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The world needs magic! And the Festival de magie delivers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There is something captivating about magic, illusions and artistic performances. Even in the 21st century, with many magic secrets revealed on the internet, people still love to see magicians perform. Quebecers flocked to the Quartier Petit Champlain and the Capitole de Québec theatre for the ninth Festival de magie de Québec from May 2 to 5.

Sports roundup: half-marathon, football and hockey

Records set at Lévis Half-Marathon

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger - Courtesy of Gestev

Some 5,000 runners were at the starting line of the 16th annual Lévis Half-Marathon and organizers were delighted that new records were set both in the men’s and the women’s categories.

Woodstock 2019 at SLC! The Quebec City rock show of the year

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In August 1969 Woodstock changed the universe of music. Over three days on a farm in Upstate New York, 32 bands performed for an audience of some 400,000 people. On April 26 and 27, CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence (SLC) student band What The Heck (WTH) held their own Woodstock-ish concert at the AI Financial Group Amphitheatre.

It’s “thyme” to show appreciation to Wellness Centre volunteers at Jeffery Hale

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Jeffery Hale Community Partners held a volunteer appreciation event on April 25 around the theme of “It's thyme to thank you.”

Stubborn humans sandbagging flood prevention

Floods, they’ve been around since Noah.

Although no one is building an ark, thousands of Quebecers have been taking whatever steps they can to preserve what they can of their homes and possessions from rising waters, the likes of which have not been seen, say the old-timers, in ages, or ever.

Quebec airports require expensive facelifts

Air travel business is booming. As a direct response, airports around the world are upgrading their facilities to accommodate the increase in air traffic. Renovations at Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport are almost done and work on Montreal’s Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport is set to begin this fall.

What if? – The Musical lovelier the second time around

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Less than a year after What if? – The Musical, written by and starring J.P. Chartier, was staged at La Maison Jaune, a new, sleeker version was presented at the Salle Multi de Méduse on Rue Saint-Vallier on April 26 and 27.

The story behind Avenue Charles-Huot


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street in Sillery is named in honour of the artist Charles Huot (1855-1930), who was born in Quebec City. Because of his talent for drawing, he attended Collège Sainte-Anne-de-la-Pocatière. He later attended the École Normale Laval de Québec, and in 1874 left for Paris to study at the École des Beaux-Arts.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain - Photo by Dr. Charles Nelson

May 1, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Season has been remarkably fine for the past ten days. In this neighbourhood several of the farmers have finished their wheat sowing, and in general it is far advanced: the quantity sown is greater than usual, from the favourable weather last fall for ploughing, and the cheapness of the seed.

May 1, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Earth Day marchers say time for change is now!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On April 22, the sun was out, the day was mild, and Mother Nature was smiling on Quebec City.

Peaceful, joyful demonstrators from all across the province arrived at the Parc de la Francophonie for an afternoon of speeches and marching through the Old City. They ended the day by forming a human chain around the Parliament Building.

QHS’s Music Extravaganza was extravagant

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Gym lights off. Stage lights on. Instruments tuned. The stage was set for another wonderful QHS Music Extravaganza. Quebec High School offered a haven from the rain for those seeking a great musical evening performed by one-third of the student body. Singers, solo artists and band members all faced down their stage fright and focused on their music.

Meet Tanya Morand – artist and teacher

Photo: Courtesy of Tanya Morand

The QCT has frequently featured articles about this artist, whom some of you may know as an art teacher at St. Lawrence College.

SLC raises $7,000 for Leucan Shaved Head Challenge

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

To the sound of classic rock music, four students and one teacher stepped up to the razor for the annual Leucan Shaved Head Challenge on April 25.

Undrafted, Laval’s Betts signs with Chicago Bears

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Photo: Luc Lang

Université Laval’s Mathieu Betts, a lineman for the Rouge et Or football team, signed a contract as a free agent with the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, minutes after going undrafted in last week’s NFL draft.

