Excellence wins ex-Quebec man a Sherratt Award

Photo: Courtesy of Holmes Creative Communications

Quebec City native Joël Poitras Gagnon has been named a winner of the Fred Sherratt Award this year.

The annual award is given to 12 post-secondary students from various music schools across Canada for outstanding achievement in music and music industry programs.

Jeffery Hale: A well-known figure in Quebec City history

Photo: Courtesy of Jeffery Hale Hospital

Jeffery Hale's name is well known in Quebec City, but few people know much about the man himself. Everyone who knew the man personally is long dead and Hale died a bachelor in November 1864. But his generosity and benevolence are plain to see.

Quebec City Tourism Guide July 2, 2009, Vol. 6, no. 6

  A newsletter from Québec City Tourism
July 2, 2009, Vol. 6, no. 6
Image Mill –2009 Edition
Return of the 400th Anniversary's Feature Attraction

Expect many surprises in the 2009 edition! Spanning four centuries, the Image Mill tells the story of Québec City's past through the use of four themes: water (Québec City's discovery and exploration), earth (when the land was cleared for occupation and agriculture), railroad (industrialization and the rise of rail transportation's popularity) and air (the era of hot air balloons, planes and communications).

Images are projected on the Bunge grain silos, which form a 600 metre wide by 30 metre high screen: the equivalent of 25 IMAX screens!

The City of Québec will be creating an area with reserved seating on the Noah wharf, behind the Espace 400e pavilion. Tickets are available on the Billetech network.

Sylvie Walter
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5482
[email protected]
Image Mill.

Following the Invisible Roads
There are three simultaneous departure points from which spectators can experience Les chemins invisibles™, Cirque du Soleil®'s travelling show created exclusively for Québec City.

Follow along behind of the tribes: Brumes, Brasiers, Sables and Embarrassants to the Jardin des desolations (garden of desolation). All of the artists and spectators will gather at the Îlot Fleurie, under the Dufferin-Montmorency highway in the Basse-Ville.

The show will be held every weekday evening in summer, from June 24 to Labour Day weekend.

Sylvie Walter
Office du tourisme de Québec
418-641-6654, # 5482
[email protected]

Discover Québec City just like Jacques Cartier or Samuel de Champlain.
Imagine sailing from the Atlantic Ocean to the fabulous St. Lawrence River and arriving in Québec City. Discover a city that just celebrated its 400th anniversary. Get the European flair just a few hundred miles away from New York or Boston. Many departures are scheduled until October this year; Holland America, Princess Cruises, Norwegian Cruise Lines and Costa feature Québec City, its history, its culture, its nature.

You wish to embark in Québec City and disembark in New York City or even Fort Lauderdale? No problem. These great cruise lines have the right product for you and your clients! Why not stay one or two days in Québec City before or after the cruise?

Martin Lachance
Office du tourisme de Québec
418 641-6654 poste 5423
[email protected]com
Photo : Claudel Huot.

Bus Driver’s Guide
Certain rules apply to bus traffic in the streets of Québec City, especially within the walls of the old city (Vieux-Québec). Bus drivers are invited to read the Guide des chauffeurs d'autobus , which provides all of the information bus drivers need to make their trip to Québec City pleasant and problem-free.

The 2008 guide is available online and remains valid for 2009. Consult it to avoid any inconveniences.

Grande fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré
The second edition of the Grande fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré will take place from September 4-7, 2009. Singer Claude Dubois will be performing his new show called Dubois, revu et incorrigible accompanied by piano and violin at the Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupré basilica. He will be joined onstage by the forty or so vocalists that make up the Arc-en-Sons choir.

In addition to the conference, the festival features a public market with about 30 exhibitors selling food products from the Québec City area and Charlevoix. Visitors will also be able to appreciate local art in La place des arts. Finally, a fireworks show is sure to delight both the young and young at heart.

The Grande Fête was one of the official events of Québec City's 400th anniversary festivities last year, attracting nearly 30 000 visitors.

Sébastien Thibodeau
418-827-3782, # 2112
[email protected]
The Grande Fête de la Côte-de-Beaupré’s organizing committee.

Quebec Festival of Sacred Music
The 13th edition of the Quebec Festival of Sacred Music will take place from October 22 to November 1, 2009 at the Saint-Roch church, Palais Montcalm and the Musée de l'Amérique française chapel. Renowned artists from Germany, England, China, Croatia, Spain, the United States, Greece and Syria will be performing.

