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Cyndi Lauper proves that girls still wanna have fun!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Cyndi Lauper, the iconic American pop rock singer who rose to fame in the 1980s, attracted a huge crowd on July 13 on the Plains of Abraham as part of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Les Chercheurs d’Or find gold at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The story behind Rue de l’Aviation

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

The name Rue de l’Aviation was granted to the Ville de Québec by the federal government in 1951 as a reminder of the major role played by the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. Forty-eight squadrons (bombers, fighters and transport or reconnaissance planes) participated in all European Allied operations.

What’s the buzz at the Kingsey Falls Botanical Garden?

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A giant bee seems to have landed among the dahlias at the Kingsey Falls botanical garden in Parc Marie-Victorin, where gardeners have created several amazing giant 3D mosaicultures. A trip through the Eastern Townships reveals many such surprising and little-known parks.

A New NATO 2.0 is needed to face hybrid warfare

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Photo: courtesy of NATO
Last week’s NATO meeting in Brussels gave U.S. President Donald Trump yet another chance to upend the natural order of things and reaffirm his position that the United States of America will no longer tolerate “unfair deals.” 

Trudeau’s lesson: The land may be strong, but voters are stronger

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As far as anniversaries of paradigm-shifting events go, the 50 candles for the first election victory of Pierre Elliott Trudeau seem to have been lit and snuffed with scarcely a flicker in the media.

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 19, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette
Charles Alarie and Thomas Thomas, convicted on the charge of stealing from a vessel lying in Quebec harbour, were executed pursuant to their sentence passed at the Court of King’s Bench. Alarie was a Quebecer and Thomas a foreigner.

Tune in and swing out at the Morrin Centre during Arts Alive! Québec

The Morrin Centre has decided to jazz things up for its fourth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. From Aug. 3 to 4, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host a series of jazz concerts and musical workshops.

Tune in for indoor concerts

Foo Fighters on fire in return to FEQ stage

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On July 10, the tens of thousands of people gathered on the Plains of Abraham most likely felt a strong sense of déjà vu as heavy rain pelted the Plains ahead of the scheduled Foo Fighters concert at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Fortunately for the fans, there would be no repeat of the tempest that derailed the band’s 2015 FEQ performance after just four songs.

Quebec grooves to quirky Beck at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Perhaps the best way to describe Beck – Beck Hansen, in full – is that he is indescribable, both musically and as an entertainer. No matter, the Californian was a grooving hit at his Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) debut.

A regal performance for Lorde on the Plains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lorde required three airplanes to bring her all the way from New Zealand to Quebec City with her entourage to perform at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 13. She and her backup dancers were the closing act of an evening of concerts showcasing female artists.

France claims victory at the FIFA World Cup

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Photo: Danielle Burns

After a 20-year drought, France’s men’s soccer team can celebrate another title on the game’s biggest stage.
On the day after their national holiday, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to capture the second FIFA World Cup title in the country’s history, in front of 78,011 fans in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and billions watching around the world.

Sum 41 close the 51st FEQ with a punkish bang!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Sum 41, a punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and grunge band from Ajax, Ont., is playing in three Canadian cities while on their current tour. On July 16, they swung by the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Grunge and punk fans filled the Parc de la Francophonie and surrounding streets to hear their favourite Canadian band.  

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 18 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe, accompanied by pianist Kasia Borkowska. Renfroe will sing a medley of Broadway hits and classical favourites at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Admission is free. Donations are welcome to help support this summer music series.

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec opens on July 24

Opera lovers, don’t miss the eighth Festival d’Opéra de Québec, which takes place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

Crossing Canada: A voyage on the C.T.M.A. Vacancier

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden
Not every corner of Canada can be reached by train, but fortunately, there are other enjoyable ways to reach some hidden gems. Among those jewels is Quebec’s own island paradise, the Magdalen Islands. Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the islands are actually closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia than they are to mainland Quebec.
  
The C.T.M.A.

Art Walk in the Vieux-Port

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
This month’s walk is an enjoyable trek around Lower Town to take in the recently unveiled works of art in EXMURO’s Passages Insolites (unusual passages) outdoor exhibition. For more information, see “Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City,” by Cassandra Kerwin, in the July 4, 2018 edition of the QCT. 

Neil Young’s FEQ debut a lesson in timeless power of rock

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Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois, courtesy of Festival d’été de Québec

"Hey, hey, my, my. Rock and roll can never die. There’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Hey, hey, my, my.”

You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when . . . (Part 2)

You start conversations with strangers automatically in French, until you detect that little accent that makes you say, “Hang on, you’re English, aren’t you?”

You translate idioms word for word from one language to another and people look at you like you have two heads (“Can you talk now, or are you in the juice?”).

Sunset over Lac Témiscouata

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Lake Témiscouata is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” – C. JoyBell C.​ Photo by Lise Lafond

Shawn Mendes captures the hearts of Generation Z at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Shawn Mendes, a 19-year-old pop star from Toronto, took over the Plains of Abraham on July 8. Thousands of representatives of Generation Z (people born after 1995) crowded around the Bell stage to see their Canadian idol. Children, teens and young adults started screaming the singer’s name long before he stepped onto the stage.

A report from the Morning Chronicle of July 7, 1868

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Surgical Separation of the Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng

Not content with streaming content? Try the library!

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It’s quite possible that no one on the planet bemoans the demise of black-and-white television.

The story behind Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret is named in honour of Jacques-Ferdinand Verret (1860-1946) who was a renowned beekeeper. Born in Charlesbourg (now part of Quebec City), he was the oldest of a family of 10 children. From a young age, he worked with his father, who owned a general store and bakery. He married Lucie Bédard in 1897 but the couple had no children. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 12, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The Weeknd lights up FEQ opening night with smoke and fire

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Weeknd lit up the Bell stage on opening night of the 51st Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the Plains of Abraham were crowded with enthusiastic fans of his R&B and hip-hop music. Ten minutes before the show started, the crowd was screaming, “The Weeknd! The Weeknd!”

Hot tips on how to keep cool this summer

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Photo: Kris Keller

Summer has arrived in Quebec in a big way. Sunny skies, warm winds and soaring thermometers were the norm this past week, with “feels like” temperatures reaching the low 40s. July 4 and 5 were the hottest days in more than 25 years in Quebec City, and residents without easy access to air conditioning are feeling the heat.

Place Limouloise: a place to see and be seen

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It all started in 2015 with Plaza Limoilou, which became Place Limoilou in 2016. A few years later, after lots of consulting with the public and private sector and a few different designs, permanent roots were finally laid down at Place Limouloise in 2018 – named after the people who live in the Limoilou area.

Governor General Julie Payette presents 26 honours

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Governor General Julie Payette presented honours to 26 people from across the country at a ceremony held on July 6 at the Citadelle. 

Community builders honoured on Quebec City’s 410th birthday with awarding of medals

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ville de Québec

On July 3, on the occasion of the 410th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, Mayor Régis Labeaume awarded the Medal of the City of Quebec to Claire and Gilles Jolicoeur, the Institut Canadien de Québec and the Fondation Maurice Tanguay.

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