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Blink-182 celebrates 20 years and closes FEQ 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

No band could have closed the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec better than the punk rock group from California, Blink-182. The songs of this iconic 1990s-2000s trio are etched in people’s minds, proven by the tens of thousands who attended the 20th anniversary of the Enema of the State concert on July 14. For many, this renowned album was the main attraction to the Blink-182 show.

Middaugh and Button win XTERRA Québec Pan Am Tour

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

Triathletes were unruffled by the heavy rain and thunderstorm of July 13. Early Sunday morning, 300 amateur and elite international athletes competed in a triathlon on a course through lakes and forest at Lac Delage in the sixth XTERRA race, competing for a spot in the XTERRA World Championship in Hawaii.

The Offspring thrills FEQ crowds

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a 30-minute delay, spectators were more than happy to see The Offspring appear on the Bell Stage. As part of the closing program of the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ), the band opened with “Americana,” the title song of their album of the same name.

Humanorium attracts curiosity seekers to a strange fun-fair

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

A series of tents, cabins and rides reminiscent of Barnum and Bailey popped up under the ramps of Autoroute Dufferin-Montmorency off Boulevard Charest from July 12 to 16. Visitors to the dimly lit Îlot Fleurie walked into EXMURO’s Humanorium: l’étrange fête foraine / strange fun-fair.

25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec: fireworks, dance, music and movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There are just a couple of weeks to go before fireworks explode over the St. Lawrence River. From July 31 to Aug. 24, hundreds of thousands of spectators both old and young, from near and far, will gather along the river’s banks and at the designated sites – Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City.

FEQ 2019 declared success despite weather

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Photo: Peter Black

The weather “played a spoilsport” for two evenings of the 2019 edition of the 11-day Festival d’Été, but organizers are declaring the 52nd version of Quebec’s most popular musical event memorable “in every way.”

OBITUARY: Margaret Elizabeth (née Payne) SLIWA

Margaret Elizabeth (née Payne) SLIWA died peacefully in her 91st year, after a seven-year battle with dementia, complicated by a stroke. Daughter of the late John Payne and Veronica (McLaughlin) Payne, of Stoneham, QC.

Quebec rugby and soccer teams lead their leagues right across the province

The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ) and the Québec Dynamo soccer players are enjoying a great summer on their respective pitches, across the province.

The CRQ women lead Quebec’s Women’s Super League and have an unbeaten record. On July 13, the CRQ team won 38-10 over the Barrhaven Scottish club from Ottawa, for their seventh straight win in as many games.

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

It’s summer and a splendid time to go to the park, find a bench under a tree and read under its branches that protect you from the sun and move slowly in the breeze, like a hand-held fan, to keep you cool on a hot day.

Community Calendar

July 16 and 18 – VEQ Out & About for members of the community aged 50-plus. Join us as we take the Lévis ferry to enjoy magnificent views of our beautiful city and local cuisine, or bring a lunch and enjoy it on one of the many picnic benches. Free transportation is provided. Contact Paige at 418-683-2366, ext. 222 or Alexandra at [email protected].

Lizotte back with the Quebec Remparts, and baseball news

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Photo: QMJHL

Pascal Lizotte, the Quebec Remparts’ goaltender coach from 2011 to 2013, will hold the same title in the upcoming season. Remparts general manager and head coach Patrick Roy confirmed Lizotte’s hiring in a press release on July 12.

Toronto Raptors to hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec

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Photo: NBA Canada website

The Toronto Raptors, the newest champions of the National Basketball Association (NBA), will hold their 2019-20 training camp in Quebec City.

The announcement was made in a press release by the Université Laval Sports Activities Services on July 10.

Ride for Ovarian Cancer Awareness stops in Quebec City

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Photo by Ken Flagel

Corey Hart opens FEQ with high-energy performance

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

Pop star Corey Hart “never surrendered” to travel obstacles in his way, including being boxed in by traffic in Montreal. That was a very good thing for organizers of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ) who had scrambled to have Hart fill in the abruptly vacant headliner spot on the opening Thursday of the monster festival.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zep tribute band rock FEQ Saturday

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Photo: Photo by Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

The packed crowd for the July 6 show on the giant Festival d’Été Bell stage didn’t seem to mind that they were rocking out to essentially two big-name tribute bands.

