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The Brigade Lyrique livens up city parks during the FOQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Almost every day (weather permitting) during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ), a quartet of singers and a pianist have been driving around Quebec City giving free 30-40 minute performances to appreciative audiences.

Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène is a hit with FOQ audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ) teamed up again this year with Jeunesses Musicales Canada to present Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre La Bordée. French and English surtitles helped the audience keep track of the complicated plot.

OBITUARY: Elsie Alexis PREVOST (née Thomson) 1920-2018

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Mrs. Elsie Alexis Prevost (née Thomson), wife of the late John Reginald Prevost, died peacefully, surrounded by her loving family, at the Jeffery Hale Hospital on July 11, 2018, at the age of 98.

David Jacques handles antique baroque guitars with loving care

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guitarist David Jacques was the solo performer at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on July 25 as part of the Musical Wednesdays concert series. He brought two unique baroque guitars with him, one of which was made in France in 1665 by the famous Voboam family of luthiers.

Emily Brontë remembered on her 200th birthday

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Photo: Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë from Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

It’s difficult to imagine the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire moors without thinking of Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights.

Community Calendar

July 24 to Aug. 6 – Festival d’Opéra de Québec: For information and tickets, visit festivaloperaquebec.com.

July 31 to Aug. 12 – Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec at Espace 400e in the Vieux-Port area of Quebec City. Over 100 professional artisans display their wares.

Hidden English History in Portneuf, Part 3: A tale of two churches

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Photo: courtesy of Glen Marcotte, via Lay Readers' Association of Montreal
The Portneuf region is rich in stories, and Glen Marcotte has heard many of them. 

“Edward Rutherfurd could write a wonderful novel about Portneuf,” says Marcotte, referring to the author of several bestselling historical fiction sagas. 

U.S. Consulate Independence Day party makes a game of shared history​

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Photo: courtesy of Faten Abdallah
The annual Independence Day reception hosted by the United States Consul General in Quebec City was almost two weeks late this year. It’s not unusual for the consulate to host the July 4 event on another date, but this year the diplomatic mission had a solid excuse. 

Lost in translation in Helsinki

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Photo: Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead

The summit meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on July 16 generated a tremendous amount of turmoil and anger towards the president of the United States.

Hard for women to crack the concrete ceiling in construction

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Some 150,000 construction workers downed tools last week and dispersed to various destinations, the beaches of Maine being a popular choice. It’s a phenomenon unique to Quebec since 1970, this two-week statutory construction holiday. Another phenomenon, or perhaps simply stark reality, is that very few of the holidaying construction workers enjoying a much-deserved break will be women.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
July 25, 1868 - The Morning Chronicle

The story behind Rue Audubon

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in Beauport is named in honour of John James Audubon, an American ornithologist, naturalist and painter. He was noted for his extensive studies documenting all types of American birds and for his detailed illustrations that depicted the birds in their natural habitats. He was born in 1785 in Haiti to French parents and died Jan. 27, 1851 in New York. 

Tea Time at the Morrin Centre is steeped in history

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
There’s something enchanting about sitting in the Morrin Centre library sipping tea, watching warm summer light stream through the windows, surrounded by books and steeped in history. This is Tea Time, and the Morrin Centre pulls out all the stops to make it an enjoyable party.

Letter to the Editor

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Travels through the Townships

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Want to get away for a few days and enjoy the countryside? Why not hit the road and head east, to the Eastern Townships, that is. 

Oboist Emma Ahern delights residents at Saint Brigid’s Home

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A group of residents attended a lovely summer concert in the Kildare Lounge of Saint Brigid’s Home on July 19. This was the third year that talented young oboist Emma Ahern has performed at the home; this time she was accompanied by pianist Kasia Borkowska.

Capitales among Can-Am League’s best at mid-way point

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Photo: courtesy of Les Capitales de Québec

With a month and a half to go in the regular season, the Capitales de Québec of the Can-Am Baseball League are well positioned to make the playoffs.

Even though the Capitales lost to the Rockland Boulders 5-4 on July 22, the Caps are still in second place, six games behind the league leaders, the Sussex County Miners of Augusta, New Jersey.

Business is booming at Beauport Beach

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Photo: Peter Black

This summer’s record-breaking temperatures are breaking attendance records at Quebec City’s only beach on the St. Lawrence River, at la Baie de Beauport. The beach area has been open as a popular picnic and waterside playground since 2008, but swimming has only been allowed since 2016.

Sandra Marie ROUSSEAU June 25, 1955 – June 10, 2018

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It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Sandra Rousseau in Sainte-Anne-de-Bellevue on June 10. She was the beloved daughter of Vilma Binet and the late Jean Rousseau.

Sports Briefs: Rugby, hockey and basketball

The Rugby Québec girls’ Under 16 (U16) and Under 18 (U18) 15s teams will play a pair of games on July 29 at the Stade Telus at Université Laval against the Académie de Rugby du Rouge et Or.

Emerging artists come to the Surface

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Surface: Mon Histoire, Késako was held July 19-21 at Quai Paquet in Lévis, next to the ferry terminal with the majestic Quebec City skyline and sunset as a backdrop.

Community Calendar

Here’s a hare-raising discovery!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

All the photos posted on the Internet recently of hares in Quebec backyards made me want to learn more about our Canadian hares.

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.

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.

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.” 

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.
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