July 11 2018 Edition

Neil Young’s FEQ debut a lesson in timeless power of rock

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Photo: Stéphane Bourgeois, courtesy of Festival d’été de Québec

"Hey, hey, my, my. Rock and roll can never die. There’s more to the picture than meets the eye. Hey, hey, my, my.”

You know you’re a Quebec City anglophone when . . . (Part 2)

You start conversations with strangers automatically in French, until you detect that little accent that makes you say, “Hang on, you’re English, aren’t you?”

You translate idioms word for word from one language to another and people look at you like you have two heads (“Can you talk now, or are you in the juice?”).

Sunset over Lac Témiscouata

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Lake Témiscouata is famous for its gorgeous sunsets. “Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!” – C. JoyBell C.​ Photo by Lise Lafond

Shawn Mendes captures the hearts of Generation Z at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Shawn Mendes, a 19-year-old pop star from Toronto, took over the Plains of Abraham on July 8. Thousands of representatives of Generation Z (people born after 1995) crowded around the Bell stage to see their Canadian idol. Children, teens and young adults started screaming the singer’s name long before he stepped onto the stage.

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It’s quite possible that no one on the planet bemoans the demise of black-and-white television.

A report from the Morning Chronicle of July 7, 1868

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Surgical Separation of the Siamese Twins, Chang and Eng

The story behind Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret

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Photo: Bill Cox
Rue de l’Apiculteur-Verret is named in honour of Jacques-Ferdinand Verret (1860-1946) who was a renowned beekeeper. Born in Charlesbourg (now part of Quebec City), he was the oldest of a family of 10 children. From a young age, he worked with his father, who owned a general store and bakery. He married Lucie Bédard in 1897 but the couple had no children. 

Memorials and Things of Fame

July 12, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette

Hot tips on how to keep cool this summer

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Photo: Kris Keller

Summer has arrived in Quebec in a big way. Sunny skies, warm winds and soaring thermometers were the norm this past week, with “feels like” temperatures reaching the low 40s. July 4 and 5 were the hottest days in more than 25 years in Quebec City, and residents without easy access to air conditioning are feeling the heat.

The Weeknd lights up FEQ opening night with smoke and fire

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

The Weeknd lit up the Bell stage on opening night of the 51st Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Despite the oppressive heat and humidity, the Plains of Abraham were crowded with enthusiastic fans of his R&B and hip-hop music. Ten minutes before the show started, the crowd was screaming, “The Weeknd! The Weeknd!”

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