The desire for durable duds: sustainable clothing becoming more fashionable

It’s possible some soccer-playing kid in Kenya is wearing my orange Simon Gagné T-shirt as he kicks the ball around in the streets of Nairobi. (The shirt, if you’re wondering, was a promotional giveaway back in 2010 when the Philadelphia Flyers, featuring local hero Gagné, now retired, made it to the Stanley Cup finals, losing to the Chicago Blackhawks).

MEMORIALS AND THINGS OF FAME

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Photo: Wikipedia Commons - Public Domain

Editor’s note: Articles from the archives are reproduced with the original vocabulary, spelling and punctuation. Explanatory notes may be added as necessary.

July 9, 1819 – The Quebec Gazette

Quebec City marks its 411th anniversary

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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The honour guard of the Service de Police de la Ville de Québec marched from the statue of Samuel de Champlain to City Hall, where the City’s 411th anniversary celebrations continued.

Sainte-Pétronille chamber music series off to a wonderful start

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

July 4 might have been a hot night on the Plains of Abraham as the strains of Corey Hart’s FEQ concert wafted across the St. Lawrence River, but it was blessedly cooler, quieter and less crowded inside Église Sainte-Pétronille, the little church on the southern tip of Île d’Orléans.

Twenty One Pilots climbed to new heights at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

They crowd-surfed, tower-climbed, changed their outfits and instruments, went down into the crowd and invited security guards to dance. Ohio band Twenty One Pilots know how to put on a show. They’ve seen their fair share of concerts, so lead vocalist and guitarist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun understand the importance of stage presence.

Passages insolites: curious art in unusual places

Photos by Cassandra Kerwin

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Look who is playing in the grass!

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Photo: Lise Lafond

After two years without successfully hatching any goslings, this year Angry Bird (if it is him …) and Mrs. Bird are happy to show us their pride-and-joy goslings, three little ones that look happy and healthy. In a few weeks, the Canada geese will disappear, only to stop over at our farm in the fall before they take off to spend winter in the south.

Kenneth “Ken” Merle DODDRIDGE

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Kenneth “Ken” Merle DODDRIDGE
(August 11, 1939 - June 26, 2019)

Ken Doddridge died peacefully with his family by his side at Belleville General Hospital on Wednesday, June 26, 2019, in his 80th year. He was the beloved partner of Helen Allen.

The French preferred Brazil to Canada

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The Fête de la Ville de Québec on July 3 reminds us that Samuel de Champlain and his 28 companions laid down the foundations of Quebec in 1608.

Auger-Aliassime ousted at Wimbledon, plus football and hockey news

L’Ancienne-Lorette’s Félix Auger-Aliassime was eliminated in the third round at Wimbledon on July 5. The 18-year-old was ranked 19th before the start of one of the world’s most prestigious tennis tournaments. The rising Canadian tennis star lost in three straight sets to Ugo Humbert of France.

Community Calendar

June 26 to Oct. 14 – Passages Insolites. Discover fascinating works of public art in the Petit-Champlain, Place-Royale, Vieux-Port and Saint-Roch districts of Quebec City. For more information, visit passagesinsolites.com. See photos on page 5.

The Cathedral of the Holy Trinity offers music at noon

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

Last week’s Midi en Musique concert at the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity featured the beautiful soprano voice of Myriam Boutin. She was accompanied by pianist Valérie Timofeeva and Stéphane Fontaine, first clarinet with the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec.

Make your own deodorant … and feel and smell fresh

SAVING THE PLANET ONE WEEK AT A TIME

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Photo: Lise Lafond

I’ve been writing this column for six months already, and I’m confident that, by now, many QCT readers are doing their part to help the planet. How?

Three Capitales players at Can-Am League all-star game

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Photo: Luc Lang

Three players from the Québec Capitales were at the annual all-star game at Palisades Credit Union Park in Rockland, N.Y. On July 10, the Can-Am League all-stars faced the Frontier League all-stars. Unfortunately, the results of the game were not available before this issue went to print.

NCAA teams to visit the Rouge et Or men’s basketball team in August

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Photo: U-Laval / Yan Doublet

For the 12th year, the Université Laval men’s basketball team will host two teams from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) from the United States in August. The NCAA is America’s version of Canada’s U Sports.

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