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Grande Fête Nationale highlights Quebec culture and family

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin


Two boys have fun waving the Fleurdelisé at the Grande Fête Nationale concert on the Plains of Abraham. 



Passages Insolites now extends from Lower Town to Saint-Roch

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A giant incongruous brick ball in an alley, the head of a sad clown caught between two buildings, Louis XIV trapped in an everlasting winter, Alain Côté scoring another controversial goal for the Nordiques, telescopes through which you can read and hear a text across the river in Lévis….

Canada in no rush to get rid of Royals

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Photo: Joel Rouse (Ministry of Defence) and nagualdesign

A central theme in the history of the modern world, if we may be permitted to crunch a millennium into a few words, has been the struggle of ordinary folks to control and, if necessary, turn into celebrities, those who pretend to royalty.

Holy Trinity launches its Midi en Musique concert series

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Starting on July 4, the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, at 31 Rue Des Jardins in the Old City, will be hosting a series of eight concerts on Thursday afternoons at 12:30 p.m. Each concert will last about 45 minutes. Admission is free but a voluntary contribution of $10 is suggested.

Congratulations to St. Patrick’s High School class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Proud parents and friends gathered at the Palais Montcalm on June 20 to see the young people graduate. Due to rain, graduates wearing white and green gowns and mortarboards gathered inside onstage for their official class photo, instead of on the steps outside the theatre. After five years of secondary school, the St. Patrick’s High School class of 2019 was graduating.

Fun and games expected at 23rd Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Summer’s here, and Quebec City is preparing for its many festivals. The Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF) is a favourite for families, historians and re-enactment enthusiasts, who are putting the final touches on their homemade, period-inspired costumes.

After much speculation, Quebecers like the Grand Marché

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On June 20, a few days after the inaugural weekend of the Grand Marché de Québec, Mayor Régis Labeaume, Deputy Premier Geneviève Guilbeault, André Lamontagne, minister of agriculture, fisheries and food, and Arthur Cauchon, president of the Coopérative des Horticulteurs, opened the new marketplace officially.

Congratulations to Quebec High School class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin


J-C Poitras and Libby Oliver examine fashion statements at MCQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Fashion, clothing, photography, cinema, family and travels complete the summer program at the Musée de la Civilisation (MCQ). Until Sept. 20, visitors can admire the significant and influential fashion pieces designed by Jean-Claude Poitras and Libby Oliver’s intimate photographs of people wearing their entire wardrobe.

Moving Day, with or without your pet


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Photo: Lise Lafond

July 1, as we all know, is Canada Day, but it’s also Moving Day in the province of Quebec. Seventy per cent of leases expire on this date and many people pack up and move on the same day.

Living the zero-waste life: On holiday

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

The best of habits can go out the window when you’re on vacation, including efforts to reduce the waste you produce. When you’re on the go, take-out food and drink are so convenient. So too, are the disposable travel-size plastic bottles of toiletries. But before you know it, you’ve left a trail of styrofoam containers, coffee cups and plastic wrappers in your wake.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 26 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays, the first of a series of 10 weekly concerts at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec, will feature organist Jacquelin Rochette. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw for a $25 gift certificate from the Café de Paris.

Capitales get hot at the right time as Shikoku Island comes to town

The Can-Am Baseball League’s Capitales de Québec got back the pleasure of winning as they finished a four-game series sweep against the Champions in Ottawa on June 23.

Numa Amun paintings integrated into MNBAQ walls

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Photo: Peter Black

The eight paintings by enigmatic Montreal artist Numa Amun chosen for an exhibit at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) are impressive individually and collectively.

Three players from the Quebec area get the call at the NHL draft

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Photo: QMJHL

When you’re a kid playing hockey, no matter where you are, you dream of playing in the National Hockey League. You dream of playing for the famous Montreal Canadiens, or with Sidney Crosby of the Pittsburgh Penguins. You close your eyes at night, imagining that you score the winning goal in the seventh game of the final and that you get your hands on the Stanley Cup, the Holy Grail of hockey.

