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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

The story behind Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret is named in honour of Jacques-Ferdinand Verret (1860-1946) who was a renowned beekeeper. Born in Charlesbourg (now part of Quebec City), he was the oldest of a family of 10 children. From a young age, he worked with his father, who owned a general store and bakery. He married Lucie Bédard in 1897 but the couple had no children. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 12, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The Weeknd lights up FEQ opening night with smoke and fire

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Weeknd lit up the Bell stage on opening night of the 51st Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the Plains of Abraham were crowded with enthusiastic fans of his R&B and hip-hop music. Ten minutes before the show started, the crowd was screaming, “The Weeknd! The Weeknd!”

Hot tips on how to keep cool this summer

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Photo: Kris Keller

Summer has arrived in Quebec in a big way. Sunny skies, warm winds and soaring thermometers were the norm this past week, with “feels like” temperatures reaching the low 40s. July 4 and 5 were the hottest days in more than 25 years in Quebec City, and residents without easy access to air conditioning are feeling the heat.

Place Limouloise: a place to see and be seen

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Photo: Danielle Burns
It all started in 2015 with Plaza Limoilou, which became Place Limoilou in 2016. A few years later, after lots of consulting with the public and private sector and a few different designs, permanent roots were finally laid down at Place Limouloise in 2018 – named after the people who live in the Limoilou area.

Community builders honoured on Quebec City’s 410th birthday with awarding of medals

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Photo: Courtesy of the Ville de Québec

On July 3, on the occasion of the 410th anniversary of the founding of Quebec City, Mayor Régis Labeaume awarded the Medal of the City of Quebec to Claire and Gilles Jolicoeur, the Institut Canadien de Québec and the Fondation Maurice Tanguay.

Governor General Julie Payette presents 26 honours

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Governor General Julie Payette presented honours to 26 people from across the country at a ceremony held on July 6 at the Citadelle. 

Meet Sébastien Clavet: the QCT’s newest freelance journalist

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Photo: Photo by Andrée-Anne Lavoie

The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph welcomes Sébastien Clavet to its team of freelance journalists. Sébastien is back in Quebec City after many years in Montmagny. His career path from getting a diploma in electricity to becoming a comic book publisher, a political attaché and a chamber of commerce director is not a straight line, and he likes it that way.

Trump’s new justice to rule them all

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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy’s retirement is giving President Donald Trump the rare opportunity to replace the only swing vote on the bench with a conservative one. Until now, the Supreme Court was composed of an equal number of liberal and conservative justices, four of each, and one swing justice, whose vote was pivotal.

Pixar’s Incredibles 2 lives up to expectations

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Photo: Disney/Pixar

Fourteen years after The Incredibles came to theatres, patient animated movie fans welcomed the release of Pixar’s sequel Incredibles 2 on June 15.

Community Calendar

July 5 to 15 – 51st Festival d'été de Québec. For details, visit infofestival.com.

The story of Archibald “Grey Owl” Stanfield Belaney

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
Archibald Stanfield Belaney was born on Sept. 18, 1888, in Hastings, England, the son of George Belaney and Kitty Cox. When Archie was about two years old, his father and later his mother left England, taking Archie’s younger brother with them, leaving Archie with his grandmother Juliana Belaney and two aunts. Archie grew up with the 30 acres of St.

A royal welcome for Grey Owl cheese

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Photo: Lise Lafond
Make a special trip to Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac this summer just to taste the Grey Owl goat’s milk cheese. It is really worth le détour to try this delicious cheese that melts in your mouth. 

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.

Wendake International Pow Wow wows crowds

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was perfect weather for a powwow in Vieux-Wendake last weekend – sunny and hot. The festivities started at the outdoor amphitheatre on June 29 with the grand entry of special guests followed by a performance by the Sandokwa dancers, led by Steeve Wadohandik Gros-Louis.  
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