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Voltigeurs take back rebuilt drill hall

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Photo: Peter Black

The Voltigeurs are back home. In a ceremony on May 12 celebrating traditions dating back to well before the regiment’s official founding in 1862, the Voltigeurs took possession of the armoury on Avenue Wilfrid-Laurier that had been their headquarters and drill hall since 1887.

Review: Gala dinner in the new Manège militaire

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A celebratory gala dinner, organized by the Fondation Voltigeurs de Québec (9e bataillon) was held in the newly reopened Manège militaire on the evening of the Voltigeurs’ official return to their “home.”

It required almost an army of waiters to deliver the food and wine to the room full of guests seated in the vast drill hall.

The Opéra de Québec’s fiery Carmen a blazing success

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Opéra de Québec presents Georges Bizet’s famous tragic opera, with its many twists of fate and star-crossed lovers, at the Grand Théâtre from May 12 to 19.

Bad endings can lead to good things

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Sometimes writers just get blocked. For Jennifer Mook-Sang, her writer’s block lasted almost 12 years. The end result, however, was her successful storybook, Captain Monty Takes the Plunge. Mook-Sang read the book on May 12 to over a dozen very receptive children and the adults accompanying them in the Morrin Centre library.

Grand Théâtre being enveloped in glass

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Work started in early May on the installation of the large glass panels that will soon completely surround the Grand Théâtre de Québec, to protect it from the elements and to prevent any further deterioration of the precast cement exterior walls.

The Quebec City Magic Festival leaves audiences spellbound

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Photo: provided by Julie Moffet

The Quebec City Magic Festival, held at the Palais Montcalm and with pop-up shows in the Petit Champlain district, left audiences spellbound on the weekend of May 3 to 6.

Federal Government expands services for veterans

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On May 11 at the Valcartier Family Centre, Lt.-Gen. (retired) Roméo Dallaire and Jean Rioux, parliamentary secretary to Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan, announced the expansion of a recent access-to-services pilot program for veterans and their families.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 16 – Back to Beer… and Hockey: Join us at the Morrin Centre for the Quebec City launch of Back to Beer… and Hockey: The Story of Eric Molson by Montreal-based executive coach and author Helen Antoniou, Eric Molson’s daughter-in-law. Drinks and food will be served during this cocktail reception.

Meet the pine tree squirrel, the forest chatterbox

Photo: Lise Lafond

Living near a pine tree plantation, I often hear the chattering of pine tree squirrels (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus), also known as the North American red squirrel. It is the most common squirrel in Quebec.

Blazers and Fighting Irish are back on the rugby pitch

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Photo: Luc Lang

Spring has arrived, and for local high schools, that marks the start of the rugby season. St. Patrick’s and Quebec high schools have teams in rugby sevens and rugby tens.

The Cirque Éloize brings the Wild West to town

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

The Cirque Éloize rode into town on May 7 to give a spectacular performance at the Salle Albert-Rousseau. The cast of singers, dancers and gymnasts blended music, song and dance, juggling and puppetry with acrobatic performances on the Chinese Pole, Cyr Wheel and trapeze. Colourful characters swung from the rafters of the large wooden set.

Local Sports Briefs: It’s “play ball” for the Capitales

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Photo: courtesy Capitales de Québec

The Capitales de Québec, the defending Can-Am Baseball League champions, will start their 20th season on May 17, as they host their longtime rivals, the New Jersey Jackals, at Stade Canac. The first pitch is set for 7 p.m. after the opening ceremonies.

Voltigeurs regiment takes back rebuilt drill hall

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Photo: Photo by Peter Black

Voltigeurs in ceremonial uniforms leave the armoury after the ceremony. The original regimental flag, saved from the 2008 fire, flies over the gate.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Spring Sale always draws a crowd

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Customers were setting up chairs in the parking lot outside the door of Église Saint Charles-Garnier the afternoon before the big Spring Sale held by Saint Brigid’s Guild on May 5. 

Café Jeff now open at Jeffery Hale Hospital

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Photo: Mélanie Chadenet-Valin

After major renovations, Café Jeff, located on the ground floor of Jeffery Hale Hospital, officially opened on April 19.

Quebec City Women’s Club to close its 80th year in style

Another year of the Quebec City Women’s Club is coming to a close. Our May meeting marks the end of our 80th year so we wanted to do something special for the occasion. Club members and friends are invited to join us for lunch at noon on Saturday, May 26, at La Fenouillière, in the Best Western Hotel located at 3100 Chemin Saint-Louis, near the bridges in the Ste-Foy area.

