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  • The National Battlefields Commission invites the public to participate in a special commemorative activity: The World War Years. This guided tour will be held on September 14 and 21 at 2 p.m. to mark two historical milestones: the outbreak of the First World War (1914–1918), and the 75th anniversary of the start of the Second World War in (1939–1945).• Your hostess, Louisette, a worker at the Arsenal (a now-disappeared cartridge factory), will show you around the posh lodgings built by former Prime Minister Louis S. St. Laurent on Grande Allée. She’ll also give you a taste of the St-Laurent family’s daily life, let you in on family secrets, and get you up to speed on the Plains military role in the first half of the 20th century.• Louis S. St. Laurent Heritage House bears witness in brick and stone to the years before the Great War and will serve as your point of departure. The tour takes about an hour and a half, making stops on the Plains of Abraham at locations where notable military buildings once stood, including soldiers’ huts, and Camp L, the slum quarter, the Discovery Pavilion (formerly HMCS Montcalm), the Ross Rifle Factory, the Arsenal• Find out how the Plains of Abraham contributed to the war effort during the First and Second World Wars, and how the wars affected daily life in the city.• Visit in French, supporting document available in English.• Information and reservation : 418 649-6157, information@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca Stay connected Follow us on Facebook www.theplainsofabraham.ca

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    The World War Years: Guided Tour to expore our past
  • From August 6th to 10th, 2014, the resourcefulness of the founders is promoted with the theme Saluting our Builders, a tribute to the first founders who settled on North American soil. This year, the 18th edition of the SAQ New France Festival hosts more than 400 activities, parades, shows, animations, re-enactments and conferences combining creativity and diversity, from the Upper Town to the St. Lawrence River and through Place Royale. In addition to the new activities and poles of attraction, this edition will be marked by the presence of three foreign delegations of the Francophonie that have a history to share: Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario (ON), Au pays des Illinois (USA) and Val-du-Loire (FRA).“Québec’s desire stems from its first settlers who came to a foreign land and used their talent to transform it into a beautiful port city, which eventually became a UNESCO World Heritage site” stated Gisèle Bourdeau, President of the SAQ New France Festival.KICK-OFF: SALT UNLOADING AND REVAMPED FAMILY PARADEOn Wednesday August 6th, Opening Night should be a memorable evening. Starting at 4 p.m., everyone is welcome to gather at Pier 19 of the Port de Québec to witness the docking of La Goélette Grosse-Île, a symbol of the courage and resilience of the first builders who developed New France against all odds. For this occasion, 14 Filles du Roy will be arriving in Québec, accompanied by a delegation from Val-de-Loire who will perform the Guérande salt unloading ceremony. At 7 p.m., the Opening Parade will include many new features! This year, spectators will be offered a revamped parade with numerous animations and the anticipated presence of the New France float! Five sailboats will travel throughout the streets along the parade route, representing a true historical float. These enormous wooden ships (25, 30, 35 feet) will be pushed on wheels by men. In total, hundreds of characters will bring the streets alive throughout the parade: giants, percussionists, dancers, First Nations, military convoy and many costumed Festival participants. This will be a colourful and family-oriented celebration not to be missed.Honored Guests: Delegations from the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and Loire, History and Traditions!This year, the New France Festival is pleased to welcome a very special delegation of faraway friends, the Association de la francophonie de l’Ontario! At the Royal Battery, you will find numerous artists from L’écho d’un peuple, historical re-enactments– namely a demonstration on how to build birchbark canoes – as well as a booth marking the 400th anniversary of the Ontario Francophonie. The delegation will also be honoured on Friday, August 8th, with a dinner show entitled “Envoyons d’l’avant en Ontario” under the tent at Des Pionniers Pier and on the TD stage at Place de Paris SAQ as of 8 p.m.As for the delegation from Val-de-Loire, in addition to making us relive the salt unloading, it will enliven part of Des Pionniers Pier, celebrate a symbolic marriage between the Loire and the St. Lawrence and host the Val-de-Loire dinner show (August 9th).PLACE DE PARIS SAQ: LOCAL PRODUCTS, MUSIC SHOWS AND A FRIENDLY INNSAQ Inn: Human Warmth and AtmosphereYou will be enchanted by the warm atmosphere of the SAQ Inn while having a drink with friends and enjoying the comfort that will let you taste the products you discovered at Marché des saveurs.Marché des Saveurs: A Multi-Sensory ExperienceEpicureans can let the smells and atmosphere guide them to pick which local products to taste. The market is the perfect place to