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Discover your “Celtitude” at the Quebec Celtic Festival

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Photo: Juanita Craig from QCT archives

The Quebec Celtic Festival, the biggest francophone Celtic festival in North America, recently unveiled the programming of this year’s event, to be held from Sept. 6 to 9, mainly at the Domaine de Maizerets. Dance and music concerts, sports competitions, cultural presentations and family activities await visitors, all for free!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 15 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays featuring Jacques Boucher (organist) and Désirée Till (soprano) at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Ste-Ursule, Old Quebec. Free admission, donations welcome.

Summer fun swimming in Lake Témiscouata

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Photo: Lise Lafond

The third edition of the “Nageons au Témiscouata” open water swim races was held on Aug. 11. More than 124 participants swam around the orange buoys, trying to beat the clock and the elements on a beautiful summer day.

Arts Alive! Québec swings over language barrier

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Arts Alive! Québec swung into action with a jazz- and swing-themed street fair and outdoor concert series in the courtyard of the Morrin Centre on Aug. 4. The festival is the fourth in a series of community events around the province, organized by the English Language Arts Network (ELAN) and local partners, showcasing arts and culture in English-speaking communities. 

Fun for the whole family at the Festival Celtes et Cie de Saint-Malachie

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The seventh annual Festival Celtes et Cie will be held Aug. 17, 18 and 19 in the heart of the picturesque village of Saint-Malachie, situated about one hour south of Quebec City via Highway 277.

Tchaikovsky and the Russians full of storm and passion

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Tempêtes & Passions put legendary Russian composer Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky and several of his lesser-known compatriots in the spotlight during the Festival d’Opéra de Québec on Aug. 5.

New France festivities bring history to life in Lower Town

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Elegantly dressed noblemen and noblewomen in 17th- and 18th-century attire, members of the bourgeoisie and simple peasants appeared throughout Quebec City’s Lower Town during the 22nd annual Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF), dressed as if they had just stepped from the pages of history. 

Mozart’s Magic Flute enchants audiences

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Photo: Louise Leblanc
The major production of this year’s Festival d’Opéra de Québec was La Flûte Enchantée or The Magic Flute, one of Mozart’s final compositions, which premiered in Vienna in 1791, just two months before his premature death at age 35. 

NCAA competition for Rouge et Or

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Photo: Mathieu Bélanger, Rouge et Or

It’s becoming a preseason tradition for the Université Laval men’s basketball program. For the past 10 years, they have hosted a series of NCAA basketball teams at different levels every summer.

Community Calendar

July 31 to Aug. 12 – Plein Art, le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec. Over 100 professional artisans display their wares at Quebec’s largest summer arts and crafts show, in large tents between the Marché du Vieux-Port and Espace 400e. See article on page 12.

When Lindbergh came to town . . .

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada via Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain
Ninety years ago, on April 24, 1928, American aviator Charles Lindbergh made his only visit to Quebec City. This sensational happening occurred as part of a sequence of events which produced some memorable photographs. 

Tempêtes & Passions serves up Viennese delights

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Photo: Photo courtesy of Jocelyn Gagné, Media des 2 Rives

On Aug. 5, in the chapel of the Musée de l’Amérique française, members of Tempêtes & Passions presented the second edition of their popular concert series, Viennoiseries musicales, as part of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

The not-so-common traits of the common grackle

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Photo: Lise Lafond

Looking at these black birds, we can easily confuse them with their cousins from the icteridae family, which contains around 100 species, including blackbirds and cowbirds. When a ray of sun hits their plumage, however, a miracle happens. Shades of blue and violet appear on their head and neck, and copper coats the rest of their body.

Artisans show off their passions at Plein Art

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Photo: Ruby Pratka
Annie Dufresne was a motorcycle instructor, Georges-Alexandre Aubé-Brière was a literature student and Denis Belleau was an architecture technician. Former professional clowns, salespeople, restaurateurs, aspiring priests and construction workers were also among those manning the tables at Plein Art – le Salon des métiers d’art de Québec, which runs until Aug.

