest crowd at the FEQ this year dressed up in creative mouse-themed costumes.

The Neilson family: Nine generations later

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

During a recent visit with Audrey (Dacres) Smith in Stoneham, she showed me a photo album she had put together featuring the genealogy of the Neilson family. Audrey is John Neilson's great-great-great-great-granddaughter.

Those of you who have had time to peruse the QCT's 250th Anniversary Edition (page 35) will recall that John Neilson was the owner of The Quebec Gazette from 1801 to 1848.

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

A very special concert will be held at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on Wednesday, August 6, at 7:30 p.m.

'Till the Boys Come Home is a 100th-anniversary musical tribute to the Canadians who "served their King and Country" in the Great War, 1914 to 1918.

William Henry Jewell on the march from Valcartier in 1914

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Photo: Photo from Jewell family archives

He's easy to spot," his youngest daughter Olive told me when she showed me her precious photo. "He's the shortest man in the picture."

William Henry Jewell was born in Quebec City on October 10, 1882. He married Lillian Hewitt on June 15, 1914, not quite two months before war was declared. Lillian, who measured five foot seven or eight, towered over her five-foot husband.

Irish Moutarde’s Celtic punk-rock: always a hit in Quebec City

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The Scène Hydro-Québec in Place d'Youville offered free concerts throughout the Festival d'Été de Québec. At noon and again in the evening of July 9, Quebec City's well-known band Irish Moutarde quickly attracted fans and curious passers-by with their contemporary Celtic punk-rock.

Bryan Adams brings 2014 Festival d’Été to a memorable close

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Canadian singer and guitarist Bryan Adams was overwhelmed by the reception he got when he came onto the Scène Bell on July 13. The stage on the Plains of Abraham was set and the crowd was ready for the final big show of the Festival d'Eté de Québec. The fans were alive and their energy went straight to Adams, who was delighted and amazed.

The Killers score a direct hit

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On July 8, The Killers, an indie rock band from Las Vegas, electrified the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham. Although indie bands are independent, underground, do-it-yourself punk groups, The Killers put on a riveting show, with five huge screens and a lightning bolt stand for two keyboards.

Midi en Musique concert with the Consort Baroque Laurentia

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Submitted by Douglas Renfroe

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity is delighted to announce the return of Consort Baroque Laurentia as part of their Midi en Musique series. On Thursday, July 24, at 12:30 p.m., Michel Angers and Peggy Bélanger will be featured in full concert.

Cycling app puts Quebec City on the map

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Two Quebec City entrepreneurs have global ambitions for a cycling map app they have designed. David Boudreault and Olivier Carbonneau, both formerly employed by the video game power company Beenox, joined forces last September to launch CycleMap 2.0. Boudreault recently met with the QCT to explain what CycleMap does and who is using it.

Mapping the "cyclable" world

Life-threatening Lyme disease on the rise in Canada

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Photo: Photo credit: Public Health Agency of Canada

Lyme disease is on the rise in Canada. It is a potentially life-threatening illness caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which infects wildlife such as birds, rodents and deer. Certain species of tick, most commonly the black-legged tick (also known as deer tick), contract the bacterium after feeding on infected animals and transmit it to humans by their bite.

Wendat-Huron nation lose one of its warriors

May 31, 2014, was a sad day for the Wendat-Huron Nation as it mourned the loss of one of its artistic visionaries and sub-chief of the band council - Gaëtan Siouï. He was two months shy of his 50th birthday.

Chamber Organ and Choral Festival planned at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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We are hosting the first Chamber Organ and Choral Festival at the Cathedral from August 12 to 18," said Douglas Renfroe at a recent meeting with the QCT. Sitting in the cool prison cells of the Musée des Beaux-Arts' café on a hot summer's day, the Cathedral's summer artist-in-residence went over the details of the six-day series of workshops and concerts.

Royal 22e Régiment stand guard at Buckingham Palace

A contingent of some 70 members of the Ceremonial Guard and dignitaries of the Royal 22e Régiment recently travelled to London, England, to prepare for the "Van Doos" turn to stand guard at Buckingham Palace from July 14 to 19.

The piano: a brief historical sketch

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Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

Try playing the opening sequences of Billy Joel's "She's Always a Woman," Elton John's "Your Song" or John Lennon's "Imagine" on any instrument other than the piano. Not the same, is it? Not even close. The piano, with its unparalleled harmonic capacity and warm, lucid sound, is arguably the most versatile and popular instrument in the world.

Brigade lyrique to give free outdoor concerts during Quebec Opera Festival

As part of the Quebec Opera Festival / Festival d'Opéra de Québec, and in cooperation with the Palais Montcalm, the Brigade lyrique will be back this year to give free outdoor concerts in Quebec City from July 23 to August 3.

Canada Day 2014 Celebrations

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The day started hot and steamy, got hotter and steamier in the afternoon, was very wet around 8:00 p.m., and finally the skies cleared just in time for a magnificent fireworks display on the Plains of Abraham. (Daytime photos by Shirley Nadeau and fireworks photo by Jay Ouellet). 

A colourful Canada Day

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Photo: All photos by Bethann G. Merkle

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Wild and colourful was the standard theme among the children who were face-painted during the Canada Day celebrations.

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Canada Day 2014 celebrations in Quebec City

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

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Lady Gaga takes Plains of Abraham by storm

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During the evening of July 4, the Plains of Abraham came alive with spectators flashing their Festival d'Été buttons as they waited for Lady Gaga to mount the Bell Stage. Her concert was the first of several big-name concerts planned for the Festival.

As the sun set, the crowd was ever more curious to see the hidden stage setting and began chanting, "Gaga! Gaga!

Steve Miller Band warms up the crowd for Journey at Festival d’Été de Québec

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Photo: Photo by Jay Ouellet

Steve Miller and his band were the warm-up act before Journey came on stage Sunday evening. He and his group have been popular since the 1970s. According to his website, Miller, now 70, "wakes up every day, excited to play. Each time I hit the road to gig, it still feels like I'm going to summer camp," he says.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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