Community News

Hosanna Hey, "Jesus Christ Superstar" can’t be missed!

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Photo: Normand Brassard
   Jesus is my drug of choice!” a protest sign reads at yet another fantastic Quebec Art Company (QAC) production. Jesus Christ Superstar is a must-see production featuring a very talented and very large cast. 

A Tower for a Trumpet: The great Canadian art switcheroo

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One suspects that few humble souls of modest means can grasp the staggering amounts of money spent on works of art. It’s a phenomenon easily as mystifying as the creative ability that compels the human being holding the brush, chisel or charcoal. How do you put a value on an image captured on a piece of stretched canvas?

St. Patrick’s 175th Anniversary Reunion is just around the corner!

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In a few short weeks, more than 1,150 alumni will reunite in Quebec City for a weekend of reminiscing and creating new memories. With attendees coming from all over Canada, Europe and the United States, the Fighting Irish will be ready to paint the city green with celebrations.

Connect with your City Guide: Rediscover Wendake

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Photo: Juanita Craig

On March 28, Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) launched the Connect With Your City Guide, a new book which showcases 153 places of significance, past and present, for members of the English-speaking community in Quebec City.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: James Inglis from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain, Courtesy Library and Archives Canada/C-89689
April 19, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette
A serious fire broke out in a boarding house on Champlain Street, through the upsetting of a wax candle in the room of a boarder named McHugh.

The story behind Rue Alfred-Rouleau

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Pointe-de-Sainte-Foy district of Quebec City was named in honour of Alfred Rouleau (1915-1985), a businessman and president of the Fédération du Québec des Caisses Populaires Desjardins, Quebec’s largest credit union. Born in Sherbrooke, he was elected president of the federation in 1972 and served until 1981. 

Letter to the Editor - Re: "Jesus Christ Superstar"

What a leap the Quebec Art Company [QAC] has taken with this show! The large cast of many new faces and performers … reflects what it is to be a member of the English-speaking community. It represents an ethnically diverse community with a wide age range and many skills.

Elisa-Maude McConnell helps bring smiles to young faces

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Photo: Global Smile Foundation

Elisa-Maude McConnell is a speech-language pathologist at the Centre hospitalier de l’Université Laval (CHUL) in Quebec City. In mid-January, she volunteered to go on a mission with Global Smile Foundation (GSF) in San Salvador, the capital city of El Salvador, a small Central American country.

Quebec City offers a warm welcome to new citizens

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Vidéotron Centre was filled with the sound of hundreds of voices speaking many languages on April 14, as the Ville de Québec held its annual event to welcome new arrivals to the Capitale-Nationale region. It was party time inside the lobby of the huge sports arena.

Valcartier Sugar Shack Brunch a sweet delight

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

A fundraising Sugar Shack Brunch for cancer research, organized by the Valcartier Roadrunners and Valcartier Elementary School’s Community Learning Centre (CLC), was held at the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier community hall on April 15.

Families work together to promote road safety for everyone

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Photo: Jan Anderson

Nancy Gilbert, a graduate of St Patrick’s High School, is the co-founder of Solidarité familles et Sécurité routière / Family Solidarity and Road Safety (SFSR). On April 6, she spoke at the Take-a-Break Drop In at the Jeffery Hale Pavilion, where parents with babies and preschoolers get together twice a month.

Familiar faces introduce Newfoundland to Lifelong Learners

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

They say, “Home is where the heart is.” This was more than evident to the capacity crowd that came to hear Katherine and Keith Burgess express their heartfelt affection for Newfoundland in their “Calling Us Home” presentation.

This Lifelong Learning event was one of a series of talks showcasing different regions of Canada, to mark the 150th anniversary of Confederation.

The Chantecler “Made in Quebec” chicken is 100 years old

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It all started at the Oka Abbey. Brother Wilfrid Châtelain was in charge of the poultry section at the Oka Agricultural Institute, where the chickens had names like Delaware, New Hampshire, Jersey Giant and Plymouth Rock. It was obvious that these chickens were not from Canada. Brother Wilfrid found it unthinkable that of all the chickens at the abbey, there was no Canadian breed.

The Voltigeurs return to the Manège Militaire

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The Fondation Les Voltigeurs (9e Bataillon), proudly announce that on May 12, the Régiment Les Voltigeurs de Québec will return to their Manège militaire (armoury) that was destroyed by fire on the evening of April 4, 2008.

