Community News

Enjoying a musical weekend at the Domaine Forget

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A little getaway to the country led to the discovery of the amazing Emerson String Quartet performing at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on July 19.

Retired bishop of Quebec to run for the Green Party

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Photo: Photo: Cynthia Dow

Dennis Drainville, who retired as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec in 2017, announced June 5 he would be running for the Greens in the riding of Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which covers part of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.

Wagner’s Flying Dutchman docks at Quebec opera festival

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Photo: Peter Black

One of the most complex and spectacular productions ever mounted at the Grand Théâtre, Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman in English, Der fliegende Holländer in German), is ready to take Quebec opera fans on a thrilling voyage “combining epic tales, supernatural worlds and remarkable scenic effects.”

NHL players to take part in the Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron

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Photo: webstagram.one

With less than a month before the event, 20 current and former National Hockey League players have agreed to play in the 11th Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, named for Simon Gagné and Patrice Bergeron. The event will take place at the Videotron Centre on Aug. 8. at 7 p.m.

Three Quebec athletes to participate in the next Gaelic Games

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Three athletes from Quebec will fly to Ireland at the end of July to take part in the next Gaelic Games in Waterford, Ireland. All three will participate in the Gaelic Football competition.

Yves Lambert will be on the Eastern Canada men’s team while Léa-Marie Caron will dress with the Eastern Canada women’s team. Florence Dallaire has a spot on the Eastern Canada B women’s team.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 24 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring renowned organist Jacques Boucher and violinist Anne Robert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, tions welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

QCT Mystery photo contest!

What is it? Where is it? Who is it by?

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Send your answer to [email protected]. You may win a three-month free subscription to the QCT, or a three-month extension to your current subscription.

Celtic Festival planned for September 2019

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Photo: Festival celtique de Québec

The Quebec City Celtic Festival / Festival celtique de Québec (FCQ) has revealed the preliminary programming of its 14th edition. The festival will be held from Sept. 5 to 8, mainly at the enchanting Domaine de Maizerets. Certain activities will still take place in Old Quebec, specifically on Rue Saint-Jean.

Billy Elliot, Kinshasa style

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When the taxi bounces to a halt in front of the Maison Enrica orphanage in the bustling Limete sector of Kinshasa, the whirl of activity around the dozens of young residents temporarily slows. Sunday is dance day.

Mother Nature slays Imagine Dragons at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was almost no room in front of the Bell Stage on July 13. Despite weather warnings, people had been lined up for hours. Some had driven hundreds of kilometres to see Imagine Dragons, a concert on the roster of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). To everyone’s disappointment, Mother Nature created a repeat of the Foo Fighters’ 2015 concert, to the day.

A dazzling Mariah Carey sings through the rain

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

July 11 was a sparkling evening on the Plains of Abraham, despite the rain and dense clouds. Mariah Carey stepped onto the Bell Stage in a form-fitting short silver dress, reflecting the shining star that she is. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the queen of R&B had arrived at the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Magazine cache shows how life and times have changed

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A few years ago we rented a cottage in the Eastern Townships and, on our first night there, we heard a skittering sound above suggesting a mouse afoot. An investigation of the attic in the morning led to the discovery of not a mouse but a virtual time capsule of magazines.

Celebrating 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing

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Photo: Public Domain photo by astronaut Neil Armstrong, NASA

Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon dominated front-page headlines in newspapers everywhere. The QCT archives give us a unique view into this human triumph.

Monday July 14, 1969
“Soviet Spaceship Heads For Moon”

The story behind Avenue Coubertin

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863 - 1937), also known as Pierre de Coubertin.

Born into an aristocratic French family, Coubertin became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history. He was deeply interested in physical education and the role of sports in schooling.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

July 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Kingston [sic] Palace, May 24, 1819
This morning, at a quarter past 4 o’clock, the Duchess of Kent was happily delivered of a Princess. Her Royal Highness is as well as can be expected, and the young princess is in perfect health.

