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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.

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.