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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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

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.

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. 

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.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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

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 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. 

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

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.

Aspiring young opera singers present Mascarade à Venise and Don Giovanni

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.

Meet Natalie Keller: the QCT’s newest freelance journalist


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.

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

Photo: courtesy of

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).

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.

Intriguing, quirky images on view at the Halsman exhibit

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

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.

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