Irish dancers do it again at Vieux-Québec Feis 2019

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

Some 200 dancers from eastern Canada and the northern United States were on stage showing off their talent at the sixth annual Vieux-Québec Feis held at Séminaire Saint-François on Sept. 28. Ranging in age from four years to adult, and from beginner to championship, they competed on four stages in soft shoe and hard shoe, while proud parents, family and friends looked on.


FLIP Fabrique’s Blizzard takes Le Diamant by storm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In the wake of the autumn equinox, FLIP Fabrique landed at Le Diamant theatre with Blizzard from Sept. 24 to 28. For most Quebecers, winter can wait until December, but not for this circus group. Once the audience was seated, a meteorologist from the Department of Cold, Chills and Brrrr warned them of the impending winter storm.

Let’s talk about the climate


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Photo: Danielle Burns

Whether you attended a march, walked by a march, just glanced at social media or at the next morning’s papers, it was impossible to ignore. Two co-ordinated days of action, on Sept. 20 and 27, saw nearly eight million people take to the streets, demanding that world leaders act more decisively to counteract climate change.

Every little gesture counts


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Photo: Lise Lafond

On Sept. 27, Canadians answered young Greta Thunburg’s call for her Fridays for Future Global Climate Strike. This march was the largest demonstration ever organized in Canada. We are now certain that the people of Quebec, not just the students, demand changes to help save the planet.

wTrak coming to Chalmers-Wesley on Thanksgiving weekend

Photo: Tom Stephenson

I hear the train a-comin’! wTrak is a modular train set made of wood, which can be set up on long, low, narrow tables for children to play with at their height, and it’s coming to Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in the Old City, on Oct. 12 and 13.

Weighing in on zero waste

Lifelong Learning members recently visited the zero waste (zéro déchet) store L’Escargot Gourmand, at 1631 Rue Sheppard, for first-hand instruction about making purchases using their own containers. Susan Langford and Brian Treggett are busy weighing empty containers before filling them with products from the bulk bins. The weight of the empty container is taken off at checkout.

Community Calendar

Thursday, Oct. 3 at 7:30 p.m. – Cathedral of the Holy Trinity, 31 Rue Des Jardins in Old Quebec, presents L’Octuor à Vent de l’Orchestre Symphonique de Québec. The program features works by Bach, Beethoven, Krommer, Reinecke and Mozart performed on oboe, clarinets, bassoons, horns, and a duo of flutes. Tickets $30 on sale at the door or online at

Demolition of Grande Allée church steps up

Photo: Peter Black

The demolition of Église Saint-Coeur-de-Marie on Grande Allée accelerated last week as the work became less delicate. Last summer workers painstakingly dismantled the ornate Neo-Byzantine-style steeple of the church, which had been its most identifying feature. Now the power-shovels have moved in and are rapidly reducing the stone structure to rubble.

City prepares to acquire crumbling Maison Pollack

Photo: Peter Black

After several years of legal sparring, the city is taking steps to acquire the badly deteriorating Maison Pollack, one of the most distinctive houses on Grande Allée. Its civic address is 1 Grande Allée, but its condition is anything but A-1.

St. Pat’s hockey teams preparing for another season

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Photo: Luc Lang

The St. Patrick’s High School hockey teams will start their third season in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS) on Oct. 4, at the Complexe 2 Glaces Honco in Lévis.

The LHPS (Quebec’s version of the American hockey prep school league) is celebrating its 10th anniversary.

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