February 7 2018 Edition

OSQ and its choir perform a heart-to-heart concert

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Many hearts beat as one last Thursday, Feb. 1, as the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) under the direction of Alain Trudel, and the choir of the OSQ, led by choirmaster David Rompré, presented the première performance of Coeur (heart).

Of course, in French, a choir is a choeur (just add an “h” to coeur). In this case, the choir was truly at the heart of this concert.

Quebecers pay respects to mosque victims, call for better future

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Before the shock of the shooting at the Centre culturel islamique de Québec (CCIQ) had worn off, on Jan. 30, 2017, Quebecers sidestepped the expansive police cordon and flowed into the parking lot of Église Notre-Dame-de-Foy, across Route de l’Église from the mosque, leaving flowers, candles and good wishes. One year later, they were back.

2018 Olympics preview: 16 athletes from the Quebec City region to compete in Korea ​


The 2018 Winter Olympics will see, once again, a strong contingent from Canada. Sixteen athletes from the Quebec City area will take part in the 23rd Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea.

2018 Olympics preview: Welcome to Pyeongchang

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Photo: IOC/Greg Martin

The 23rd Olympic Winter Games are just around the corner, and sports fans (or Olympics fans) might need more than the usual program printout to keep track of events. A ton of coffee might be called for.

Difficult week for Fighting Irish sports teams

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The sports teams from St. Patrick’s High School did not have a great week. Overall, the Irish basketball and hockey teams had a record of two wins and four losses.

Steven Cox fails to make it past the round of 32 in Finland

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Photo: Andreas Schaad/Red Bull Crashed Ice

Quebec City ice cross racer Steven Cox did not have another dream weekend, Feb. 2-3. He finished third in his qualifying heat during the Red Bull Crashed Ice stop in Jyväsklä, Finland.

Cox, who finished seventh overall in St. Paul Minnesota two weeks ago, did not get the luck of the draw to start with.

Freedom for farm animals

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The question is not, ‘Can they reason?’ nor, ‘Can they talk?’ but ‘Can they suffer?’” – Jeremy Bentham, 1748–1832.
At Université Laval’s agricultural fair, many interesting subjects were proposed throughout the event. I had the privilege to attend the lecture on animal welfare given by Jean-Paul Laforest, a professor in the university’s animal sciences department.

Calling all music lovers: Club musical de Québec announces exciting 2018-2019 season line-up

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The new season of the Club musical de Québec began on a high note this past Sunday afternoon, with a concert by esteemed French pianist Philippe Cassard. To commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Claude Debussy’s death, the pianist performed several pieces by the late composer. Other composers whose works he performed included Edvard Grieg and Franz Liszt. 

Quest for Quebec’s Finest Poutine: Part 3

Photo: Natalie Keller

It’s no secret Quebecers love poutine. Curiously, the presence of this formerly low-brow cheese-fries-and-gravy favourite has expanded to the menus of nearly every restaurant in the city. The sheer number of offers can make it difficult to know where the poutine is worth the splurge, and where you should just stick to a burger.

Black History Month encourages unity to build together

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

Black History Month kicked off in Quebec City on Thursday, Feb.1, at the Palais Montcalm, with members of the Table de Concertation du mois de l’Histoire des Noirs de Québec (TCMHNQ), special guests and dignitaries.

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