allow people to familiarize themselves with the various local products and discover new tastes and the fruits of the labour of various local agri-food destinations: waffle, chocolate, ice cream, pork and chicken souvlaki, crusty lamb, bison and wild boar sausage, ham, corn, spices and much more. Festive Evenings on the TD StageThe TD Stage will transform Place de Paris SAQ in a musical gathering place. In addition to the splendid New France-themed fireworks from the Grands Feux Loto-Québec, which will set the tone for the celebrations (August 6th), a thematic music show will make Place de Paris SAQ an excellent gathering place. There will be performances by Les Mâles de mer (August 6th), Alain-François (August 7th), Envoyons de l’avant en Ontario with namely Damien Robitaille (August 8th) and Belzébuth (August 9th). Families will have the opportunity to express their artistic skills by participating in the great New France mural (TD Mural).NEW THEMATIC AND GASTRONOMIC EVENINGS AT DES PIONNIERS PIERThis year, the Festival is renewing itself by offering a thematic dinner show, a first at the SAQ New France Festival! Grands feux et Grands cidres Evenings, August 6th at 9 p.m.While admiring the splendour of the New France-themed Grands Feux Loto-Québec fireworks, enjoy a prime location to taste ciders that have been carefully selected for the occasion. Medallion required.Nobility Ball, August 7th at 6 p.m.The Nobility Ball will offer a unique experience while featuring the history of New France and gastronomy. For the occasion, reputed caterer Le George V will be serving a first class five-course meal paired with specially selected wines. Ticket and reservation required.Thematic Dinner Shows, August 8th and 9th, 6 p.m. and 9 p.m.Specially designed by the foreign delegations taking part in the celebrations, namely the Assemblée de la francophonie de l’Ontario and Val-de-Loire. Ticket and reservation required.For Managing Director and Programming Director Stéphan Parent: “The launch of the New France Festival helps to open up new horizons: both on water and on land. In addition to breathing the life and soul of Québec into the hearts of visitors, the historical celebration resonates throughout the city streets”.“Partners of the New France Festival for many years, it is with great pleasure that the SAQ is once again partnering the event this year and supporting the success of this great popular celebration”, declared Audrey Desbiens, Donations and Sponsorships Project Leader at the SAQ. “Come celebrate our builders at the SAQ Inn and the 4 SAQ Counters. They are run by the New France Festival organization, who will collect all the benefits. This is a way for the SAQ to contribute to Quebec’s community life in a different way!” declared Audrey Desbiens, Donations and Sponsorships Project Leader at the SAQ.ST-LOUIS FORTS AND CASTLES: A WELL-KEPT SECRETVisits hosted by Parks Canada and a quiz on the Champlain Chapel are offered.THE URSULINE GARDEN: BREATHTAKING!On this rare occasion, the Ursuline nuns will open the gates to their garden. Medallion holders will receive a 50% discount at the Musée des Ursulines.A UNIQUE SHIP IN NORTH AMERICA: LA GOÉLETTE GROSSE-ÎLEEnjoy rides on the St. Lawrence River onboard the La Goélette Grosse-Île, a historical sailboat. ONGOING ANIMATIONS Place Royale will be full of costumed characters presenting unique animations such as the stone carver, representatives from pioneer families of Quebec, merchants revealing local treasures and special activities marking the 350th anniversary of Notre-Dame de Québec, including a show by storyteller Éric Michaud. Enjoy the Molson Export Terrace and meet the many crazy characters who will host the Parcours des petits secrets. At UNESCO Park, Huron-Wendat representatives will offer demonstrations of their skills: traditional arts, dances and the new large tipi. In the garden of Maison Chevalier, immerse yourself in the daily activities of Fort Saint-Joseph around 1763, where New France survived for a long time after its official collapse, thanks to the knowhow of the Illinois people. As for De la Cetière Park, it will become the perfect family spot with numerous activities and animations that will please both young and old: music, tales, improvisations and legends, make-up artists and much more! THE 2014 MEDALLION: THE BUILDERS’ MOMENTUM To highlight to builders theme, the 2014 Medallion, used to access the sites, represents these pioneer builders who built forts, churches, mills and shipyards, and who introduced new lifestyles that were adapted to the climatic realities of New France. The Medallion is now on presale for $10, until July 31st, in all participating SAQ and TD branches in the greater Québec area and at nouvellefrance.qc.ca/billetterie. It will then be sold at $12 in these same locations and directly on the sites during the event. Enjoy free Coaticook ice cream with the purchase of a Medallion as well as discounts offered by certain partners. THANK YOU TO THE PUBLIC PARTNERSThe SAQ New France Festival would like to thank its public partners whose major contribution has been making this event possible for several years. We would also like to mention the involvement of the Government of Canada, the Government of Quebec, the City of Québec and the Office du tourisme de Québec in 2014.  

