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Picasso will be at the MNBAQ in 2021

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

The summer of 2021 will offer an exhibition of Pablo Picasso in Quebec City. While the world has been dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) has partnered with the Musée national de Picasso-Paris to select 77 pieces representing the diversity of the human body by the genius of modern art.

City sports: Lauriane Genest going to Tokyo 2021 Olympics

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Photo: Bataillon Facebook page

Track cyclist Lauriane Genest of Lévis is one of eight athletes from the province of Quebec to make the Olympic team that will go to Tokyo, Japan, in 2021.

Scalabrini takes over as manager of the Charlesbourg Alouettes

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Photo: Luc Lang

The winless Charlesbourg Alouettes of the Ligue de Baseball Junior Élite du Québec (LBJEQ) have hired the manager of the Québec Capitales, Patrick Scalabrini, to be at the helm of the team.

The hiring of Scalabrini came after the resignation of Frédéric Lajoie. In his first season as manager of the Alouettes, Lajoie, from Trois-Rivières, did not have one win in nine games.


Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Peter Beattie died at Saint Brigid’s Home, Quebec City, on August 1, at the age of 77, after a lengthy illness. Predeceased by his parents, Marjorie A. Murray and A. Marlowe Beattie, Peter is survived by his loving sister Judith (Beattie) Scott (the late William (Bill) Scott) of Sarnia, Ont.


On this 22nd day of July 2020, as a result of continuing weak demand due to COVID-19 and government travel restrictions, Air Canada, 7373 Côte-Vertu Boulevard West, Station Airport, P.O. 14000, Saint-Laurent, Quebec, H4Y 1H4, gives notice of the discontinuance of its year-round non-stop scheduled air services operated by Air Canada Express Carrier Jazz Aviation LP and authorized by Licence No.

Blueberry blitz helps local charities

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Families and friends lined up at the Bleuetière DuRoy with their containers on July 25. This was the first of three Saturdays where locals were invited to pick fresh blueberries free of charge. Owner Bruno Roy could not have predicted a better outcome: bright sun, a light breeze and happy pickers of all ages.

VEQ hosts a picnic for newcomers on the Plains

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Voice of English-speaking Québec (VEQ) hosted a picnic on the Plains of Abraham on July 25 to meet and greet newcomers and make them feel welcome as they adjust to life in the greater Quebec City area. The activity was organized by VEQ’s newcomers co-ordinator Maria Castro.

Becoming habituated to calling the Montreal Canadiens Habs

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Oh boy! It’s almost August and the Stanley Cup playoffs are about to begin. Sure, go ahead, read that sentence again. Time for fans to cheer for their favourite team among the 24 that made the more-or-less arbitrary cut.

Meet Rev. Andrew K. Lairenge, Chalmers-Wesley’s new minister

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Photo: Andrew K. Lairenge

For Rev. Andrew Kinoti Lairenge, walking into Chalmers-Wesley United Church was like coming face to face with history.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain photo by Bernard Gagnon

July 28, 1820 – The Quebec Gazette

View works of art at historical houses in Quebec City

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Four of Quebec City’s historical houses – Maison Hamel-Bruneau, Villa Bagatelle, Centre d’Interprétation historique de Sainte-Foy and Maison des Jésuites de Sillery – are featuring exhibits for you to discover this summer.

Homage to Louis-Pierre Bougie, master engraver

The story behind Rue Hector-Laferté


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Hector Laferté, a Quebec lawyer and politician.

Born in Saint-Germain-de-Grantham in 1885, Laferté was educated at the Collège de Nicolet and Université Laval, where he was president of the university law students’ association. In 1909 he founded the Association de la Jeunesse libérale, and was one of its advisers.

Quebec Art Company loses another bright star

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Photo: QAC website

Hugh Corston (1954-2020), passed away July 3 at his home in Quebec City. He was born in Halifax, where he spent his formative years and early adulthood. He graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Arts degree, with a specialty in languages.

Remembering Douglas Dahlgren QAC’s maestro from 1989 to 2007

Photo: Kyle Chapman, from QCT archives

Douglas Dahlgren, a beloved and long-standing member of the Quebec Art Company (QAC), passed away on July 14, 2020, at the age of 85. Douglas was our musical director and accompanist from 1989 to 2007. He offered his immense talent, dedication, patience, warmth and wit to numerous productions. He moved to Saskatoon shortly after contributing to his last show, Oklahoma.

