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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.

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. 

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. 

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. 

Community Calendar

March 21 and 22 – YES Montreal, in partnership with Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ), offers Business Coaching services either in person (at Jeffery Hale Pavilion, 1270 Chemin Ste-Foy, Suite 2141, Quebec) or online. Receive practical and professional advice on any matter relating to your business ideas or current business operations. To register call 418-683-2366 ext.

PAF! Presenting the 15th CQSB Performing Arts Festival

At the Central Québec School Board, we believe the arts are fundamental for developing our identities, fostering empathy and sparking creativity. We treat culture not simply as entertainment but as an important tool for educating healthy students and healthy citizens. That said, our students produce some of the most creative and entertaining work in the province!

Get ready for the 2018 Défilé de la Saint-Patrick!

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Good Friday Procession of the Cross in Old Quebec

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Photo: Catherine Musgrove from QCT archives

The 18th annual ecumenical and bilingual Good Friday Procession of the Cross will take place on March 30, starting at 6:30 p.m. at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec.

2018 Paralympics: Canada has its best showing ever with 28 medals

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Photo: Scott Grant/Canadian Paralympic Committee

Canada will have some heavy baggage to declare when its 2018 Paralympic team comes back home, as the Canadian athletes are leaving South Korea with a record 28 medals, second only to the United States, who dominated with a total of 36.

Canada picked up its last medal (silver) at the para hockey final against the United States on March 17.

Ryerson Rams capture the U Sports women’s volleyball title

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, courtesy of U Sports

The Ryerson University Rams completed their perfect season with a resounding 3-1 win over the University of Alberta Pandas to capture the U Sports national women’s volleyball title at the PEPS at Université Laval on March 18. (U Sports, formerly Canadian Interuniversity Sport, is the governing body for university sport in Canada).

The Shannon Irish Show kicks off St. Patrick’s celebrations

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
March has arrived and “green season” is in full swing! Members of the Irish community of the Quebec City region and their relatives and friends filled the Shannon Community Centre for the annual Shannon Irish Show twice on March 10. Like all good Irish shows, this one was filled with humour, Irish dancing and a kitchen party. 

Letter to the Editor - New England storm

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the [Hydro-Québec] power crews for helping us in Massachusetts, U.S.A., repair the significant damage done by Friday’s [March 2] winter hurricane. Many thanks from your neighbors to the south.

~Donna Ryan,
Bridgewater, Mass.

It’s about change, stupid! Pondering Liberal poll slide

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It’s been 26 years since Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, coined what’s become a multi-purpose political credo: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton went on to upset incumbent George H.W. Bush in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, turning around a commanding lead in the polls the commander-in-chief was riding in the wake of the 1991 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

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