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WELCOME TO MY KITCHEN

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Photo: Joanne Kyvetos

Submitted by Joanne Kyvetos, [email protected]

Oh, Christmas trees!

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Photo: Bill Cox

“Oh, Christmas tree, O Christmas tree, how lovely are thy branches.” This friendly group of Christmas trees is decorated to resemble a choir singing carols, directed by the larger tree on the left. Complete with hats, mittens, music scores, a music stand and baton, this whimsical forest of note welcomes residents and visitors to a Sainte-Foy apartment building.

A gritty streetcar ride through New Orleans

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Photo: Normand Brassard

I don’t want realism. I want magic!” - Blanche Dubois

The Quebec Art Company (QAC) brings to life a dynamic and relevant production of Tennessee Williams’ classic theatre piece A Streetcar Named Desire.

QCT journalist Ruby Pratka is off on another African adventure

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Ruby Pratka, who has been writing for the QCT since January 2013, is off to Africa on another humanitarian mission. We felt we should let our readers know why she is going and what she’ll be doing while she’s away. In reply to a list of questions, Ruby explained….

The weather outside is frightful, but is it the apocalypse?

If you’ve gone outside in the past few weeks, you’ll have noticed something very weird is going on.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

December 9, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Wreck
St. John’s, Nfd. – The Brig Neptune, from Quebec bound to London with staves, timber etc., was cast away at St. Shores, near Cape Pine, St. Mary’s Bay in a thick fog, and went to pieces, the crew were saved, but had suffered much from famine and fatigue before they had arrived in Trepassey.

December 5, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

La Grande Migration brings Émilie Clepper back to her roots

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

Émilie Clepper is closer to home than she has been in a long time – and yet, her latest album, Émilie Clepper et la Grande Migration, takes listeners on a journey into uncharted territory. The singer-songwriter has temporarily shelved her electric guitar and set aside the chiselled, evocative landscapes that characterized her past writing.

Grand Viennese airs and waltzes fill Le Capitole

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Le Capitole theatre resembled a Viennese concert hall and ballroom on Nov. 30 for Les Valses de Vienne, Les Grands Airs Viennois.

Sixteen dancers, 24 musicians, eight choristers and three soloists filled the theatre with the music of Johann Strauss Sr., his sons Johann (the “Waltz King”) and Eduard Strauss, and other well-known composers of the era.

The story behind Rue Christie

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Photo: Ville de Montréal archives
This street is named in honour of Robert Christie (1787-1856), a lawyer, militia officer, historian and politician, who was born in Windsor, N.S., to parents who had emigrated from Scotland. Christie studied at King’s College and obtained his diploma sometime before 1803. 

Storytime at the Morrin Centre keeps getting better and better

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Morrin Centre recently hired a new education co-ordinator who is running weekly storytimes for children on Saturday mornings.

Azanie Roy has been a member of Quebec City’s English-speaking community from a young age, attending English-language schools since kindergarten before studying international development at the University of Ottawa.

Elites and Orphans playthings on display at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A charming permanent display of toys and tea sets was recently unveiled at the Morrin Centre.

Elites and Orphans explores the different types and styles of toys played with by children of both the upper and lower classes amongst Quebec City’s English-speaking population at the turn of the 20th century.

Pince-moi… Je rêve! raises funds for the Children’s Wish Foundation

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Photo: Stéphanie Carette

Allison Kirkwood, whose photographs have frequently graced the pages of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph, along with three other local photographers and friends, Stéphanie Carette, Carine Sabourin and Véronique Fournier, is launching a children’s book almost two years in the making entitled Pince-moi... Je rêve! (Pinch me... I’m dreaming!)

EQLC International Lunch

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Stephanie Dubé, Vincent-Jean Dubé, Josianne Giroux, Warren Thomson, Jean-Sébastien Jolin-Gignac, Ed Sweeney and Richard Walling, members and partners of the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign organizing committee, gathered at the Eastern Quebec Learning Centre’s International Lunch on Nov. 28 to enjoy a delicious Persian-inspired meal.

65th Winter Carnival to reveal Bonhomme’s Dreams

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

With nine weeks to go before the 65th Quebec Winter Carnival, the program was revealed on Nov. 29 during a press conference held at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec.

