November 20 2013 Edition

Randall Spear Band launches These Songs Are Made of Wood

Photo: Danielle Burns

It may have been a weeknight but on Thursday, November 14, Bar Le Sacrilège on Rue Saint-Jean was at full capacity. Much of the attraction was the launch of the new album, These Songs Are Made of Wood, written and performed by singer/songwriter Randall Spear and guitarist André Lavergne.

La Parade des Jouets: the true spirit of Christmas

Photo: Danielle Burns

On Saturday November 16, Quebecers came out by the thousands, lining the main streets of Saint-Sauveur, Nouvo Saint-Roch and Limoilou to watch the 12th edition of the Parade des Jouets. The theme of the parade - "Once upon a time..." - inspired fantastical floats featuring fairy tales such as Hansel and Gretel, Little Red Riding Hood, The Three Little Pigs, and The Gingerbread Man.

New U.S. Consul General no stranger to Quebec

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Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

We have a special affection for this city," Hale VanKoughnett told the QCT last week. VanKoughnett will serve as the U.S. Consul General for the next three years. In fact, it will be an anniversary posting for Hale and his wife, Diane.

Rouge et Or bring home the Uteck Bowl

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Université Laval's Rouge et Or defeated the Mount Allison Mounties by a score of 48-21 in Sackville, N.B., last Saturday. This is the sixth time Laval has won the Uteck Bowl in ten years.

The Uteck Bowl is one of the two semi-finals in Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) men's football, held in the easternmost of the two semi-final venues.

Ocean exploration schooner Tara visits Quebec City

The ocean exploration schooner Tara was welcomed into Quebec City's Bassin Louise last week after six months of sailing over 25,000 kms. The crew had spent the time navigating northern seas via the Northeast and Northwest Passages and studying the ecosystem of the Arctic Ocean and the effect of climate change on this area of our planet.

Illustrated talk at the Morrin Centre

Photo: Photo from the Morrin Centre

The Morrin Centre is celebrating the end of fall with a variety of events for lovers of history, literature, art and architecture. The first event, to take place on November 25, is a humorous, illustrated talk by C. S. Richardson on book design success and failure, entitled Someone Will Always Hate It: The Realities of Book Design.

"A cover designer is not a book designer.

Filipino Quebecers hoping and helping after typhoon Haiyan

Photo: Canadian Red Cross

The pictures began to flow across Canadian television screens on November 11. Typhoon Haiyan, the strongest cyclone ever recorded, had swept through Southeast Asia three days earlier, leaving in its wake a trail of destruction in the southern Philippines. The city of Tacloban, population 220,000, was razed nearly to the ground.

Swing ’n’ Jazz at St. Patrick’s

St. Patrick's High School hosted its annual Swing 'n' Jazz Dance on November 15. First on the evening's program, the Senior Jazz Orchestra played a variety of pieces to please all ages. One song that appealed to the young and hip was The Big Bang Theory Theme, written by Canadian rock band the Barenaked Ladies for the popular television sitcom of the same name.

Public hearings on Bill 60

The National Assembly has given the Committee on Institutions the mandate to hold public consultations concerning Bill 60: Charter affirming the values of State secularism and religious neutrality and of equality between women and men, and providing a framework for accommodation requests. Hearings will begin on January 14, 2014.

Basketball is in the air at Quebec High School

Like it or not, winter is in the air, and for Quebec High School student athletes, that means basketball.

The Blazers boys' basketball teams held their home openers Friday night, facing off against cross-river rivals Juvénat Notre-Dame from Lévis in front of a small but raucous crowd at the school gym.

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