September 9 2020 Edition

Blueberry Sunday launch 'Melancholic Afternoon'

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 3, the local indie pop band Blueberry Sunday launched their first album, Melancholic Afternoon, at Bleuets du Viré-Crêpe in Saint-Nicolas. The musicians played on the rooftop overlooking the restaurant’s patio and blueberry fields; the cheering crowd were seated below, on picnic blankets and camp chairs.

It’s back to school for CQSB students

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On Sept. 1, students and, at elementary schools, parents lined up outside Central Québec School Board (CQSB) schools. For the past six months, parents, students, faculty and staff have been anxiously awaiting this important date, hoping it would be the beginning of a return to “normality,” and not the beginning of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Some former politicos become belles-mères; Couillard stays mum

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There’s no obvious English equivalent for the Quebec expression “belle-mère,” which describes a former politician who criticizes and meddles in the affairs of the government or party he or she left behind.

Will COVID-19 cases surge with students back in school?

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The QCT recently interviewed Dr. Gary Kobinger, founder and CEO of Global Urgent and Advanced Research and Development (GUARD). He is a professor in the department of microbiology and infectious diseases and the director of the research centre on infectious diseases, faculty of medicine at Université Laval.

The Rhapsodes choir return to the stage in October

David Rompré and Les Rhapsodes choristers are delighted to return to the stage of the Palais Montcalm this autumn. Following the public health directives, the choir was able to resume their rehearsals, so that they can present the last two concerts of the previous season as well as their entire new season.


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Photo: Jean Gagnon from Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

September 10, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle
Music at the Island – The band of the Royal Artillery will perform [a] programme of music at Orleans on Saturday, 19th September, from 3 to 4:00 p.m., weather permitting.... The ferry-boat will make a special trip at 1:30 p.m.

September 9, 1895 – The Quebec Morning Chronicle
A Prediction

The story behind Rue Isidore-Thibaudeau


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Photo: Photo Wikipedia

Isidore Thibaudeau was a Quebec businessman and political figure. He was born in Neuville (formerly known as Pointe-aux-Trembles) in 1819. His father, Pierre-Chrisologue Thibaudeau, was a merchant of Acadian origin.

Concerts Couperin offers five concerts for 2020-2021

For their 64th season, Concerts Couperin proposes five concerts, including the April 19 concert that was postponed due to COVID-19.

All concerts will be held on Sunday afternoons at 2:30 p.m. in the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone, at 2 Côte de la Fabrique in Old Quebec.

Can a bird fly without its tail feathers?

Photo by Lise Lafond


So you think you know all there is to know about Canada, eh?

Did you know . . .

• “Eh” is in the dictionary – several of them, in fact. Who’d have thought, eh?

• Canada is the second-largest country in the world. The largest is Russia.

• Ottawa is the second-coldest capital city. The coldest is Moscow.

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