Le Local: a café, a boutique and a place of discoveries

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Photo: Julie Moffet

A unique café recently opened on Rue Saint-Jean in Old Quebec. It’s called Le Local, and it is also a boutique and a tourist information centre. Business partners Marie-Elsa Proulx and Marc Duchesne say they are “driven” by their “unconditional love for Quebec City and what it has to offer.”

Nine Fighting Irish selected for the LHPS All-Star Games

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Photo: Luc Lang
The St. Patrick’s High School hockey program is only in its second year in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS), but is already making quite an impact on the ice, as the LHPS all-star selections show. 

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 6 p.m. – Christmas concert for SAMS (Société pour les arts en milieux de santé), featuring Quintette Philanthros with excerpts from Schubert’s Trout Quintet, and Christmas songs performed by Judith Bouchard and Jordane Labrie at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue des Jardins. Visit cathedral.ca/music for details.

Basketball and hockey action at St. Lawrence

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Photo: Champlain-St. Lawrence Athletics

The CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence Lady Lions basketball team will go into the Christmas holidays undefeated in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ).

St. Lawrence teams up for the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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The 23rd annual Community Christmas Hamper Campaign is in full swing and CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence is working hard to contribute as the Dec. 15 delivery day approaches.

The Marché de Noël allemand opens in Old Quebec

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The 11th annual Marché de Noël allemand opened officially to the sound of gigantic alpenhorns played by a trio of Bavarian musicians in front of Quebec City Hall on Nov. 22. 

The story behind Rue Blanchette

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Photo: Google maps
Rue Blanchette in Cap-Rouge is named in honour of Onésime Blanchette (1856-1951),who was born in Sillery. From 1882 to 1904, he was the business manager for Cooke Brothers, a large Ontario company specializing in the cutting and rafting of timber, a transportation method in which logs are tied together into rafts and then floated down a river or pulled across a body of water.

The joy of giving to the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign

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Our eight-year-old daughter was looking anxiously at the big boxes in the back of the van. Her big brother was earnestly reading aloud the address of the recipient. They were both so excited about the idea of delivering these goodies to strangers.

“What the #hashtag does that mean?”

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Photo: Elizabeth Perreault

CBC’s Peter Tardif and Julia Page facilitated the first in a four-part storytelling series, In the press, held at the Morrin Centre on Nov. 19.

CBC Quebec covers all the stories in the province of Quebec outside Montreal. Peter Tardif, researcher and travelling journalist for CBC, has a big job and he was happy to share what he has learned along the way.

Ford’s attack on Franco-Ontarians hard to explain

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Last fall a headline in this space boldly proclaimed “Franco-Ontarians to get new university.” Well, so much for that.

A symphonic video game encounter with the OSQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

La Symphonie du Jeu Vidéo, composed by Maxime Goulet for Montreal’s 375th anniversary in 2017, has shone a positive light on the gaming universe. The soundtracks and musical scores of video games are now making their way into concert halls.

Memorials and Things of Fame

November 28, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Gas Light From Wood

QCGN honours community builders

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Photo: Justin Desforges/Upside Photography

Hundreds of thousands of bilingual students across Canada have three stay-at-home mothers from Montreal’s South Shore to thank for their education.

SLC’s What The Heck pays homage to musical icons

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus students know how to bring down the house! On Nov. 23, the college band What The Heck (WTH) gave the rock and roll, punk and grunge show of the semester in the nearly sold-out amphitheatre. Former band members, friends and family drove all the way from Montreal to pay tribute to punk, pop and soul singers who are no longer with us.

Twenty countries represented at the SLC International Lunch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Upon entering the Student Centre, one could smell the delicious aromas rising from 20 different serving dishes. Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus (SLC) students and staff prepared homemade dishes for the annual International Lunch on Nov. 22, which is free of charge. 

Christmas shopping at the Salon Expo-Cadeaux

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The 18th annual Salon Expo-Cadeaux of the Corporation des Artistes et Artisans de la Jacques-Cartier (CAAJC) was held on Nov. 24 and 25 at the Centre Anne-Hébert in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier.
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