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Wednesday, Aug. 21 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring the Duo Cordes au Vent, with Peter Calkins (flute) and Lise Lavoie (classical guitar) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

Experience Wildlife Concerts at Forêt Montmorency

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Photo: Université Laval

For the 13th year, Forêt Montmorency presents its famous Wildlife Concerts. Unique in North America, these unusual 90-minute concerts are musical interpretations of nature to honour the life and sounds of the boreal forest at dusk on Saturday evenings.

Valcartier Used Book Sale and Family Day

Photos courtesy of Allison Kirkwood


In exchange for a donation to the library, bibliophiles went home with armloads, even boxes full of good reading material.

Two Quebec women’s rugby teams are provincial champions

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Photo: Luc Lang

On a hot and humid Saturday, Aug. 17, Rugby Québec held the provincial championships at the Académie Saint-Louis field in Quebec City. The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ), which hosted the event, had their three women’s teams in different finals.

Jesse Cooke takes Domaine Forget by storm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Canadian acoustic guitar virtuoso Jesse Cooke gave an outstanding performance at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on Aug. 17.

Accompanied by his band of four, he played his signature combination of flamenco, jazz and many forms of world music.

Exploring the Grand Marché a delicious adventure

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Have you had a chance to visit the Grand Marché yet? The new marketplace in the former Pavillon de Commerce at ExpoCité is spacious, bright, airy and filled with fresh produce and delicacies of all sorts.

Tour Old Quebec by lantern light

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Imagine yourself as an Irish immigrant who has just landed in Quebec City in the summer of 1847 after a two-month ocean crossing. After clearing immigration and being disinfected on Grosse Île, somehow you have become part of a group of fellow countrymen who find themselves on Durham Terrace (today called Dufferin Terrace). You have, in fact, no business being there.

Woodstock at 50: Still trying to get back to the garden

None of us had enough “bread” to cover the cost and few of us were old enough to drive even if the “old man” would lend us his “wheels.” So, not for lack of want, but for want of material things was our gang of hippie wannabes unable to “get ourselves back to the garden” in upstate New York to set our souls free, or simply dance stoned in the mud in 1969.

Quebec City welcomes Royalty


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In August of 1919, Quebec City was enthralled by the visit of the 20-year-old Prince of Wales, who would later become King Edward VIII. The Quebec Chronicle provided extensive coverage of the royal visit and also reminded its readers of the time when two other princes had been fêted in the Ancient Capital.

Prince William Henry, afterwards King William IV
Quebec, Aug. 16, 1787

The story behind Rue De Buade


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons-Public Domain

Rue De Buade is named in honour of Louis de Buade, better known as the Comte de Frontenac et de Palluau (1622-1698), who was governor general of New France from 1672 to 1682, then again from 1689 to 1698. His godfather was none other than King Louis XIII.


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Photo: Wikimedia commons - Public Domain

August 13, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette
Found adrift yesterday by Mr. Pierre Dugal, of the parish of St. Michel, and now in his possession, a raft of oak and pine timber, about 56 pieces, marks W. & M. Also a raft of firewood about 9 cords. The owner may have them by applying to the undersigned, in paying expenses, and if not claimed within six months, will be sold according to the Law.

Benin’s hidden treasures


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Photo: Ruby Pratka

My mother and I are two of about a half-dozen guests staying in a hulking, six-storey, past-its-prime hotel in Cotonou, Benin.

Whatever your taste, there’s a beer for that

Photo: Lise Lafond

When it’s hot outside, there’s nothing more refreshing than a nice cold beer ... especially a locally brewed one.

The first edition of Témis en Bière was held on Aug. 2 and 3 in the Parc Clair Soleil at Témiscouata-sur-le-Lac, located about 60 km east of Rivière-du-Loup on the Trans-Canada Highway.

