March 1 2017 Edition

Local athletes dominate Winter Triathlon

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On February 25, Quebecers woke up to ice-covered trees, cars, roads, fences and snow, but this didn’t stop winter enthusiasts from grabbing their skates and heading to the Plains of Abraham for the 13th annual Pentathlon des Neiges.

Meet Jonathan Cohen, Les Violons du Roy’s new music director

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The management and musicians of Les Violons du Roy orchestra announced last October that renowned British conductor Jonathan Cohen had been named to the position of music director. This past Wednesday, many music lovers got the opportunity to see him both conduct and perform in his first official concert.  

What’s cooking in the Canadian bakery business?

You may have missed the story last week in the hubbub over the discovery of a solar system with Earth-like planets, refugees fleeing to Canada from the United States, and the déconfiture (falling apart) of the Montreal Canadiens. But this is big: The Great British Bake Off (GBBO) is coming to Canada, and what’s more, there will be a Canadian edition!

Architecture: improving urban living by design

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Architect and Université Laval professor Carole Després gave students at Champlain-St. Lawrence a different perspective on urban living and planning during her talk on February 21.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
We are indebted to the Surveyor for the Bureau Veritas of French Lloyds, at Quebec, for their circular of statistics of maritime disasters during the year 1866. From it we learn that the number of sailing vessels lost amounts to 2,581 and steamers, 155.

The story behind Rue Stanley

Photo: Bill Cox
Rue Stanley is named in honour of Sir Henry Morton Stanley (1841-1904) who was born John Rowlands. He was famous for his exploration of central Africa and his search for missionary and explorer David Livingstone. 

Ottawa, the epicentre of Canada’s 150th celebrations

Photo: Photo courtesy of Ottawa2017

To mark Canada’s 150th anniversary of Confederation this year, Ottawa is hosting a year-long celebration with 150, or more, big, bold and immersive events.

Guy Laflamme, the executive director of Ottawa 2017, was in Quebec City on February 20 to spread the news of what’s happening in their fair city, and to invite everyone to come and join the party. Many of the activities are free.

Scottish Gaelic literature and song at the Morrin Centre

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Scottish Gaelic scholars gave a most interesting talk at last Wednesday’s “My Morrin” series entitled “Literature of the Scottish Gaels in Canada.”
Guest speakers Michael Newton and Lewis MacKinnon recited poetry and sang songs in Gaelic, with English translations, and spoke about the Scottish Gaels’ literary contribution to Canada.

Part 2 of Visions of Community – Future Memories

Photo: Mary McCown

What makes an object an heirloom? Which teapot or egg beater might be part of a treasured display in 100 years? That question was explored at the second Visions of Community digital mixed media workshop at the Morrin Centre on February 23 led by Louis-Robert Bouchard of Interférences, Arts et Technologies.

Together, celebrating difference

Photo: Danielle Burns

The concert Ensemble, nous sommes Québec (Together, we are Quebec) held at the Capitole theatre on February 26, less than a month after the shooting at the Quebec City Islamic Cultural Centre, was a declaration of friendship towards all Quebecers despite our origins and differences.

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