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The story behind Rue Alleyn

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

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.”

QHS team takes second place in provincial Improv Championships

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Photo: Joanne Arsenault

Over the March 23-24 weekend, the Quebec High School Senior Improv Team traveled to Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue, near Montreal, to compete in the Montreal Regional Improv Championships organized by the Canadian Improv Games.

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.

Pick your home on wheels at the Quebec City RV show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

If you dream of having your own home on wheels, a visit to the annual Quebec City Recreational Vehicle Show is an absolute must. This year’s show of mini rolling homes was held from March 22 to 25 at ExpoCité. The show was separated into three themes: vehicles, camping gear and accessories, and places to visit.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Behind the curtains of Jesus Christ Superstar

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Sparkling costumes. Incredible vocals. Tightly executed choreography. As audience members watching a theatrical performance, we appreciate the final product. We may wonder how many hours went into making the show a reality, although only by taking part in the preparations can one truly appreciate the months of hard work required.

Aspiring artists from CQSB schools shine at PAF

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Every spring, high school students of the Central Quebec School Board gather in Quebec City for an amazing day of learning and performance. 

Community Calendar

April 12 - 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 may be ordered online at TICKETS FOR THE APRIL 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21 performances are SOLD OUT! A few tickets remain for the Opening Night performance on April 12.

English and French language speakers come together to perform with the QAC

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The Quebec Art Company (QAC) and its community theatre performances are well known in the English-speaking community of Quebec City. Serving as both a creative outlet and a social gathering place for anglophones in the city, the company has put on at least one English-language play or musical each year for the last 40 years.

Trivia Night at Quebec High School!

It’s time to get your think on! Win cranium supremacy and great prizes! Quebec High School is holding its 10th annual Trivia Night on Friday, April 20. The evening starts at 6:30 p.m. with check-in, a social time and preliminary “wall” questions. The first round of questions starts at 7 p.m.

Compensation for cadets in 1974 Valcartier grenade accident

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Reprinted with permission of Canadian Military Family Magazine

On July 30, 1974, [at CFB Valcartier] a roomful of 137 cadets was learning about the handling of explosive devices when a live grenade (accidentally included with the dummies) exploded, killing six cadets and seriously injuring 54 others, although over 90 were seen by emergency personnel that day.

Young entrepreneurs recognized at St. Lawrence

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Young entrepreneurs gathered at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence on April 4 to enjoy a cocktail reception followed by a panel discussion featuring four businesspeople.

The results of the 20th OSEntreprendre Challenge, a provincewide entrepreneurial skills competition which attracts over 40,000 participants yearly, were announced at the end of the evening.

St. Pat’s hockey season ends in quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Patrick’s hockey team Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey team could not come back from a three-goal deficit and lost their quarterfinal game to the Collège de Lévis Commandeurs 6-2. The loss eliminates the Fighting Irish from the playoffs in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), in the major under-17 (M17) conference.

It’s banner time for Quebec High and St. Pat’s basketball teams

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Photo: Ed Sweeney Quebec High School

It’s championship time for basketball in the Québec-Chaudière-Appalaches region of the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ). St. Patrick’s High School and Quebec High School hosted two regional basketball championship tournaments on April 7.

First Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet attracts over 700 skiers

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over 700 cross-country skiers raced through the woods of Saint-Férréol-les-Neiges for the inaugural Mont-Sainte-Anne Loppet on March 31.

Letter to the Editor - Re: Street Views – Rue Adrien-Pouliot

What a pleasure to read last week’s article by Bill Cox on Rue Adrien-Pouliot! It brought back fond personal memories of an extraordinary mathematician, teacher and human being.

Quebec gears up for autonomous car race

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People of a certain generation will remember there was a time when automobiles did not converse with you, although that notion did inspire a short-lived television series in the 1960s called My Mother the Car.

VEQ launches Connect With Your City Guide and Tell me a Story

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Spring is in bloom and so too are the two completed book projects that the Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) co-ordinated over the past year.

The Tell me a Story/Raconte-moi une histoire project promoted the importance of linguistic duality within the English- and French-speaking communities in the greater Quebec City region.

Bill 166 adopted!

All homeowners will now pay the same school tax rate

I am delighted to be able to officially inform you that Bill 166 was adopted by the National Assembly on Tuesday, March 27, 2018. Finally, all homeowners in any given region of the province will be assessed the same tax rate as their neighbours. This tax rate will be the lowest rate in that region.

QCGN has high praise for provincial budget

The Quebec Community Groups Network (QCGN) says the recently tabled provincial budget could be a game changer for English speakers in the province.

Memorials and Things of Fame

April 2, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Ader

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)
This street is named in honour of French engineer-inventor Clément Ader (1841-1925). Ader was an innovator in a number of electrical and mechanical engineering fields. He originally studied electrical engineering and, in 1878, improved on the telephone invented by Alexander Graham Bell. He established the telephone network in Paris in 1880. 

QCWC bursary application period extended


Morrin Centre re-elects its council members at 2018 AGM

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Photo: Elizabeth Perreault

About 50 people gathered in College Hall at the Morrin Centre on March 26, for the 194th annual general meeting of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec.

Quebecers march for school shooting survivors

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Photo: courtesy of Teri Phillips

While the St. Patrick’s Day Parade was in full swing in Upper Town on March 24, Teri Phillips and several dozen members of the American Colony of Quebec were marching for an entirely different reason. March for Our Lives: Quebec City paid tribute to the 17 high school students and staff killed in the Feb.

French consulate and Collège Mérici share a Goût de France

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

On the occasion of the fourth edition of Goût de France (named “Good France” in English to preserve the pun, although the name translates to “taste of France”), members of the press were invited to the residence of Laurence Haguenauer, the consul general of France in Quebec City, to witness the signing of a culinary agreement between the Consulat Général de France and Collège Mérici.

Jesus Christ Superstar coming soon to a church near you!


With just over a week before the Quebec Art Company (QAC)’s latest production hits the stage, the cast and crew of the rock-opera Jesus Christ Superstar were treated to something very special last Thursday.

Papillons en Fête reveals the flutter of butterflies

Photo: montage by Lise Lafond

At this time of the year we sometimes need to feel the heat of a summer day. A nice way to do this is by going to visit the 19th Papillons en fête held at the Centre Jardin Hamel.

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