Jeffy Jan II on display at Pointe-à-Carcy

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Remember the Jeffy Jan II? This yacht has been featured in articles in recent years about the Quebec Conference of 1943 and the visits of Churchill and Roosevelt to Quebec City.

Wind and waves didn’t deter swimmers at Nageons au Témis

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It wasn’t just the swimmers who got wet at the fourth edition of Nageons au Témiscouata open-water challenge. Rain ponchos were everywhere and very handy (especially if you had a camera). The organizers of the event were a little nervous about the dark clouds and thunderstorm warning, and much happier when the blue sky appeared.

St. Pat’s football teams to leave the Plains of Abraham field

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Photo: Luc Lang

A long-standing tradition is coming to an end for St. Patrick’s High football teams, as they will no longer play their games on the Plains of Abraham sports field. Instead, for 2019, the three Fighting Irish football teams will play their home games at the Gérard-Chiquette field of Patro Charlesbourg.

Stastny brothers honoured at ExpoCité

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Toucher la cible (Hit the target), a huge work of art honouring the famous hockey brothers – Marián, Anton and Peter Stastny – was unveiled at Place Jean-Béliveau at ExpoCité on Aug. 9.

Laval men’s basketball team stands up to NCAA players

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Photo: Yan Doublet - Université Laval

The Université Laval men’s basketball program showed its American counterparts that they will not be intimidated.

The Rouge et Or lost 79-76 to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats from Hamden, Connecticut, in a spectacular game on Aug. 10 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins of the Université Laval sports pavilion.

Future of the Quebec Bridge still uncertain

Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

The future of the Quebec Bridge remains shrouded in confusion following a report by Radio-Canada last week claiming the federal government plans to take over the historic structure from CN and manage and maintain it via a Crown Corporation.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring La Band’Accordéons at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

Valcartier looking for old letters for a live production!

Coming this fall, the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee will be offering a live performance of the reading of old letters and diaries, highlighting, but not limited to those cherished old communications that came from or to folks in the Valcartier community.

Part 1: Sister cities from another mother … tongue, that is!

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Anna Paquin, Louis Riel, Gabrielle Roy, and the Jets. What do all these famous names have in common? They all hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

$450,000 raised at the 11th Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron

Photo: Luc Lang

The Videotron Centre was the scene of the 11th annual Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, on Aug. 8. Some 10,000 hockey fans were in attendance for the annual charity hockey game.

Arts Alive! Québec festival thrives at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre held its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival on Aug. 2 and 3. The Old Town was absolutely crawling with visitors and residents alike as the Nouvelle-France festival was happening just a few blocks away.

A Night in the Library to remember

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

The Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! Québec festival “A Night in the Library” event and Ghostly Kisses concert took place on Aug. 2.

Summertime grab-bag of time-sensitive musings

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This article is what is called a “bagger” in the jargon of journalism. A bagger is a report, article or column prepared in advance to give editors and producers some content to plug holes in newspapers, newscasts and whatever online line-ups are called. Baggers are mostly in demand in the summer or at Christmastime when many staffers are on holiday.

Grands Feux Loto-Québec: Dancing at the Roxbury

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As the sun set over Quebec City and Lévis on July 31, thousands of people crowded the dance floors at Place des Canotiers and Quai Paquet for the opening of the 25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec.

The story behind Rue Curie


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named after French physicist Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 6, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Harvest
Our accounts from Upper Canada and the adjacent parts of the United States represent the harvest which had commenced as unusually abundant. The accounts from the District of Montreal are also favourable. The foreign markets are however glutted, and this state of things must produce a further depression of prices of every description.

Quebecers celebrate their rich heritage during spectacular Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and the Old Town went back to their origins for four days at the 23rd edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF). From Aug. 1 to 4, locals became soldiers, peasants, bourgeois, nobles and even royals of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors fully enjoyed the parade along Grande Allée on Aug. 1, and the New France “village” in the Parc de l’Esplanade until Aug. 4.

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