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École de Cirque de Québec offers first ever testing ground

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On December 13, former students of the École de Cirque de Québec (ÉCQ) and a few self-taught professionals performed in a concert that gave them a chance to test their acts on a real live audience.    

A review of the 2016 sports year

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Photo: Luc Lang

2017 is only days away and it is time to review the past year's sports scene in Quebec City. No surprise - the fact that Quebecor did not secure a National Hockey League team for the city is this year's top sports story.

Anniversary celebrations at Trinity Church

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Trinity Church in Sainte-Foy celebrated its 191st anniversary on Sunday, November 27, 2016, with Bishop Bruce Myers as our honoured guest. The service was followed by a catered dinner. 

VEQ Happy Holiday Hour spreads Christmas cheer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Voice of English-speaking Quebec (VEQ) hosted their annual Happy Holiday Hour (maybe we can call it the Ha-Ho-Ho...?) in the Morrin Centre's College Hall on Wednesday, December 7. A buffet table laden with cheeses, pâtés, crackers and desserts awaited hungry party-goers. 

Local high school principals gaoled!

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

December 7, 2016, will be a day that St. Patrick's High School and Quebec High School principals André Gosselin and Warren Thomson will not forget. After being served with arrest warrants, both men were led into the bowels of the historic Morrin Centre prison. 

Backs to the Wall: The Battle of Sainte-Foy and the Conquest of Canada

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Photo: Steven Darby

Published in September 2016 by D. Peter MacLeod, Backs to the Wall tells the story of the British and French military campaigns of 1760 for the possession of New France. 

The Hour of Code in a D.D.O. classroom

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Photo: Danielle Burns

From December 5 to 11, an international movement called Hour of Code was held around the world. Now in its third year, the Hour of Code takes place during Computer Science Education Week, but it can be hosted any time. Over 300 million people have participated to date, at least 10% of students worldwide. 

Pugs meet at Aqua Confort Animal

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Photo: Rachel Collet

It might be an event that's just too cute for words, at PUGrencontre au Québec, "the Meeting of Pugs."

"We have a meeting once a month at different places," says Mélany Côté, who is in charge of pug events like this one in Quebec City. "There's a pug group in Montreal as well, and sometimes we ALL get together."

The story behind Rue Léa-Roback

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Photo: Bill Cox

Rue Léa-Roback is named in honour of the Canadian trade union organizer, social activist, pacifist, and feminist of that name. Léa Roback campaigned against exclusion, violence, racism and injustice. A suffragist who spoke a number of languages, she was a pioneer of feminism in Quebec. A syndicalist, Communist and Marxist, she opened the first Marxist book store in Montreal.

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Christmas spirit flowing at St. Pat’s

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Photo: Esther Paradis

It's a busy time of the year at St. Pat's as we head into the holiday season.  

Christmas cards for Christmas Hampers

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Photo: Andrew David Johnston

Christmas is a holiday that everybody should enjoy. That's why Cycle 3 students at Ste-Foy Elementary School have been working on making Christmas cards with recycled products such as old advertising flyers, gift wrapping paper and newspapers. 

Handel’s Messiah never more glorious

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Violons du Roy, four soloists and the Chapelle de Québec directed by Bernard Labadie gave a breath-taking performance of George Frideric Handel's immortal Messiah at the Palais Montcalm last Thursday and Friday. Members of the audience felt as if they had been transported to another space and time by the orchestra, the soloists and the 30-voice choir. 

Steven Cox prepares for the 2017 Crashed Ice circuit

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Photo: Gail Cox

If you live in Quebec City, when the famous Red Bull Crashed Ice comes to town, it's hard to miss. Maybe you've even seen it in person. Created by the Austrian energy drink company, the event was first held in Stockhölm, Sweden, in 2001, and was won by Swedish skater Jasper Felder. In fact, Felder won the first six Crashed Ice races, also called ice cross downhill. 

Just over two weeks until New Year's Eve!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The countdown to 2017 has begun. The City of Quebec and the provincial and federal governments announced the festivities planned from December 27 to January 1. Tourists, families and revellers will enjoy rides, music and a variety of activities. The restaurants along Grande Allée will offer beverages and hot drinks from heated terraces.

OBITUARY: Vivian May (McCune) McBAIN 1938 – 2016

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Vivian May McCune, 78, wife of Lloyd McBain, passed away at her home in Saint-Gabriel de Valcartier on December 10. 

