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Superstar gamer Stéphanie Harvey comes home for special OSQ concert

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Photo: Peter Black

It would seem like an unlikely marriage: the stereotypical hoodie-clad video gamers and the tenue de ville classical music crowd. But the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) thinks it may have a winning combo in bringing together the two divergent worlds for special performances at the Grand Théâtre on Nov. 22 and 23.

A voyage Into the Woods with the Phantom of the Opera

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A spooky pre-Halloween concert took place at the Morrin Centre on Oct. 29, featuring songs from such creepy musicals as The Phantom of the Opera, Into the Woods and The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Flip Fabrique and the OSQ flip over the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Flip Fabrique joined conductor Fabien Gabel and 81 musicians of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (OSQ) for a unique performance at the Grand Théâtre de Québec on Oct. 31. Circus acts mixed with fairy-tale compositions by Humperdinck, Ravel and Stravinsky surprised every spectator, even those familiar with both art forms. 

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses …

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

In Flanders Fields” is a poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alexis Helmer, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

Tempêtes & Passions reveal romantic bel canto treasures

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
It was a dark and stormy night, a perfect setting for a concert by Tempêtes & Passions in the ornate Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone in Old Quebec. 

Trinity Fall Tea and Sale a treat!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Anglican Church Women of Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy have perfected the art of holding a tea and sale. Twice a year, every spring and fall, they get busy baking, knitting and collecting odds and ends for sale tables.

Joan BURNS

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Joan Rosemary Burns Farmery, age 71, went to be with the Lord on Oct. 31, 2018, from her home in Desert Hot Springs, California, after a long battle with cancer. She was born in Quebec City on April 27, 1947 to John and Mildred Shannon Burns.

The first years of the Waterloo Settlement:

Key figures - Shadgett and O’Dwyer

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Photo: James Barber

The beginning of what came to be known as the Waterloo Settlement started in 1821, following the mass arrival of new immigrants from the British Isles after the end of the Napoleonic Wars.

Thousands arrived in North America, and the Port of Quebec was the destination of choice for many of them. New lands were needed for some of the settlers, so this area was opened for colonization.

Bravi Productions presents Un Soir Pour l’Art

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Photo: courtesy of Bravi Productions

How could an evening filled with live performances of singing, piano, dancing and poetry delivered by some of Quebec City’s most talented artists be even more exciting? Having that evening focused solely on Canadian composers, artists, poets and painters, and while you’re at it, hosted in a beautiful venue.

Université Laval sports: football, rugby and soccer

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

The Université Laval Rouge et Or football team started its defence of the regional and national titles on Nov. 3 with a decisive 40-0 win over the Vert et Or of Université de Sherbrooke. Playing in front of fewer than 7,000 cold and wet football fans at Stade Telus, Laval took an 8-0 lead after the first quarter.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Nov. 7 at 7:30 p.m. – Pink Floyd tribute band PIGS perform at the Impérial Bell, 252 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, as part of their OUTSIDE / IN CANADA Tour. For ticket information, visit imperialbell.com.

Fighting Irish juniors lose RSEQ football championship

The thrill of victory … and the agony of defeat.

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Photo: Luc Lang
The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish junior football team put their unbeaten record on the line in the Réseau du Sport Étudiant du Québec (RSEQ) regional championship on Nov. 3. Their opponents, the Laser from École des Sentiers in Charlesbourg, however, wanted to avenge their loss to the Irish earlier this season.

Holocaust survivor Eva Olsson shares her life story

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

You could have heard a pin drop in the crowded auditorium of CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence on Oct. 24, as Eva Olsson, renowned author, Order of Ontario recipient and one of the few living Holocaust survivors, talked about her life as a young woman in war-torn Europe in the mid-1940s.

FALL BACK: Daylight Saving Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 4.

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Don’t forget to set your clocks BACK one hour before you go to bed on Saturday night, Nov. 3, or you’ll be an hour early for church (or whatever else you have on your schedule) on Sunday morning – which is not quite as bad as being an hour late when we “spring forward” again in March 2019.

Hello! Bonjour! Halloween riddles and spine-tingling stories

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Photo: Mary McCown

The thick wooden walls protected the ghosts and ghouls from the beautiful evening that lay just outside of La Chope Gobeline. The Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) hosted another bilingual Hello! Bonjour! event on Oct. 25. This time it was a spooky story night at the medieval restaurant on Boulevard René-Lévesque.

