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Quebec City springs into music

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Photo: courtesy of Printemps de la musique

The Printemps de la musique, the third annual springtime festival of music in Quebec City, was a resounding success this past weekend.

In past years, the musical presentations were given in local libraries scattered around the city. Not surprisingly, they did not draw very large audiences.

Back to Beer … and Hockey at the Morrin Centre

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There was more than just beer on tap at the Back to Beer … and Hockey book launch held on May 16 at the Morrin Centre.

London Calling at the Musée de la civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Twiggy, The Beatles, iconic black cabs and a Routemaster double-decker bus are in the Musée de la civilisation’s latest exhibit Ici Londres – London Calling, which will be open until March 10, 2019.

The exterior of the museum’s tower has been decorated to look like Big Ben and a London Underground sign sits at the entrance to the building.

And the winner of the third Apéros FEQ competition is …

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout the winter and spring, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) gave music enthusiasts a taste of what is to come this summer. For the third consecutive year, local bands and singers participated in the Apéros FEQ concert series, competing for a spot at the festival and a $7,000 bursary.

Fourth Avenue Trio takes audience on a musical voyage

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Fourth Avenue Trio, comprised of Emma Ahern, Kasia Borkowska and Peter Calkins, took the audience of over 60 people at the Morrin Centre’s College Hall on a musical voyage through the 17th- and 18th-century Baroque period. The musicians performed on May 15 to introduce the trio sonata compositional form.

Patricia O’Donnell

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Patricia O’Donnell passed away in Jeffery Hale Hospital, Quebec City, after a battle with cancer on February 20, 2018, at age 79. A celebration of her life will be held at St. Patrick’s Church, 1145 Avenue de Salaberry, Quebec City, on Saturday, June 2, at 10:30 a.m. Interment in St. Patrick’s Cemetery will immediately follow the funeral.

Local Sports Briefs: Edward Godin back at the CFL Lions training camp

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Photo: courtesy of the B.C. Lions

St. Patrick’s High School graduate and former Rouge et Or player Edward Godin is back at the BC Lions training camp in Kamloops, B.C.

Godin, selected 42nd overall in the 2017 Canadian Football League draft, came back for one more season at Université Laval after getting cut at BC’s training camp last spring.

It’s lobster season in the Gaspé!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Lobster season is now underway in the Gaspé region. Lobster harvesting has been driving the economies of communities along the south shore of the Gaspé Peninsula since 1875.

Historic regiments invade the Citadelle

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Seventeenth-century soldiers and their families took over the Citadelle de Québec during the May long weekend.

More than 140 historical re-enactors from the United States and Canada participated in the sixth edition of the École du Soldat de la Nouvelle-France/New France Infantry Recruit School hosted by the Royal 22e Régiment Museum.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 23 at 12:10 p.m. – Lunch & Learn: How to nail the interview at Eastern Quebec Learning Centre, Ave. William-Stuart (corner of Chemin St-Louis). All sessions are FREE and include a light lunch. Space is limited and registration is essential. For more information or to register, email [email protected] or call 418-681-1258.

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle marry in St. George’s Chapel

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Photo: Screenshot from CTV television coverage

Did you get up early Saturday morning to watch the wedding of the century – Prince Harry and Meghan Markle – at St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, England?

Quebec City resident Karen Hilchey, along with visiting friends from the Beauce, got up at 4 a.m. to tune in to CBC television coverage of the big event. She said she had set her alarm, but was awake before it went off.

Health & Social Services Community Leadership Bursaries

Apply before June 14th, 2018

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Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, is calling for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.
 
These bursaries provide financial support to students who are inv

The Lion King a roaring success for QHS performers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
With dazzling costumes, clever staging and a large “pride” of enthusiastic young singers and dancers, the Quebec High School (QHS) production of the smash animated film and Broadway musical The Lion King was yet another triumph for the school’s performance programs.

Rotary Club serves Mother’s Day High Tea

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
To celebrate Mother’s Day last Sunday, the Quebec Rotary Club served High Tea in the Salle des Promotions of the Petit Séminaire de Québec.

Mothers and their families were seated in the elegant room at tables set with fine china cups and saucers. Ladies were encouraged to wear a hat, and those without a hat could buy one at the event.  

