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Laval men’s basketball team stands up to NCAA players

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Photo: Yan Doublet - Université Laval

The Université Laval men’s basketball program showed its American counterparts that they will not be intimidated.

The Rouge et Or lost 79-76 to the Quinnipiac University Bobcats from Hamden, Connecticut, in a spectacular game on Aug. 10 at the Amphithéâtre Desjardins of the Université Laval sports pavilion.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring La Band’Accordéons at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

Future of the Quebec Bridge still uncertain

Photo: Ruby Pratka from QCT archives

The future of the Quebec Bridge remains shrouded in confusion following a report by Radio-Canada last week claiming the federal government plans to take over the historic structure from CN and manage and maintain it via a Crown Corporation.

Valcartier looking for old letters for a live production!

Coming this fall, the Saint-Gabriel-de-Valcartier Historical Committee will be offering a live performance of the reading of old letters and diaries, highlighting, but not limited to those cherished old communications that came from or to folks in the Valcartier community.

Part 1: Sister cities from another mother … tongue, that is!

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Photo: Natalie Keller

Anna Paquin, Louis Riel, Gabrielle Roy, and the Jets. What do all these famous names have in common? They all hail from Winnipeg, Manitoba.

$450,000 raised at the 11th Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron

Photo: Luc Lang

The Videotron Centre was the scene of the 11th annual Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, on Aug. 8. Some 10,000 hockey fans were in attendance for the annual charity hockey game.

Arts Alive! Québec festival thrives at Morrin Centre

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Morrin Centre held its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival on Aug. 2 and 3. The Old Town was absolutely crawling with visitors and residents alike as the Nouvelle-France festival was happening just a few blocks away.

A Night in the Library to remember

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Photo: Mark Lindenberg

The Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! Québec festival “A Night in the Library” event and Ghostly Kisses concert took place on Aug. 2.

Summertime grab-bag of time-sensitive musings

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This article is what is called a “bagger” in the jargon of journalism. A bagger is a report, article or column prepared in advance to give editors and producers some content to plug holes in newspapers, newscasts and whatever online line-ups are called. Baggers are mostly in demand in the summer or at Christmastime when many staffers are on holiday.

Grands Feux Loto-Québec: Dancing at the Roxbury

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

As the sun set over Quebec City and Lévis on July 31, thousands of people crowded the dance floors at Place des Canotiers and Quai Paquet for the opening of the 25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec.

The story behind Rue Curie


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named after French physicist Pierre Curie (1859-1906), a pioneer in crystallography, magnetism, piezoelectricity and radioactivity.


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

August 6, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Harvest
Our accounts from Upper Canada and the adjacent parts of the United States represent the harvest which had commenced as unusually abundant. The accounts from the District of Montreal are also favourable. The foreign markets are however glutted, and this state of things must produce a further depression of prices of every description.

Quebecers celebrate their rich heritage during spectacular Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Quebecers and the Old Town went back to their origins for four days at the 23rd edition of the Fêtes de la Nouvelle-France (FNF). From Aug. 1 to 4, locals became soldiers, peasants, bourgeois, nobles and even royals of the 17th and 18th centuries.

Visitors fully enjoyed the parade along Grande Allée on Aug. 1, and the New France “village” in the Parc de l’Esplanade until Aug. 4.

Quai Paquet the perfect setting for Dîner en Blanc

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A wave of 2,200 elegantly dressed diners washed up onto Quai Paquet in Lévis on Aug. 2 for the ninth annual Dîner en Blanc. White dresses, white suits and hats, white tablecloths, even white picnic baskets, were de rigueur for this chic supper alfresco. Even Lévis’ Mayor Gilles Lehouillier attended the party.

Delicious Viennoiseries served up at Holy Trinity Cathedral

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The final event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec took place on Aug. 4, as members of Tempêtes & Passions presented a nosegay of excerpts from eight different operas and operettas, each with a floral theme.

Jealous lovers duke it out at the MNBAQ

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Saturday afternoon, Aug. 3, and the Sandra and Alain Bouchard auditorium of the Musée National des Beaux-Arts du Québec is sold out. The audience are there to see a humorous recital of L’Amant jaloux ou Les fausses apparences, which was composed by André-Ernest-Modeste Grétry (1741-1813) and features excerpts of works by Mozart, Méhul and Devienne, among others.

