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July 2012 Archives

New national ski training centre at Mont-Sainte-Anne

Good news for alpine and cross-country skiers across Quebec and eastern Canada:  The Quebec government has approved funding of just over $2.5 million to create a national ski training centre at Mont-Sainte-Anne.  Daniel Paul Lavallée, director-general of Ski Alpin Quebec, and Olympic cross-country skier Alex Harvey joined Jacquie to talk about out what the new facility will mean for our top skiers.
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Quebec swimmer Katerine Savard

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Katerine Savard swam the 100m butterfly this weekend in London, and while those races didn't end with any top results, she'll swim again on Thursday and Friday. Before Katerine left for the Olympics, our Rachelle Solomon met with her and her mom Linda at their family's home in Cap-Rouge to talk about training for the highest level of competition.  


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Glen Sutton cheers for Clara Hughes

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Moments after the opening ceremonies began, we heard from the family that runs Au Diable Vert, the mountaintop inn -- tree houses included -- that neighbours the Glen Sutton home of Clara Hughes. Jeremy Fontana, Julie Zeitlinger, and two of their four children joined Jacquie to talk about how Clara continues to inspire the community and how, come Sunday, they will gather to cheer her on.

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Playing the Whale-O-Phone in Tadoussac

Learning a new language is hard enough, but how about learning to speak whale? A storyteller in Tadoussac has developed an instrument called the Whale-O-Phone, and he's teaching visitors how to communicate, or at least how to sound like the underwater mammals. Simon Gauthier wailed out a few sounds for the CBC's Peter Tardif.
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A taste of the Olympics from sportcafe.ca

sport cafe1.jpgTwo high performance athletes, who just missed out on these Olympics, are now giving much of their energy to sportcafe.ca. Antoine Meunier and Etienne Morneau's website culls blogs and tweets from their fellow athletes who are competing in London and beyond. Jacquie stopped by the Quebec City café where they were busy working on the project...
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Dale Boyle's latest album, Throwback

daleboyle.JPGWith his PhD completed, Dale Boyle is now teaching at McGill in Montreal. But the Gaspé coast is home for this musician. Those roots continue to make their way into his music, as is the case with Dale Boyle's latest release, Throwback. He joined Jacquie to talk about the new album. 
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Richard Purdy's latest art installations

web nicolet.JPGAn art installation in Nicolet is reclaiming that town's old cathedral - or at least its domed ceiling. Our Rachelle Solomon met up with artist Richard Purdy to hear about two of his current projects, the one in Nicolet at the Musée des religions du monde and the other in Montreal at the Biodôme, and to talk about his 14 years of teaching at the l'Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières.

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Roger Waters wows Quebec with The Wall

wall.jpgIt was a two-hour cinematic sweep of images and sound on a 900-foot long stage, the last concert of Roger Waters' world tour of The Wall. Seventy-five thousand spectators took in the show in Quebec City, and our Jacquie was among them. Here are some of her conversations on the Plains of Abraham, as people arrived for this massive theatrical concert.
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Olympic bound from Lac Beauport

kayak.jpgKayak sprinters Ryan Cochrane and Hugues Fournel talk about the strength and stamina and the years of support that has helped get them to the Olympics. We catch up with them on their last morning of training on Lac Beauport before they head to Europe.
Pictured: Hughes, Jacquie, Ryan, alongside Antoine Meunier and Etienne Morneau, training partners and co-founders of www.sportcafe.ca
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The amazing maze of maize!

Maze01.JPGThere's a brand new labyrinth of corn in Donnacona and with 5,000 different turns and dead ends, there are simply too many corny jokes we could make about getting lost in this thing. Our Peter Tardif met up with the site corndinator, Guy Robert, and took a walk through the stalks.
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Robert Lepage to premiere Tempest opera

RobertLepage.JPGShakespeare's Tempest as seen from the mind of Robert Lepage. The latest opera directed by this city's celebrated super producer premieres next week in Quebec City as part of the Festival d'opéra de Québec before it travels to New York's Met and the Vienna State Opera. Jacquie goes backstage behind Lepage's "La Scala" backdrop.
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Bye-bye wading pools. Hello water play parks.

parc du musee.jpgThere's a whole lot of splashing going on this summer as Quebec City switches to a safer and more technological way of cooling off from the heat. Peter Tardif met up with Caroline Langlois of Waterplay Solutions, a company that builds water play parks, at a brand new park next to the Plains of Abraham.

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Shigawake's first-ever Local Products Festival

The small mostly anglophone village of Shigawake on Gaspe's Baie des Chaleurs has a long and proud history of agriculture. For over a century, the community's Agricultural Fair has been a focal point, and now one month before it starts, there will be a Local Products Festival to further celebrate the producers and artisans of this region. Jacquie spoke with one of the people behind this new festival, CEDEC's Wendy Dickson.
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Living like coureurs des bois in Trois-Rivières

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New beer route in the Mauricie

Thumbnail image for DSCN1345.JPGFive micro-breweries in the Mauricie are raising a glass to their new Route des bières. Our Rachelle Solomon was in Trois-Rivières earlier this week and driving along boul. des Forges, she stopped in at one of the participating pubs, the Gambrinus, where the owners have been brewing beer locally for 15 years. 

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The Tedeschi Trucks Band

Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks, along with nine other band members, take to the stage this evening in Quebec City. Derek is one of the gods of slide guitar. Susan's vocals are said to be show-stopping. Together, as husband and wife, they lead a Grammy Award winning band with deep connections to those pioneers of southern rock, The Allman Brothers. Jacquie met up with this music powerhouse at their soundcheck.
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A Harley for Hallyday

JHHARLEY.JPGBefore legendary French rocker Johnny Hallyday hits the stage in Quebec City tonight, he might hop on a motorcyle and take part in the Pat Burns Ride of Courage. And not on just any motorcyle. Laurent Prémont, owner of a local Harley-Davidson dealership, custom built and painted a bike for Johnny to ride. Peter Tardif met up with Laurent and got to see a whole lot of chrome. 

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La Prucheraie, a Georgeville estate

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La Prucheraie, "the hemlock grove", opens its gorgeous gardens -- and designer gates -- to the public this Sunday in Georgeville. We'll hear more about the village's garden tour organized for the benefit the Georgeville Community Association, and about the couple who has created this corner of paradise in the woods up from the Lake.
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The Inverugie Golf Club near Georgeville

jc photo golf.jpgThirty-five years ago, the McTavish family sculpted the Inverugie Golf Club out of their pastureland near the village of Georgeville, in the Eastern Townships. Today, dreaming of retirement, their labour of love is up for sale, with hopes that Inverugie will always be part of community life. Jacquie visited Inverugie and hopped aboard a golf cart to tour the property and to find out more about its history. 
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Quebec City brother and sister electro-pop duo Midaz & Ellie

Québec-20120704-00039.jpgA brother and sister from Quebec City have teamed up to form the electro-pop duo Midaz & Ellie. Pierre-François and Elizabeth Blondeau are enjoying the success of their first single "Live It Up (Night & Day)" and they are in fact living it up as they get ready to open for pop sensation LMFAO. That massive concert is on the Plains of Abraham on Friday as part of Quebec City's Festival d'Ete. Rachelle Solomon met up with Midaz & Ellie at Quebec City's Productions 360 studio...
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Sammy's summer in Georgeville

jacquiesammy.JPGHere's a tiny window into the whimsical world of 10-year old Sammy Smith, one of only a few children who lives year-round in the village of Georgeville. But now with summer here, Sammy has all her friends from afar back on the lake to check out the tadpoles, convene in the secret clubhouse, and talk about tween things.
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