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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. 

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.

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. 

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.

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