To commemorate the reopening of the historic building, the regiment invites the public to attend three activities on May 12:

Razing ashes: The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues

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Photo: Peter Black

The city’s war on the emerald ash borer continues. Environment department workers have cut down dozens of trees on the past two weeks in an effort to stem the spread of the parasite insect. The row pictured at left is on Rue de Maisonneuve across from St. Patrick’s High School. A city official said some 150 ashes are being cut this spring while the insect is inactive.

Alberto Giacometti exhibit at MNBAQ open until May 12

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Don’t miss the exhibit of works by Alberto Giacometti which is open until May 12 at the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). A Swiss sculptor and painter who lived in Paris, Giacometti is known for his unique sculptures of elongated subjects with specially detailed surfaces, but the exhibition also celebrates the painter.

Community Calendar

April 19 - 21, at 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.) – Quebec Art Company presents the rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule in Old Quebec. Tickets are SOLD OUT but you can put your name on a waiting list at [email protected] indicating how many and for which dates.

Former major leaguer joins Capitales

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Photo: Joel Truchon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

With just over a month to go before the Can-Am League baseball season begins, the Capitales have gotten their hands on some major league talent. Former Chicago Cub Josh Vitters will be roaming third base at the Stade Canac. Vitters was selected third overall at the 2007 Major League Baseball draft.

Fashionable floral dresses at Place Ste-Foy

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Floral dresses made from thousands of flowers were in bloom at Place Ste-Foy April 11-15 during Fleurs de Villes (Flowers of the Cities). The event saw over a dozen local florists, growers, designers and nurseries, partnered with a brand, showcase their talent by creating botanic gowns to be voted on by the public. 

Pelletier and Betts named Rouge et Or 2018 athletes of the year

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The sports excellency program of Université Laval honoured its best 2017-18 student athletes at the 67th Gala Rouge et Or on April 12. In all, over 450 students play on Rouge et Or sports teams.

Rugby player Justine Pelletier and football player Mathieu Betts were named the top female and male athletes for 2017-18.

Coaching changes ahead for the Quebec Remparts

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The Quebec Remparts, eliminated from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League’s first round of playoffs in seven games by the Charlottetown Islanders, now have to go hunting for a new general manager and head coach.

Morrin Centre holds a magical ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Mary McCown
Anyone can write a novel; try getting it down to 400 words,” says author Barbara Reid, explaining the challenges of writing for children. It’s hard to think of a more appropriate quote to open this article. Covering the ninth annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival at the Morrin Centre was the easy part; giving the events proper recognition in a few words is a tall order.

They come from all walks of life to tread the boards

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The Quebec government lavished spending on the arts in its budget two weeks ago. From free entry to province-run museums one Sunday per month, to money for cultural field trips for children in daycare, to major boosts to writers’ and musicians’ funding organizations, the unexpected injection of tax dollars into culture has left players in the domain more or less gobsmacked.

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 8, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The remains of Mr. George Beattie were interred in this city. At the time of his death he was 81 years of age and was the founder of the first Masonic Lodge in this city.

Patient navigator to support English-speaking patients travelling to Quebec City for medical services

A group of community-based organizations, under the umbrella of the Quebec Community Health and Social Services Foundation, have created the position of patient navigator to support English-speaking patients who have to travel to Quebec City for medical services.

Quebec City resident Steve Guimond will serve as patient navigator.

Letter to the Editor - Highway signage – pictograms or bilingual?

Just over one year ago, on March 14, 2017, a petition was tabled in the Quebec National Assembly by David Birnbaum, MNA for the Montreal riding of D’Arcy-McGee.

The story behind Rue Alleyn

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Saint-Sauveur district of Quebec City is named in honour of Charles Joseph Alleyn, an Irishman born in County Cork in 1817. He studied at Clongowes Wood College and came to Lower Canada with his family around 1837.

Tasty literature at the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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Photo: Léonie Gagnon
Quebec City literary enthusiasts enjoyed the ninth annual ImagiNation Writers’ Festival from April 3-8. While the readings and discussions fed the soul, the Books & Wine, Cooking with the Wolfman and Books & Brunch events fed the body. 

A breath of fresh air for the OSQ’s 2018-2019 season

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Photo: courtesy of OSQ

Music director Fabien Gabel and the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) launched their 2018-2019 season on March 27. During the press conference, Gabel said, “Making this city vibrate to the sound of music is a source of extreme motivation for me… I hope to see you again for this new season, which promises to be exceptional.”

Mourning the loss of the Humboldt Broncos

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The words to Tom Cochrane’s “Big League” took on an eerie significance this past weekend as the entire country mourned the loss of several members of a Saskatchewan hockey team, killed in a crash on their way to a playoff game. Fifteen people on the team bus died, and the other 14 were injured, some critically.

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