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USCGC Eagle lands in Quebec City for RDV2017

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons

The eagle is the most enduring symbol of the power of the United States of America. Few words are as evocative of American might as moon-landing pioneer Neil Armstrong’s crisp declaration on July 20, 1969 – “The Eagle has landed.”

Animated Gorillaz invade the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Renaud Philippe courtesy of FEQ

On the next-to-final night of FEQ50, crowds of festival-goers came to the Plains of Abraham to see the Gorillaz. This unique band from England drew fans and curious festival-goers. A dozen invited artists joined Gorillaz’s creator and lead singer Damon Albarn to deliver a concert filled with rap, punk, hip-hop, rock and pop music.

Festival d’Opéra de Québec firing up great performances

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Photo: Michael Cooper, courtesy of Opéra de Québec

The 2017 Quebec City Opera Festival will captivate music-lovers with international-calibre performances this summer.

Sister Louise Godin celebrates her 100th birthday!

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Sister Louise Godin, an Ursuline nun who lives in the convent in Old Quebec City, celebrated her 100th birthday on July 13, 2017, surrounded by her fellow sisters and staff.

OBITUARY: Desmond O'NEILL

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Desmond O’Neill, son of the late Thomas O’Neill and the late Ellen Fitzpatrick, husband of the late Yolande Robitaille, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family, on July 8, 2017, at the age of 89, at the Centre Paul-Gilbert. He lived in Quebec City. 

Discover yourself during Quebec’s Archeology Month

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Archaeology Month takes place every year during the month of August. From the 1st to the 31st, nearly 75 archeological and historic places in 15 regions throughout Quebec offer activities for all, made to measure to attract both novices and enthusiasts, young and old.

Traffic restrictions in the Old Port during Rendez-vous 2017

From July 18 to July 23, Quebec City will host Rendez-vous 2017 (RDV2017), a unique large-scale event during which more than 40 tall ships from around the world converge on the capital.

Emerald Ash Borers on the march

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domain

The City of Quebec recently announced that the Canadian Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of the Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) in its territory.

The insect was discovered through an early detection program in an ash tree in the Montcalm district.

Blame it on the cormorant...

Finding reasons to “like” these birds

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Sitting by the lake in Sainte-Catherine de la Jacques-Cartier, I observed a strange large dark-brown bird that was trying to pass incognito, by blending in with a flock of mallard ducks. I wasn’t sure, but as soon as its posture changed, I knew that it was a cormorant (Phalacrocorax auritus).

August musical happenings at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The final four Midi en Musique concerts at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity for the month of August will include a variety of musical styles not previously presented.

Nine new Passages Insolites to discover in Quebec City

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau from QCT archives

Have you discovered these unusual passages yet? Starting at the Gare du Palais (VIA Rail station), take a walk along the streets of the Lower Town to Place Royale through the Petit-Champlain area.

There you will find nine new works of public art called Passages Insolites (unusual passages) that were inaugurated on June 29 and will be in place until October 15, 2017.

Nick Jonas and Michel Fugain perform at FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

French singer Michel Fugain, 75, charmed the audience at the Parc de la Francophonie on Sunday evening. He sang all his classics: “Comme un oiseau,” “Attention attention.” Backup singer Dominique Fidanza looks on in admiration. Photo by Jay Ouellet

 

 

 

Backstreet Boys were back in town for the 50th FEQ

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Photo: Jay Ouellet

Under a clear night sky with an almost full moon, the Backstreet Boys (BSB) gave a full show worthy of their reputation and genre on July 9. They opened their show of the Festival d’Été de Québec with their hit “Larger Than Life,” followed by other hits of their 24-year career.

P!NK and FEQ soar to new musical heights

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

As P!nk sang and soared above the Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham on the evening of Saturday, July 8, she literally brought FEQ’s 50th edition of the popular summer music festival to new heights.

Melissa Etheridge brings Memphis home to Quebec City

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Photo: Juanita Craig

Quebec, Hello! Bonjourrr,” purred the the first lady of Rock ’n’ Roll

Melissa Etheridge, exaggerating the last ‘r’ in the soulful, powerful voice for which she is known at the Festival d’Été’s opening night, July 6.

The 56-year-old vocal powerhouse took to the Loto-Québec stage at the Parc de la francophonie about 9:20 p.m., following the acts of Ria Mae and The Zombies.