Remembrance dims for Great War on centennial of 1918 Armistice

Remembrance Day is upon us, and this year marks a notable milestone in a commemoration noted for its milestones.
Nov. 11, 2018, will be the centennial of the Armistice, the pact that ended the First World War. (In reality and retrospect, the cessation of fighting in 1918 was simply a 20-year truce before a second, even more widespread, bloody and catastrophic conflict.)

The BIRDS are back!

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This photo by QCT photographer Jay Ouellet, entitled “The Birds Are Back” is reminiscent of Alfred Hitchcock’s classic The Birds, just in time for Halloween.

Memorials and Things of Fame

October 31, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle

Woodley’s Boot Manufactory

The story behind Rue de Bergerville

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Photo: Google Maps

Rue de Bergerville and Parc Bergerville recall the village of Bergerville, created around 1850 in the sector north of the Woodfield Domain that was once part of the Saint-Michel estate in Sillery.

Streetcar Named Desire rolling along

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Streetcar is rolling: Holland School’s gymnasium would never be mistaken for the sweltering streets of New Orleans, but that’s where rehearsals are underway for a production set in the Big Easy: Tennessee Williams’s A Streetcar Named Desire.

Saint Brigid’s Guild Sale goes modern

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

On the last Saturday of October, a long line of people waited outside Église St-Charles-Garnier in Sillery for Saint Brigid’s Guild’s semi-annual clothing sale. Twice a year, an anonymous benefactor donates over 1,500 bags of clothes, accessories, linen and jewelry.

2,000-year-old statues are still contemporary

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Identical twins have fascinated people for ages. Then there are other people with no connection who are so similar that they could be twins. There is something unsettling, yet enthralling, about them. This is the subject of the Musée de la Civilisation’s latest exhibit Mon sosie a 2000 ans / My 2,000-year-old Double, on display until May 12, 2019.

A historical walk through Spencer Wood

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Tourism is not only for tourists and visitors. Locals can learn a lot about their city, districts and neighbourhoods by participating in activities such as historical walks.

Monique Polak shares tips for bilingual writers

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Photo: Mary McCown

Twenty-one articulate and creative writers crowded College Hall at the Morrin Centre on Nov. 10 for award-winning author Monique Polak’s bilingual writers’ workshop, The Bilingual Mind / L’esprit bilingue. A wide array of linguistic backgrounds was represented – French and English, of course, but speakers of Spanish, Farsi and sign language were also present.

Fur flies at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Pet lovers found what they were looking for at the Salon National des Animaux de Compagnie (SNAC), held Oct. 20 and 21 at the Centre de Foires de Québec. Dogs, cats, pet pigs, alpacas, rodents and many other animals were on site, with breeders who were ready and eager to answer questions.

Minor Empire captivates a Quebec audience at Mælstrøm Café

Review

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Photo: Minor Empire via Facebook

How does one review the Northern Lights? Something so beautiful, pure and otherworldly can only be compared to itself; hence the Toronto-based ensemble Minor Empire can only be compared to, well, Minor Empire.

Wedding bells are ringing at the Salon des Mariés

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 33rd Salon des Mariés de Québec was held at the the Centre de Foires de Québec on Oct. 20 and 21.

Once a couple is ready to tie the knot, what comes next? Is there a guest list for the big day? How many people will be invited? What is the budget? How can couples get help with planning, so the big day is what they always dreamed it would be?

Catherine Dorion, MNA, wants to stay herself

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Photo: Peter Black

"Welcome chez vous.”

In Flanders fields the poppies blow between the crosses …

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Photo: Wikimedia - Public Domain

In Flanders Fields” is a poem written during the First World War by Canadian physician Lt.-Col. John McCrae. He was inspired to write it on May 3, 1915, after presiding over the funeral of friend and fellow soldier Lt. Alexis Hemler, who died in the Second Battle of Ypres.

The tragedy of the Pittsburgh Synagogue

The Islamic Cultural Centre of Quebec presents its heartfelt condolences to the families affected by the tragic death of their loved ones and presents its thoughts of compassion to the people wounded in the tragedy that was experienced yesterday (Oct. 27) at the synagogue of Pittsburgh.

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