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Quebec City celebrates Canada Day – 151 years and counting!

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A cool start turned red hot in Quebec City on Canada Day. Morning clouds left over from heavy rains overnight and a cool breeze waved the Canadian flag in front of the Château Frontenac. By the time the giant birthday cake was served on Dufferin Terrace, the heat and humidity of the day had started to kick in.

FEQ 2018 opens with big name stars, new features

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, provided by FEQ

With a lineup that includes a rare appearance by Canadian rock legend Neil Young, the much-anticipated return of the Foo Fighters and young sensations Lorde, Shawn Mendes and The Weeknd, the 2018 edition of Quebec’s massive 11-day Festival d’Été (FEQ) aims to meet the annual and increasingly difficult challenge of outdoing itself.

Canadians wondering how Trump trade war plays out

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The convenient thing about history is we generally know how something began and how it ended.

The story behind Rue Antoine-Fortier

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Photo: Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Antoine Fortier (1644-1707) who is the ancestor of the Fortier families of North America. Originally from Dieppe, France, Antoine Fortier arrived in New France (Quebec) about 1663 with his father Noël Fortier, who was probably a widower. They lived in Beauport until 1667, when they joined two friends to hunt seals in the St.

Book Quest! Let’s Explore … at the Morrin Centre!

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Book Quest, the Morrin Centre’s English summer reading club for children ages 3 to 12, is celebrating its 14th anniversary! This year Book Quest: Let’s Explore! offers children the opportunity to explore their passions through reading picture books, magazines, comic books and short novels, as well as participating in activities related to the readings.

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 5, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The transport Saragrasa, Wm. Grice, Master, lying in mid stream was discovered to be on fire at 11 o’clock at night. The smell of something burning being perceived, the scuttle in the cabin was raised and flames issued out immediately.

Shaken! Mixes music and cocktails

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Like a game of musical chairs, the music went round and round during a concert held at the Morrin Centre on June 27. “Shaken! Mixologie et Minimalisme” was the first of a series of four Escapades musicales de la Cité concerts last weekend by local string musicians, many of them members of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ).

Quebec City celebrates Canada Day

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Photo: Danielle Burns

L.G. Chabot Inc. celebrates its 125th anniversary

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The L.G. Chabot printing company recently celebrated its 125th anniversary. In 1893, Louis-Germain Chabot opened his bookbinding business on Côte de la Montagne, coincidentally  just a few doors above the offices of the Quebec Gazette, the forerunner of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph.

A taste of summer

WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Aren’t they beautiful, all those strawberries lined up at the market? Our eyes widen when we see the first fruits of the season, so juicy you have to eat them holding a bowl under your chin to catch the juice as you bite into a plump strawberry. 

Gary Bert HICKS Nov. 17, 1934 - Jan. 17, 2018

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Gary Hicks passed away peacefully on January 17, 2018, in his 83rd year at the Masonic Home in Union City, California.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 4 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule, Vieux-Québec, featuring the Cambridge University Wind Orchestra from Cambridge, England. A suggested donation of at least $10 would be most welcome to help support the summer concert series. For details visit chalmerswesleyunited.ca/summer-events.

Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
EXMURO’s Les Passages Insolites (unusual passages) have returned to Lower Town and have expanded to six locations in the suburbs of Quebec City, where they can be viewed until Oct. 14. 

NBC cans plan for Côte Gilmour stairs due to high cost

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Photo: Peter Black
A plan to build a stairway on Côte Gilmour has been shelved indefinitely. The National Battlefields Commission (NBC) had announced the project at about this time last year, anticipating completion last fall.

Berthe Morisot, Woman Impressionist featured at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The works of French Impressionist Berthe Morisot (1841-1895) are now on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ). The exhibition continues until Sept. 23. 

Quebec celebrates its heroes during the Fête nationale

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

All across the province, Quebecers displayed their blue-and-white flags and highlighted their rich history and culture on June 23 and 24. Through music and art, people celebrated the 184th Fête nationale and the 70th anniversary of the Fleurdelisé (the Quebec flag) at parties organized by the Mouvement national des Québécoises et des Québécois (MNQ).

New Mendel Guides book focuses on Charlevoix

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

    David Mendel, president of Mendel Tours, along with fellow authors François Tremblay and Judy Bross, launched a new book in the Mendel Guides series.

It’s barbecue time, but where’s the (Quebec) beef?

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

There’s this supermarket in the city where they keep slabs of beef in a display case under lock and key, like in a jewelry store or antique boutique. It’s not clear whether you have to show the butcher your stock portfolio or credit rating to get a slice or two of the sensually marbled, richly aged meat, but it seems that way.

Memorials and Things of Fame

June 28, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France invite you to become a part of history

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s party time in Quebec City, and the festivities will continue in early August when the organizers of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF) invite everyone to become a part of history. Dress up like an 18th-century colonist and march in the opening and closing festive parades in Lower Town.

The story behind Rue des Anciens-Combattants

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Photo: Google Maps

Rue des Anciens-Combattants, in the Sainte-Foy borough of Quebec City, is named in honour of veterans who served in the Canadian Armed Forces.

Many of the surrounding streets are named in honour of Canadians who took part in the two World Wars, many of them decorated war heroes. Rue des Anciens-Combattants is a reminder of their heroism.

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor,
Thank you for your very interesting article [about the Marymount College Class of 1968 50th reunion, in the June 13, 2018, edition].

Tips for a successful move

Are you one of the thousands of Quebecers moving on July 1? Quebec’s Consumer Protection Office has some advice to help your moving day go as smoothly as possible.

Quebec High School’s Class of 2018 one of the largest in years

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Photo: Peter Black

The Quebec High School (QHS) graduating class of 2018 is, according to longtime principal Warren Thomson, one of the largest in many years, “the largest in my time.” The cohort of 95 grads was so large the school decided to move the June 18 ceremony to another school’s auditorium, rather than the usual venue, the QHS gymnasium.

Les Cabines Virtuelles link the past to the present

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

An unusual new exhibit opened on June 21 at the Musée de la Civilisation du Québec (MCQ) on Rue Dalhousie. All one could see at first were three red telephone booths (cabines in French), similar to those found in London, England, with an image of a British bulldog sitting beside them.

Humour and history enliven St. Pat’s Class of 2018 graduation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The teaching staff of St.

The Baie de Beauport is open for the summer

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Summer has arrived, and crowds are gathering at the Baie de Beauport. Gestev, the management company that organizes events at the beach owned by the Port of Quebec, has planned a season full of activities for all.

Memories of Wartime at the Musée Royal 22e Régiment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To mark the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War, a new exhibit, Ils ont vécu la guerre / Memories of Wartime, recently opened at the Musée Royal 22e Régiment within the walls of the Quebec Citadelle.

Community Calendar

Thursday to Sunday from June 10 to 30 & July 19 to Aug. 5, at 8 p.m. – Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand presents its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham, featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists. Visit ccbn-nbc.gc.ca/en/activities/kiosque-edwin-belanger for details.

You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when . . .

You’re fluent in French and English, but both francophones and anglophones think you have a funny accent.
People ask where you’re from and get very surprised when you say “here!”

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