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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.” 

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.

Tune in and swing out at the Morrin Centre during Arts Alive! Québec

The Morrin Centre has decided to jazz things up for its fourth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. From Aug. 3 to 4, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host a series of jazz concerts and musical workshops.

Tune in for indoor concerts

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.

Foo Fighters on fire in return to FEQ stage

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On July 10, the tens of thousands of people gathered on the Plains of Abraham most likely felt a strong sense of déjà vu as heavy rain pelted the Plains ahead of the scheduled Foo Fighters concert at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Fortunately for the fans, there would be no repeat of the tempest that derailed the band’s 2015 FEQ performance after just four songs.

Quebec grooves to quirky Beck at FEQ

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Perhaps the best way to describe Beck – Beck Hansen, in full – is that he is indescribable, both musically and as an entertainer. No matter, the Californian was a grooving hit at his Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) debut.

A regal performance for Lorde on the Plains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lorde required three airplanes to bring her all the way from New Zealand to Quebec City with her entourage to perform at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 13. She and her backup dancers were the closing act of an evening of concerts showcasing female artists.

Sum 41 close the 51st FEQ with a punkish bang!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Sum 41, a punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and grunge band from Ajax, Ont., is playing in three Canadian cities while on their current tour. On July 16, they swung by the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Grunge and punk fans filled the Parc de la Francophonie and surrounding streets to hear their favourite Canadian band.  

France claims victory at the FIFA World Cup

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Photo: Danielle Burns

After a 20-year drought, France’s men’s soccer team can celebrate another title on the game’s biggest stage.
On the day after their national holiday, France defeated Croatia 4-2 to capture the second FIFA World Cup title in the country’s history, in front of 78,011 fans in Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow and billions watching around the world.

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec opens on July 24

Opera lovers, don’t miss the eighth Festival d’Opéra de Québec, which takes place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 18 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring bass-baritone Douglas Renfroe, accompanied by pianist Kasia Borkowska. Renfroe will sing a medley of Broadway hits and classical favourites at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Admission is free. Donations are welcome to help support this summer music series.

Crossing Canada: A voyage on the C.T.M.A. Vacancier

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden
Not every corner of Canada can be reached by train, but fortunately, there are other enjoyable ways to reach some hidden gems. Among those jewels is Quebec’s own island paradise, the Magdalen Islands. Located in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, the islands are actually closer to Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia than they are to mainland Quebec.
  
The C.T.M.A.

Art Walk in the Vieux-Port

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
This month’s walk is an enjoyable trek around Lower Town to take in the recently unveiled works of art in EXMURO’s Passages Insolites (unusual passages) outdoor exhibition. For more information, see “Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City,” by Cassandra Kerwin, in the July 4, 2018 edition of the QCT. 

Neil Young’s FEQ debut a lesson in timeless power of rock

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Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois, courtesy of Festival d’été de Québec

"Hey, hey, my, my. Rock and roll can never die. There’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Hey, hey, my, my.”

You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when . . . (Part 2)

You start conversations with strangers automatically in French, until you detect that little accent that makes you say, “Hang on, you’re English, aren’t you?”

You translate idioms word for word from one language to another and people look at you like you have two heads (“Can you talk now, or are you in the juice?”).

Sunset over Lac Témiscouata

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Lake Témiscouata is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” – C. JoyBell C.​ Photo by Lise Lafond

Shawn Mendes captures the hearts of Generation Z at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Shawn Mendes, a 19-year-old pop star from Toronto, took over the Plains of Abraham on July 8. Thousands of representatives of Generation Z (people born after 1995) crowded around the Bell stage to see their Canadian idol. Children, teens and young adults started screaming the singer’s name long before he stepped onto the stage.

Not content with streaming content? Try the library!

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It’s quite possible that no one on the planet bemoans the demise of black-and-white television.

A report from the Morning Chronicle of July 7, 1868

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Surgical Separation of the Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng

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