News Digest August 7, 2013


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August 7, 2013



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Festive fireworks reflected in the St. Lawrence River


Quebec City's waterfront was beautifully lit up on Saturday night by the Grands Feux Loto-Québec. QCT photographer Jay Ouellet got this great shot from the Lévis side of the St. Lawrence River, which seems to be on fire with all the brilliant lights. The first night of the Grands Feux featured music of the Festival d'Opéra de Québec, synchronized to the explosions in the air.

Gilmour Hill to be open to traffic all year

Photo: Image provided by NBC

The gates at the top of Gilmour Hill were symbolically opened by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Mayor Régis Labeaume last Friday to announce the year-round use of the hill by the end of 2014.
The official announcement was made at a press conference held at the Hilton Hotel.

How to dress like a fille du roy

Photo: Photo by Bethann G. Merkle

Mundane aspects of daily life, such as clothing, provide an example of what has changed since Couture's ancestor Louise Menacier settled in Lévis a few centuries ago. Couture shared her insights into the design and functionality of her historically accurate costume.

Memorials and Things of Fame


Université Laval's language school celebrates two anniversaries

If you drop by the Charles-De Koninck Pavilion at Université Laval these days you will see that the place is teeming with eager young students, and some older ones, who have come from all across Canada, parts of the United States, South and Central America, Europe and Asia. They are at Laval to improve and practice their French.

Festivent attracts a diverse crowd

Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festivent which took place in Lévis last week was a six-day family event with hot air balloons, inflatable games, a giant sandbox for digging and building, a petting zoo featuring sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, rabbits, chicks, a llama, donkey and a Vietnamese pig. Amusement park rides for youngsters and some, such as the Kamikaze, for the older and more daring, got adrenaline running.

Learn French and Teach English Fair

Voice of English-speaking Québec in partnership with Valcartier Family Center is providing a FREE opportunity for newcomers to discover French as a Second Language (FSL) institutions and English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching opportunities.

Augustinian Sisters arrived in Quebec City 374 years ago

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Photo: Image provided by Augustinian Trust

Three young Augustinian Sisters came to Quebec from Dieppe, France, 374 years ago to establish the first hospital on the continent north of Mexico, the Hôtel-Dieu de Québec. On August 1, The Fiducie du patrimoine culturel des Augustines, the cultural heritage trust that has been created to safeguard the sisters' rich cultural heritage and treasures, recognized this historic day.

Taking a splash at Village Vacances Valcartier

Photo: Photo by Juanita Craig

If you are searching for fun and refreshing summer outdoor activities, then the Village Vacances Valcartier is the place to go. Celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the waterpark has more than 35 water slides and 12 attractions, with two themed river rides - something for everyone in the family to enjoy.

QCT Mystery Photo Contest

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Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Danielle Burns, Bethann Merkle and Shirley Nadeau have been scouting out people, places and objects around the city for you to try and identify over the summer months. Every week, we'll print a mystery photo and your mission is to tell us the location and answer the questions about the photo.

Cross-Canada bike ride for Alzheimer’s awareness

Photo: Tanya Howe

Two determined young cyclists, Tanya Lee Howe and Jocelyn Rawleigh, stopped to enjoy the sights in Quebec City last week and take what they called a "Princess Day" (a day of rest) before continuing on their cross-Canada bike ride. From Lethbridge, Alberta, these women started their trek in Vancouver and hope to reach St.

Concert under the stars in the Montmorency Forest

For the seventh year, the Montmorency Forest, in collaboration with the Fondation Héritage Faune, is offering a series of outdoor concerts on Saturdays from July 27 to August 31 at 8:00 p.m. The musical group Les Naturalistes offer spectators an exceptional acoustic 90-minute outdoor concert under the canopy of the Northern twilight sky.

Salon des métiers d’art is inspired

Photo: Photo by Danielle Burns

The 33rd annual Salon des métiers d'art de Québec is currently underway until August 11th. You can visit daily from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and entry is free.
The works of 122 artisans are on display in two large tents set up between the Old Port Market and Espace 400e.

Powder Her Face: a risky and risqué opera

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

It's a good thing that people had been forewarned that this opera was explicit in its language and detail;intended for a "mature audience" only. Powder Her Face, a contemporary opera by British composer Thomas Adès with an English libretto by Philip Hensher, was certainly not for the faint of heart.


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