October 24 2012 Edition

Quebec’s Cirque du Soleil at home in Hollywood

Photo: Danielle Burns

How do you impress the richest, hottest, biggest celebrities in the world? Invite Quebec's Cirque du Soleil to give a performance at the 2012 Academy Awards in Hollywood's Dolby Theatre. Billy Crystal, who hosted the Oscar awards last February, joked after the Cirque's performance saying, "Wow!

Interview with the accused Charles Chambers, Part 1

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Photo: Photo courtesy of the National Battlefields Commission

For a fifth year, the National Battlefield Commission is delighted to invite the public to attend the Chambers Gang trial, an animated, interactive historical presentation set in the exact location where the gangsters were incarcerated.

“Echoes of Erin” in Shannon

Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Comhaltas Irish show last Wednesday evening, October 17, was an unqualified success. It certainly came through with all that was promised by local media and played to an enthusiastic capacity crowd of three hundred at the Shannon Community Centre. In the words of Kerry Ann King, "The show, of course, was spectacular.

CQSB Council of Commissioners Meeting

On Friday October 19, the monthly meeting of the Central Quebec School Board's Council of Commissioners was held at the CQSB offices on chemin St-Louis.

The Council of Commissioners is comprised of 17 school commissioners and two parent-commissioners.

Local insight into Admiral Nelson’s romantic mystery

Photo: Bethann G. Merkle

A war hero, a rumoured love affair while said hero was still a young ‘nobody,' and no hard evidence - sounds like a Hollywood script. In the case of British Admiral Horatio Nelson, it is no script, but rather an ongoing puzzle for historians and incurable romantics alike. Did Nelson fall hopelessly in love with a young woman while in Quebec City in 1782, or didn't he?

The National Battlefields Park walks away with five “blooms” and a special mention

The National Battlefields Park, a finalist in the Special Attractions category at the national edition of Communities in Bloom, walked away with five "blooms" and a special mention for Green Residue Management at the national awards ceremony in Edmonton last October 13 and 14.

This 18th edition paid tribute to communities from all over Canada as well as from Europe, Singapore and Japan

La Traviata – triumph in tragedy

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last Thursday's dress rehearsal of the Opera de Québec's La Traviata seemed a bit surreal: we were surrounded by hundreds of high school students (not your usual opera crowd!), who had been bussed in especially to attend the performance at the Grand Théâtre. But when the curtain went up, the young people were, like this QCT writer, captivated by the charm of Verdi's opera.

Cutting class for the Grey Cup 100 Tour

Photo: Bridget O’Connor

Last week several elementary students left their books behind for an up-close lesson in Canadian history that's rarely a part of textbook curriculum.

The Swingle Singers at the Palais Montcalm

Photo: Photo from the Wingle Singers

The renowned a capella singing group The Swingle Singers performed at the Palais Montcalm last Saturday evening to an enthralled audience. It was sometimes hard to believe that the sounds we heard were being created solely by the human voice!

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