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Delicious Viennoiseries served up at Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The final event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec took place on Aug. 4, as members of Tempêtes & Passions presented a nosegay of excerpts from eight different operas and operettas, each with a floral theme.

Jealous lovers duke it out at the MNBAQ

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is sold out. The audience are there to see a humorous recital of L’Amant jaloux ou Les fausses apparences, which was composed by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) and features excerpts of works by Mozart, Méhul and Devienne, among others.

OBITUARY: Gemma (Kindellan) McDUFF

Gemma (Kindellan) McDUFF

Passed away peacefully in her 103rd year in Brampton, Ontario on August 3, 2019. Predeceased by her husband William McDuff. Loving mother of Gary (Yvonne) Lambert, David (Gisela) Lambert and Colleen (Carolyn) Lambert. Step-mother of Austin (Peggy) Lambert. Predeceased by her son Donald and daughter Terry (Norman) Calder. A funeral mass was held in Brampton, Ontario.

OBITUARY: Rachel GINGRAS (1949-2018)

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Rachel GINGRAS (1949-2018)

A year has already gone by, dear Rachel, since you passed away on Saturday, August 11th, 2018, in the Palliative Care Unit of Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City. Your death has left a sad emptiness in the lives of your many good friends in Québec, Rivière-du-Loup, Montréal and Gatineau.

Feds on board for VIA’s HFR Montreal-Quebec leg

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Federal officials have acted quickly to derail speculation that VIA Rail’s long-awaited High Frequency Rail (HFR) project might not include a Quebec-Montreal connection.

It’s all right to be left-handed

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Photo: Jean Côté

On Aug. 13, I will be celebrating, along with 700 million other people (10 to 12 per cent of the world’s population). What are we acknowledging? Left-Handers Day!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring classical pianist Alain Châteauvert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

It’s time for the eighth Sleeman Boot Camp

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The eighth edition of the Sleeman Boot Camp takes place on Aug. 9 and 10 the PEPS at Université Laval.

Organized by former NHL and Quebec Remparts goaltender Cédrick Desjardins and his friend Daniel Blouin, the Sleeman Boot Camp is attended by only 60 professional players, today’s up-and-coming stars, divided into six teams, to play in a pre-training camp tournament.

Les Noces de Figaro ties the knot at La Bordée theatre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec continued on July 29, 31 and Aug. 2 with three presentations of an adapted version of Mozart’s comic opera Les Noces de Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro at La Bordée theatre.

FLIP Fabrique draws a big crowd at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

FLIP Fabrique has found a new home in a more spacious venue for its summer performances. The local circus group has moved to Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre, and transformed the area into an abandoned amusement park, complete with wooden ramps.

As Orange Wave ebbs, where will Quebec NDP vote flow?

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Egad and câline!* The federal election is less than three months away, give or take a decision concerning a religious holiday.**

Statement by the Prime Minister on Korean War Veterans Day

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada PA-129115

On July 26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on Korean War Veterans Day:

“Today, we honour the more than 26,000 Canadians who answered the call to serve during the Korean War. Despite being known as the ‘Forgotten War,’ the Korean War remains Canada’s third-bloodiest overseas conflict, after the First and Second World Wars.

The story behind Rue Daniel-Johnson

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This private street* in the Les Saules district of Quebec City is named in honour of Daniel Johnson (1915-1968), Quebec’s 20th premier. He was born in Danville, Quebec, the son of Francis Johnson, an anglophone labourer of Irish descent.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

July 29, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Comet

Quebec opera festival opens with Tempêtes & Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

More than an hour before the doors of the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone opened, fans hoping to get a front-row seat inside were lined up at the door of the museum in Old Quebec. Admission was free to this first event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Crossing Canada: North to Hudson Bay

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden

Polar bears and belugas. Taiga and tundra. Historic Hudson Bay. Churchill, Manitoba has it all and, following a 19-month interruption in service due to essential railroad repairs, visitors can once again take VIA Rail to experience Canada’s North.

