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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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).

Arts Alive! Québec celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

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Photo: Mary McCown
The third annual Arts Alive! Québec festival helped Canada celebrate its 150th birthday at the Morrin Centre. On Sunday, July 2, free workshops were offered all day.

The first Oh Canada! Book Quest! event of the summer kicked off the party at 10 a.m. Young book lovers met Sunday morning and made Canada Day crafts. 

Calling all choristers to the Cathedral

Please note:
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will be hosting the Fourth Chamber Organ and Choral Festival from August 15 - 17, with a concert including a string quartet from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec on Thursday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Quebec City celebrates its 409th anniversary

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Photo: Mary McCown
It was a busy and wonderful weekend in Quebec City where Canada 150 celebrations seemed to be taking place on every corner but another important anniversary was celebrated just a couple of days later.

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine concert in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domaine

Mount Hermon Cemetery is happy to announce that the Bach & MacPherson Le Moine concert event will take place on August 5 in its enchanted and inspiring surroundings.

Consort Laurentia present Vivaldi & Company at the Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’s Midi en Musique summer concert series opened on July 6 with an exquisite concert by the Consort Laurentia, a highly talented trio of musicians consisting of Peggy Bélanger (soprano), Michel Anger (theorbe) and Rachel Baillargeon (cello).

Celebrating the birth of Canada at Wendake’s Pow Wow

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Photo: Juanita Craig
It was a weekend full of celebrations in Wendake with the 52nd edition of the Huron-Wendat Nation’s International Pow Wow and the inauguration of the new permanent roof over the outdoor amphitheatre.

78th Fraser Highlanders open Musical Wednesdays

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Photo: Mary McCown

Musical Wednesdays, a series of 10 noon-hour summer concerts at Chalmers-Wesley United Church in Old Quebec, opened on June 28 with a program of bagpipe and drum music presented by two members of the 78th Fraser Highlanders.

Jeffy Jan II, a yacht, a war and a legend

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Photo: Charles André Nadeau

Thursday last, Lévis alderman Pierre Lainesse and the Naval Museum of Quebec director André Kirouac officially inaugurated the Jeffy Jan II, a yacht, a war and a legend exhibit at the A.C. Davie Shipyard National Historic Site.

National Aboriginal Day celebrated in Loretteville

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Photo: Juanita Craig
"Mamu Menuatetau. Come and celebrate together,” were the words used to encourage people to attend the National Aboriginal Day celebrations at Café Roreke in Loretteville on Wednesday, June 21.

Olive Jewell’s centennial masterpiece

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Photo: Patricia Conabree

Fifty years ago, in 1967 while perusing her favorite magazine [possibly Maclean’s]; Olive Jewell noticed there was a handcraft contest to create something special for Canada’s Centennial year.

Arts Alive! at the Morrin Centre

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Photo: David Cannon

The Morrin Centre is hosting the Arts Alive! Québec festival on Canada’s birthday weekend, July 2 and 3. Interim executive director Elizabeth Perreault said, “For our third annual participation in Arts Alive! Québec, we want to showcase local talent and offer a fresh new sound in a historic setting.

Cardboard boats and tons of fun on Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond
You’ve probably heard of a soap-box derby, but have you ever heard of a cardboard-boat derby? Apparently they are all the rage on Lac Témiscouata, in southeastern Quebec! 

Lise Lafond, a frequent contributor to the QCT, who is spending the summer at the lake, shared this report with us.

A free day at Baie de Beauport beach

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Photo: Mary McCown

Calling all sun worshippers! This just in! Summer has officially begun and was ceremoniously ushered in thanks to Sun Life Financial with a free day at the beach at Baie de Beauport on June 25.

Enjoying Vivaldi (and others) by candlelight

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Photo: courtesy of Michel Corbeil

The Quatuor Crema gave a most unusual concert at Église Saint-Dominique on June 10.

Gary Lynch brings “Clara” to visit Irish Heritage Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Gary Lynch, MSc, eastern regional director of the Hudson-Essex-Terraplane Club (HET) and president of the Québec-Nouvelle-France-Canada Chapter of HET, was the guest speaker at Irish Heritage Quebec’s final meeting of the 2016-2017 season.

Air Canyon zipline inaugurated at Canyon Sainte-Anne

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Imagine soaring like an eagle high above the canyon of the raging Sainte-Anne River. Since the inauguration of the Air Canyon zipline, you too can “fly like an eagle” while safely and comfortably seated in a two-seater “pod” suspended on a very long and very strong cable. 

What if… someone wrote a musical about writing a musical?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

J.P. Chartier composed, wrote, composed, directed, played and performed in What if…? The Musical, which was presented at La Maison Jaune last weekend. There are four more performances scheduled for this coming weekend so I won’t give away too much of the story.

RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta coming to Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Quebec City and Levis are gearing up to receive some 40 Tall Ships that will be sailing in Canadian waters to honour the 150th anniversary of Canadian Confederation in 2017.

Sleepwalking around Parliament Hill

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Photo: Mary McCown

It’s important to stop and think about the wonderful things Quebec City offers. As residents of this beautiful city, it’s easy to imagine most cities providing similar activities. While Stephen and Debbie (who preferred not to give their last names) from Baltimore, love their hometown, they certainly recognize how lucky we are as Quebecers.

Hello . . . Dali’s back in town!

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove
Allez-oop! A crane operator gingerly assembled a humongous brass elephant on spindly, bone-like legs in front of the Château Frontenac on May 29, part of the Galerie d’Art du Château Frontenac’s summer exhibit. Known as the Space Elephant, the work also has an elongated pyramid sitting on its back.  

Rendez-vous British car show at Domaine Maizerets

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Photo: Bill Cox
Forty-two vintage British automobiles registered for this year’s vintage car show held on Saturday, June 3 at the Domaine Maizerets. The colourful shiny cars parked below trees in full foliage and cherry trees in full bloom, rendered a spectacular view to the crowd who came to admire the British beauties. 

Quebecers oversee United States Congress

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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons
It may surprise many Quebecers to learn that four of their own are among a select group of 100 men and women who oversee the work of the United States Congress in Washington, D.C., on a daily basis.   

St. Pat’s Hairspray more than just a musical comedy

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Photo: Mary McCown

With toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance moves, St. Patrick’s High School’s performance of the political comedy, Hairspray gave the audience a blast from the past on Wednesday, May 17, at Théâtre Périscope.

The Musée de la Civilisation is Mad About Brains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the human brain! The Musée de la Civilisation presents its most recent exhibit: Cerveau à la folie / Mad About Brains, where visitors can learn about neuroscience and psychiatry through interactive displays, objects and photos.

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