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Corey Hart opens FEQ with high-energy performance

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Pop star Corey Hart “never surrendered” to travel obstacles in his way, including being boxed in by traffic in Montreal. That was a very good thing for organizers of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) who had scrambled to have Hart fill in the abruptly vacant headliner spot on the opening Thursday of the monster festival.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zep tribute band rock FEQ Saturday

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Photo: Photo by Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

The packed crowd for the July 6 show on the giant Festival d’Été Bell stage didn’t seem to mind that they were rocking out to essentially two big-name tribute bands.

The desire for durable duds: sustainable clothing becoming more fashionable

It’s possible some soccer-playing kid in Kenya is wearing my orange Simon Gagné T-shirt as he kicks the ball around in the streets of Nairobi. (The shirt, if you’re wondering, was a promotional giveaway back in 2010 when the Philadelphia Flyers, featuring local hero Gagné, now retired, made it to the Stanley Cup finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks).

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Editor’s note: Articles from the archives are reproduced with the original vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. Explanatory notes may be added as necessary.

July 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Quebec City marks its 411th anniversary

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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The honour guard of the Service de Police de la Ville de Québec marched from the statue of Samuel de Champlain to City Hall, where the City’s 411th anniversary celebrations continued.

Sainte-Pétronille chamber music series off to a wonderful start

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

July 4 might have been a hot night on the Plains of Abraham as the strains of Corey Hart’s FEQ concert wafted across the St. Lawrence River, but it was blessedly cooler, quieter and less crowded inside Église Sainte-Pétronille, the little church on the southern tip of Île d’Orléans.

Passages insolites: curious art in unusual places

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Twenty One Pilots climbed to new heights at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

They crowd-surfed, tower-climbed, changed their outfits and instruments, went down into the crowd and invited security guards to dance. Ohio band Twenty One Pilots know how to put on a show. They’ve seen their fair share of concerts, so lead vocalist and guitarist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun understand the importance of stage presence.

Look who is playing in the grass!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

After two years without successfully hatching any goslings, this year Angry Bird (if it is him …) and Mrs. Bird are happy to show us their pride-and-joy goslings, three little ones that look happy and healthy. In a few weeks, the Canada geese will disappear, only to stop over at our farm in the fall before they take off to spend winter in the south.

The French preferred Brazil to Canada

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The Fête de la Ville de Québec on July 3 reminds us that Samuel de Champlain and his 28 companions laid down the foundations of Quebec in 1608.

Kenneth “Ken” Merle DODDRIDGE

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Kenneth “Ken” Merle DODDRIDGE
(August 11, 1939 - June 26, 2019)

Ken Doddridge died peacefully with his family by his side at Belleville General Hospital on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in his 80th year. He was the beloved partner of Helen Allen.

Auger-Aliassime ousted at Wimbledon, plus football and hockey news

L’Ancienne-Lorette’s Félix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated in the third round at Wimbledon on July 5. The 18-year-old was ranked 19th before the start of one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments. The rising Canadian tennis star lost in three straight sets to Ugo Humbert of France.

Community Calendar

June 26 to Oct. 14 – Passages Insolites. Discover fascinating works of public art in the Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale, Vieux-Port and Saint-Roch districts of Quebec City. For more information, visit passagesinsolites.com. See photos on page 5.

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity offers music at noon

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last week’s Midi en Musique concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity featured the beautiful soprano voice of Myriam Boutin. She was accompanied by pianist Valérie Timofeeva and Stéphane Fontaine, first clarinet with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.

Three Capitales players at Can-Am League all-star game

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Photo: Luc Lang

Three players from the Québec Capitales were at the annual all-star game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland, N.Y. On July 10, the Can-Am League all-stars faced the Frontier League all-stars. Unfortunately, the results of the game were not available before this issue went to print.

Make your own deodorant … and feel and smell fresh

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

I’ve been writing this column for six months already, and I’m confident that, by now, many QCT readers are doing their part to help the planet. How?

NCAA teams to visit the Rouge et Or men’s basketball team in August

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Photo: U-Laval / Yan Doublet

For the 12th year, the Université Laval men’s basketball team will host two teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from the United States in August. The NCAA is America’s version of Canada’s U Sports.

Canada Day celebrated with pomp and ceremony on Dufferin Terrace

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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The band of the Royal 22e Régiment paraded on Dufferin Terrace before the flag-raising ceremony and the cutting of the giant Canada Day cake.

Congrats to A.S. Johnson Memorial High School’s class of 2019

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Photo: Photo by Eugénie Tardif

Graduation was celebrated at Andrew Stuart Johnson Memorial High School on June 22, in Thetford Mines.

Principal Stephen Renaud spoke to students about the importance of friends and family as they continue to discover the world and carve out a path for themselves. He explained how family and friends can support them through different trials and tribulations in life.

Hands up all those who want free drugs

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With a show of hands, who’s in favour of a national drug plan?”

Perhaps, come federal election debate time this fall, journalists who moderate the encounter could take a cue from the Democratic Party presidential candidates’ showdown last week.

Canada Day celebrations … in 1977

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Photo: Ville de Québec N014836

I would like to mention that my Mom, Jo Ouellet, started the Canada Day activities here in Quebec City in the late 1970s.

In response to the Parti Québécois winning the Nov. 15, 1976 election, many Quebecers were stunned by the prospect of separating from Canada. René Lévesque’s goal was clear, and the pro-Canada crowd was in hiding, afraid of repercussions.

The story behind Avenue Conway

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street was named after Edmund Conway (1858-1938), the owner of the land on which it was laid out. He built his house on this street, and he also ran a coal and wood business there until his death.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

July 4, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Season

But what did you eat there? Part 2 of 2

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On June 25, as Quebecers cleaned up after a weekend of Fête Nationale festivities – and in many cases, dragged the moving boxes back out – chefs around the world commemorated Bourdain Day, encouraging people to enjoy a good meal on the birthday of chef, author, culinary adventurer and journalist-despite-himself Anthony Bourdain.

A bug is a bug is a bug . . . until we learn its name

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“If all mankind were to disappear, the world would regenerate back to the rich state of equilibrium that existed ten thousand years ago. If insects were to vanish, the environment would collapse into chaos.”
~ E. O. Wilson

Eagles soar at the opening of the Wendake Pow Wow

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As if sent by Manitou, a pair of eagles soared above the sacred dance circle in the heart of Wendake at the June 28 opening ceremony, a sure sign it would be a great day for a powwow!

Mamma Mia! Here I go again . . . how can I forget ya!

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Photo: Salle Albert Rousseau

After a triumphant première in Montreal, the musical Mamma Mia! is coming to Quebec City’s Salle Albert-Rousseau with 21 presentations from Aug. 14 to Sept. 7. It is based on the music of ABBA’s greatest hits, composed by two members of the famous Swedish singing group. Anyone who lived through the 1970s and ’80s could sing most of the songs in this hit musical by heart.

Trees felled for Quebec Citadel fortification fix

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Photo: Peter Black

Eighty-eight trees have been felled on the slope between the fortifications of the Quebec Citadel and Avenue Saint-Denis to make way for a major restoration project on the walls of the national historic site.

Corey Hart to kick off the 52nd FEQ on July 4th

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The Canadian icon has added a curtain call to his Never Surrender tour. Corey Hart will kick off the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) with “Sunglasses at Night” and other mega-hits on July 4.

Canada’s Food Guide Snapshot now available in 28 languages

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Of course, the Canada Food Guide Snapshot is available in both English and French, but did you know that it is now available in 26 additional languages, including a number of First Nations languages, as well as Polish, Arabic and Italian?

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