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    18th edition if the SAQ New France Festival: Saluting our builders!
  • This morning the National Battlefields Commission launched My Mobile Plains at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham. The new free mobile app, available in both English and French for multiple platforms, brings together technology and history to enhance the park user experience. Of particular note is the information-rich interactive map of the park featuring close to 200 points of interest. Clicking on these points brings users to a range of augmented reality features, games, videos, stories, and a wealth of photographs—content that will be updated on a continuous basis.Quick Facts• What’s the goal of this innovative, user-friendly new app? To help everyone learn all about the Battlefields Park, from its natural and cultural heritage and history to the services offered, using a unique, and accurately scaled, interactive map. The app will help park users find their way around and discover the many attractions, rich history, and amenities of Canada’s first national historic park, better known simply as the Plains of Abraham.• This powerful, user-friendly app features geolocation technology to help park visitors locate 200 points of interest and explore important historic sites as they travel back in time through augmented reality and enjoy interactive games, stories, archival photos, and more. My Mobile Plains is a one-of-a-kind, action-packed experience—the perfect tool for delving into the many fascinating facets of park history. Learning was never this fun!• Geolocation technology significantly enhances the user experience, displaying features in 30 categories (e.g., artillery, monuments, built heritage, exhibitions, etc.) as well as the main services nearby (washrooms, drinking fountains, access points, parking, etc.). Users can choose to navigate in either map or list mode.• The app can also be used, free of charge, on large touch screens at the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham. Tablets will be available for rental for just $7.• The National Battlefields Commission has identified new technologies as a powerful way to showcase both the services it offers and the heritage of Battlefields Park, which includes both the Plains of Abraham and Des Braves Park.• The app is a free download for tablets and smartphones (mobile website):• My Mobile Plains was created by Magnétik Studio, which was awarded the tender in July 2013.For information on tablet rentals contact the Discovery Pavilion of the Plains of Abraham: 835 avenue Wilfrid-Laurier Avenue, Level 0, Québec, Quebec G1R 2L3, information@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca, 418-649-6157.Follow us: www.theplainsofabraham.ca

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    Battlefields Park mobile app launched My Mobile Plains: An interactive map and so much more
  • The 19th edition of the Envol et Macadam festival will be held from September 4th to 6th. Presented in collaboration with Tremblay beer, the event will take place at the Îlot Fleurie site beneath the Dufferin-Montmorency highway, as well as in various venues in the Nouvo Saint Roch neighbourhood. Throughout the three days of the festival, audiences will be able to enjoy an eclectic line-up presented in a unique urban setting while the heart of downtown Quebec City vibrates to the sound of alternative music.Punk rock is on the menu with Sublime With Rome, Screeching Weasel, Less than Jake, Grade and The Planet Smashers. The organizers of Envol et Macadam are proud to announce that Sublime With Rome will be playing in Quebec City for the first time.  Sublime was one of the most influential groups of the 1990s. With their subtle and perfectly blended mix of ska, reggae and punk rock, they left their mark on many music lovers. Following the death of their front man in 1996, the Californian group disappeared from the scene until 2009, when they made a comeback under the name Sublime with Rome. The latter brought together Sublime veteran bassist Eric Wilson with drummer John Freese. Rome Ramirez became the group’s singer and guitarist, and they released the album Yours Truly in 2011. On stage, the group promises an energetic performance full of new material as well as the Sublime classics that moved a generation.  Also headlining the festival will be Screaching Weasel, another group who is well known to punk rock fans. The band formed in Chicago in 1986 and since then, they have released over a dozen albums and have toured extensively. They are well known for having inspired a number of artists who were important figures of the punk rock scene in the 1990s. Ben Weasel has fronted the group since its beginnings and is as scathing as ever. After taking several breaks over the years, the group is back and better than ever. Their performance at the Envol et Macadam festival is definitely not to be missed by their fans!Less Than Jake will also be part of the line-up for the 19th edition of the Envol et Macadam festival. It will be difficult, if not impossible, to resist the Florida group’s ska punk hymns. Since the middle of the 90s, the group has released eight album of energetic material. With their unique and sunny sound, they will surely bring smiles to all those in attendance at the Îlot Fleurie site. Catchy melodies, fast-paced rhythms, a horn section: all of the ingredients are there to create a festive evening!The Canadian group Grade will also take the festival’s stage. From the mid-90s to the early 2000s, the group from