News Digest August 27, 2014

Issue August 27, 2014


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The Quebec Magic Festival is giving away three (3) pairs of tickets for the following three shows (one pair for each show)

Friday, August 29 at 10 p.m. at La Bordée Theatre, starring Marc Trudel
Saturday, August 30 at 7:00 p.m. at La Bordée Theatre - Gala des mentalistes
Saturday, August 30 at 10:00 p.m. at La Bordée Theatre, starring Eric Leclerc

To claim your tickets, send an email to [email protected] 
No phone calls, please. 

The first three people to contact us will have first choice of the three shows.



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You’re more Celtic than you think

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

It's time to dust off your tartans, Quebec. The Quebec City Celtic Festival is fast approaching. The festival, billed as the largest French-language Celtic festival in North America, is back for a ninth consecutive year.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
An affray took place at a late hour on Sunday evening in Champlain street resulting in the death of one James Clark, a man in the employ of Mr.

New Canadian citizens welcomed

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Photo: Photo by Cassandra Kerwin

On August 20, thirty-eight new Canadians were welcomed at the Louis-St-Laurent Building, more familiarly known as the "Old Post Office," in Quebec City. Each person enthusiastically took the oath of citizenship in a ceremony presided by the Honourable Andrea Paine, a judge at Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Book Quest 2014 closing party

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Photo: Gordon Wilson

Last Saturday, 15 children participating in Book Quest, the Morrin Centre's summer reading program, celebrated the end of the summer with a closing party.

This year, the Morrin Centre presented its tenth edition of the program for children 5 to 12 years of age. Book Quest encourages literacy with children, sharing the pleasure of reading in English.

Quebec Bridge over “troubled waters”

Photo: Photo by Ruby Pratka

This past year has been a fruitful one for historical birthdays in Quebec, from the 250th anniversary of the QCT to the 100th anniversary of the Royal 22e Régiment and the 60th anniversary of the Quebec Winter Carnival. Another, perhaps lesser known, anniversary coming up soon is that of the Quebec Bridge.

Marathoners run all over Lévis and Quebec City

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lévis and Quebec City played host to the17th annual SSQ Quebec City Marathon last weekend. Six different races attracted thousands of runners, joggers and walkers of all ages: SSQ Star Race, the SSQ 5K Health Run, the Tanguay Kids Run (5K), the Marathon, the Half-Marathon and the Oasis 10K.

On Friday evening, August 22, the SSQ Star Race offered a great start for the running weekend.

Quebec Garrison Club launches 135th anniversary album

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

To mark the 135th anniversary of the historic Quebec Garrison Club/Cercle de la Garnison, a souvenir album, meticulously researched and written by historian Jean-Marie Lebel, was launched at the club last week. Fellow historian, Charles André Nadeau, awaits a signed copy of the book following the official launch. Copies of the book are available at the Club for interested parties.

International Sacred Music Festival unveils Preludes, its free concert series

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Photo: Photo by Kasia Borkowska

What makes a music festival universally appealing is the diversity of its programming and its egalitarian nature. Quebec City's International Sacred Music Festival certainly knows how to cast its net wide. This year, six main concerts will cover the spectrum from gospel and Brahms to the music of the Viennese imperial court and the Silk Road.

Drawn to Quebec

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Though parade uniforms, blue capes, and golden horns are eye-catching, the story of the Royal 22e Régimen's mascot outstrips the Changing of the Guard ceremony at the Quebec Citadel.

Batisse, as the progression of goats has been known, was a gift from Queen Elizabeth II to the Royal 22e Régiment in 1955.

Valcartier Family Centre Open House

Come discover your Centre, dine with us, and vote for your representatives at the Valcartier Family Centre, located in Building 93 at CFB Valcartier, on Wednesday, September 10.

The complexity of cashmere

According to the Canadian Cashmere Producers Association, the western world may have been introduced to cashmere when Napoleon gave his wife Josephine one of the fabled shawls from Central Asia.

HitchBOT makes it across Canada thanks to the kindness of strangers

Photo: Photo: Ryerson University

HitchBOT, an interactive robot with blue foam pool noodles for arms and legs, a bucket for a body, and a clear plastic cake cover protecting his/her/its* LED head, miraculously made it all the way from Halifax to Victoria in under four weeks, just in time for afternoon tea at the Empress Hotel.

Quebec Art Company holding auditions for its fall production

Plans are underway for the Quebec Art Company's next production - Witness for the Prosecution - a well-known play written by Agatha Christie based on her original 1933 short story, Traitor Hands.

Auditions will be held on Sunday, September 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Holland School, 940 Avenue Ernest-Gagnon, in Quebec City.

Bubbling over with happiness at Lake Témiscouata

Photo: Photo by Lise Lafond

I recently met three very generous people - Tania Heymann from Chile, her mother, Marta Roytman, from Uruguay, and Martin Simard - at beautiful Lake Témiscouata.

Ever since she was a little girl, Tania has carried a magic bubble wand around with her wherever she goes. When she met Martin, she asked him if he could make bigger and better bubble wands, which he did.

Venus’ orbit set to pass through Quebec City

Photo: Photo: Coupe Banque Nationale

The whoosh of the racket and the pop of the little green ball will return to the PEPS at Université Laval in early September. The Coupe Banque Nationale, formerly known as the Challenge Bell, will bring elite Canadian and international female tennis players to Quebec City. This edition of the tournament will welcome its biggest name ever, former World No. 1, now No. 20, Venus Williams.


Craig, Bruce 1952-2014

Craig, Bruce