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To the Class of 2018: Ignore the grad speaker

It’s that time of year when many media stories begin with “It’s that time of year,” and when, all across the land, thousands of young people will be inspired, confused or amused by graduation speeches.

Hidden English History in the Saguenay, Part 5: Arvida

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

In front of the modernist pre-amalgamation City Hall of Arvida, in the Saguenay, the memorial to the town’s fallen Royal Canadian Air Force members takes the form of a large aluminum wheel. The vast Rio Tinto-Alcan smelter complex still leaves its ponderous handprint on the town of 12,000 people, today merged with the City of Saguenay.

Jacques Choquette awarded Distinguished Service Medallion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

During a special ceremony held on May 11 at the Valcartier Family Centre (VFC), Jacques Choquette was awarded the Medallion for Distinguished Service, the Canadian Armed Forces’ highest civilian award.

Memorials and Things of Fame

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain
May 21, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Passage Anderson

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Photo: Google Maps

Passage Anderson is a footpath that runs from the intersection of 1ière Avenue and 8ième Rue to the pathway along the north shore of the St. Charles River in the La Cité-Limoilou borough of Quebec City. It is located on what was part of a farm that belonged to Anthony Anderson at the end of the 18th century.

Back to Beer … and Hockey at the Morrin Centre

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There was more than just beer on tap at the Back to Beer … and Hockey book launch held on May 16 at the Morrin Centre.

London Calling at the Musée de la civilisation

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Queen Elizabeth II, David Bowie, Twiggy, The Beatles, iconic black cabs and a Routemaster double-decker bus are in the Musée de la civilisation’s latest exhibit Ici Londres – London Calling, which will be open until March 10, 2019.

The exterior of the museum’s tower has been decorated to look like Big Ben and a London Underground sign sits at the entrance to the building.

Quebec City springs into music

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Photo: courtesy of Printemps de la musique

The Printemps de la musique, the third annual springtime festival of music in Quebec City, was a resounding success this past weekend.

In past years, the musical presentations were given in local libraries scattered around the city. Not surprisingly, they did not draw very large audiences.

And the winner of the third Apéros FEQ competition is …

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Throughout the winter and spring, the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) gave music enthusiasts a taste of what is to come this summer. For the third consecutive year, local bands and singers participated in the Apéros FEQ concert series, competing for a spot at the festival and a $7,000 bursary.

Fourth Avenue Trio takes audience on a musical voyage

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Fourth Avenue Trio, comprised of Emma Ahern, Kasia Borkowska and Peter Calkins, took the audience of over 60 people at the Morrin Centre’s College Hall on a musical voyage through the 17th- and 18th-century Baroque period. The musicians performed on May 15 to introduce the trio sonata compositional form.

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