Community News

Remembrance Day service at Chalmers-Wesley United Church

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Rev. Éloi Gunn, the supervising minister of Chalmers-Wesley United Church in Quebec City, and course director at CFB Borden, Ont., led the congregation in worship on Nov. 11. Rev. Gunn also carries the Royal Canadian Navy rank of Lt-Cdr.

Laval wins Dunsmore Cup

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Université Laval’s Rouge et Or football team is heading for their third straight U Sports national semifinal with a 14-1 win over the Université de Montréal (UdeM) Carabins, in front of 10,220 fans who braved the weather at Stade Telus on Nov. 10.

Community Calendar

Oct. 30 to Nov. 24 at 7:30 p.m. – The Dragonfly of Chicoutimi, is a play in English by Larry Tremblay, starring Jack Robitaille, about a man who, following a traumatic experience, loses the ability to speak. After many years, he awakens, but can only speak English! He then explores the story of his childhood to try to understand what has happened to him and who he really is….

Quebec High School students remember their fallen comrades

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec High School students set up a special display case in the entrance of their school to honour two former students who fought in the First World War.

Mayor Okill Massey Learmonth (left), was awarded the Victoria Cross for bravery during a battle on Aug. 18, 1917, at Hill 70 near Lens, France. He died of his injuries later in the day.

St. Patrick’s football seniors are regional champions!

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Photo: courtesy Olinda Naccarato

The St. Patrick’s High football seniors got a special play from the special teams to secure an 8-6 victory against the Embâcle from Polyvalente Benoît-Vachon of Sainte-Marie-de-Beauce on Nov. 10 and bring home the Réseau du sport étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) championship banner.

Quebec City comes together for victims of Pittsburgh shooting

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s political and faith leaders formed a united front on Nov. 4 during a vigil at City Hall honouring the victims of the shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Synagogue. Eleven people were killed and six wounded when a lone gunman entered the synagogue during a service on Oct. 27.

SNACS Book Fair a literary success!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Quebec City’s annual English-language book fair, run for the first time by SNACS (Special Needs Activities & Community Services) Entrepreneurs after eight decades of stewardship by the Quebec City Women’s Club, attracted quite a crowd looking for some extra reading material for the dark and dreary winter months.

Modern parkas a long way from skins and canvas

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Picking a parka may not be exactly the same as choosing a car, but there are some similarities.

First, a parka will be your primary protective apparatus for instances of non-vehicular transit. In other words, if you’re not planning to drive everywhere in the winter cold, you’ll need to wear something to keep your body warm.

New apartment building rising on Grande Allée

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Photo: Peter Black

Nearly 50 years after it was first conceived, a “landmark” apartment building is now under construction on Grande Allée.

The story behind Rue Bethune

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street is named in honour of Dr. Norman Bethune (1890-1939), who was born in Gravenhurst, Ont.
 
In 1914, when the First World War was declared in Europe, Bethune interrupted his medical studies and joined the Canadian Army’s No. 2 Field Ambulance to serve as a stretcher bearer in France.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

November 6, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

Superstar gamer Stéphanie Harvey comes home for special OSQ concert

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Photo: Peter Black

It would seem like an unlikely marriage: the stereotypical hoodie-clad video gamers and the tenue de ville classical music crowd. But the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) thinks it may have a winning combo in bringing together the two divergent worlds for special performances at the Grand Théâtre on Nov. 22 and 23.

A voyage Into the Woods with the Phantom of the Opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A spooky pre-Halloween concert took place at the Morrin Centre on Oct. 29, featuring songs from such creepy musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses …

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In Flanders Fields” is a poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

Tempêtes & Passions reveal romantic bel canto treasures

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect setting for a concert by Tempêtes & Passions in the ornate Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone in Old Quebec. 

Trinity Fall Tea and Sale a treat!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Anglican Church Women of Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy have perfected the art of holding a tea and sale. Twice a year, every spring and fall, they get busy baking, knitting and collecting odds and ends for sale tables.

Joan BURNS

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Joan Rosemary Burns Farmery, age 71, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2018, from her home in Desert Hot Springs, California, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Quebec City on April 27, 1947 to John and Mildred Shannon Burns.

The first years of the Waterloo Settlement:

Key figures - Shadgett and O’Dwyer

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Photo: James Barber

The beginning of what came to be known as the Waterloo Settlement started in 1821, following the mass arrival of new immigrants from the British Isles after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Thousands arrived in North America, and the Port of Quebec was the destination of choice for many of them. New lands were needed for some of the settlers, so this area was opened for colonization.

Bravi Productions presents Un Soir Pour l’Art

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Photo: courtesy of Bravi Productions

How could an evening filled with live performances of singing, piano, dancing and poetry delivered by some of Quebec City’s most talented artists be even more exciting? Having that evening focused solely on Canadian composers, artists, poets and painters, and while you’re at it, hosted in a beautiful venue.

Université Laval sports: football, rugby and soccer

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team started its defence of the regional and national titles on Nov. 3 with a decisive 40-0 win over the Vert et Or of Université de Sherbrooke. Playing in front of fewer than 7,000 cold and wet football fans at Stade Telus, Laval took an 8-0 lead after the first quarter.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Pink Floyd tribute band PIGS perform at the Impérial Bell, 252 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, as part of their OUTSIDE / IN CANADA Tour. For ticket information, visit imperialbell.com.

Fighting Irish juniors lose RSEQ football championship

The thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat.

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Photo: Luc Lang
The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team put their unbeaten record on the line in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional championship on Nov. 3. Their opponents, the Laser from École des Sentiers in Charlesbourg, however, wanted to avenge their loss to the Irish earlier this season.

Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson shares her life story

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

You could have heard a pin drop in the crowded auditorium of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence on Oct. 24, as Eva Olsson, renowned author, Order of Ontario recipient and one of the few living Holocaust survivors, talked about her life as a young woman in war-torn Europe in the mid-1940s.

Hello! Bonjour! Halloween riddles and spine-tingling stories

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Photo: Mary McCown

The thick wooden walls protected the ghosts and ghouls from the beautiful evening that lay just outside of La Chope Gobeline. The Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) hosted another bilingual Hello! Bonjour! event on Oct. 25. This time it was a spooky story night at the medieval restaurant on Boulevard René-Lévesque.

FALL BACK: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, Nov. 3, or you’ll be an hour early for church (or whatever else you have on your schedule) on Sunday morning – which is not quite as bad as being an hour late when we “spring forward” again in March 2019.

Remembrance dims for Great War on centennial of 1918 Armistice

Remembrance Day is upon us, and this year marks a notable milestone in a commemoration noted for its milestones.
Nov. 11, 2018, will be the centennial of the Armistice, the pact that ended the First World War. (In reality and retrospect, the cessation of fighting in 1918 was simply a 20-year truce before a second, even more widespread, bloody and catastrophic conflict.)

The BIRDS are back!

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This photo by QCT photographer Jay Ouellet, entitled “The Birds Are Back” is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, just in time for Halloween.

Memorials and Things of Fame

October 31, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

Woodley’s Boot Manufactory

The story behind Rue de Bergerville

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Photo: Google Maps

Rue de Bergerville and Parc Bergerville recall the village of Bergerville, created around 1850 in the sector north of the Woodfield Domain that was once part of the Saint-Michel estate in Sillery.

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