March 21 2018 Edition

CBC’s Canada Reads brings a friendly “battle of the books” to Quebec City

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Photo: Natalie Keller

I’m going to let the audience in on a little secret. Daniel, did you like your book?” asks host Saroja Coelho. “I loved hating it,” sarcastically replies the panellist – one of five, each presenting a novel by a Canadian author and defending its relevance (or not) to readers today.

Morrin Centre displays 30 years of QAC memorabilia

Photo: Shirley Nadeau
An exhibit of fascinating memorabilia from over 30 years of English-language theatre in Quebec City was opened at the Morrin Centre on March 17. 

One Nite Band celebrates St. Patrick’s Day with a kitchen party

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a long and festive day celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, more than 150 people kept the party going at Everest Elementary School on March 17. The One Nite Band, led by Ed Sweeney, gave an impressive Irish-style kitchen party concert.

Memorials and Things of Fame

March 23, 1818 – The Quebec Gazette
At Goudie’s shipyard in St. Roch’s, a very fine sailing vessel was launched so successfully that the company was the recipient of many congratulatory messages. The vessel launched was not christened at the time but afterwards was known as the steamer Quebec.

Sled dog racing around the mountains in Valcartier

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Photo: Lise Lafond
The sixth annual International de Chiens de Traîneaux sled dog races were held in Valcartier on March 17 and 18. An impressive 130 teams came from Quebec, Ontario and the United States to participate in this popular race. The scenery was fantastic, the snow was nice and hard and the temperature was ideal for the dogs, even if it was a bit cold for human spectators.

The story behind Route de l’Aéroport

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Photo: Google maps
Route de l’Aéroport, which leads to Quebec City’s Jean Lesage International Airport, has been known by this name since the 1940s. 

St. Patrick’s Parish celebrates in style on March 17

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin
St. Patrick’s Parish invited members of the community to the annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner in McMahon Hall, following the mass at the church on Avenue de Salaberry on March 17. The service was  celebrated by Pastor Réjean Lussier and former pastor Mgr. Jean Pelletier. 

Taking the tramway from the past to the future

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Photo: Wikimedia Commons (Public Domain)

According to local lore, a tramway roundabout once traversed our backyard in what was then the western outskirts of Quebec City. Back then, the wooden rails ran along what is now the line between our property and our neighbours’. Across the lane, there’s still a building which, we’re told, was the stable for the horses that used to pull the trolley cars.

Défilé de la Saint-Patrick to be more festive than ever

On Saturday, March 24, at 2 p.m., the ninth Défilé de la Saint-Patrick will make its way from St. Patrick’s High School to City Hall, passing along Avenue Cartier, Grande Allée and Rue Saint-Louis.

Laval students deliver entertaining opera at Château Frontenac

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Photo: Natalie Keller

The iconic Fairmont Le Château Frontenac is celebrating its 125th anniversary in 2018 with festivities taking place all year long. In collaboration with Université Laval’s Faculty of Music, Emmanuel Chabrier’s l’Étoile (The Star) was performed in the extravagant Château Frontenac ballroom this past Saturday as part of the hotel’s yearlong celebration.

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