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Overcoming old rivalries first step toward building of a new English high school

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Photo: Google Earth

Depending on your sensibility, being in a crowd of about one hundred loud (but remarkably well-behaved) grade-school students can be either a terrifying or an edifying experience. What is perhaps even more enlightening is these youngsters were all speaking English; boisterous, French-influenced English.

Quebec High School welcomes hundreds of alumni Back to School for 75th anniversary reunion

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The corridors of Quebec High School were filled with hundreds of former students on May 20 as the Quebec High School Alumni Foundation celebrated the school’s 75th anniversary with a Back to School Reunion. 

YWCA work soon to be completed

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The restoration and expansion work on the YWCA on Avenue Holland is coming along nicely. More than half of the planned work has been completed, most notably the two additions or enlargements to the building on the front and on the north side. The workmen are just finishing the work on the residential floors.

Rue Patrick-McGrath

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Photo: Bill Cox

This street is named in honour of Patrick McGrath, who was born in Quebec in 1858. He was the son of Timothy McGrath and Mary Ann Walsh from Ireland. In 1881 he worked as a servant for the O’Farrell’s. Three years later he married their daughter Margaret in the parish of Saint-Charles-Borromée in Charlesbourg, near Quebec City.

Breastfeeding Get-together coming soon to the Wellness Centre

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Photo: courtesy of Jeffery Hale Community Partners

A new parenting activity called Breastfeeding Get-together will soon be happening at the Wellness Centre. This venture involves a growing partnership between Jeffery Hale Community Partners and Allaitement Québec, a non-profit community organization founded in 1991 to support women who are breastfeeding or who wish to breastfeed.

St. Pat’s Hairspray more than just a musical comedy

Photo: Mary McCown

With toe-tapping tunes and dazzling dance moves, St. Patrick’s High School’s performance of the political comedy, Hairspray gave the audience a blast from the past on Wednesday, May 17, at Théâtre Périscope.

St. Brigid’s Guild shows appreciation for its many volunteers

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, St. Brigid’s Guild celebrated the work of its volunteers by hosting a cocktail party in their honour, inviting friends, family and residents at St. Brigid’s Home.

The group honoured Gertie Grogan, one of the Guild’s founding members, for her decades of dedication.

The Musée de la Civilisation is Mad About Brains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Welcome to the human brain! The Musée de la Civilisation presents its most recent exhibit: Cerveau à la folie / Mad About Brains, where visitors can learn about neuroscience and psychiatry through interactive displays, objects and photos.

Recruiting for the Compagnons de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Over the long May weekend, more than 60 history buffs and their families re-enacted the life of soldiers during the Seven Years War, which took place from 1754 to 1763, although the main conflict occurred from 1756 to 1763. The Royal 22e Régiment Museum at the Citadelle de Québec hosted the fifth annual École soldat de la Nouvelle-France / New France Infantry School. 

Quebec and Newfoundland students participate in YMCA Exchanges

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
As part of a YMCA Youth Exchanges Canada program, students from Quebec High School (QHS) and students from École secondaire St-Charles-Garnier shared a unique experience with 30 students from St. Michael’s High School on Bell Island, Newfoundland.* 

Margaret Delisle and Allison Areias-Vogel discuss bilingualism and diplomacy

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On May 18, the Morrin Centre invited former Quebec politician Margaret Delisle and the U.S. Consul General in Quebec City Allison Areias-Vogel to discuss bilingualism and diplomacy, moderated by Rachelle Solomon. This was the second of two events on Quebec’s Bilingual Women held at the Centre.

T’ouvrir ma porte art exhibit at the Clarté-Dieu gallery

La Clarté-Dieu is presenting an exceptional week-long solo exhibit of works of art by Mary Roscoe Murphy Robertson from Saturday, June 3, to Sunday, June 11.

Quebec Art Company sets fall and spring show dates

Dates have now been set for the two upcoming Quebec Art Company productions.

Private Lives, Noel Coward's classic romantic comedy, takes to the boards Thursday, November 30, with performances on December 1, 2 and 3.
Auditions will take place on Sunday, September 10.

The Lumineers light up the Plains

Photo: Renaud Philippe

The Lumineers, who are accustomed to performing in smaller venues, admitted that their headliner concert on the Plains of Abraham on the first Friday of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 8 provided, “the biggest crowd we’ve ever played for so far.”

QHS and St. Pat’s parents unite for new superschool

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s been in the wind for several months, but now it’s official. The governing boards of St. Patrick’s High School and Quebec High School (QHS) have united to push for a brand new superschool to replace the two aging English-language institutions.

