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The story behind Rue Adrien-Pouliot

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This street is named after Adrien Pouliot, a mathematician and professor who was born on Île d’Orleans on Jan. 4, 1896. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in applied sciences from the École polytechnique de Montréal, he married Laure Clark and moved to Quebec City in 1919. 

Three Bach cantatas presented by Les Violons du Roy and guest soloists

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Les Violons du Roy, directed by Jonathan Cohen, presented Cantates de Bach, l’Étoile du Matin – three glorious cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach at the Palais Montcalm on March 22.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 28, 1868 – The Morning Chronicle
Destruction of Property – A large gang of night marauders from St. Sauveur, carried off a quantity of wooden fencing for firewood, from several farms on St. Foy’s Road, on Tuesday night.

Irish eyes were smiling at the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Irish flags raised to kick off the Défilé de la Saint-Patrick

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As organizers prepared for the ninth annual Défilé de la Saint-Patrick parade celebrations, both CEGEP Champlain-St. Lawrence and Quebec City raised Irish flags in front of their buildings.

Tea time at La Maison des 100 Thés

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Photo: La Maison des 100 Thés

Chances are, we each have an early family memory about tea. Perhaps a favourite teapot, snug in its woolen cosy, or delicate china tea cups set aside for important occasions.

Welcome home, Alex Harvey! Champion skier returns to Quebec

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Alex Harvey is home after five months of intense international competition. Harvey, the most decorated Canadian cross-country skier to date, arrived at Jean Lesage International Airport​ on March 19.

Fighting Irish move on to the LHPS quarterfinals

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Photo: St. Pat’s Hockey Facebook page

The St. Patrick’s High School Fighting Irish hockey team season continues. On March 23 and 24, the Irish played a round robin tournament in Baie-Saint-Paul with three other schools to open the 2018 playoffs in the Major Under 17 (U17) conference in the Ligue de Hockey Préparatoire Scolaire (LHPS).

Laurie Blouin “on a cloud” after Olympic and Big Air success

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Photo: Jason Ransom/Canadian Olympic Committee

As the Snowboard & Ski Jamboree street festival wrapped up at the Îlot Fleurie on Sunday afternoon, local snowboarder and Olympic silver medalist in slopestyle snowboard Laurie Blouin had a scheduled autograph session. Only one problem – no one seemed to know where it was. “Wherever the people are,” shrugged a member of the event’s communication team.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, March 28 at 7 p.m. – Courtepointe Creative Workshop at the Morrin Centre. This workshop combines textile arts, playwriting and music. Participants will create a patchwork art installation that will be presented at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec in March 2019, during the show Courtepointe by the Théâtre du Gros Mécano.

More music at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity recently announced part of its musical programming for the coming months. From April to the end of July, over 18 concerts will be presented, featuring everything from touring youth choirs to renowned established musicians.

Toys & More Baby & Family Bazaar to take place at CEGEP St. Lawrence

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Photo: Jill Gagnon

The annual community Toys & More Baby & Family Bazaar turns 13 this year! Jeffery Hale Community Partners has been the supporting element behind the Moms’ Nite-out volunteer committee that organizes this annual sale, but it would never have happened without the vision and dedication of Jill Gagnon, parent-volunteer extraordinaire.

Local athletes fly high at Big Air World Cup Finals

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
From March 22 to 25, warm spring weather, even some snow, welcomed the arrival of over 100 athletes from 20 countries for the FIS Ski and Snowboard Big Air World Cup Finals. Quebec Olympic snowboarders Max Parrot and Laurie Blouin and skier Alex Bellemare stole the show. 

CBC’s Canada Reads brings a friendly “battle of the books” to Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

I’m going to let the audience in on a little secret. Daniel, did you like your book?” asks host Saroja Coelho. “I loved hating it,” sarcastically replies the panellist – one of five, each presenting a novel by a Canadian author and defending its relevance (or not) to readers today.

Morrin Centre displays 30 years of QAC memorabilia

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
An exhibit of fascinating memorabilia from over 30 years of English-language theatre in Quebec City was opened at the Morrin Centre on March 17. 