Burlington, Ontario released a number of albums that were well received by critics of the genre. They gained visibility by supporting many different groups on tour. Their sound is rooted in hardcore punk, and they have achieved in this heavy music a perfect balance between musical intensity and melody. Finally, ska ambassadors The Planet Smashers will perform during the Quebec finals of the Planetrox competition that will be held this year at the Complexe Méduse. The group formed in Montreal in 1994 and became known for their high-energy performances and ska pop sound. After 20 years in the business, the Planet Smashers have made their mark and have sold over 250,000 albums.Planetrox continuesThe PLANETROX project is an international competition, and it’s mission is to discover the best up-and-coming groups from each of the participating countries and to present them to the Envol et Macadam festival audience. The 2014 edition brings together groups from ten invited countries and musicians from fifteen different international cities to perform on the festival’s stages in Quebec City next September. The auditions have been going well on the provincial, national and international levels. The Quebec regional finals were held over the past few weeks. The finalists are:Awake in The Noise (winner of the Rimouski finals)Meet The Mailman (winner of the Quebec City finals)Bladies (winner of the Victoriaville finals)Goodbye Sparta (winner of the Saguenay finals)Code 40-11 (winner of the Montreal finals)These regional finalists will compete for the title of provincial finalist during the festival’s opening night on September 4th at the Complexe Méduse. The provincial finalist will get the chance to play on one of the main stages at the Îlot Fleurie site alongside the finalists from the ten other participating countries. Weekend Pass Pre-SaleFrom June 13th to 20th, Envol et Macadam will be holding a weekend pass pre-sale via its Facebook page. During this time, weekend passes for the festival will be sold for $38.50, which is the usual price to attend a single night of the festival. Starting June 13th, visit the festival’s Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/festivalenvoletmacadamRegular tickets and VIP passes are on sale at lepointdevente.com, the Exo boutique and at envoletmacadam.com.Envol et Macadam will be announcing additional groups who will be participating in the festival in July. All information will be available at  envoletmacadam.comEnvol et Macadam: Supporting Up-And-Coming Bands For the Past 19 yearsEnvol et Macadam supports up-and-coming bands, while continuing to innovate ways to provide local and international emerging bands with the opportunity to take part in an event which annually attracts thousands of music lovers and industry professionals to a unique urban setting.Envol et Macadam would like to thank all of the festival’s partners: Ville de Québec, the Ministère de la culture, des communications et de la condition feminine, Canadian Heritage, les Brasseurs RJ, Radio X, the Exo boutique, Beyer Dynamics and the Delta Québec hotel.  

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    Sublime with Rome, Screeching Weasel, Less Than Jake, Grade and The Planet Smashers in Quebec City for Envol et Macadam
  • The Morrin Centre explores a British love affair“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” - Henry JamesThe Morrin Centre launched its new summer activity this morning. At a press conference in the Library, President Sovita Chander observed that the Centre’s Victorian decor is the ideal setting to experience afternoon tea, an English tradition that grew in popularity in the 19th century and is making a comeback as one of the number one food trends in 2014, according to NPR’s Bonny Wolf. She added that the Centre is “looking to build its programming around the history of the building and the multiple functions that is has had over the centuries.” From June 7 to September 1, the Morrin Centre will carry local and out-of-town visitors back to when Britain’s love affair with tea first swept through all the social classes of the nation and beyond. There will be two sittings each Saturday and Sunday at 4 and 5 p.m.An enchanting decorParticipants will be able to sample traditional teas and pastries in keeping with Victorian customs and etiquette in this historic library which boasts a collection of over 20,000 books, a spiral staircase reminiscent of the library in Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, and artifacts dating back to a time when teatime came into fashion. “We are very proud to be launching this new activity. Afternoon tea at the Morrin will be the opportunity to celebrate special occasions or simply discover the English heritage that is part of the unique history of our fortified city,” commented Executive Director, Barry McCullough.It is highly recommended to reserve online (www.morrin.org) or by phone (418-694-9147).About the Morrin CentreThe Morrin Centre is an English-language cultural centre that promotes the heritage of the English-speaking community of Quebec City, fosters cultural exchange and offers a wide range of activities including library services, guided tours, readings by prominent authors, writing workshops, a writers’ festival and much more. This 200 year-old building, listed as a National Historic Site, is managed by the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec. 

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    The Morrin Centre explores a British love affair

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