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Le Vaisseau fantôme conquers the Grand Théâtre

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Photo: Peter Black

It’s no mean feat to fill the vast stage area of the Grand Théâtre, but during scenes from the Festival d’Opéra de Québec’s magnificent production of German composer Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman) the space, while not exactly rendered intimate, was stunningly conquered.

A chance meeting with a black-crowned night heron

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.”
~ Albert Einstein

I was paddling my kayak slowly on the Cabano River in Témiscouata, my camera tucked safely away in its waterproof bag. Enjoying the scenery on a beautiful sunny day, I was hoping to encounter some ducks with their ducklings or, if I was lucky, maybe a green heron.

Sillery arena demo makes way for new housing

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Photo: Peter Black

Not much remains of what was the only indoor ice rink in Sillery. Though demolition was paused during the construction holiday, in the space of a week, machines had made short work of the Aréna Jacques-Côté, the home rink for scores of hockey and skating enthusiasts since it was opened by Canadiens legend Jean Béliveau in 1972.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 31 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring Samuel Croteau (piano) and Antoine Trépanier (bassoon, voice and musical saw) 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.

Capitales vs Expos, Old-Timers’ style

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

Baseball fans will be able to travel back in time on Aug. 15 at Stade Canac as former members of the Quebec Capitales play against former Montreal Expos. Game time is 5 p.m.

Butt out to save our planet from going up in smoke

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

“You are greater than your addiction.”
~ Nasia Davos

They’re everywhere – on the beach, in front of office buildings, in parks and parking lots. Cigarette butts pollute: 30 per cent of all litter found on our shorelines consists of butts. Just one cigarette butt can pollute three litres of sea or fresh water.

Back Alley Jazz & Gin served up at Palais Montcalm

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Photo: Michael Fournier

The Back Alley jazz band made its debut at the Salle d’Youville of the Palais Montcalm on July 18. Singers Vanessa Bergeron and Zita Bombardier-Touret, accompanied by Félix Dubé (piano), Olivier Garand (bass), Raphaël Dubois (trumpet) and Gaétan Paquette (drums), gave a sizzling concert.

Morrin Centre’s Arts Alive! festival sprouts an enchanted garden

The Morrin Centre invites you to discover exciting, new activities during its fifth annual Arts Alive! Québec festival. On Aug. 2 and 3, Quebec City’s English-language cultural hub will host several performances, concerts, and workshops, proudly featuring Quebec City-based artists. This year’s programming explores nature and dreams with events on the theme: “The Garden of Live Flowers.”

A summer hummer

Photo by Lise Lafond

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On a very hot Quebec day, as I stood under the burning sun in a field of milkweed, surrounded by bees and wasps, my camera was steaming. All this discomfort just to get a photo of my favourite insect, the hummingbird moth. I didn’t really mind, it was such a rare treat to see this special little insect, there to sip nectar from one of its favourite flowers.

To meat and beyond: the future of eating animals

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Photo: Peter Black

Margaret Atwood has famously claimed that everything in her speculative fiction novels is happening now, or is possible.

Which brings us to the future of meat. Is Atwood’s depiction in her novel Oryx and Crake a taste of what will be on your plate in the coming years?:

The Journalism and Written Media Independent Panel of Experts releases its report to federal ministers

On July 18, the Journalism and Written Media Independent Panel of Experts unveiled its final report submitted to the Government of Canada to assist with the equitable and effective implementation of tax measures in support of Canadian journalism, as outlined in the 2019 federal budget.

MNO is now EPIQ: time has come for a name change

A dozen years ago, English-speaking moms met at what was then known as Holland Centre and asked for help organizing fun activities that would get them out of the house to meet other English-speaking mothers with young children. Their request gave birth to Moms’ Nite-out, or MNO for short.

The story behind Rue Dalhousie

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Photo: Screenshot from Google Maps

This street is named in honour of George Ramsay (1770-1838), the ninth Earl of Dalhousie, who was governor general of British North America from 1820 to 1828. Unable to put an end to the rivalry between the Executive Council and the Legislative Assembly, he was recalled to London in 1828.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons - Public Domain

July 24, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Forged Bank Notes
Within these few days several strangers have been taken into custody, charged with circulating forged bank notes and counterfeit gold coin. The measures lately taken by the Police, it is hoped, will lead to the detection of others who may be concerned in a species of fraud, witherto little known in this community.

Enjoying a musical weekend at the Domaine Forget

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

A little getaway to the country led to the discovery of the amazing Emerson String Quartet performing at the Domaine Forget in Saint-Irénée on July 19.