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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This singer from Artiz was definitely having a good time with the audience.
Photo by Danielle Burns

Festival des Journées d’Afrique features dances and rhythms from countries around the world

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The Festival des Journées d’Afrique didn’t only include African countries. This Mexican dance troupe warmed up the crowd on Sunday evening with their colourful twirling dresses.

Pelléas et Mélisande commemorates composer Claude Debussy

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Photo: Danielle Burns

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec presented the concert version of Claude Debussy’s operatic masterpiece Pelléas et Mélisande to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the composer’s death. Under the direction of Jean-Philippe Tremblay, the youthful Orchestre de la Francophonie performed at the Palais Montcalm along with many of the brightest operatic voices in France and Quebec.

Offenbach’s La Belle Hélène is a hit with FOQ audience

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec (FOQ) teamed up again this year with Jeunesses Musicales Canada to present Jacques Offenbach’s comic operetta La Belle Hélène at the Théâtre La Bordée. French and English surtitles helped the audience keep track of the complicated plot.

David Jacques handles antique baroque guitars with loving care

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Guitarist David Jacques was the solo performer at Chalmers-Wesley United Church on July 25 as part of the Musical Wednesdays concert series. He brought two unique baroque guitars with him, one of which was made in France in 1665 by the famous Voboam family of luthiers.

Emily Brontë remembered on her 200th birthday

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Photo: Portrait by Patrick Branwell Brontë from Wikimedia Commons, Public Domain

It’s difficult to imagine the rugged beauty of the Yorkshire moors without thinking of Heathcliff and his beloved Cathy in Emily Brontë’s only novel, Wuthering Heights.

Tea Time at the Morrin Centre is steeped in history

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
There’s something enchanting about sitting in the Morrin Centre library sipping tea, watching warm summer light stream through the windows, surrounded by books and steeped in history. This is Tea Time, and the Morrin Centre pulls out all the stops to make it an enjoyable party.

Oboist Emma Ahern delights residents at Saint Brigid’s Home

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A group of residents attended a lovely summer concert in the Kildare Lounge of Saint Brigid’s Home on July 19. This was the third year that talented young oboist Emma Ahern has performed at the home; this time she was accompanied by pianist Kasia Borkowska.

Travels through the Townships

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau
Want to get away for a few days and enjoy the countryside? Why not hit the road and head east, to the Eastern Townships, that is. 

Emerging artists come to the Surface

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Photo: Danielle Burns
Surface: Mon Histoire, Késako was held July 19-21 at Quai Paquet in Lévis, next to the ferry terminal with the majestic Quebec City skyline and sunset as a backdrop.

Cyndi Lauper proves that girls still wanna have fun!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Cyndi Lauper, the iconic American pop rock singer who rose to fame in the 1980s, attracted a huge crowd on July 13 on the Plains of Abraham as part of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Les Chercheurs d’Or find gold at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Foo Fighters on fire in return to FEQ stage

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
On July 10, the tens of thousands of people gathered on the Plains of Abraham most likely felt a strong sense of déjà vu as heavy rain pelted the Plains ahead of the scheduled Foo Fighters concert at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Fortunately for the fans, there would be no repeat of the tempest that derailed the band’s 2015 FEQ performance after just four songs.

A regal performance for Lorde on the Plains

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Lorde required three airplanes to bring her all the way from New Zealand to Quebec City with her entourage to perform at the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) on July 13. She and her backup dancers were the closing act of an evening of concerts showcasing female artists.

Sum 41 close the 51st FEQ with a punkish bang!

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
Sum 41, a punk rock, pop punk, alternative rock and grunge band from Ajax, Ont., is playing in three Canadian cities while on their current tour. On July 16, they swung by the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). Grunge and punk fans filled the Parc de la Francophonie and surrounding streets to hear their favourite Canadian band.  

Art Walk in the Vieux-Port

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Photo: Lorie Pierce
This month’s walk is an enjoyable trek around Lower Town to take in the recently unveiled works of art in EXMURO’s Passages Insolites (unusual passages) outdoor exhibition. For more information, see “Unusual works of art decorate passages in Quebec City,” by Cassandra Kerwin, in the July 4, 2018 edition of the QCT. 
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