March 14 2018 Edition

The Shannon Irish Show kicks off St. Patrick’s celebrations

Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
March has arrived and “green season” is in full swing! Members of the Irish community of the Quebec City region and their relatives and friends filled the Shannon Community Centre for the annual Shannon Irish Show twice on March 10. Like all good Irish shows, this one was filled with humour, Irish dancing and a kitchen party. 

Letter to the Editor - New England storm

I would like to extend a heartfelt thank-you to the [Hydro-Québec] power crews for helping us in Massachusetts, U.S.A., repair the significant damage done by Friday’s [March 2] winter hurricane. Many thanks from your neighbors to the south.

~Donna Ryan,
Bridgewater, Mass.

It’s about change, stupid! Pondering Liberal poll slide

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It’s been 26 years since Bill Clinton’s campaign strategist, James Carville, coined what’s become a multi-purpose political credo: “It’s the economy, stupid!” Clinton went on to upset incumbent George H.W. Bush in the 1992 U.S. presidential election, turning around a commanding lead in the polls the commander-in-chief was riding in the wake of the 1991 U.S. invasion of Iraq.

Neil Young tops FEQ 2018 headliners

Photo: FEQ

Getting Canadian rock legend Neil Young on the Festival d’été de Québec (FEQ) stage has long been a goal for festival organizers. “I’ve been trying to get him forever,” says Louis Bellavance, programming director for the festival.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 15, 1818 - The Quebec Gazette

The story behind Rue Albani

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (public domain)

This street in the Des Châtels district of Quebec City is named in honour of Emma Albani, a leading operatic soprano, who was born Emma Lajeunesse in Chambly, Que., on Nov. 1, 1847. She was the first Canadian singer to become an international star.

This year’s Salon de l’Auto electrically charged

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There was a lot of electricity in the air at the 37e Salon International de l’Auto de Québec (Quebec City International Auto Show) held at ExpoCité from March 6 to 11.

Look who’s Acting Out! this week . . .

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Photo: Shirley Nadeau

The third Acting Out! theatre workshop, held at the Morrin Centre on March 10, attracted an interesting mixture of thespians. There were some young and not-so-young actors, some with a lot of acting experience (several Quebec Art Company players) and some with no experience who were merely curious to see what elemental theatre was all about.

Janine Lespérance: Lawyer and Highland dancer

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Photo: Janine Lespérance

Borders have no limits for Janine Lespérance, who practises law by day and who practises or performs her Highland fling on evenings and weekends across Canada and around the world.

The QCT met up with Lespérance for a chat in a café in downtown Quebec City after her eye-opening performance at a recent Robbie Burns Day event.

"Heroic" concert at Cathedral of the Holy Trinity raises funds for Aymen Derbali

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Photo: Lorie Pierce

Residents of Quebec City came out in great numbers to the Anglican Cathedral of the Holy Trinity on March 11 to pay tribute to, and show support for, Aymen Derbali.

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