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St. Pat’s High School closes the year with music

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Before trading their books for beach towels, St. Patrick’s High School music students gave their End-of-Year Music Concert on May 29. Brass bands, jazz bands and vocalists performed pieces from 1970s rock ’n’ roll to blues to today’s favourites.

Epic concert ends Orchestre Symphonique de Québec season

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Photo: Peter Black

The Orchestre Symphonique de Québec ended its 117th season not with a whimper but a bang, to borrow from T.S. Eliot. The final number on the program featured a breathtaking version of French composer Florent Schmitt’s volcanic masterpiece Psalm XLVII, fronted by Quebec’s own majestic diva Karina Gauvin.

Great weather for the 2019 Walk (and roll) for Arthritis

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

In 2018, I attended Quebec City’s Walk for Arthritis at the Université Laval as a reporter, describing the day as an observer. I attended the 2019 edition as a participant, in my new wheelchair.

A bright, sunny day greeted the 315 participants in the Quebec City Walk – making the 10th annual Walk for Arthritis a particularly enjoyable one.

Le Capitole gets a facelift and expands its hotel facilities

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

It’s no longer winter in Quebec, so it must be “construction” season, as evidenced by the beehive of activity taking place at Place D’Youville these days. At the heart of it all is an amazing extension to Le Capitole hotel next to Porte Saint-Jean and the ramparts.

75th anniversary of the D-Day landings: The invasion of Normandy begins

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the fourth and final article in the series about the D-Day landings.


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Madeleine Barrow (née Dussault), age 84, passed away suddenly on May 28, 2019, in Mississauga (Toronto). She was born December 1934 in Quebec City, where she later met and married Brian Barrow, who predeceased her in June 2000.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, June 5 at 11 a.m. – The Germantown Youth Symphony Orchestra, from Tennessee, will give a concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins in Old Quebec. Free admission, voluntary contributions welcome.

Two historic villas to front new L’Arrière-cour housing project

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Photo: PMA Architectes

Architect Pierre Martin, having restored and converted the huge Dominion Corset building known as La Fabrique on Boul. Charest, has now embarked on a project to restore and convert the stately villa on Chemin Sainte-Foy once owned by the founder of the iconic undergarment company.

École de cirque de Québec brings the circus to town!

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Photo: Danielle Burns


Chamber music this summer

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

The public square at the corner of Avenue Cartier and Boul René-Lévesque was the scene of a casual noon-hour concert last week. The Élement 8 cello octet performed for passers-by and a seated audience, as a promotion for the third annual Festival de Musique de Chambre, called Vibrances.

Drumming up business while recycling

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This street musician in the Old City is a great example of how to help the planet by recycling. His “instruments” consist of empty plastic buckets, barrels, tin cans, and various pots, pans and lids. He was drumming up a lot of business (donations) near Porte Saint-Louis last weekend.

Congratulations to Champlain–St. Lawrence’s Class of 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

It’s that time again! Proud graduates in cap and gown are posing for and taking photos with classmates, teachers, and family, and let’s not forget the all-important selfie.

Counting sheep: the relationship between sleep and mental health

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Photo: Danielle Burns

I assume you’re here because you have trouble sleeping?” asked Dr. Meagan Daley, psychologist, adding, “So I really have to be on the ball to keep you awake!” The fascinating talk on May 23 at CEGEP St. Lawrence was the last of many events during Mental Health Week – May 6-12– organized by the Wellness Centre and the Mental Health Team at Jeffery Hale Community Services.

Nuclear energy has fizzled in Canada since creation of A-bomb

Say the word “Manhattan” and some people might think of a New York City borough, a cocktail, or a movie by Woody Allen. A few might even think of the unlikely name for a secret Second World War project in the New Mexico desert.

A family’s loss – a personal story on the 105th anniversary of the sinking of the Empress of Ireland

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Photo: Photo from the Sue and Don Cameron collection

There was a time when everything that crossed the ocean moved by ship, including whole families.