Patricia (née O’Doherty) FLEURY

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Patricia (née O’Doherty) FLEURY

Patricia O’Doherty, the daughter of the late Malvina Julien and the late Joseph O’Doherty, died at St. Sacrement Hospital on April 25, 2019, at the age of 100. She was the wife of the late Adrien Fleury. She resided in Quebec City.

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Summer jazz fest is back in June

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Photo: Richard Laird

Jazz fans rejoice, Quebec City has a new summer festival dedicated to the blue note.

As the name suggests, Festival Québec Jazz en juin gives the city an early start on the whirlwind of fair-weather events with 11 days of performances beginning on Thursday, June 20.

Les Choristes arrives in Quebec City in June

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The cast of the musical Les Choristes, which will be playing at the Salle Albert-Rousseau from June 29 to July 27, is now known. Twenty boys from La Maîtrise des Petits Chanteurs de Québec will portray the choir.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 1 – YES Business Coaching offers professional business coaching services in person or online. Receive practical advice from YES’s business coach. To register, call 418-683-2366, ext. 225, or email VEQ at [email protected].

Staying healthy in Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The first Sainte-Catherine-de-la-Jacques-Cartier health, welfare and active-living fair was held on April 27 and 28 at the Centre Anne-Hébert.

Winners of St. Patrick’s High School public speaking competition

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Photo: Marsha Murdock

It requires nerves of steel and lots of confidence if you wish to speak calmly and clearly and make your point within a short time period before a panel of judges and an audience of your peers at a public speaking contest. Memorizing your text and the discreet use of notes can also be an asset.

Exploring means seeing things differently!

Mental Health Week 2019

The community Wellness Centre and the Mental Health Team at Jeffery Hale Community Services are bringing you a full slate of activities for Mental Health Week.

Spring is bustin’ out all over Quebec City!

Photo essay by Cassandra Kerwin

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There’s still snow on the ground but spring has brought the warm sun, perfect for taking a nap against the base of a tree, where the grass is dry.


Another sure sign of spring … terrasses on Avenue Cartier are full to overflowing

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Building pipeline to Saguenay not like in the 1950s

The Northern Ontario village of Ramore, just across the Quebec border, doesn’t find itself mentioned in the news very often, certainly not since the 1970s.

Never-ending tramway story is back in the headlines


Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The history of Quebec City’s tramway goes back over a hundred years. On Aug. 18, 1865, the first tramway began operating. Comprising 39 stations along its 23 kilometres of tracks, the system remained operational until its last lap in May 1948, only to be replaced by buses, more popular at the time. Now, more than 70 years later, an old idea is new again.

The story behind Boulevard and Autoroute Charest


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Photo: Bibliothèque et Archives Nationale du Québec.

This artery, actually a boulevard and then a highway, is named in honour of Father Zéphirin Charest (1813-1876). Born in Sainte-Anne-de-la Pérade, he was the pastor (curé) of Saint-Roch parish in Quebec City from 1839 until his death.


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Photo: John Woodruff, Library and Archives Canada PA-020861

April 21, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Electric Rods

What Notre Dame shows us about solidarity


Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Common Domain LeLaisserPasserA38

On Monday, April 15, as last week’s edition of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph was going to press, I was in the back of a Land Rover, nearing the end of an eight-hour journey from Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, to Goba, a small town in the Southern Nations, Nationalities and Peoples’ Region, to interview midwives and new mothers about the success of various training programs given throug

Living the zero-waste life in Charlesbourg

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

This is the first in a series of articles featuring residents of Greater Quebec City who are taking steps to produce less household waste. Locally, this process is known as zéro déchets.

Look who came honking at my door!

Photo: Lise Lafond

They’re back … or is it really them?

Spring means that birds will be migrating back to their nesting grounds. At this time of the year, wherever I am I seem to hear that lovely honking sound telling me that geese may be landing on our lake.

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