Bluesman Buddy Guy’s still got it at 82

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Photo: Peter Black

He turns 83 on July 30, so Buddy Guy has more than earned the right to sing the blues and claim the title of the last of the great bluesmen, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and their ilk having already ascended to the big three-chord progression in the sky.

Blink-182 celebrates 20 years and closes FEQ 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

No band could have closed the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec better than the punk rock group from California, Blink-182. The songs of this iconic 1990s-2000s trio are etched in people’s minds, proven by the tens of thousands who attended the 20th anniversary of the Enema of the State concert on July 14. For many, this renowned album was the main attraction to the Blink-182 show.

Middaugh and Button win XTERRA Québec Pan Am Tour

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Triathletes were unruffled by the heavy rain and thunderstorm of July 13. Early Sunday morning, 300 amateur and elite international athletes competed in a triathlon on a course through lakes and forest at Lac Delage in the sixth XTERRA race, competing for a spot in the XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii.

The Offspring thrills FEQ crowds

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a 30-minute delay, spectators were more than happy to see The Offspring appear on the Bell Stage. As part of the closing program of the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ), the band opened with “Americana,” the title song of their album of the same name.

Humanorium attracts curiosity seekers to a strange fun-fair

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A series of tents, cabins and rides reminiscent of Barnum and Bailey popped up under the ramps of Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency off Boulevard Charest from July 12 to 16. Visitors to the dimly lit Îlot Fleurie walked into EXMURO’s Humanorium: l’étrange fête foraine / strange fun-fair.

25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec: fireworks, dance, music and movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There are just a couple of weeks to go before fireworks explode over the St. Lawrence River. From July 31 to Aug. 24, hundreds of thousands of spectators both old and young, from near and far, will gather along the river’s banks and at the designated sites – Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City.

FEQ 2019 declared success despite weather

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Photo: Peter Black

The weather “played a spoilsport” for two evenings of the 2019 edition of the 11-day Festival d’Été, but organizers are declaring the 52nd version of Quebec’s most popular musical event memorable “in every way.”

OBITUARY: Margaret Elizabeth (née Payne) SLIWA

Margaret Elizabeth (née Payne) SLIWA died peacefully in her 91st year, after a seven-year battle with dementia, complicated by a stroke. Daughter of the late John Payne and Veronica (McLaughlin) Payne, of Stoneham, QC.

Quebec rugby and soccer teams lead their leagues right across the province

The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ) and the Québec Dynamo soccer players are enjoying a great summer on their respective pitches, across the province.

The CRQ women lead Quebec’s Women’s Super League and have an unbeaten record. On July 13, the CRQ team won 38-10 over the Barrhaven Scottish club from Ottawa, for their seventh straight win in as many games.

Community Calendar

July 16 and 18 – VEQ Out & About for members of the community aged 50-plus. Join us as we take the Lévis ferry to enjoy magnificent views of our beautiful city and local cuisine, or bring a lunch and enjoy it on one of the many picnic benches. Free transportation is provided. Contact Paige at 418-683-2366, ext. 222 or Alexandra at [email protected].

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s summer and a splendid time to go to the park, find a bench under a tree and read under its branches that protect you from the sun and move slowly in the breeze, like a hand-held fan, to keep you cool on a hot day.

Lizotte back with the Quebec Remparts, and baseball news

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Photo: QMJHL

Pascal Lizotte, the Quebec Remparts’ goaltender coach from 2011 to 2013, will hold the same title in the upcoming season. Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy confirmed Lizotte’s hiring in a press release on July 12.

Toronto Raptors to hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec

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Photo: NBA Canada website

The Toronto Raptors, the newest champions of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec City.

The announcement was made in a press release by the Université Laval Sports Activities Services on July 10.

Ride for Ovarian Cancer Awareness stops in Quebec City

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Photo by Ken Flagel

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.

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