The story behind Rue du Colonel-Mathieu


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Colonel Paul Mathieu (1907-1976). He was born in Quebec City and studied at the Séminaire de Québec and Université Laval, then worked for the Royal Trust Company from 1930 to 1939.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

May 31, 1869 – The Morning Chronicle

Great Celebration of Nature held on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

People of all ages greatly enjoyed the National Battlefields Commission’s 27th Great Celebration of Nature, held on May 26, in spite of a little early morning rain. Ponies, alpacas, goats and pigs; greenhouses filled with herbs, flowers and plants; 30 kiosks, face-painting and the distribution of free trees attracted crowds of people to the Plains of Abraham.

Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille unveils its 36th season

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Ever faithful to its tradition of excellence, Musique de chambre à Sainte-Pétronille (MCSP) will present six concerts from June 27 to Aug. 22 for its 36th season. The concerts will take place in the beautiful church at the tip of Île d’Orléans, just 15 minutes from downtown Quebec City.

Artistic director Marc Roussel announced the season’s program for lovers of chamber music.

Grands Feux Loto-Québec celebrates with music and dance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The party of the summer will be happening simultaneously at Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City. The 25th anniversary of the Grands Feux Loto-Québec (GFLQ) will be celebrated over the St. Lawrence River on four Wednesdays and two Saturdays from July 31 to Aug. 24. The public is invited to dress according to different cinematic themes every evening.

World Play Day celebrates kids’ right to play

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Did you know, every child has the right to play? Article 31 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child states that parties “recognize the right of the child to rest and leisure and to engage in play and recreational activities appropriate to the age of the child and to participate freely in cultural life and the arts.”

Publisac: The publicity that is polluting the planet

Photo: Lise Lafond

Every week a little plastic bag arrives at our doorstep, filled with flyers, the local paper, and ads for merchandise. Our goal when looking through these numerous sales flyers is to save money by seeking out the best deals at our local grocery stores. But what impact does this weekly routine have on the environment?

The two Kinshasas


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

On April 28, I landed in Kinshasa, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The opportunity to discover Congo was one of the main reasons I accepted this job* – like Zanzibar, it sounded mythical and inviting. And, like many places on my itinerary, Congo was somewhere I probably wouldn’t get to otherwise.

75th anniversary of the Normandy landings: Preparing for D-Day

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This is the third in a series of four articles to mark the 75th anniversary of the Normandy landings on June 6, 1944. Next week’s text about the operation, code-named Overlord, will recall the execution of D-Day.

Nurses deserve our appreciation

Photo: Scott Emery

May 6 to May 12 was National Nursing Week or Nurse Appreciation Week in Canada. The theme this year was “Nurses: A Voice to Lead – Health for All.”

Community Calendar

Wednesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. – St. Patrick’s High School End-of-Year Music Concert in the St. Pat’s Auditorium (entrance via 1085 Avenue de Salaberry). The show will feature music students from all levels performing a variety of jazz and pop classics. General admission $5; free for children age 12 and under.

Congratulations to recipients of McGill Community Leadership Bursaries

Last year, Jeffery Hale Community Partners, in collaboration with McGill University, launched a call for applications for the Health and Social Services Community Leadership Bursary Program.

First homestand of the season not enough for the Capitales

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Photo: Luc Lang

Veteran hurler and pitching coach Karl Gélinas pitched eight strong innings, striking out eight batters as well, and led the Québec Capitales to a 2-1 win over the Rockland Boulders in Can-Am Baseball League action on May 26, at Stade Canac. Along with his eight strikeouts, Gélinas allowed only two hits and one base on balls.

Noises Off … Slamming doors! Sardines!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau


New Morrin Centre exhibit traces the history of capital punishment

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Before it was a college, before it became the English-language cultural centre of Quebec City, the building housing the Morrin Centre had a different vocation: from 1812 to 1867 it was the Common Gaol. Now the Morrin Centre has launched its new immersive guided tour, which features the hanging of William Pounden in 1823 and capital punishment at the former prison.

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