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Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

The story behind Route de l’Aéroport

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Photo: Google maps
Route de l’Aéroport, which leads to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, has been known by this name since the 1940s. 

St. Patrick’s Parish celebrates in style on March 17

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
St. Patrick’s Parish invited members of the community to the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in McMahon Hall, following the mass at the church on Avenue de Salaberry on March 17. The service was  celebrated by Pastor Réjean Lussier and former pastor Mgr. Jean Pelletier. 

Taking the tramway from the past to the future

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

According to local lore, a tramway roundabout once traversed our backyard in what was then the western outskirts of Quebec City. Back then, the wooden rails ran along what is now the line between our property and our neighbours’. Across the lane, there’s still a building which, we’re told, was the stable for the horses that used to pull the trolley cars.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more festive than ever

On Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the ninth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick will make its way from St. Patrick’s High School to City Hall, passing along Avenue Cartier, Grande Allée and Rue Saint-Louis.

Laval students deliver entertaining opera at Château Frontenac

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018 with festivities taking place all year long. In collaboration with Université Laval’s Faculty of Music, Emmanuel Chabrier’s l’Étoile (The Star) was performed in the extravagant Château Frontenac ballroom this past Saturday as part of the hotel’s yearlong celebration.

Acting Out! workshop explores body movement

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The fourth of five Acting Out! workshops took place this past Saturday at the Morrin Centre. The activity brought together community members in a safe and open environment to learn about instinctive movement and expression of emotion through body language.

New faces on Quebec Art Company board

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Elections were held during the Quebec Art Company (QAC) annual general meeting on March 14 to replace two of the five members of the 2017-2018 board of directors.

President Sharon MacLeod and vice-president Ladd Johnson were thanked for their many years of service and dedication to the company.

Hunting, fishing and camping in the great outdoors

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Photo: montage by Lise Lafond
The Salon Plein Air, Chasse, Pêche et Camping (outdoor, hunting, fishing and camping) and the Salon du Bateau (boat show) welcomed visitors at the Centre de Foires ExpoCité March 15-18. 

Salon Info-Canin’s founder celebrates his 100th dog show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 100th Salon Info-Canin took place at the Centre commercial Fleur de Lys on March 17 and 18, and as always, this event drew large and enthusiastic crowds. The most beautiful purebred dogs were just waiting to be petted and maybe get a treat in return. Vendors were selling all kinds of fun clothes and toys to make dogs happy. There was even a section for cat lovers.

Celebrate CanLit during the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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From April 3 to 8, the Morrin Centre will be hosting its ninth annual writers’ festival. Building on popular recurring activities, such as the Books and Wine event and the Books and Brunch activity, the festival will present a smorgasbord of celebrated authors, translators and artists during a week-long celebration of Canada’s rich diversity of history and culture.

Canadian Olympians are coming to the Big Air Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City will welcome elite local and international athletes, including 2018 Team Canada Olympic medalists Max Parrot, Laurie Blouin and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, to the FIS Freestyle Big Air World Cup Finals.

Skiers and snowboarders raise $225,000 for Leucan

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Leucan held a fundraising event at Stoneham Mountain Resort on St. Patrick’s Day. The annual 12-Hour Ski Challenge drew 635 skiers and snowboarders making up 171 teams and raising over $225,000. People of all ages enjoyed the warm weather, the bright sun, the music and the perfect ski conditions. 

Community Calendar

March 21 and 22 – YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ), offers Business Coaching services either in person (at Jeffery Hale Pavilion, 1270 Chemin Ste-Foy, Suite 2141, Quebec) or online. Receive practical and professional advice on any matter relating to your business ideas or current business operations. To register call 418-683-2366 ext.

Get ready for the 2018 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick!

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PAF! Presenting the 15th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board, we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining work in the province!

Good Friday Procession of the Cross in Old Quebec

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove from QCT archives

The 18th annual ecumenical and bilingual Good Friday Procession of the Cross will take place on March 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec.

2018 Paralympics: Canada has its best showing ever with 28 medals

Photo: Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will have some heavy baggage to declare when its 2018 Paralympic team comes back home, as the Canadian athletes are leaving South Korea with a record 28 medals, second only to the United States, who dominated with a total of 36.

Canada picked up its last medal (silver) at the para hockey final against the United States on March 17.

Ryerson Rams capture the U Sports women’s volleyball title

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, courtesy of U Sports

The Ryerson University Rams completed their perfect season with a resounding 3-1 win over the University of Alberta Pandas to capture the U Sports national women’s volleyball title at the PEPS at Université Laval on March 18. (U Sports, formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport, is the governing body for university sport in Canada).

The Shannon Irish Show kicks off St. Patrick’s celebrations

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
March has arrived and “green season” is in full swing! Members of the Irish community of the Quebec City region and their relatives and friends filled the Shannon Community Centre for the annual Shannon Irish Show twice on March 10. Like all good Irish shows, this one was filled with humour, Irish dancing and a kitchen party. 

Letter to the Editor - New England storm

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the [Hydro-Québec] power crews for helping us in Massachusetts, U.S.A., repair the significant damage done by Friday’s [March 2] winter hurricane. Many thanks from your neighbors to the south.

~Donna Ryan,
Bridgewater, Mass.

It’s about change, stupid! Pondering Liberal poll slide

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It’s been 26 years since Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, coined what’s become a multi-purpose political credo: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton went on to upset incumbent George H.W. Bush in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, turning around a commanding lead in the polls the commander-in-chief was riding in the wake of the 1991 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Neil Young tops FEQ 2018 headliners

Photo: FEQ

Getting Canadian rock legend Neil Young on the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) stage has long been a goal for festival organizers. “I’ve been trying to get him forever,” says Louis Bellavance, programming director for the festival.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 15, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

This year’s Salon de l’Auto electrically charged

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There was a lot of electricity in the air at the 37e Salon International de l’Auto de Québec (Quebec City International Auto Show) held at ExpoCité from March 6 to 11.

The story behind Rue Albani

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

This street in the Des Châtels district of Quebec City is named in honour of Emma Albani, a leading operatic soprano, who was born Emma Lajeunesse in Chambly, Que., on Nov. 1, 1847. She was the first Canadian singer to become an international star.

Janine Lespérance: Lawyer and Highland dancer

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Photo: Janine Lespérance

Borders have no limits for Janine Lespérance, who practises law by day and who practises or performs her Highland fling on evenings and weekends across Canada and around the world.

The QCT met up with Lespérance for a chat in a café in downtown Quebec City after her eye-opening performance at a recent Robbie Burns Day event.

"Heroic" concert at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity raises funds for Aymen Derbali

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

Residents of Quebec City came out in great numbers to the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on March 11 to pay tribute to, and show support for, Aymen Derbali.

Look who’s Acting Out! this week . . .

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The third Acting Out! theatre workshop, held at the Morrin Centre on March 10, attracted an interesting mixture of thespians. There were some young and not-so-young actors, some with a lot of acting experience (several Quebec Art Company players) and some with no experience who were merely curious to see what elemental theatre was all about.

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