The Project: Where and how much?

Many hurdles lay ahead for The Project, not the least of which is acquiring land and securing financing for a brand new school.

Board officials have had preliminary discussions with Quebec Education Minister Sebastien Proulx about the proposal. According to CQSB chairman Stephen Burke, the minister understands Quebec City’s English-speaking community and its needs.

My country or my team: testing hockey loyalties

The prime minister wants all Canadians to demonstrate their loyalty – not the same kind of loyalty President Donald Trump demanded of FBI director James Comey before he fired him. No, the loyalty Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was talking about relates to something much more intimate and ingrained.

Superschool: An end to rivalry

Parents promoting a new English high school say now is the time to push for The Project.

Crépuscule brings Vents et Marées to the Agora in August

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The highly successful and free acrobatic show Crépuscule is back this summer. From August 4 to September 3, the circus company Flip FabriQue will pursue a nautical theme by inviting spectators on a voyage through winds and tides in Vents et Marées at the Agora of the Vieux-Port.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
About ten o’clock the body of a female bearing marks of violence and who had evidently come to her end by foul means was discovered on the Plains of Abraham by a little boy.

Street View

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue Trudeau is named in honour of Prime Minister Pierre Elliott Trudeau (1919-2000). Trudeau was a Montreal lawyer who was Prime Minister of Canada from 1968-1979 and 1980-1984. He was educated at the Université de Montreal, Harvard and the London School of Economics. 

What if...? – The musical comes to Quebec City

Get ready for this English-language musical, comprised of 25 original songs, 16 cast members, and a whirlwind of harmonies and characters that will thrill the young and the old alike. What if…? – The musical, with music, book and lyrics by J.P.

Citadel Foundation presents volunteer awards

Photo: Diane Kameen

The Citadel Foundation held its annual general meeting and banquet on May 4 at the Garrison Club. Each year, the Foundation recognizes one special volunteer in the English-speaking community to receive the Regina and Moe Rosenhek award. The committee is composed of Jennifer Robert, Jo Rosenhek, Mike Boden and Gail Quinn.

Les Violons Du Roy – King Arthur, a monument of Baroque music

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Photo: courtesy of Marc Giguère

The stage of the Palais Montcalm was rather crowded on May 10 as more than 60 musicians, choristers and soloists gathered to present Henry Purcell’s masterpiece, King Arthur, or the British Worthy (Z. 628), a work that is rarely performed in concert.

Game Night celebrates BAQ’s fifth anniversary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Be Active Quebec (BAQ), an organization that promotes healthy lifestyles for communities, partnered with Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) to host a special Game Night on May 11 at Quebec High School. Some 60 parents, children and grandparents played games at five stations.

Special art for special students

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Every two weeks a group of special needs students from Quebec High School meet in the Art Room of the Jeffery Hale Pavilion to work on their own special works of art.

Lac-Saint-Jean’s Julie Boulianne stars in Le Barbier de Séville

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Photo: Photo courtesy of IMG artists

Julie Boulianne arrives via the artists’ entrance at the Grand Théâtre dressed street casual, hair tousled and make-up free – about as undiva-like as can be. When her tiny dog Yuki bursts from her arms, there’s just a hint of the international opera star, who is preparing to play Rosina in Rossini’s ever-popular The Barber of Seville.

Library to be renamed in honour of Claire Martin

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The Saint-Jean-Baptiste library, housed in the former St. Matthew’s Anglican Church on Rue Saint-Jean, will possibly soon be renamed the Bibliothèque Claire-Martin. At a public municipal meeting held on April 19, those in attendance expressed their approval of the name change for this branch of the Bibliothèque de Québec.

Opéra de Québec delivers a delightful Barber of Seville

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Photo: Photo courtesy by Louise Leblanc, courtesy of the Opéra de Québec

Le Barbier de Séville or The Barber of Seville as it is more familiarly known, is the most frequently performed of Gioachino Rossini’s operas as well as his masterpiece. Composed by Rossini 200 years ago, it has stood the test of time and remains hugely popular to this day.

What’s the buzz? Jesus Christ Superstar is coming!

Casting begins soon!

Want to be part of the cast of Jesus Christ Superstar, one of the top musicals of all time?

The Quebec Art Company, the city's renowned English-language theatre group, is staging the moving masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice next spring (2018). The QAC has produced more than 60 high-quality dramatic and musical performances over 35 years.

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