From J.S. Bach's Mass in C Minor to Robin Grenon's Suite mariale, spectators are invited on a trip around the world through sacred music.

Featured artists include Alberto Mizrahi, known as the Jewish Pavarotti, Grammy award-winning English choir Stille Antico and talented Spanish vocalist Ana Alcaide. Québec City's four great divas, Marie-Josée Lord, Marianne Fiset, Geneviève Couillard and Renée Lapointe, will also be sharing the stage for the first time.

For more information, click here.

Group reservations are available. Dial 1-866-525-9777.

Hélène Fortier
Festival des musiques sacrées de Québec
1 866-525-9777
[email protected]

The Auberge internationale de Québec Amasses Awards
The Auberge internationale de Québec (AIQ) youth hostel was delighted to receive a number of awards in the last several months.

The AIQ was recently awarded the HI-Canada 2008-2009 Hostel of the Year award for being the most reputed hostel in Canada. It was presented with the award at the annual general meeting held in Toronto.

Moreover, the AIQ is the first hostel in the world to be HI-Quality certified, a certification Hostelling International gives to hostels that, in addition to meeting quality standards, are also a major reference in the network thanks to their quality management and services.

During the last edition of the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois for the Québec City area, Manon Turcotte, the AIQ's service manager, won the tourist supervisor of the year award. Thanks to its cleaning crew, the hostel was also named the cleanest hostel in November by travellers using the online booking site.

Nathalie Turbide
Auberge internationale de Québec
418-694-0950, # 232
[email protected]

Transat Award for Sustainable Tourism
Action Plans d'Eau Plein Air in Saint-Alban, Portneuf, won the gold Transat award for sustainable tourism at the Grands Prix du tourisme québécois national gala.

Among other activities, Action Plans d'Eau Plein Air offers primitive camping, canoeing, kayaking, dinghy rides, a tour of the former hydro-electric power plant and the gorges of Rivière Sainte-Anne, spelunking in the Trou du diable cave, hiking and mountain climbing.

Action plans d'eau — plein air
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To the right, Sébastien Perreault, general manager, accepts the award from Michel Lemay, Transat’s Vice-President of Public Affairs and Communications. Photo: APEPA.

A New Way of Seeing Québec City
David Mendel offers a fresh look at Québec City with his beautiful illustrated guide entitled QUEBEC, World Heritage City. It is also available in French (QUÉBEC, ville du patrimoine mondial).

Thanks to its unique approach and excellent content, this guide is a wonderful gift to offer your clients, conference-goers and partners, helping make their stay in Québec City a memorable one. Presented in a practical format, the guide has 128 pages with over 150 stunning pictures.

Éditions Sylvain Harvey

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July 17 to 20, 2009
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Martin Lachance
Office du tourisme de Québec
418 641-6654, ext. 5423
[email protected]com

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Wendake's Special Summer Events

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Photo: Marie White

Wendake’s Special Summer Attractions

Modified Hours at the Jeffery Hale Emergency

The medical team at the Jeffery Hale wishes to inform Quebec City residents that its emergency will be reducing its opening hours over the next few days due to a  lack of medical resources and vacations being taken during this period.

Quebec City’s Iranian community reacts to recent turmoil in Iran

Photo: Courtesy of an anonymous contributor

As the world turns wide-opened eyes toward Tehran, where clashes and riots have erupted almost every day following the re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many members of Quebec City's Iranian community are expressing profound frustration over the situation in their native country.

Jeffrey Hale gravesite [photo]


The tomb of Jeffery Hale (r) in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England, needs to be repaired. The sapling in this photo has since been removed but it, and others, created crevices in the tomb's mortar.

Wendake history on display

Photo: Jean-Louis Régis

Thirteen artists will recreate the world in 75 minutes, three nights a week through the end of August, complete with dancing, singing, art and "a special kind of pyrotechnics."

Condos come to Belvedere


The excavation work for new condos on Avenue Belvédère is well under way. The development, called La Cours des Braves, will be four stories high and count 58 units.

Others had fun [photo]


Nathalie Magnan, Xenos Khan and their two children, Thomas, 3, and Alexia, 6 show off their painted Fleur-de-lis and coloured hair at the Grande Tablée on June 24 by artists.

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