February 17 2016 Edition

News Digest February 17 2016



Issue February 17, 2016


Bye Bye Bonhomme! See you next year!

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The 62nd Winter Carnival ended on Valentine’s Day with the much-loved Bonhomme returning the Keys to the City to Deputy-Mayor Michelle Morin-Doyle. The Queen and the Duchesses were on hand for the closing ceremony, held at Bonhomme’s Palace opposite the National Assembly. 

St-Hubert Derby on Valentine’s Day

Photo: Lise Lafond

Cold hands, warm heart” – this is what the spectators at the St-Hubert Derby must have been thinking on this extremely cold St. Valentine’s Day. But judging by the size of the crowd, many people were willing to put up with the cold in order to see the 35 competitors and their athletic horses. The show was well worth it. 

Grosse Île: Une histoire chorale preparing for Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The auditorium of St. Patrick’s High School was buzzing with activity last Saturday morning as the cast of Grosse Île: Une histoire chorale gathered to rehearse the historical musical about the Irish immigrants who landed at Grosse Île in the mid-1800s.  

Memorials and Things of Fame


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A rough ride on the Anthem of the Seas

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Photo: Royal Caribbean website

Keep calm and make lemonade!

Looking forward to a relaxing cruise and a family trip to Disney World far from the snowy cold of Quebec City, Mary Robertson boarded the Royal Caribbean cruise ship the Anthem of the Seas with her daughter Deborah, her son-in-law and his mother Joan, and her 6-year-old grandson William. 

J-F Houle takes first place at the Red Bull ReDirect

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Big Air a big success despite the bitter cold

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On February 13 and 14, the eighth annual snowboard and ski Jamboree Big Air competitions were bigger than ever, despite fierce cold and harsh winds. This didn’t stop huge crowds from gathering at the Îlot Fleurie and at the foot of Honoré-Mercier Avenue. Announcers and DJs kept spectators moving and cheering. 

The Trudeau family enjoy Winter Carnival

Photo: Catherine Musgrove

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his family took part in the Carnaval de Québec festivities on Saturday. Trudeau, accompanied by his wife Sophie Grégoire, sons Xavier and Hadrien, and daughter Ella-Grace, braved the coldest day so far this winter and celebrated with Bonhomme at the Ice Palace. 

Jeans ’n Classics join forces with the OSQ on Abbey Road

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

As Quebec City’s Winter Carnival drew to a close, Maestro Stéphane Laforest and the musicians of the Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) joined forces with the London, Ontario, group Jeans ’n Classics at the Grand Théâtre for a grand ol’ time with the music of the Beatles.  

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