Le Vaisseau fantôme conquers the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s no mean feat to fill the vast stage area of the Grand Théâtre, but during scenes from the Festival d’Opéra de Québec’s magnificent production of German composer Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman) the space, while not exactly rendered intimate, was stunningly conquered.

A chance meeting with a black-crowned night heron

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein

I was paddling my kayak slowly on the Cabano River in Témiscouata, my camera tucked safely away in its waterproof bag. Enjoying the scenery on a beautiful sunny day, I was hoping to encounter some ducks with their ducklings or, if I was lucky, maybe a green heron.

Sillery arena demo makes way for new housing

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Photo: Peter Black

Not much remains of what was the only indoor ice rink in Sillery. Though demolition was paused during the construction holiday, in the space of a week, machines had made short work of the Aréna Jacques-Côté, the home rink for scores of hockey and skating enthusiasts since it was opened by Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau in 1972.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 31 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring Samuel Croteau (piano) and Antoine Trépanier (bassoon, voice and musical saw) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

Capitales vs Expos, Old-Timers’ style

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans will be able to travel back in time on Aug. 15 at Stade Canac as former members of the Quebec Capitales play against former Montreal Expos. Game time is 5 p.m.

Butt out to save our planet from going up in smoke

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“You are greater than your addiction.”
~ Nasia Davos

They’re everywhere – on the beach, in front of office buildings, in parks and parking lots. Cigarette butts pollute: 30 per cent of all litter found on our shorelines consists of butts. Just one cigarette butt can pollute three litres of sea or fresh water.

Back Alley Jazz & Gin served up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Michael Fournier

The Back Alley jazz band made its debut at the Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on July 18. Singers Vanessa Bergeron and Zita Bombardier-Touret, accompanied by Félix Dubé (piano), Olivier Garand (bass), Raphaël Dubois (trumpet) and Gaétan Paquette (drums), gave a sizzling concert.

A summer hummer

Photo by Lise Lafond

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On a very hot Quebec day, as I stood under the burning sun in a field of milkweed, surrounded by bees and wasps, my camera was steaming. All this discomfort just to get a photo of my favourite insect, the hummingbird moth. I didn’t really mind, it was such a rare treat to see this special little insect, there to sip nectar from one of its favourite flowers.

Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! festival sprouts an enchanted garden

The Morrin Centre invites you to discover exciting, new activities during its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. On Aug. 2 and 3, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host several performances, concerts, and workshops, proudly featuring Quebec City-based artists. This year’s programming explores nature and dreams with events on the theme: “The Garden of Live Flowers.”

To meat and beyond: the future of eating animals

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Photo: Peter Black

Margaret Atwood has famously claimed that everything in her speculative fiction novels is happening now, or is possible.

Which brings us to the future of meat. Is Atwood’s depiction in her novel Oryx and Crake a taste of what will be on your plate in the coming years?:

The Journalism and Written Media Independent Panel of Experts releases its report to federal ministers

On July 18, the Journalism and Written Media Independent Panel of Experts unveiled its final report submitted to the Government of Canada to assist with the equitable and effective implementation of tax measures in support of Canadian journalism, as outlined in the 2019 federal budget.

MNO is now EPIQ: time has come for a name change

A dozen years ago, English-speaking moms met at what was then known as Holland Centre and asked for help organizing fun activities that would get them out of the house to meet other English-speaking mothers with young children. Their request gave birth to Moms’ Nite-out, or MNO for short.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 24, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Forged Bank Notes
Within these few days several strangers have been taken into custody, charged with circulating forged bank notes and counterfeit gold coin. The measures lately taken by the Police, it is hoped, will lead to the detection of others who may be concerned in a species of fraud, witherto little known in this community.

The story behind Rue Dalhousie

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of George Ramsay (1770-1838), the ninth Earl of Dalhousie, who was governor general of British North America from 1820 to 1828. Unable to put an end to the rivalry between the Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly, he was recalled to London in 1828.

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