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QHS theatre students deliver a wonderful Wizard of Oz

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

By following the yellow brick road and sticking with their friends through thick and thin, the cast of the Wizard of Oz put on a wonderful presentation in Quebec High School’s Webster Auditorium on May 3 and 4.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale honours the memory of Gertie Grogan

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saint Brigid’s Guild is known for its tradition of giving, and the annual spring and fall sales certainly prove that. The QCT visited the gymnasium of the Eastern Québec Learning Centre on May 3, the day before the spring sale opened to the public.

La Maison bleue comedy, a rare Canadian political TV show

Few actors can claim to have on their resumés the roles of both the prime minister of Canada and the president of … La République du Québec.

That’s the unusual case with Guy Nadon, the veteran actor who has played an extraordinarily wide array of characters in a career dating back to his teens.

Opéra de Québec presents Verdi’s Nabucco at the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Opéra de Québec

Opera lovers are feverish with excitement! From May 11 to 18, Giuseppe Verdi’s lavish Nabucco will be presented at the Grand Théâtre by the Opéra de Québec, in Italian with French surtitles.

In addition to the famous “Va pensiero” sung by the chorus, which truly launched the career of the Italian composer, this grand work will highlight magnificent music by renowned opera singers.

The story behind Rue Chênevert

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Common - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Raoul Chênevert (1889-1951), one of Quebec’s most renowned architects from the 1920s until his death.

For 25 years, Chênevert was the designated architect of the Commission scolaire de Québec, for which he designed many school buildings in the 1920s and 1930s.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

May 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Roman Cement

QAC builds rotating set for zany farce Noises Off

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Photo: QAC

Build it and they will come. That’s what the Quebec Art Company is wagering with opening night around the corner for its production of the legendary farce Noises Off.

The “it” being built is a stage set that is not only a two-storey mock-up of a Victorian mansion, it also revolves – yes, on wheels – to reveal the frantic backstage action of a theatre production.

Venenum: A Poisonous World at the Musée de la Civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There is nothing like a hint of poison to stir people’s interest. Venomous snakes, frogs and insects, toxic plants and what they can do are part of humankind's history.

Printemps de la Musique offers music in historical venues in Old Quebec

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Photo: Denis Baribault

The fourth annual Printemps de la Musique will be taking place at 18 historical venues in Old Quebec on May 17, 18 and 19, rain or shine, and it’s all free of charge!

Valcartier hosts the CQSB Performing Arts Festival

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Photo: Julie Carpentier

On Friday, April 26 the Central Québec School Board Performing Arts Festival was held in Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, for the first time in its 16-year history.

Valcartier Elementary School, in collaboration with the Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, hosted the event in three different buildings.

Moms’ Nite-Out Toys and More Bazaar was a success

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Jeffery Hale Student Centre at CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence was transformed into a bazaar on May 4 by the Moms’ Nite-Out group, which organizes an annual garage-sale style market. People reserve their tables in advance to sell used sports gear, toys, clothes, books and so much more.

SLC Bake Sale raises $1,250 for MS Walk

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

CEGEP Champlain–St. Lawrence Campus is a very socially aware college, and works to benefit a variety of organizations. From fundraising campaigns to volunteering, the staff and students are always looking for new ways to help others. The latest effort took place from April 29 to May 1. Biology lab technician Diane Denault organized a bake sale, which raised $1,250 for MS Walk.

Coffee: the bitter reality of one of our favourite beverages

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Coffee …. Around the world, people seem to need this tasty hot beverage to start the day, and Canadians do love their coffee. We are close to the top of the list of coffee-consuming countries, beaten only by Finland and the Netherlands.

Luxury condo project finally replacing Bégin butcher building

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

After seven years of uncertainty, the former Boucherie W.E. Bégin building on Rue Saint-Jean, at the corner of Rue Sainte-Claire, will be demolished, starting this month.

The abandoned building, more of nostalgic value than historic, will be replaced by 10 luxury co-property units, called 500 Saint-Jean, which the promoter says will be available for occupancy by the end of this year.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 8 at 6 p.m. – Annual General Meeting of the Jeffery Hale–Saint Brigid’s Users Committee in the Kildare Lounge at Saint Brigid’s Home, 1645 Chemin Saint-Louis. The meeting will be followed at 6:30 p.m. by an information session for Saint Brigid’s residents and their families. For information call 418-682-2252, ext. 1454.

Parks Canada and Irish Heritage Quebec host the Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019

The Great Famine Voices Roadshow 2019 is a series of open house events in the United States and Canada that brings together Irish emigrants, their descendants, and members of their communities to share family memories and stories of coming from Ireland to North America, especially during the period of the Great Hunger and afterwards.

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

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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

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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

STREET VIEWS

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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.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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

May 1, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Weather
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

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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.

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