Retired bishop of Quebec to run for the Green Party

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Photo: Photo: Cynthia Dow

Dennis Drainville, who retired as bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Quebec in 2017, announced June 5 he would be running for the Greens in the riding of Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine, which covers part of the Gaspé Peninsula and the Magdalen Islands.

Wagner’s Flying Dutchman docks at Quebec opera festival

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Photo: Peter Black

One of the most complex and spectacular productions ever mounted at the Grand Théâtre, Richard Wagner’s Le Vaisseau fantôme (The Flying Dutchman in English, Der fliegende Holländer in German), is ready to take Quebec opera fans on a thrilling voyage “combining epic tales, supernatural worlds and remarkable scenic effects.”

NHL players to take part in the Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron

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Photo: webstagram.one

With less than a month before the event, 20 current and former National Hockey League players have agreed to play in the 11th Pro-Am Gagné-Bergeron, named for Simon Gagné and Patrice Bergeron. The event will take place at the Videotron Centre on Aug. 8. at 7 p.m.

Three Quebec athletes to participate in the next Gaelic Games

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Three athletes from Quebec will fly to Ireland at the end of July to take part in the next Gaelic Games in Waterford, Ireland. All three will participate in the Gaelic Football competition.

Yves Lambert will be on the Eastern Canada men’s team while Léa-Marie Caron will dress with the Eastern Canada women’s team. Florence Dallaire has a spot on the Eastern Canada B women’s team.

Community Calendar

Wednesday, July 24 at 12:05 p.m. – Musical Wednesdays concert featuring renowned organist Jacques Boucher and violinist Anne Robert at Chalmers-Wesley United Church, tions welcome. Door prize draw at the end of each concert.

QCT Mystery photo contest!

What is it? Where is it? Who is it by?

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Send your answer to [email protected]. You may win a three-month free subscription to the QCT, or a three-month extension to your current subscription.

Celtic Festival planned for September 2019

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Photo: Festival celtique de Québec

The Quebec City Celtic Festival / Festival celtique de Québec (FCQ) has revealed the preliminary programming of its 14th edition. The festival will be held from Sept. 5 to 8, mainly at the enchanting Domaine de Maizerets. Certain activities will still take place in Old Quebec, specifically on Rue Saint-Jean.

Billy Elliot, Kinshasa style

POSTCARDS FROM AFRICA

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Photo: Ruby Pratka

When the taxi bounces to a halt in front of the Maison Enrica orphanage in the bustling Limete sector of Kinshasa, the whirl of activity around the dozens of young residents temporarily slows. Sunday is dance day.

Mother Nature slays Imagine Dragons at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was almost no room in front of the Bell Stage on July 13. Despite weather warnings, people had been lined up for hours. Some had driven hundreds of kilometres to see Imagine Dragons, a concert on the roster of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). To everyone’s disappointment, Mother Nature created a repeat of the Foo Fighters’ 2015 concert, to the day.

A dazzling Mariah Carey sings through the rain

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

July 11 was a sparkling evening on the Plains of Abraham, despite the rain and dense clouds. Mariah Carey stepped onto the Bell Stage in a form-fitting short silver dress, reflecting the shining star that she is. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the queen of R&B had arrived at the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Magazine cache shows how life and times have changed

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A few years ago we rented a cottage in the Eastern Townships and, on our first night there, we heard a skittering sound above suggesting a mouse afoot. An investigation of the attic in the morning led to the discovery of not a mouse but a virtual time capsule of magazines.

Celebrating 50th anniversary of the first manned Moon landing

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Photo: Public Domain photo by astronaut Neil Armstrong, NASA

Fifty years ago this week, the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon dominated front-page headlines in newspapers everywhere. The QCT archives give us a unique view into this human triumph.

Monday July 14, 1969
“Soviet Spaceship Heads For Moon”

The story behind Avenue Coubertin

STREET VIEWS

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

This street is named in honour of Charles Pierre de Frédy, Baron de Coubertin (1863 - 1937), also known as Pierre de Coubertin.

Born into an aristocratic French family, Coubertin became an academic and studied a broad range of topics, most notably education and history. He was deeply interested in physical education and the role of sports in schooling.

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

July 19, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Kingston [sic] Palace, May 24, 1819
This morning, at a quarter past 4 o’clock, the Duchess of Kent was happily delivered of a Princess. Her Royal Highness is as well as can be expected, and the young princess is in perfect health.

Bluesman Buddy Guy’s still got it at 82

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Photo: Peter Black

He turns 83 on July 30, so Buddy Guy has more than earned the right to sing the blues and claim the title of the last of the great bluesmen, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and their ilk having already ascended to the big three-chord progression in the sky.

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