World leaders will try to save Planet Earth in Charlevoix

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If an invading alien force arrived this week in Karachi, Khartoum, Kiev, Kansas City or Kamloops, and its commander demanded of the quaking townspeople, “Take me to your leader,” what would the townspeople say?

The Walking Anglos invite you to lace up your running shoes

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
Quebecers have tucked away their winter boots and laced up their running shoes, ready to head out to enjoy this fantastic city. Let us make that easier for you. Starting in this issue, the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, in conjunction with The Walking Anglos, a local walking club, will be publishing monthly walking routes for different city neighbourhoods.

Commissioner of Official Languages wants to hear from you!

Since 2019 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Official Languages Act of Canada, the time has come to think about its modernization.

Memorials and Things of Fame

1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The stage running between Montreal and Three Rivers overturned in the vicinity of Sorel. As it was well filled with passengers and luggage, the crash was severe, one woman suffering a broken leg when a trunk which was on top of the convenience fell upon her. Three men were painfully injured about the head and body but none seriously.

The story behind Parc Alys–Robi

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Fair Use)
This park, opened in October 2016 in the Saint-Sauveur district, is named in honour of Lady Alys Robi , the first popular singer from Quebec to have an international career. She was born Alice Robitaille in Quebec City in 1923, in the working-class district of Saint-Sauveur.

Morrin Centre highlights Scottish-Canadian storytellers

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Great Scots,” billed as an ImagiNation off-festival event and a lively celebration of Canada’s finest fiction storytellers with Scottish links from 1867 to today, presented May 8 by Douglas Gibson at the Morrin Centre, was a lively mix of social and historical context, engaging anecdotes and personal recollections about Canadian authors.

Voltigeurs take back rebuilt drill hall

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Photo: Peter Black

The Voltigeurs are back home. In a ceremony on May 12 celebrating traditions dating back to well before the regiment’s official founding in 1862, the Voltigeurs took possession of the armoury on Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier that had been their headquarters and drill hall since 1887.

Review: Gala dinner in the new Manège militaire

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A celebratory gala dinner, organized by the Fondation Voltigeurs de Québec (9e bataillon) was held in the newly reopened Manège militaire on the evening of the Voltigeurs’ official return to their “home.”

It required almost an army of waiters to deliver the food and wine to the room full of guests seated in the vast drill hall.

Students learn about the importance of road safety

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As summer approaches, everyone is enjoying the warmer weather. There are more cyclists, joggers and pedestrians on the roads. Some do not necessarily pay attention to road safety rules and regulations. For these reasons, Solidarité Familles et Sécurité Routière (SFSR) launched its ninth annual Road Safety Awareness Campaign at École Saint-Yves elementary school in Sainte-Foy on May 8.

Bad endings can lead to good things

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Sometimes writers just get blocked. For Jennifer Mook-Sang, her writer’s block lasted almost 12 years. The end result, however, was her successful storybook, Captain Monty Takes the Plunge. Mook-Sang read the book on May 12 to over a dozen very receptive children and the adults accompanying them in the Morrin Centre library.

Grand Théâtre being enveloped in glass

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Work started in early May on the installation of the large glass panels that will soon completely surround the Grand Théâtre de Québec, to protect it from the elements and to prevent any further deterioration of the precast cement exterior walls.

The Opéra de Québec’s fiery Carmen a blazing success

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Opéra de Québec presents Georges Bizet’s famous tragic opera, with its many twists of fate and star-crossed lovers, at the Grand Théâtre from May 12 to 19.

Federal Government expands services for veterans

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On May 11 at the Valcartier Family Centre, Lt.-Gen. (retired) Roméo Dallaire and Jean Rioux, parliamentary secretary to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, announced the expansion of a recent access-to-services pilot program for veterans and their families.

The Quebec City Magic Festival leaves audiences spellbound

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Photo: provided by Julie Moffet

The Quebec City Magic Festival, held at the Palais Montcalm and with pop-up shows in the Petit Champlain district, left audiences spellbound on the weekend of May 3 to 6.

Meet the pine tree squirrel, the forest chatterbox

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Living near a pine tree plantation, I often hear the chattering of pine tree squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), also known as the North American red squirrel. It is the most common squirrel in Quebec.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 16 – Back to Beer… and Hockey: Join us at the Morrin Centre for the Quebec City launch of Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson by Montreal-based executive coach and author Helen Antoniou, Eric Molson’s daughter-in-law. Drinks and food will be served during this cocktail reception.

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