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Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Quebec City welcomed residents and visitors to celebrate its unique culture and history at the 21st annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF).

When is it time to purge war memorabilia?

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Photo: Peter Black

Some people are hoarders; others are purgers. Put me down as a mild case of the former affliction, although the more appropriate term should be “collector” or, even better, “archivist” or “curator.”

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
Three bailiffs from the country have become the laughing stock of Quebecers because they allowed a prisoner whom they were bringing to justice in this city to slip through their fingers in broad daylight. The escaped man was a servant of Mr. Hudson of St.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 4

Photo: Francis Fontaine
As the The Philanthropist’s August 24 opening night is almost here, we wanted to check in with Mike Boden again to see if he had anything he might want to share with our readers.

Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Golf Tournament 2017

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Photo: Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation

Submitted by Michèle Provencher
The Jeffery Hale – Saint Brigid’s Friends’ Foundation is organizing its annual golf tournament to be held on Friday, September 22, at the Cap-Rouge Golf Club.

Côte de Trenton

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Photo: Bill Cox

This short dead-end street in the Côte du Lac region of Quebec City near the Montmorency River is named after the Trenton formation – a large vein of limestone that runs along the St. Lawrence River valley from Montreal to just past Quebec City. Outcrops of the rock on the heights of the Beauport and the Chateau-Richer regions are easy to mine.

Quebec’s North Shore a popular vacation spot

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Photo: Bill Cox

As soon as we cross the Saguenay River on the ferry at Tadoussac, we enter a different landscape of mountains, rock beds, rivers, with mostly evergreen forests and sandy beaches stretching for kilometres along Highway 138.

This year our destination was Longue-Pointe-de-Mingan with a stop-over at Rivière-Brochu, just past Port Cartier.

Polish Scouts from around the world descend on Quebec

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Photo: Natalie Keller
Over 1,400 Polish Scouts from all corners of the world attended a Jamboree in the province of Quebec from July 29 to August 12. The event is organized every six years in a different city. Two years in the making, the Jamboree brought together Polish Scouts and their leaders – all of Polish descent, from around the world for team building, cultural enlightenment and fun.

Quebec City celebrates its history and culture

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

This couple, dressed in gold, represent King Louis XIV and Queen Maria Theresa, making an incredible and unique visit to his colony in America. Photo by Cassandra Kerwin


Hidden English history in Saguenay: Part I

Photo: Ruby Pratka

It’s perhaps unsurprising that the small Protestant cemetery in La Baie, is invisible – for decades, people were told not to look at it.

Long-awaited big IGA expansion underway

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In a matter of a few weeks, residents of Quebec City’s Montcalm district will be deprived of – temporarily – a popular grocery shopping destination.

After at least a decade of planning and delays, construction is now well underway on a major development project centred on the IGA Deschênes store on Chemin Sainte Foy.

Partial solar eclipse will be visible in Quebec City

Photo: Judy Anderson, courtesy of

Keep your eyes to the skies! A partial solar eclipse will be visible in Quebec City on Monday, August 21.

A solar eclipse occurs when the moon, on its orbit around our home planet, comes between the sun and Earth. When this happens, the moon blocks the rays of the sun and the moon’s shadow falls on Earth.

Another school year about to begin

Summer vacation is almost over, and the 2017-2018 school year is just a few days away. August at the Central Quebec School Board (CQSB) means preparing for another school year which will bring on its own challenges.

Film Festival CinéPopUps powered by solar energy

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Photo: Courtesy of FCVQ

Lovers of short films, to your containers! The Quebec City Film Festival / Festival de cinéma de la ville de Québec (FCVQ) CinéPopUps are back, and this year they are completely autonomous, powered by solar energy!

Swimmers dive in at Nageons au Témiscouata

Photo: Lise Lafond

The second annual Nageons au Témiscouata swim competition was held in Témiscouata-sur-le-lac (Cabano) on August 12. With 107 swimmers registered, compared to 67 last year, this event is gaining in popularity. People from as far away as Port Cartier; Montreal; Quebec City; Matane; and Saint John, New Brunswick, came to compete.