Printemps de la Musique in Vieux-Québec

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Music and springtime, what a lovely combination! For the third edition of the Parcours de la Musique, to be held on May 18, 19 and 20, the Table de Musique du Conseil de la Culture of Québec and Chaudière-Appalaches (in partnership with federal, provincial and municipal governments) has come up with a new formula.

Impact of leaders’ English showdown is debatable

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Who knows whether the last time there was a Quebec leaders’ debate in English, broadcast on the radio, it had the slightest impact on the vote on Dec. 2, 1985?

Memorials and Things of Fame


May 13, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Alfred-Laliberté

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)
This short street, a cul-de-sac in the Cap-Rouge district of Quebec City, is named in honour of well-known painter and sculptor Alfred Laliberté (1878-1953). He was born in Sainte-Élizabeth-de-Warwick, in the Arthabaska district of Quebec.

Emma’s Art Club holds an Exhibit and Tea in Valcartier

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Photo: Geneviève Trudeau

On May 6, Valcartier Elementary School hosted an exhibit by students of Emma’s Art Club at Complex 1754, a new building recently opened in the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier. Afternoon tea was served to the sound of music provided by a harpist.

Thirteen students of Emma Perreault’s after-school art program displayed their artwork in the room used by the Historical Committee.

The Battle of the Atlantic commemorated in Quebec City

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Photo: Hamza Hentati via Wikimedia Commons

The anniversary of the end of the Battle of the Atlantic was commemorated with a ceremony on May 6, held on the quay in front of the École Navale (Fleet School) at Pointe-à-Carcy in the Port of Quebec.

A large bronze statue by Quebec sculptor Raoul Hunter, of a merchant seaman waving goodbye to his loved ones, stands at the end of the quay.

QHS Music-Theatre and Dance students present The Lion King

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Quebec High School’s tradition of musical theatre is still going strong as a group of 40 student actors, dancers and tech crew are preparing to present The Lion King.

Kindergarten gets crafty with “dinoramas”

Photo: Melissa Goulet

On April 6, Ste-Foy Elementary School’s talented kindergarten students and teachers Miss [Amélie] Godin and Mrs. [Véronique] Brunet presented their marvellous “dinoramas” (dioramas featuring dinosaurs). Every month has a different theme, and the theme for March was dinosaurs.

Moms’ Nite-out Bazaar held at the SLC Student Centre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Student Centre at CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence (SLC) was transformed into a marketplace on May 5. For the first time, the Jeffery Hale Moms’ Nite-out group set up their Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar on the main floor and in the cafeteria. Nearly 50 tables were covered in toys, clothes, books, puzzles, games and a wide range of other supplies for babies and children.

Voting made easy for American expats

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A group of local American expatriates offered information on absentee voting at the Moms’ Nite-out Toys and More Family and Baby Bazaar. Thanks in part to the information table, registration and voting became clearer for those American citizens attending the bazaar.

Nancy Burke exhibits her art at Saint Brigid’s Home

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If the audience can’t go to the art gallery, the art gallery comes to the audience. Residents of Saint Brigid’s Home were treated to an exhibit of works of art by two local artists, Nancy Burke and Barbara Roy, on May 4 and 5.

Four Rouge et Or football players selected in the CFL Draft

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Photo: courtesy of Université Laval

The Canadian Football League held its annual draft on May 3. Only Canadian students playing in the U Sports League in Canada, the NCAA in the United States or the Canadian Junior Football League (CJFL) are eligible. No American players can be drafted.

Festival Opéra de Québec announces 2018 summer program

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Photo: Jocelyn Michel, leconsulat.c

The Quebec Opera Company is just days away from presenting their spring production of Bizet’s Carmen at the Grand Théâtre (May 12 to 19), but they are already preparing for the eighth Festival Opéra de Québec, which will take place from July 24 to Aug. 6.

Meet Geneviève Trudeau, QCT’s newest freelance writer

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Photo: courtesy of Geneviève Trudeau

Geneviève Trudeau, who lives in the Valcartier area, is the QCT’s newest freelance writer. An experienced journalist with degrees in communication, media and journalism from the Danish School of Media and Journalism in Aarhus, Denmark and Concordia University in Montreal, Trudeau comes to the QCT with a rich background and experience.

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