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Red Hot Chili Peppers at FEQ: plenty of heat but no fire

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Photo: Renaud Philippe - FEQ

John Neilson celebrates his 240th birthday!

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

There was a very special birthday party in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier on Sunday, July 17.  The Honourable John Neilson turned 240 years old!  

As you may know from previous QCT articles, it was John Neilson who, in 1816, put out the call for settlers to create a village in the Jacques Cartier River valley. 

“Prairie boy” recruits newcomers with expats blog

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Photo: Taylor Ireland

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph (QCT) is proud to announce that one of its own, general manager Taylor Ireland, is working on a blog project with Québec en Tête (Quebec First) called Expats au Coeur de Québec. The QCT will be printing his entries as a monthly feature.

A prairie boy’s take on life in Quebec City

This blog entry first appeared on May 6, 2016.

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John Neilson tours Pine River

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The story behind Nelles Street

Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Nelles was named in honour of Admiral Percy Walker Nelles (1892-1951), who was born in Brantford Ontario. In 1929, Nelles was appointed commanding officer of HMS Dragon and two years later he took command of HMCS Saguenay – the first destroyer built for the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN). 

A “Ferry Crowded House” at Festival d'Été

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

There was a certain familiarity to Neil Finn's stage manner, when the lead singer of the Australian/New Zealand group Crowded House opened the night’s performances on Friday, July 15, on the Bell Stage. Indeed, it was a Finn family affair, including his wife Sharon on bass guitar and sons Elroy (drums) and Liam (guitar).

Vigil held at French Consulate in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A solemn vigil was held in front of the French Consulate on Grande Allée in Quebec City on Saturday, July 16, in memory of those who were killed in the deadly terror attack in Nice on the evening of July 14.

Sheryl Crow brings country sunshine to the Bell Stage

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

On the evening of July 12, fans swarmed onto the Plains of Abraham wearing plaid shirts, country dresses, cowboy boots and hats. They were pumped and ready for country music, a part of the Festival d’Été de Québec that is growing in popularity. Award-winning American singer, songwriter and actress Sheryl Crow opened the show for Brad Paisley.

Midi en musique at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe presented a selection of songs by Wagner, Gounod, Gilbert and Sullivan, Britten, Wolf, Schubert and Schumann at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity last Thursday afternoon, for the second of the Midi en musique summer concert series. 

Resident yogi invites English speakers to Yogathon

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Photo: Shan Rampersaud

You may have seen her around town, flashing her contagious smile at English-language events, but for those who haven’t had the pleasure of meeting her, our resident English-speaking yogi is Shan Rampersaud. 

Flo Rida keeps spirits flowing at FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

A new Biblothèque de la Rue on de Maisonneuve

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This free, streetside lending library idea seems really to be catching on. A Bibliothèque de la Rue popped up last week near St. Patrick’s High School in Quebec City. Take a book and/or leave a book. That’s all you have to do! You can read more about it at 

OBITUARY: Hilary Colbert KACK

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OBITUARY: Gertrude Dollard LA HAYE

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People helping people in the Mediterranean

Photo: SOS Meditérranée website

Ruby Pratka is a former Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph journalist, currently working as the communications officer aboard MS Aquarius for SOS Méditerranée, a Franco-German charity assisting migrants in the Mediterranean. This is her story: 

New sculpture honours Sainte-Foy founding families

Photo: Sarah Barclay

Assembly of edibles at public garden

Photo: Danielle Burns

The edible urban gardens at the National Assembly in Quebec are in their fourth season, but this year the garden was moved to make way for a construction area. Marie Eisenmann, co-founder and general director at Urbainculteurs, is in charge of the project that was co-created with Université Laval. 

Peter Gabriel and Sting open FEQ with a bang

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Photo: Renaud Philippe - FEQ

On a blustery June 7, the 49th edition of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) opened with two performers who have become pillars of classic rock and roll. Long-time friends Sting and Peter Gabriel took to the Bell Stage before some 75,000 fans on the Plains of Abraham.  

A Musical Wednesday at Chalmers-Wesley

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The first of a series of nine Musical Wednesday noon-hour concerts took place at Chalmers-Wesley United Church last week, featuring American bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe accompanied by pianist Natalya Labiau. 

2017 Special Olympics come to Quebec City

Celtic Festival offers sports, music and more

The Quebec City Celtic Festival's goal is to help the public discover their Celtic culture and to celebrate Celtic tradition. This year’s Celtic Festival, taking place from August 18 to 21, boasts a varied program of events designed to share that rich heritage.

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The story behind Rue Negabamat

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Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Negabamat in Sillery was named in honour of Noël Negabamat (1600-1666), also known as Tekouerimat. He was one of the principal Montagnais chiefs of Sillery. His life is an example of the Jesuit missionaries’ policy to convert the Amerindians to the Catholic faith and integrate them into the European way of living. 

Take me home, country roads...

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The Payne, O’Connor and McLaughlin families took advantage of the long Canada Day weekend and the invitation to “Come Back Home” to Stoneham and their family homesteads. More than 70 people showed up to make this reunion a success.

Fourth of July celebrations in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The American Consul General in Quebec City, Hale VanKoughnett, and his wife Diane invited guests to join them to celebrate their country’s 240th Independence Day, also known as the Fourth of July, on June 28, at the beautiful Domaine Cataraqui. 

Carac’Terre features ceramics with character

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Photo: Rachel Collet

You may have missed it if you blinked while passing Place de l’Université-du-Québec, but nestled quietly between Rue de la Couronne and Boulevard Charest was Carac’Terre, a ceramics showcase that included a smallish white tent filled with beautifully handcrafted works by Quebec ceramics artisans.  

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