Rouge et Or hoops teams play in NCAA preseason action

Photo: U-Laval: Mathieu Bélanger

It’s starting to become an annual tradition and it’s gaining in popularity. The Université Laval Rouge et Or men’s and women’s basketball teams started the 2017-2018 season with a series of games against some American counterparts who play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA).

Festivent provides uplifting music and fun for everyone in Lévis

Photo: Natalie Keller

A dynamic line-up of musicians awaited fans at this year’s edition of Festivent, which ran from August 1 to 6 at Parc Champigny in Lévis.

Festivities kicked off on August 1 with openers Foreign Diplomats – a local group hailing from the Laurentians, Quebec, playing a mix of energetic indie pop songs.

Dîner en Blanc served in the Jardin Saint-Roch

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The picturesque Jardin Saint-Roch was invaded by some 2,000 people all dressed in white for the seventh annual Dîner en Blanc last Wednesday evening. 

My grandfather “Bertie” survived Dunkirk

Photo: Courtesy of David Christopher

My grandfather, Herbert Arthur “Bertie” Christopher, was born on March 25, 1903, in Bournemouth, Dorset, England. He enlisted in the Royal Navy in April 22, 1919, but was discharged in August 1919, after he admitting using his older brother Frank’s birth certificate.

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
An individual named Hoey will be brought up to-day under bail upon a charge of savagely assaulting Dr. Richardson and his student, a young man named Levy.

The story behind Boulevard Wilfrid-Hamel

Photo: Bill Cox
This major thoroughfare is named in honour of former Quebec City Mayor Wilfrid Hamel, who was born in L’Ancienne-Lorette in 1895. 

Louis Riel – What of the music, what of the history?

Letter to the Editor

The pages of the Chronicle-Telegraph have often glistened this summer with the exploits of well-known yet foreign popular musicians and cultures whose great walls of sound have captivated the residents of the city, although primarily it seems for the mainly under-30 population (while the grey hairs often concentrate before the stage of the OSQ) and those amorous of métal lourd.

Opera Festival ends on a glorious high note

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Last weekend brought the highly successful Festival d’Opéra de Québec to a close.

Rain, thunder and lightening for premier of Crépuscule: Vents & marées

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Under a rumbling sky lit by lightning, visitors entered the Agora in the Old Port on August 3. The stage was set for the premiere performance of Flip FabriQue’s third Crépuscule, entitled Vents & marées (winds and tides) presented by the Ville de Quebec. 

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine in concert in church

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As the rain began to fall on August 5, Mark Brennan, executive director of Mount Hermon Cemetery, made the decision to move the planned outdoor concert Bach and MacPherson Le Moine from the cemetery across the street into St. Michael’s Anglican Church.

Counting on tombstones in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Now here’s an interesting and unusual way to spend your summer vacation – counting and assessing tombstones.

That’s just what Natasha Joannis and Marie-Sophie Gendron are doing this summer at Mount Hermon Cemetery, thanks to a Canada Summer Jobs grant. Both are archeology students at Université Laval.

El Camino Flamenco at the Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Tango, samba, or flamenco? El Camino Flamenco provided it all at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity’s Midi en Musique concert last Thursday. No one actually got up to dance, but toes were tapping and heads were bobbing to the rhythm of the driving music.

Augustines recognized for contributions to health care

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A special ceremony took place in the Augustine Monastery de la Miséricorde de Jésus à Québec on August 1 and a plaque was unveiled that will be later be installed in the courtyard of the Monastery. The large bronze plaque was provided by the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada and Parks Canada.

Celtic Festival coming on August 17 to 20

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Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

The Festival celtique de Québec (FCQ) recently unveiled its program for the 12th annual Celtic party which will be held from August 17 to 20, with most activities taking place at the Domaine de Maizerets.

Musical presentations, sports events and cultural and family activities will await visitors. And the best part is that most of the activities are free.

St. Patrick’s HS students get spots on Quebec rugby teams

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Photo: Luc Lang

St. Patrick’s High School, with barely 500 students, is known mainly for its football and basketball programs. They can now add rugby to its sports portfolio.

Two 2017 graduates are heading to Calgary this week to play in the upcoming Canadian Rugby Championship, from August 15 to 20.

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