News Digest July 17, 2013


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July 17, 2013



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Stevie in a Wonderful mood for last night of Festival d’Été

Photo: Jay Ouellet

On the afternoon prior to his evening performance on the Plains of Abraham Sunday to conclude the 2013 Festival d'Été, Stevie Wonder held a press conference at the Hilton Hotel. He even delivered a taste of what to expect that night, playing a harpejji - a cross between a piano (the instrument that Wonder is most famous for) and a guitar.

Question: How can we help the people of Lac-Mégantic?

My wife and I wish to send our condolences to the families of the Quebec train crash. More important, we wish to send a cheque to the relief fund for the families. My wife has relatives in PEI and we have travelled extensively through your beautiful country. Can you please advise as to where to send a check, or maybe your newspaper has established a fund? Thank you.

Former locomotive engineer speaks out about Lac-Mégantic

"We must change these monopolies of decay."
At least 50 people were killed in the middle of the night of July 5-6 in Lac-Mégantic, and the press seems to know nothing of the industry that killed them.

Chill out at the Morrin Centre

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

Looking for a nice, cool place to hang out for a while this summer? Try one of the newly-restored, old prison cells at the Morrin Centre. One of their professional tour guides will be happy to show you to a cell where you can "cool your heels" for a brief period of time.

Twilight Concert and fireworks at Fort Lévis

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Photo: Photo by Parks Canada

Parks Canada invites the public to the 13th edition of the Twilight Concert at Lévis Forts National Historic Site. This time-honoured Lévis tradition, usually held in late August, will take place one month earlier this year, on Saturday, July 20, Canada's Parks Day.
The Twilight Concert will pay tribute to veterans of the Korean War, which ended 60 years ago.

Even Cowgirls get the Blues


Emmylou Harris is about as cowgirl as they come. This Southern belle has had a phenomenal career spanning over 40 years and her albums have won her a dozen Grammy Awards, despite her less-than-charmed personal life.

Festival d'été de Québec - Axl Rose, the face of Guns N' Roses


Fifteen minutes before the hard rock band Guns N' Roses was expected to play on the Bell stage on Friday, July 12, throngs of people were still streaming into the venue.
Known as a group that arrives late on stage, Axl Rose, the lead singer and the only remaining original member of the group, paraded on stage a mere fifteen minutes behind schedule.

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 17, 1963
Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph


Opera to Broadway at the Cathedral

Photo: Photo by Shirley Nadeau

If you weren't at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity last Thursday afternoon, you missed out on a fabulous concert by bass baritone, Dr. Douglas Renfroe. From Florida, he and his wife Dorothy are visiting Quebec City for the third summer in a row. The dean of the cathedral, the Rev. Christian Schreiner introduced him, mentioning that Renfroe is acting as the Cathedral's music director this summer.

QCT Mystery Photo Contest

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Bethann Merkle, Shirley Nadeau and Danielle Burns have scouted out people, places and things around the city for you to try and identify over the summer months. Your mission is to find these objects and to answer the questions with each photo.
The winning response, written in your own words (maximum 100 - be as creative as you like), will be published in the Wednesday, July 31 edition.

Legendary musicians at Place d’Youville

Photo: Photo by Danielle Burns

The Festival d'Été is a world-class music extravaganza. Although the passes for this year's 11-day event were reasonably priced at $76, not everyone could afford them. That is why the free shows at Place d'Youville were so appreciated. Located in the heart of downtown, near Porte Saint-Jean, the wide set of stairs in front of the Palais Montcalm provides a great view of the stage.


Anita Gignac Mercier

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Anita Gignac Mercier
1928 - 2013
Anita Gignac, wife of the late Jacques Mercier, died on July 11, 2013, at the age of 85, at St. Sacrement Hospital. She lived in Quebec City.

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