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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.

Roger Van den Hende Botanical Garden

Photo: Bill Cox
Roger Van den Hende is not the name of a Quebec City street but that of a botanical garden created in 1966 by the former professor of ornamental horticulture at Université Laval’s faculty of Agricultural Sciences and Food. The Roger Van den Hende botanical garden covers 12 acres with some 2,000 plant specimens.

[PHOTO] RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success


The USCGC Eagle proudly waves her flag as the sun slowly sets on her last day in Quebec City. Photo Shirley Nadeau


[PHOTO] RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success


The Europa is a sail training vessel from The Hague, Netherlands. Photo Luc Lang


[PHOTO] RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success


The Jeffy Jan II, the Chris Craft that transported visiting dignitaries during the Quebec Conferences in 1943 and 1944, sits proudly on the jetty among all the tall ships. Photo Shirley Nadeau


[PHOTO] RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success


The crew of the Esmeralda lined the masts and sang the Chilean national anthem as the ship arrived in port. Photo Luc Lang


[PHOTO] RDV2017: Tall Ships Regatta a towering success


The Oosterschelde, from the Netherlands, and the Alexander Von Humboldt II from Germany, prepare to dock in the Port of Quebec.  (Photo by Luc Lang) 


Tall ships sail on to their next great adventure

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
The quays and jetties along the shores of Quebec City and Lévis were crowded with people who had come to say farewell and get one last glimpse of the 38 tall ships that were in port last week.

Louis Riel rises again on Grand Théâtre stage

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Louis Riel is arguably the most famous Canadian opera. The English and French libretto by Mavor Moore and Jacques Languirand, set to music by composer Harry Sommers, concerns the controversial Métis leader Louis Riel, who was executed in Manitoba in 1885.

Who took over FEQ’s Bell stage Thursday? The Who!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
The Plains of Abraham were filled to overflowing as fans of all ages eagerly awaited the arrival of the iconic British rock band on the big Bell stage during the 50th Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on Thursday, July 13. 

The Who immediately rocked the house with “I Can’t Explain,” “The Seeker” and fittingly – “Who Are You…?”

Quebec getting gassed up naturally

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Is it weird or wrong to get sentimental about a kitchen appliance?

We felt a tinge of some kind of emotion as we bid adieu to our electric stove after more than 25 years of faithful service. Countless cookies, cakes, Christmas turkeys and a few replaced elements later, the old Hotpoint ended its days with a wonky timer and an oven door held closed by duct tape.

DNCE dance the night away at FEQ’s 50th

Photo: Jay Ouellet
Things were “hot” at the Parc de la francophonie FEQ50 stage on July 10, as DNCE’s founding member Joe Jonas performed with his all-star bandmates Jack Lawless (drums, percussion, backing vocals), Cole Whittle (bass guitar, keyboards, backing vocals), and JinJoo Lee (guitar, backing vocals).  

New Brunswick, a province with international connections

Photo: Juanita Craig
New Brunswick, with 33 per cent of its population francophone, is the only Canadian province that is constitutionally bilingual (English-French). Moncton is considered the capital of modern Acadia. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

The Morning Chronicle
At an early hour on Saturday morning, a destructive fire occurred in St. John Suburb, whereby about fifteen wooden houses have been consumed and twenty-six families rendered houseless. The fire broke out at half-past one a.m.

The story behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers

Photo: Bill Cox
The name behind Avenue and Parc des Voiliers (sailing ships) recalls the time when, each year, hundreds of wooden sailing ships lay at anchor along the shore of the St. Lawrence River in front of Sillery waiting to load timber.

Lady Antebellum gave the country music show of the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lady Antebellum drew country music fans from near and far to the Plains of Abraham for FEQ’s 50th on July 10. The American trio had a set list of 20 songs including a cover of Canadian country artist Shania Twain.

Metallica put the pedal to the metal at FEQ

Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

Tonight, it’s metal at the highest level,” announced Denis “Snake” Bélanger, lead singer of Voivod, who performed on the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on Friday, July 14.

USCGC Eagle lands in Quebec City for RDV2017

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The eagle is the most enduring symbol of the power of the United States of America. Few words are as evocative of American might as moon-landing pioneer Neil Armstrong’s crisp declaration on July 20, 1969 – “The Eagle has landed.”

Animated Gorillaz invade the Plains of Abraham

Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

On the next-to-final night of FEQ50, crowds of festival-goers came to the Plains of Abraham to see the Gorillaz. This unique band from England drew fans and curious festival-goers. A dozen invited artists joined Gorillaz’s creator and lead singer Damon Albarn to deliver a concert filled with rap, punk, hip-hop, rock and pop music.

Sister Louise Godin celebrates her 100th birthday!

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Sister Louise Godin, an Ursuline nun who lives in the convent in Old Quebec City, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 13, 2017, surrounded by her fellow sisters and staff.

Festival d’Opéra de Québec firing up great performances

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Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of Opéra de Québec

The 2017 Quebec City Opera Festival will captivate music-lovers with international-calibre performances this summer.

Discover yourself during Quebec’s Archeology Month

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Archaeology Month takes place every year during the month of August. From the 1st to the 31st, nearly 75 archeological and historic places in 15 regions throughout Quebec offer activities for all, made to measure to attract both novices and enthusiasts, young and old.

Traffic restrictions in the Old Port during Rendez-vous 2017

From July 18 to July 23, Quebec City will host Rendez-vous 2017 (RDV2017), a unique large-scale event during which more than 40 tall ships from around the world converge on the capital.


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Desmond O’Neill, son of the late Thomas O’Neill and the late Ellen Fitzpatrick, husband of the late Yolande Robitaille, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 8, 2017, at the age of 89, at the Centre Paul-Gilbert. He lived in Quebec City. 

Emerald Ash Borers on the march

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain

The City of Quebec recently announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in its territory.

The insect was discovered through an early detection program in an ash tree in the Montcalm district.

Blame it on the cormorant...

Finding reasons to “like” these birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Sitting by the lake in Sainte-Catherine de la Jacques-Cartier, I observed a strange large dark-brown bird that was trying to pass incognito, by blending in with a flock of mallard ducks. I wasn’t sure, but as soon as its posture changed, I knew that it was a cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus).

August musical happenings at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The final four Midi en Musique concerts at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for the month of August will include a variety of musical styles not previously presented.

Nine new Passages Insolites to discover in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Have you discovered these unusual passages yet? Starting at the Gare du Palais (VIA Rail station), take a walk along the streets of the Lower Town to Place Royale through the Petit-Champlain area.

There you will find nine new works of public art called Passages Insolites (unusual passages) that were inaugurated on June 29 and will be in place until October 15, 2017.

Backstreet Boys were back in town for the 50th FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a clear night sky with an almost full moon, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) gave a full show worthy of their reputation and genre on July 9. They opened their show of the Festival d’Été de Québec with their hit “Larger Than Life,” followed by other hits of their 24-year career.

Nick Jonas and Michel Fugain perform at FEQ

Photo: Jay Ouellet

French singer Michel Fugain, 75, charmed the audience at the Parc de la Francophonie on Sunday evening. He sang all his classics: “Comme un oiseau,” “Attention attention.” Backup singer Dominique Fidanza looks on in admiration. Photo by Jay Ouellet




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