Work ramps up on Promenade de Samuel-De Champlain

Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

More than 10 years after the plan was first revealed, construction is now in full swing on Phase 3 of the Promenade Samuel-De Champlain. When completed in 2022, the project will see a beach return to the St. Lawrence River in an area where bathers flocked by the thousands decades ago.

Diamants, Alouettes play to empty stadiums

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Photo: Christian Gingras-ISQ media

The Québec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes baseball organizations decided to play their games last weekend in front of empty stadiums at Stade Canac and Parc Henri-Casault. The teams played each other on July 24 and July 25, in Charlesbourg and Quebec City respectively.

Hockey fans, the Stanley Cup playoffs are (finally) here

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Photo: Luc Lang

Fans in Quebec City and around the world can start celebrating as the National Hockey League resumes its 2019-2020 season.

The Marquis de Montcalm distributes plants to hospital workers

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Marquis de Montcalm (a.k.a. Benoît Gilbert, development and marketing officer of the National Battlefields Commission) dropped by this scribe’s office on July 16 with a special delivery of bags of seedlings, cultivated in the Plains of Abraham greenhouses.

Peter MacKay tours Quebec in quest for Tory leadership

Photo: Chisholm Pothier

The man who stands a fighting chance of becoming prime minister of Canada in the foreseeable future is on the phone, punctual, and eager to chat.

DuProprio proves Quebec’s real estate world not immovable

We have made a grand total of three real estate transactions in our time, two purchases and one sale. While I cannot recall the decor of the notaries’ offices where the deals were concluded, I do remember, in each case, the realtors’ glowing eyes as they grabbed their commission cheques.

What’s the buzz about bees at Saint B’s?

Photo: Stephanie Brushett

Have you heard the buzz? Saint Brigid’s Home is now housing honey bees in the back garden!

Long road back for Quebec City hotels

Photo: Château Frontenac

In any other year, the Auberge Internationale de Québec would be buzzing with backpackers looking for somewhere to set down their gear before heading to the Plains of Abraham, wandering the streets of Vieux-Québec or having a drink at a nearby pub. Not this year.

Place de Paris inaugurated on Bastille Day

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Photo: Jonathan Letellier-Black

Four hundred years ago it was a beach. Now, after a $4-million redevelopment project, Place de Paris in Old Quebec is a multi-purpose public square ready to welcome crowds, whenever crowds return.

City and Quebec government officials inaugurated the 2,500-square-metre space, at the intersection of Rue Dalhousie and Rue du Marché-Finlay, on July 14, Bastille Day.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 22, 1870 – The Morning Chronicle

Nomad Tours are not just for tourists

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Photo: Danielle Burns

On a perfect mid-July day – sunny but not too hot – this QCT journalist was treated to a tour of Old Quebec in English by Nomad Tours Québec owner and guide Marie-Pierre Lessard.

Human trials begin for COVID-19 vaccine right here in Quebec City

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Photo: Medicago

One of the solutions to the coronavirus pandemic could come from a Quebec City research lab. On July 14, Sainte-Foy-based Medicago announced that the first doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine had been administered to human volunteers.

QMJHL teams to play 60 games in three divisions in 2020-2021

Photo: Quebec Remparts

According to several reports, the Quebec Remparts and the other 17 teams of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) will play a reduced schedule in 2020-2021.

Guillaume Lefrançois of La Presse reports that each team will play 60 games, down from the regular 68 that each club normally plays.

Diamants and Alouettes play baseball for Quebec fans

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Photo: Christian Gingras - ISQ Media

Finally, there is baseball in Quebec City this summer as the Quebec Diamants and the Charlesbourg Alouettes hit the field for the start of the 2020 season.

MNBAQ’s Gérard Morisset Pavilion to get a $2.5M facelift

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Photo: MNBAQ

The emblematic Gérard Morisset Pavilion of the Musée national des Beaux-Arts du Québec (MNBAQ) will be getting a revamp starting in the spring of 2021. Under the Quebec Infrastructure Plan, the Ministry of Culture and Communications (MCC) will contribute $2.5 million to restore the outside of the 90-year-old neoclassical building on the Plains of Abraham.

GPS use is off the charts: Would we be lost without it?

A few years ago, deciding to give new-fangled technology a go, we borrowed our neighbour’s GPS gizmo to drive a long, long stretch of highway that I could have driven in my sleep or with my hands tied behind my back, not that I have actually done either.

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