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Le Vaisseau fantôme conquers the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s no mean feat to fill the vast stage area of the Grand Théâtre, but during scenes from the Festival d’Opéra de Québec’s magnificent production of German composer Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman) the space, while not exactly rendered intimate, was stunningly conquered.

A chance meeting with a black-crowned night heron

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein

I was paddling my kayak slowly on the Cabano River in Témiscouata, my camera tucked safely away in its waterproof bag. Enjoying the scenery on a beautiful sunny day, I was hoping to encounter some ducks with their ducklings or, if I was lucky, maybe a green heron.

Sillery arena demo makes way for new housing

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Photo: Peter Black

Not much remains of what was the only indoor ice rink in Sillery. Though demolition was paused during the construction holiday, in the space of a week, machines had made short work of the Aréna Jacques-Côté, the home rink for scores of hockey and skating enthusiasts since it was opened by Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau in 1972.

Capitales vs Expos, Old-Timers’ style

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans will be able to travel back in time on Aug. 15 at Stade Canac as former members of the Quebec Capitales play against former Montreal Expos. Game time is 5 p.m.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 31 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring Samuel Croteau (piano) and Antoine Trépanier (bassoon, voice and musical saw) 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.

Butt out to save our planet from going up in smoke

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“You are greater than your addiction.”
~ Nasia Davos

They’re everywhere – on the beach, in front of office buildings, in parks and parking lots. Cigarette butts pollute: 30 per cent of all litter found on our shorelines consists of butts. Just one cigarette butt can pollute three litres of sea or fresh water.

Back Alley Jazz & Gin served up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Michael Fournier

The Back Alley jazz band made its debut at the Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on July 18. Singers Vanessa Bergeron and Zita Bombardier-Touret, accompanied by Félix Dubé (piano), Olivier Garand (bass), Raphaël Dubois (trumpet) and Gaétan Paquette (drums), gave a sizzling concert.

Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! festival sprouts an enchanted garden

The Morrin Centre invites you to discover exciting, new activities during its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. On Aug. 2 and 3, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host several performances, concerts, and workshops, proudly featuring Quebec City-based artists. This year’s programming explores nature and dreams with events on the theme: “The Garden of Live Flowers.”

A summer hummer

Photo by Lise Lafond

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On a very hot Quebec day, as I stood under the burning sun in a field of milkweed, surrounded by bees and wasps, my camera was steaming. All this discomfort just to get a photo of my favourite insect, the hummingbird moth. I didn’t really mind, it was such a rare treat to see this special little insect, there to sip nectar from one of its favourite flowers.

To meat and beyond: the future of eating animals

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Photo: Peter Black

Margaret Atwood has famously claimed that everything in her speculative fiction novels is happening now, or is possible.

Which brings us to the future of meat. Is Atwood’s depiction in her novel Oryx and Crake a taste of what will be on your plate in the coming years?:

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