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International military reservists meet and compete in Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From Aug. 3 to 10, Quebec City hosted the Interallied Confederation of Reserve and Medical Reserve Officers (CIOMR). Hundreds of reservists from 23 countries gathered for military competitions at Canadian Forces Base Valcartier or at a symposium on technology in downtown Quebec City. 

Notre Dame de Paris comes to the Grand Théâtre!

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It’s back! For its 20th anniversary, Notre Dame de Paris, with lyrics by Quebec’s Luc Plamondon and music by French-Italian composer Richard Cocciante, is being presented for the first time in all its glory at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, with 15 performances from Aug. 11-26. The cast is all new, except for Daniel Lavoie who is reprising the role of Frollo.

The Walking Anglos hit the trail along the St. Charles River

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This month The Walking Anglos invite you to explore the linear park along the St. Charles River in Limoilou. Ideal for an easy stroll, the picturesque path follows the river on both sides, running parallel to a separate bicycle trail. A portion of this walking route extends out over the river’s edge on a boardwalk. Ample seating and many picnic tables can be found along the way.

100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens commemorated

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A ceremony was held at the Citadelle of Quebec on Aug. 8 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Amiens and the beginning of what is known as The Hundred Days of Canada near the end the First World War.

The fighting at Amiens, in northern France, lasted four days and was the start of an Allied offensive which continued for three months and led to the Armistice of Nov. 11.

École des Beaux-Arts de Québec exhibit at Villa Bagatelle

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Even though the school does not exist any more, works of art by students of the École des Beaux-Arts de Québec are currently on display simultaneously in two historic houses in Sillery. 

Discover your “Celtitude” at the Quebec Celtic Festival

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Photo: Juanita Craig from QCT archives

The Quebec Celtic Festival, the biggest francophone Celtic festival in North America, recently unveiled the programming of this year’s event, to be held from Sept. 6 to 9, mainly at the Domaine de Maizerets. Dance and music concerts, sports competitions, cultural presentations and family activities await visitors, all for free!

Getting a grip on plastic use

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Photo: courtesy of Criss Martinez
In the 1967 film The Graduate, a family friend shares some advice with Dustin Hoffman’s character, Ben Braddock, as he finishes university and sets out on his career. “I want to say one word to you. Just one word: Plastics.”

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring Jacques Boucher (organist) and Désirée Till (soprano) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Free admission, donations welcome.

Summer fun swimming in Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The third edition of the “Nageons au Témiscouata” open water swim races was held on Aug. 11. More than 124 participants swam around the orange buoys, trying to beat the clock and the elements on a beautiful summer day.

ComediHa! keeps people laughing and coming back for more

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Between laughs and comedy shows, visitors can zip-line across the Parc de la Francophonie until Aug. 19. 

Arts Alive! Québec swings over language barrier

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Arts Alive! Québec swung into action with a jazz- and swing-themed street fair and outdoor concert series in the courtyard of the Morrin Centre on Aug. 4. The festival is the fourth in a series of community events around the province, organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and local partners, showcasing arts and culture in English-speaking communities. 

Le Dîner en Blanc pops up in the Parc Cartier-Brébeuf

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Imagine this: you are going for your usual leisurely stroll or gentle jog through your local riverside park and you suddenly discover it has been “invaded” by over 2,000 people, dressed entirely in white and carrying picnic baskets! 
Welcome to the eighth annual Dîner en Blanc, held at the Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site on the shore of the St.

The FORT program moves to new digs

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

The grand opening of the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC)’s new Future Occupation Reinvention Team (FORT) program offices at 2630 Boulevard Hochelaga isn’t until October.

STREET VIEWS: The story behind Rue Arthur-Labrie

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Photo: Google Maps

This street is named in honour of Arthur Labrie (1905-2003). The holder of a Ph. D. in science from Université Laval, Labrie was chosen in 1936 to put in place an experimental research station at Grande-Rivière in the Gaspé. A few years later, he convinced the university to merge it with the school’s biology research station.

Letter to the Editor

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Photo: Raymond Wayland

It is with great interest that I read the article “Crossing Canada: A Voyage on the CTMA Vacancier” [by Britta Gundersen-Bryden] published on July 18. … My wife Marie-Thérèse and I, with our twin daughters Carole and Carolyn, took this marvellous cruise last month to celebrate our 56th wedding anniversary.

Memorials and Things of Fame

August 7, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
The Agricultural Exposition for the district, was held on the farm of Mr. Anderson, near the Dorchester Bridge. Many cattle and a large quantity of vegetables were on the grounds. Nineteen Canadian ploughs and three English ploughs were pitted against one another in a ploughing match.

Rooting for Canada’s national fruit, the blueberry

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We just returned from a trip to Northern Ontario, where we picked delicious blueberries and devoured succulent peaches delivered directly from the Niagara Peninsula. All across the land, folks are feasting on the explosion of Canada’s incredible fruit bounty as the growing season hits its peak.

Fun for the whole family at the Festival Celtes et Cie de Saint-Malachie

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The seventh annual Festival Celtes et Cie will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 in the heart of the picturesque village of Saint-Malachie, situated about one hour south of Quebec City via Highway 277.

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies Part 2: What do you own when you buy a cryptocurrency?

Bitcoin and cryptocurrencies, initially dismissed as fluff for nerds and geeks, are making a big comeback and they’re getting the attention of major Wall Street players. The New York Stock Exchange’s owner, Intercontinental Exchange (ICE), recently announced its intentions to bring bitcoin into standard investment vehicles such as mutual funds, exchange-traded funds (ETFs) and pension funds.

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.

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