July 22 2009 Edition

Sting closes Festival

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The Festival d'ete de Quebec continues to draw bigger and bigger crowds, helped along this year by appearances of world-famous performers as face-painted rockers KISS, international opera star Placido Domingo and Sting. Here, Sting closes out the 2009 festival Sunday night at Scene Bell on the Plains of Abraham.

Medieval games in season

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Its high season for medieval role playing games and the biggest event of the year is just a few weeks away. Business owner and leather artisan Mathieu Néron is swamped with work. Last week alone he had to finish two full chest armours and the orders have not stopped in weeks.

"I'm a victim of my own success," he says with a laugh.

‘A dedicated soldier’ sacrifices his life in Afghanistan

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"A dedicated soldier" were the words used to describe Private Sebastien Courcy.

Museum marks 75th anniversary with special volume

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The Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec has published a volume marking its 75th anniversary.

The book, entitled "75 ans chrono: Le Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec 1933-2008," was written by Pierre B. Landry.

Big time names help Festival set attendance records

Despite temperamental weather, the Festival d'été de Québec attracted record crowds this year, thanks in large part to classic acts such as KISS, Styx and Sting, organizers say.

Pow Wow celebration drums its way into Wendake territory

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Photo: Marie White

The annual Huron-Wendat pow wow will again celebrate its nation's rich culture as well as those of visiting nations from across the province. The pow wow, revived in 2001, will gather from July 31 to Aug. 2. This summer gathering takes place in historic Wendake which became a permanent settlement in 1697 and is only a 15-minute drive or free shuttle ride from the old city.

Harper honours Canadian Space Shuttle astronauts

The day before the 40th anniversary of Neil Armstrong's "one giant leap for mankind," Prime Minister Stephen Harper issued a statement honouring the two

Canadian astronauts currently in orbit aboard the space shuttle Endeavor.

Who’s doing the ironing in today’s post-modern world?

I was watching TV the other day and saw a commercial for a product which I don't remember exactly what it was. The point is, is that in the course of the sales pitch for the product, which was a cartoon, we see a woman talking on the phone with one of her girlfriends, saying that her husband gave her a useless gift recently, which she proceeds to hold up. Turns out it is an iron.

Passengers head south to fly

As millions of Canadians have discovered as they planned their summer vacations this year, flying in Canada can be expensive. What many do not know, however, is just how some decisions made in Ottawa have had such a dramatic role on the cost of a plane ticket in this country.

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