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Canada’s first novel written in Québec City

Frances Moore Brooke (1724-1789) was an English novelist who spent a few years in Quebec and is credited with writing the first Canadian novel.

Gaelic instrument ‘harps on’ traditional music

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The Gaelic harp has a long and rich history. It has its origins in Ireland and the Scottish Highlands over 1,000 years ago, and even as late as the 19th century, harps with brass strings were still used in an attempt to keep the tradition alive.

Snowboard film at Ozone Pub

Snowboard film maker Absinthe Films will kick off the 2010 Sphere of Influence North American Tour with the World Premiere of NOW/HERE at the Ozone Bar, 2800 Boulevard Laurier, Ste. Foy, Friday, August 27, at 8:30 p.m. Doors will open at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10, with $2 from every ticket sold being donated to local charities and the Protect Our Winters Foundation.

Festibière draws 65,000 to the Old Port

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Photo: Festibière Festival Organizers

They had only a few months to prepare and some potential participants were skeptical. Still, the first edition of Le Festibière de Québec was, by all accounts, a rousing success.

"We expected 25,000 people," said festival programmer Sébastien Huot. "We got 65,000."

Travel writer Batting on the Bosphorous

Quebec High School will be scene of a rare appearance by Angus Bell on Tuesday, Oct. 21. The event has been arranged by AngloStore.com.

Bell, a travel writer from Montreal with a reputation for having a great sense of humour and for being an obsessive cricket fanatic, will be coming to Quebec City to talk about his book Batting on the Bosphorus.

The Big Band of Roland Martel and the Royal 22nd Regiment at the Agora, Port of Québec

More than 10,000 people have attended concerts at the Agora Port de Quebc since July 18. The new program seems to please lovers of classical music as well as lyrical concerts. This week, the Festival d'été de Québec presents a Latin Evening with the Big Band of Roland Martel on Wednesday, Aug.

Summer Notes activities and events August 4, 2010

Prepared And Compiled By Shirley Nadeau                           

Festival jazzes up Lévis next weekend

The festival scene moves south across the river next weekend with the fourth edition of the Festival du Jazz Etcetera Lévis. The event will take place on several stages in Lévis starting August 12 at a substantially lower cost than Quebec City's recently concluded Festival d'Ete.

Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site of Canada: A Garden Through Three Ages

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Photo: Google Earth

Iroquoians who pre-dated the arrival of Jacques Cartier grew their crops, among them tobacco and corn, in circles.

"It was always in a circle," said Jacinthe Coté, co-ordinator at Parc Cartier-Brébeuf National Historic Site in Limoilu. "Cartier planted his vegetables in lines."

Great Water Pistol Battle on the Plains of Abraham

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

This past Sunday afternoon, for the second year in a row, a local radio station put out the call to stage a Water Pistol Battle on the playing field in front of the Musée de Québec. And what a wild, wet battle it was! Some 1000 participants from far and near, old and young, loaded up their water pistols, rifles and cannons!