One Nite Band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a kitchen party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a long and festive day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, more than 150 people kept the party going at Everest Elementary School on March 17. The One Nite Band, led by Ed Sweeney, gave an impressive Irish-style kitchen party concert.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 23, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
At Goudie’s shipyard in St. Roch’s, a very fine sailing vessel was launched so successfully that the company was the recipient of many congratulatory messages. The vessel launched was not christened at the time but afterwards was known as the steamer Quebec.

Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

The story behind Route de l’Aéroport

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Photo: Google maps
Route de l’Aéroport, which leads to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, has been known by this name since the 1940s. 

St. Patrick’s Parish celebrates in style on March 17

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
St. Patrick’s Parish invited members of the community to the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in McMahon Hall, following the mass at the church on Avenue de Salaberry on March 17. The service was  celebrated by Pastor Réjean Lussier and former pastor Mgr. Jean Pelletier. 

Taking the tramway from the past to the future

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

According to local lore, a tramway roundabout once traversed our backyard in what was then the western outskirts of Quebec City. Back then, the wooden rails ran along what is now the line between our property and our neighbours’. Across the lane, there’s still a building which, we’re told, was the stable for the horses that used to pull the trolley cars.

Laval students deliver entertaining opera at Château Frontenac

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018 with festivities taking place all year long. In collaboration with Université Laval’s Faculty of Music, Emmanuel Chabrier’s l’Étoile (The Star) was performed in the extravagant Château Frontenac ballroom this past Saturday as part of the hotel’s yearlong celebration.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more festive than ever

On Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the ninth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick will make its way from St. Patrick’s High School to City Hall, passing along Avenue Cartier, Grande Allée and Rue Saint-Louis.

Acting Out! workshop explores body movement

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The fourth of five Acting Out! workshops took place this past Saturday at the Morrin Centre. The activity brought together community members in a safe and open environment to learn about instinctive movement and expression of emotion through body language.

New faces on Quebec Art Company board

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Elections were held during the Quebec Art Company (QAC) annual general meeting on March 14 to replace two of the five members of the 2017-2018 board of directors.

President Sharon MacLeod and vice-president Ladd Johnson were thanked for their many years of service and dedication to the company.

Salon Info-Canin’s founder celebrates his 100th dog show

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The 100th Salon Info-Canin took place at the Centre commercial Fleur de Lys on March 17 and 18, and as always, this event drew large and enthusiastic crowds. The most beautiful purebred dogs were just waiting to be petted and maybe get a treat in return. Vendors were selling all kinds of fun clothes and toys to make dogs happy. There was even a section for cat lovers.

Hunting, fishing and camping in the great outdoors

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Photo: montage by Lise Lafond
The Salon Plein Air, Chasse, Pêche et Camping (outdoor, hunting, fishing and camping) and the Salon du Bateau (boat show) welcomed visitors at the Centre de Foires ExpoCité March 15-18. 

Celebrate CanLit during the ImagiNation Writers’ Festival

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From April 3 to 8, the Morrin Centre will be hosting its ninth annual writers’ festival. Building on popular recurring activities, such as the Books and Wine event and the Books and Brunch activity, the festival will present a smorgasbord of celebrated authors, translators and artists during a week-long celebration of Canada’s rich diversity of history and culture.

Canadian Olympians are coming to the Big Air Jamboree

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebec City will welcome elite local and international athletes, including 2018 Team Canada Olympic medalists Max Parrot, Laurie Blouin and Alex Beaulieu-Marchand, to the FIS Freestyle Big Air World Cup Finals.

Skiers and snowboarders raise $225,000 for Leucan

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Leucan held a fundraising event at Stoneham Mountain Resort on St. Patrick’s Day. The annual 12-Hour Ski Challenge drew 635 skiers and snowboarders making up 171 teams and raising over $225,000. People of all ages enjoyed the warm weather, the bright sun, the music and the perfect ski conditions. 
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