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Ladies and Gentlemen! Rising jazz combo Roxanne Burns and the Gentlemen shine at Arts Alive!

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Roxanne Burns and the Gentlemen wouldn’t look – or sound – out of place on a stage in Montreal, Toronto or New York. In fact, Burns and her band are Quebec City-born and bred.

Artistic jazz concert lights up Morrin Centre

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

It was still broad daylight when the Daniel Arthur Trio took to the stage in College Hall at the Morrin Centre on Aug. 3, but a few strummed notes from bassist Éric Maillé and some inspired mood lighting were all it took to create an enthralling jazz ambiance.

Tchaikovsky and the Russians full of storm and passion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Tempêtes & Passions put legendary Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and several of his lesser-known compatriots in the spotlight during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec on Aug. 5.

Kids enjoy Arts Alive! music workshop

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Children gather around singer-songwriter and children’s book author Lp Camozzi during the Arts Alive! Québec festival at the Morrin Centre on Aug. 4. He entertained them with songs such as “The Backpack Blues,” and “Hey, Little Girl” and showed them how to play the spoons while he played guitar and mouth organ.

Les Grands Feux Loto-Québec open with a little bit of country

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
People wearing cowboy hats, boots, jeans and plaid shirts danced their way through the evening of Aug. 2, as the 24th Grands Feux Loto-Québec (GFLQ) marked its opening. Country music and line dancing were on the schedule before the sky lit up with 3,500 fireworks. The GFLQ continue through Aug. 23 with thematic shows on Thursdays and Saturdays.

New France festivities bring history to life in Lower Town

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Elegantly dressed noblemen and noblewomen in 17th- and 18th-century attire, members of the bourgeoisie and simple peasants appeared throughout Quebec City’s Lower Town during the 22nd annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF), dressed as if they had just stepped from the pages of history. 

Mozart’s Magic Flute enchants audiences

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Photo: Louise Leblanc
The major production of this year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec was La Flûte Enchantée or The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s final compositions, which premiered in Vienna in 1791, just two months before his premature death at age 35. 

NCAA competition for Rouge et Or

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Rouge et Or

It’s becoming a preseason tradition for the Université Laval men’s basketball program. For the past 10 years, they have hosted a series of NCAA basketball teams at different levels every summer.

Hockey lovers get a chance to see NHL players at annual Boot Camp

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Photo: Michael Miller via Wikimedia Commons

Any keen hockey fan will recognize the names Jonathan Audy-Marchessault, David Perron, Jonathan Drouin, Alex Chiasson and Jonathan Huberdeau.

Community Calendar

July 31 to Aug. 12 – Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec. Over 100 professional artisans display their wares at Quebec’s largest summer arts and crafts show, in large tents between the Marché du Vieux-Port and Espace 400e. See article on page 12.

OBITUARY: William Lynn HICKS June 27, 1934 - July 30, 2018

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Lynn passed away at St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto, Ont. with family by his side.

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.

OBITUARY: Rev. James Wilfred JOHANSON

March 15, 1933, Windsor, Ont. – July 18, 2018, Quebec City, Que.

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“Jim” passed into the presence of his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ, at the CHUL hospital in Quebec City after a long illness.

When Lindbergh came to town . . .

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain
Ninety years ago, on April 24, 1928, American aviator Charles Lindbergh made his only visit to Quebec City. This sensational happening occurred as part of a sequence of events which produced some memorable photographs. 

Tempêtes & Passions serves up Viennese delights

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Gagné, Media des 2 Rives

On Aug. 5, in the chapel of the Musée de l’Amérique française, members of Tempêtes & Passions presented the second edition of their popular concert series, Viennoiseries musicales, as part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Dig in! August is Archeology Month!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
From the Gaspé to the Outaouais, from the Eastern Townships to the Saguenay, it’s Archeology Month in Quebec, and over 40 sites around the province are open for visits. 

The not-so-common traits of the common grackle

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Looking at these black birds, we can easily confuse them with their cousins from the icteridae family, which contains around 100 species, including blackbirds and cowbirds. When a ray of sun hits their plumage, however, a miracle happens. Shades of blue and violet appear on their head and neck, and copper coats the rest of their body.

Artisans show off their passions at Plein Art

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Annie Dufresne was a motorcycle instructor, Georges-Alexandre Aubé-Brière was a literature student and Denis Belleau was an architecture technician. Former professional clowns, salespeople, restaurateurs, aspiring priests and construction workers were also among those manning the tables at Plein Art – le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec, which runs until Aug.

The Passage Olympia rolls out the red carpet

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
In an effort to brighten up the city and improve the quality of life in certain neighbourhoods, a variety of unique, temporary public spaces have been popping up around the city over the past few years.  

Keeping cool in the spray at Quai Paquet

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The fountains at Quai Paquet in Lévis (next to the Quebec City-Lévis ferry terminal) welcomed young splashers looking to cool off during the recent hot weather. This photo was taken during the Surface concerts, but there are lots of other activities happening there during the summer. Visit quaipaquetlevis.com/programmation for details.Photo by Danielle Burns  

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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This singer from Artiz was definitely having a good time with the audience.
Photo by Danielle Burns

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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The Festival des Journées d’Afrique didn’t only include African countries. This Mexican dance troupe warmed up the crowd on Sunday evening with their colourful twirling dresses.

In Quebec, it’s (almost) everyone in the swimming pool

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

If you’re a fan of American movie star Burt Lancaster, some scenes will instantly come to mind. The torrid beach make-out scene in From Here to Eternity, his mesmerizing turn as the incarcerated ornithologist in Birdman of Alcatraz, or, near the end of his career and life, as the mythical doctor in Field of Dreams.

Local Sports Briefs: mountain biking, football and baseball

Vélirium looking for volunteers

The 2018 UCI Vélirium World Cup downhill mountain bike races will be held at Mont Sainte-Anne from Aug. 10 to 12. This is the only stop on the Vélirium World Cup series in North America, and it will also be a prelude to the 2019 UCI Mountain Bike World Championship at Mont Sainte-Anne.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies: important things you may not know

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Bitcoin is back in the news because its price is going up again. The sheer complexity of the subject of cryptocurrencies makes it difficult for anyone to accurately determine if it is a sound investment or something to avoid completely.

The story behind Rue Antonio-Barrette

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
This street in the Saint-Jean-Baptiste neighbourhood of Quebec City is named in honour of former Quebec premier Antonio Barrette (1899-1968). 

Memorials and Things of Fame

August 1, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

Festival d’Opéra de Québec starts off on a high note

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec opened on July 25 with a concert featuring the magnificent voices of four Canadian sopranos. Billed as a concert “under the stars” in the courtyard of the Vieux-Séminaire de Québec, it was moved inside the Basilique Notre-Dame de Québec due to possible thundershowers.

Pelléas et Mélisande commemorates composer Claude Debussy

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec presented the concert version of Claude Debussy’s operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the youthful Orchestre de la Francophonie performed at the Palais Montcalm along with many of the brightest operatic voices in France and Quebec.

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.

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