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Irish Heritage Quebec visits Grosse Île and the Irish Memorial National Historic Site

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Photo: John O’Connor

Twenty-two members of Irish Heritage Quebec (IHQ) went on an excursion to Grosse Île on Saturday, August 5. After visiting the great stone cross, we went to the newer memorial where the names of those who died on the island are etched in glass. We later took the trolley tour to the lazaretto and finally visited the immigrant reception area.

Felled ash trees on Plains sawed into lumber

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Photo: Peter Black

The destructive emerald ash borer (agrile du frêne in French) menace will produce some good. Most of the dozens of affected trees taken down recently on the Plains of Abraham will be sawed and turned into lumber for benches and other structures in the park.

Louis Riel – opera or a musical drama?

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec took quite a risk by staging Louis Riel as the major production of this year’s week-long musical extravaganza.

The making of The Philanthropist: Part 3

August 24 is drawing near

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With the August 24 launch date of The Philanthropist fast approaching, we reached out to Mike Boden and Cheryl Rimmer to tell us more about the production.

Trois-Rivières a TRès resilient town in transition

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Motorsports are not for everyone. Racing cars, motorcycles, boats and anything else that has a carburetor and exhaust pipe, is offensive to those who value the more aesthetic vehicular competitions like sculling, airplane-gliding and go-cart derbies. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Recorder’s Court - A woman, for causing noise in the street and swearing, was fined $3 and costs or ten days. A man, for contempt of Court by refusing to keep off his hat during the session was committed to gaol for twenty-four hours.

The story behind Rue des Violettes

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Photo: Bill Cox
Most of the streets in this area of Charlesbourg are named after flowers such as zinnias, roses, lilies, dahlias, orchids and sunflowers.

Quebec City by Lantern Light Tours

Unusual discoveries and laughter guaranteed

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Photo: courtesy of NBC and Parks Canada

The year is 1847 and the premise is simple: you are part of a group of fresh-off-the-boat Irish immigrants, looking to rebuild your lives in Quebec City.

An unusual encore at Chalmers-Wesley

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A recent Musical Wednesday concert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church revealed a hidden talent of one of the performers. The concert featured Samuel Croteau, organist and pianist, and Antoine Trépanier, bassoonist.

The duo presented a delightful program of classical music by J.H. Hertel, C.P.E. Bach, Robert Clérisse, and an original composition for piano and bassoon by Trépanier.

Quebec City Opera Festival well underway

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Now in its seventh year, the 2017 Festival d’Opéra de Québec is now well underway. The opening Gala d’Opéra sous les Étoiles was performed under less-than-starry skies to a sold-out audience on Monday, July 24. 

Aspiring young opera singers present Mascarade à Venise and Don Giovanni

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Mascarade à Venise
As part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec, Nathalie Magnan and Richard Paquet presented their fourth opera by and for young people over five nights from July 25 to 29 at La Maison Jaune. 

Great concerts at the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Large crowds gathered around the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand (EBB) from July 27 to 30 for four free concerts of international music offered by the National Battlefield Commission.

Filing a complaint can be a positive gesture

Submitted by Jan Anderson, Community Organizer with Jeffery Hale Community Partners
In my role as a community organizer, I have received calls from community members who have concerns about Quebec’s health and social services system. Most times, the caller just needed a safe and private place to vent.

Former Nordiques general manager Maurice Filion passes away at age 85​ ​

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Photo: courtesy of lhjmq.ca

Former Quebec Nordiques’ general manager, Maurice Filion, passed away on July 28 at age 85. The news of Filion’s death spread very quickly throughout the province of Quebec hockey world.

Filion, a Montreal native, came to Quebec in 1969 to be the head coach of the Quebec Remparts of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL).

Meet Natalie Keller: the QCT’s newest freelance journalist

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The Quebec Chronicle-Telegraph is delighted to welcome Natalie Keller aboard its team of freelance journalists.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Manitoba, by Polish-Canadian parents, Natalie has never been afraid of a challenge. She started French Immersion at age five and 10 years later she represented Manitoba at the National Ambassador Youth Forum organized by French for the Future.