Kendrick Lamar dazzles at FEQ and promises, “I’ll be back!”

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Renowned hip-hop artist Kendrick Lamar highlighted the first weekend of Quebec City's 50th Festival d’Été (FEQ), and to no surprise, he delivered a show to remember.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Fans join P!NK on the FEQ Bell Stage with virtual reality

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The day before P!NK performed, Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) proudly announced the first use of virtual reality live streaming that would take place during her July 8 concert. During the first three songs, spectators and fans virtually joined the international artist on the Bell Stage thanks to Samsung, Bell and Arnoovo.

Story behind Rue des Wapitis

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Photo: Bill Cox
The streets in the Orsainville sector of Charlesbourg are named after fur-bearing animals such as lynx, deer, moose, mountain goats and, of course, wapitis or elk, that used to be housed in the former Quebec Zoo. 

Citadel Foundation honours the late Alexander Huard

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Photo: Normand Brassard

The Philanthropist, an upcoming production on the life of Jeffery Hale, includes performances by Alexander Huard, one of the actors filmed for this multimedia project to be staged in August at the new Champlain–St. Lawrence Amphitheatre. Tragically, he took his own life this past spring at the young age of 15.

Back to the future: Trudeau vs Mulroney in 2023?

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We passed by Saint-Léon-de-Westmount church the other day on a stroll through our old Montreal haunts. And I had an epiphany, not a religious one, more like a political flash forward.

Hanging out at the MNBAQ this summer

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Vincent Meyer Madaus and Isabel Sarasa Mené are architects with LOT, an award-winning architectural and design firm with offices in New York and Greece. The two colleagues were in Quebec City last week to oversee the installation of a rather unusual interactive structure in front of the Pierre Lassonde Pavilion of the MNBAQ (Musée Nationale des Beaux-Arts du Québec).

Calling all choristers to the Cathedral

Please note:
The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity will be hosting the Fourth Chamber Organ and Choral Festival from August 15 - 17, with a concert including a string quartet from the Orchestre symphonique de Québec on Thursday, August 17 at 12:30 p.m.

Arts Alive! Québec celebrates Canada’s 150th birthday

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Photo: Mary McCown
The third annual Arts Alive! Québec festival helped Canada celebrate its 150th birthday at the Morrin Centre. On Sunday, July 2, free workshops were offered all day.

The first Oh Canada! Book Quest! event of the summer kicked off the party at 10 a.m. Young book lovers met Sunday morning and made Canada Day crafts. 

Quebec City celebrates its 409th anniversary

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Photo: Mary McCown
It was a busy and wonderful weekend in Quebec City where Canada 150 celebrations seemed to be taking place on every corner but another important anniversary was celebrated just a couple of days later.

Valcartier receives a birthday gift from Mont Saint-Sacrement School

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Photo: Allison Kirkwood

The Municipality of Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier recently received a colourful birthday gift from the students at École secondaire Mont Saint-Sacrement (MSS).

Last year, the school, which traces its origins to the former Valcartier Ski Lodge, celebrated its 60th anniversary at the same time the municipality was marking the 200th year since the settlement began.

Benches installed at the Passerelle des Trois Soeurs

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Photo: provided by the Ville de Québec

The Ville de Québec recently inaugurated a set of benches installed at both ends of the Passerelle des Trois Sœurs, a pedestrian-bicycle bridge which was opened in the spring of 2016 to connect Rue Bourdages, on the north shore of the St. Charles River, with Park Victoria on the south shore.

Discover Valcartier and book boxes this summer

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Photo: Debbie Chakour

There are two good reasons to visit Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier this summer. First, with a tablet or smartphone you can take the 10-stop tour of the village and see a bit of its 200-year history hidden in the beautiful scenery.

Bach and MacPherson Le Moine concert in Mount Hermon Cemetery

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Photo: Wikimedia Common Domaine

Mount Hermon Cemetery is happy to announce that the Bach & MacPherson Le Moine concert event will take place on August 5 in its enchanted and inspiring surroundings.

There are many Strongmen in Quebec

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Men from our province are often featured in Strongman contests. Their physical strength was, and still is, a source of pride. The Musée québécois de culture populaire in Trois-Rivières even had an exhibition last year explaining the keen interest we have with this sport, entitled “Flesh and Muscle, The strongmen phenomenon in Quebec.”

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