Meet Le Bataillon, Quebec’s new football team

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Photo: Le Bataillon de Québec Facebook page

A brand-new team has been added to a well established provincial junior football league. What was lacking for years in Quebec City will be corrected officially on Aug. 24 when the newly formed team, Le Bataillon of Quebec City, hosts the Laval Junior Bulldogs in their first-ever game in the Quebec Major Junior Football League (QMJFL).

Village Vacances Valcartier invests $10 M in new water slides

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Photo: Village Vacances Valcartier

With a name like Eldorado, this new water slide complex at Village Vacances Valcartier is sure to be a money-maker!

The Quebec City Staircase Challenge

“The elevator is out of order … so we took the stairs!”

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a heavy rain the previous day, runners and walkers woke up to beautiful weather on June 16. At 7 a.m., the start/finish line at the Parc du Bois-de-Coulonge was buzzing with athletes of all ages and calibres. They were warming up for the 1lth Staircase Challenge presented by the Fonds de solidarité FTQ de Québec.

A tribute to the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph


As a student of the English learning centre Ateliers de Conversation Anglaise (ACA), every week our teacher, Mister Ron, used to give us a copy of the Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph newspaper during our class so that we could choose an article of our choice in order to comment on it and give a presentation on it during the next class.

Pills pollute


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Photo: Lise Lafond

Throwing pills and personal-care products down the drain or flushing them down the toilet might seem harmless. Many people think it is better to dispose of them that way instead of in a garbage bin, where a child could find and ingest them, but by doing so you are doing more harm.

SAAQ motorcycle fees make easy riding hard

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I’ll admit my bias: I wouldn’t be caught dead riding a motorcycle. The simple reason is the few times I have been on a motorcycle travelling at high speeds I was sure I was going to end up dead. That was back in the Easy Rider days when time had no meaning and neither did common sense rules-of-the-road safety, at least not on the part of the rider onto whose back I clung for dear life.

The story behind Rue Conrad-Bernier

Photo: Family genealogy page

This street was named in honour of Conrad Bernier (1904-1988), a famous organist, composer, conductor and teacher.


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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Common Domain

June 19, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Zero Waste Festival and Mission 100 Tonnes receive Suzuki Foundation’s Prix Demain le Québec

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers are walking the environment talk! Two Montreal groups are implementing changes for a better future for nature and humankind, and growing numbers of Quebecers are joining in.

“But what did you eat there?” (Part 1 of 2)


Photo: Ruby Pratka

In another life, just after university, years before I became a full-time writer, I taught English as a second language. There was only one topic I could always depend on to get students talking, no matter what their age, gender, skill level, culture or interest level: food.

Get ready for fun, games and cake on Canada Day!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Logico, the organizer of the 152nd Canada Day celebrations in Quebec City, has created a jam-packed day of activities for the whole family. Everyone is invited to spend the day on the Plains of Abraham on Monday, July 1.

The Grand Marché is open for business!

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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At Les cochons tout ronds, delicious samples drew curious customers.


The court jester is back in the Old City

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This playful bronze statue of a court jester or fou du roi, officially known as Le Grand Bienvenue, has found a new home in Old Quebec.

Éric Lapointe has carte blanche to create his dream FEQ concert

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

For the seventh consecutive year, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) and Bell Canada have given a Quebec artist carte blanche to create his dream concert. Quebec’s rock ’n’ roll icon Éric Lapointe is coming to the Plains of Abraham on July 9, and he won’t be alone.

More fun featured at FEQ for families

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Photo: FEQ

Clowns! Pirates! Bubbles! Slime!

Organizers of the Place de la Famille component of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) certainly seem to know what makes kids happy. FEQ last week unveiled this summer’s program targeting youngsters looking for fun stuff to do during the festival, which runs from July 5 to 14.

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