Intriguing, quirky images on view at the Halsman exhibit

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Photo: Rachel Collet
Some of the 20th century’s most iconic photographs are currently on display at the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ), and you don’t want to miss the evolution of how they came to be, by surrealist photographer Philippe Halsman.

Capitales split the series in Trois-Rivières against Aigles

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Photo: Photo courtesy capitalesdequebec.com

The Aigles’s designated hitter Alexander Ayala went four-for-four, including a two-run home run in the first inning as the Trois-Rivières team beat the Québec Capitales 10-3, to split the four-game series in Can-Am League action.

Remparts to open the 2017-18 season on the road

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Photo: Courtesy of remparts.ca

The Québec Remparts will open their 21st season on the road as they travel through the Parc des Laurentides to meet their arch-rivals, the Chicoutimi Saguenéens at the Georges-Vézina Centre on September 22. The Remparts will continue on the road for a game in Baie-Comeau before coming back home.

RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success

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Photo: Luc Lang
As the expression goes, Quebec City “était au rendez-vous.”

Can’t get enough of the eastern white cedar

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Cedar is so Canadian: useful, resistant to bugs and rot, can survive in unlikely and harsh places, and is sweet-smelling. You can make anything with it, from canoes to cabinets to coffins.

Huge Foulon reservoir to improve river water

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Photo: Peter Black

Construction is on pace for a huge reservoir on Promenade Champlain next to the Yacht Club de Quebec, and that’s good news for those longing to eventually swim in the St. Lawrence River in that vicinity.

The $22 million Foulon retention reservoir is being built by Charles-Auguste Fortier construction company, the lowest of nine bidders on the contract awarded in October, 2016.

Summer movie time at Baie de Beauport

Due to its popularity and incredible success last year, the Ciné-plage Illico is back at Baie de Beauport for new movie screenings over the next few weeks. Only minutes from downtown, residents of Quebec City can watch movies outdoors and under the stars on Friday evenings.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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The Morning Chronicle
Quebec was visited by the severest storm of the season. A thundershower of considerable force had taken place in the night, succeeded by a morning of intense heat which continued up to one o’clock p.m.

Story of Avenue Jules-Verne

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Photo: Bill Cox
This busy commercial street is named after Jules Verne (1828-1905), a prolific French author whose writings laid much of the foundation of modern science fiction. Verne’s father, intending that Jules follow in his footsteps as an attorney, sent him to Paris to study law. While continuing his law studies, he fed his passion for the theatre, writing numerous plays.

American crews spread goodwill during regatta

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The stars of the RDV2017 Tall Ship Regatta were the magnificent sailing vessels themselves, but a big component of the exceptional gathering was the opportunity for ships’ crews to visit the city.

Enjoying sunrise on the St. Lawrence River

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Photo: Luc Lang

For a marine communications and traffic services officer at the Canadian Coast Guard base in Quebec City, the beauty of working the night shift in the summer is enjoying the magnificent sunrises over Île d’Orléans and Lévis. Some mornings, like this one on July 13, at 5 a.m., are so beautiful that words cannot express the beauty of Mother Nature.

 

Rendez-vous 2017 parade draws huge crowd

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Photo: Peter Black

parade_air_force.jpg A band of Royal Canadian Air Force, Navy and Army cadets marched through the streets of Old Quebec along with the visiting sailors. The band of the Royal Canadian Naval Reserve also marched in the parade. Photo Peter Black  

The Trudeau family at Rendez-vous 2017: Tall Ships Regatta

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau launches RDV2017 in Quebec City, with the mast of Bluenose II in the background. As a 12-year-old, he visited the big 1984 tall ships gathering in the city with his father, former prime minister Pierre Trudeau.

 

Youth set sail for adventure

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Photo: Radio-Canada/Instagram

The contrast was striking.
During the parade of sailors through the streets of the old city on Thursday, there were the official military types in their gleaming, crisp white uniforms; and then there were the Sail Training International (STI) sailors dressed in a crazy array of costumes, singing boisterous shanties of their home ships.

Formal or casual, they all have lived life on the sea.

2017 football season just around the corner

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Photo: Luc Lang

It’s the end of July, and yes, it is that time of year when football fans start looking at their favorite team’s football season.

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