OBITUARY: Gemma (Kindellan) McDUFF

Gemma (Kindellan) McDUFF

Passed away peacefully in her 103rd year in Brampton, Ontario on August 3, 2019. Predeceased by her husband William McDuff. Loving mother of Gary (Yvonne) Lambert, David (Gisela) Lambert and Colleen (Carolyn) Lambert. Step-mother of Austin (Peggy) Lambert. Predeceased by her son Donald and daughter Terry (Norman) Calder. A funeral mass was held in Brampton, Ontario.

OBITUARY: Rachel GINGRAS (1949-2018)

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Rachel GINGRAS (1949-2018)

A year has already gone by, dear Rachel, since you passed away on Saturday, August 11th, 2018, in the Palliative Care Unit of Jeffery Hale Hospital in Quebec City. Your death has left a sad emptiness in the lives of your many good friends in Québec, Rivière-du-Loup, Montréal and Gatineau.

Feds on board for VIA’s HFR Montreal-Quebec leg


Federal officials have acted quickly to derail speculation that VIA Rail’s long-awaited High Frequency Rail (HFR) project might not include a Quebec-Montreal connection.

It’s all right to be left-handed

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Photo: Jean Côté

On Aug. 13, I will be celebrating, along with 700 million other people (10 to 12 per cent of the world’s population). What are we acknowledging? Left-Handers Day!

Community Calendar

Wednesday, Aug. 7 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring classical pianist Alain Châteauvert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, 78 Rue Sainte-Ursule in Old Quebec. Free admission. Donations welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

It’s time for the eighth Sleeman Boot Camp

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The eighth edition of the Sleeman Boot Camp takes place on Aug. 9 and 10 the PEPS at Université Laval.

Organized by former NHL and Quebec Remparts goaltender Cédrick Desjardins and his friend Daniel Blouin, the Sleeman Boot Camp is attended by only 60 professional players, today’s up-and-coming stars, divided into six teams, to play in a pre-training camp tournament.

Les Noces de Figaro ties the knot at La Bordée theatre

Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The Festival d’Opéra de Québec continued on July 29, 31 and Aug. 2 with three presentations of an adapted version of Mozart’s comic opera Les Noces de Figaro / The Marriage of Figaro at La Bordée theatre.

FLIP Fabrique draws a big crowd at Place Jean-Béliveau

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

FLIP Fabrique has found a new home in a more spacious venue for its summer performances. The local circus group has moved to Place Jean-Béliveau in front of the Videotron Centre, and transformed the area into an abandoned amusement park, complete with wooden ramps.

Statement by the Prime Minister on Korean War Veterans Day

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Photo: Library and Archives Canada PA-129115

On July 26, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued the following statement on Korean War Veterans Day:

“Today, we honour the more than 26,000 Canadians who answered the call to serve during the Korean War. Despite being known as the ‘Forgotten War,’ the Korean War remains Canada’s third-bloodiest overseas conflict, after the First and Second World Wars.

As Orange Wave ebbs, where will Quebec NDP vote flow?

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Egad and câline!* The federal election is less than three months away, give or take a decision concerning a religious holiday.**

The story behind Rue Daniel-Johnson


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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

This private street* in the Les Saules district of Quebec City is named in honour of Daniel Johnson (1915-1968), Quebec’s 20th premier. He was born in Danville, Quebec, the son of Francis Johnson, an anglophone labourer of Irish descent.


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Photo: Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec

July 29, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

The Comet

Quebec opera festival opens with Tempêtes & Passions

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

More than an hour before the doors of the Chapelle du Musée de l’Amérique francophone opened, fans hoping to get a front-row seat inside were lined up at the door of the museum in Old Quebec. Admission was free to this first event of the Festival d’Opéra de Québec.

Crossing Canada: North to Hudson Bay

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Photo: Britta Gundersen-Bryden

Polar bears and belugas. Taiga and tundra. Historic Hudson Bay. Churchill, Manitoba has it all and, following a 19-month interruption in service due to essential railroad repairs, visitors can once again take VIA Rail to experience Canada’s North.

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