The Family will be receiving condolences at the Funeral Complex Lépine Cloutier Falardeau Bédard Roy, 30 Rue Albert-Trudel, Quebec, on December 15 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Yoav Talmi leads the OSQ in a stupendous Carmina Burana

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Photo: Rachel Collet

The Orchestre symphonique de Québec (OSQ) outdid itself last week with a stupendous performance of Carmina Burana, the scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1936. The work is based on 24 poems from the medieval collection of songs from Beuern, a town in Bavaria, Germany, that is home to a Benedictine Monastery.

Quebec Art Company celebrates 35 years of theatre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

If you weren't at the Quebec Art Company (QAC)'s 35th Anniversary Gala at the Morrin Centre last Saturday evening, you missed a great party!

Some 100 guests were welcomed to College Hall, where the tables were beautifully lit with candles floating in glass vases, a Christmas tree nestled in one corner and fairy lights twinkled around the balcony. 

What the Dickens? A tale of two Quebec Cities

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Last year, the CNN website drew up a list of the top 15 places in the world to spend Christmas. Quebec City made the list, along with places like Malta, Barcelona, Honolulu, and Santa Claus, Indiana.

"Old Quebec is turned into a Christmas village straight out of a story by Charles Dickens," wrote the CNN travel-blogger.

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The story behind Rue McWilliam

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Photo: Bill Cox

This short, narrow street in Old Quebec is easy to miss. It was named in honour of William McWilliam, a great baker, confectionary and pastry chef, who opened his bakery on Rue d'Auteuil, just below Rue Saint-Jean, in 1857.

The Next Generation Leahy is an astounding performance

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Théâtre du Petit-Champlain was packed on November 30 for The Next Generation Leahy show, featuring Jennifer and Doug Leahy, their seven children and three guest performers. Everyone in the family dances, sings and plays one or more instruments, and that night the music was their usual Celtic-style mixed with Christmas themes.

Artist Mary Robertson at Sillery’s Salon de Noël

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Photo: Danielle Burns

Thirty-four artists representing numerous disciplines are selling their works from December 2 to 18 at the Salon de Noël at the Bibliothèque Charles-H.-Blais on Avenue Maguire. Sculpture, Swedish embroidery, children's clothing, felt items, jewellery, knitting, ceramics, mixed-media works, and paintings are some of the arts and crafts featured. 

​14th Salon Nouveau Genre… not your typical craft fair

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Photo: Rachel Collet

It wasn't any ordinary artists' fair at Saint-Fidèle church on 4e Avenue. Slightly edgy, rule-breaking, "smokes in the bathroom yet is very cool" is the vibe, as is an eclectic blend of arts and crafts, fashion, design and music. This amalgam of artists brought together the community that is Limoilou. 

A modest opening day for Bora Parc in Valcartier

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Photo: Rachel Collet

December 3 was opening day for the Hôtel Valcartier and Bora Parc, an indoor water park at Valcartier Village. The park welcomed some 500 guests to the pools, but the event wasn't without a few setbacks. 

Christmas at Charlesbourg’s Trait-Carré

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The annual Noël au Trait-Carré brought merriment to the heart of the Charlesbourg borough of Quebec City last weekend, with activities at many locations in the historical and picturesque neighbourhood.

VEQ Community Mural Project underway

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Photo: Bill Cox

When complete, the Community Mural Project, funded by Canadian Heritage, will comprise 100 paintings and will be on permanent display in the Wellness Centre of the Jeffery Hale Pavilion. The Wellness Centre is managed by the Jeffery Hale Community Partners.

Join us for the season’s biggest community initiative

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Photo: Khrystyna Merrithew

The holiday season is fast approaching and the Community Christmas Hamper Campaign's organizing committee is reaching out for your help to deliver some goodness this year. 

CEGEPs discuss separating from Champlain Regional College

Teachers and students of Champlain Regional College - St. Lawrence and St. Lambert Campuses gathered on November 29 at Cinéma Le Clap in Sainte-Foy to rally support for a movement that would separate the campuses from Champlain College. To attract as many people as possible, organizers offered a complimentary lunch and beverages.

Video Games Musical Odyssey coming to the Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

In recent years, the music that accompanies video games has come a long way: what used to drone on or tinkle annoyingly in the background has been enhanced to become hypnotic and beautiful scores that actually follow story lines. 

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