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Sir Paul has come and gone....

So much anticipation. So many people. Paul McCartney concert in Quebec City was largely put together in three weeks. Here is how it was organized in so little time. And how it unfolded...
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David Shum reports for CBC Television.
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Paul McCartney visits friends in Quebec City

He has been associated with over 60 Oscar-nominated movies, and now his name is being linked with the special friends that Paul McCartney wanted to meet this Sunday while he was in Quebec City.
Jake Eberts a well known film producer who grew up in Arvida in the Saguenay, went to Bishop's College School in Lennoxville, and now has a home in the Eastern Townships, Quebec.
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CBC Radio-Canada exclusive interview with Sir Paul McCartney

In an exclusive interview with Radio-Canada's Cathy Senay, Sir Paul says he is excited to be part of the 400th anniversary of Quebec City.
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Sir Paul McCartney talks to CBC about his concert  in Quebec City and the controversy around it. Dan Halton reports.
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Paul McCartney concert in Quebec City: The Do's and Don'ts

How to get there, what to do to get in, and the best view once inside.
The CBC's Christine Maki has the update on the logistics of the Paul McCartney concert this Sunday night.
Listen [Runs: 11:34]

Sir Paul McCartney in Quebec city: The come back of the Beatlemania!

It's one of the largest collections of Beatles memorabilia in the world and it's in a suburban basement in Quebec City. 4000 pieces of Beatles memorabilia filling every inch of Quebecker Richard Lapointe basement.
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The cross-Atlantic race to Saint-Malo, France starts from Quebec City's port

Ships Ahoy! The world's fastest formula one sail boats are moored in Quebec city's old port and they are beginning an exciting cross-Atlantic race to Saint-Malo, France, on Sunday July 20.
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CBC Radio and CBC Television celebrate Quebec's 400th Birthday

On July 3, 1608, Samuel de Champlain established the first permanent French colony in North America on the shores of the St. Lawrence River. Four hundred years later to the day, Quebeckers and visitors from around the world gathered in front of his statue to mark the historic event.

CBC Radio's Mike Finnerty and Susan Campbell were on hand to cover the festivities.
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Michel Godbout and the CBC News at Six team also prepared a special live edition of the newscast.

David Shum & Andrew Chang report on the day's festivities.
Watch- Part 1 [Runs 8:02]

Many Quebecers can map their family trees back to the time of Champlain's arrival. Andrew Chang reports.
Watch- Part 2 [Runs 4:28]

Much of Quebec City's rich history is still buried beneath the earth. David Shum reports.
Watch- Part 3 [Runs 3:32]

A look ahead. Andrew Chang reports.
Watch- Part 4 [Runs 3:12]

An interview with Saumon de Champlain.
Watch- Part 5 [Runs 1:50]

My Quebec City

Our 400th anniversary series, My Quebec City, introduces us to places in the city that have a special meaning for a dozen celebrated residents--past and present--songwriters and novelists, a hockey player and an Olympic athlete, a federal politician and an astronaut, business leaders and the chef at the iconic Chateau Frontenac...

Singer-songwriter Andrée Watters
In 2004, Andrée Watters broke into the Quebec music scene with a first album that sold 75,000 copies in the province alone--and took home the Félix award for rock album of the year. This spring, she released her third album-Minuit-co-written with veteran pop star Sylvain Cossette. (To hear Andree Watters' latest album, go to http://andreewatters.com/frame_musique_fr.html)

The 25-year-old grew up in Charlesbourg, a suburb of Quebec City, and she is now based in Montreal. But she's still drawn to one special place in the heart of the old city: the Dufferin Terrace-- the boardwalk in front of the Chateau Frontenac.
Listen [Runs 2:46]

Author Neil Bissoondath
Since the mid-1980s, Bissoondath has made a name for himself in Canadian literature with such novels as The Worlds Within Her and The Unyielding Clamour of the Night, famously written on a frozen, snow-covered picnic table on the shores of the St.Lawrence. Bissoondath is also well-known in Canada for his 1994 non-fiction book Selling Illusions, which takes issue with official multiculturalism.

The author was born in Trinidad and Tobago, and he was a long-time resident of Toronto before moving to the Quebec City suburb, Ste Foy, in the mid 1990s.
He had already fallen in love with the city during an earlier stay 25 years ago,
so when Laval University offered him a job teaching creative writing, he jumped at the chance to come back.

His favourite spot...then and now...is rue Cartier, the heart of the city outside the old walls.
Listen [Runs 3:40]

Hotel and restaurant entrepreneur Christiane Germain
Christiane Germain stands as a dynamic example of those who have made their mark in this city and beyond. She is the second generation of a family of Quebec City hoteliers and restaurateurs. (There is now a third generation at work as well.)

Groupe Germain hotel, restaurant and condo projects across Canada (and soon overseas as well) now take the co-president away from her hometown for much of the time. But she says she always keeps the city close by - with a panoramic photo that reminds her of her favourite skyline.
Listen [Runs 2:32]

Executive chef of the Chateau Frontenac Jean Soulard
Jean Soulard is arguably one of Quebec City's busiest citizens in the summer of these 400th anniversary celebrations. But when he's not preparing yet another elaborate banquet for royal visitors, he's literally on the run in the city itself...jogging.

Soulard is also an athlete, a man who has completed several marathons and a couple of Iron Man triathlons, and his favourite place in Quebec City is the place where he runs...not on the heights with its postcard views, but below the upper town, by the St. Charles River.
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Olympic athlete Sylvie Bernier
This summer, Sylvie Bernier heads out once again with Canada's Olympic team-this time, as chef de mission, to Beijing.
Bernier was the first female athlete from Quebec to bring home the gold. She achieved that feat in 1984, at the Los Angeles games, in the 3-meter diving event.

In spite of her international travels, Bernier still makes frequent trips back to her hometown: Quebec City. The place in the city that always stirs up fond memories for her is where she did her CEGEP studies... just before her final training preparations for the Los Angeles games.
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Former NHL hockey player Marian Stastny
Quebec City counts a good number of legendary clans, families whose members have left a distinct mark. The Stastny brothers are one such clan. Back in the 1980s, Peter, Marian and Anton Stastny came to Quebec from their native Czechoslovakia to play for the Quebec Nordiques. Marian is the Stastny who stayed.

A few years ago, he and his wife opened a hotel and golf course on Quebec's south shore. But Marian Stastny's favourite place in his adopted city remains the heart of the old town. It has always reminded him of where he came from.
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Playwright, novelist, actress and director Marie Laberge
Marie Laberge began as an actress in Quebec City, and then moved on to writing plays-- more than 20 in all. She won not only a Governor General's award for drama, but also France's most prestigious cultural award. Then she turned her hand to writing novels.

Laberge's trilogy "Le Gout du Bonheur" has made her one of Quebec's most popular writers. She's sold half a million copies in the province alone.The novels are set in Quebec City, and the characters are often drawn to one particular place. It's Marie Laberge's own favourite spot in the city: the Dufferin Terrace.
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MusiquePlus VJ and member of hip-hop band C.E.A. Marième Ndiaye
Marième Ndiaye is one of those people who would like people "to get beyond the postcard views" when they come to Quebec City.
She grew up in the lower-town borough of Limoilou, and she is proud of her roots. So she's chosen her own neighbourhood, in particular the 3ème Avenue, as her favourite place.
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Canada's first astronaut...Marc Garneau
Marc Garneau moved around a lot in his youth, but his Quebec City roots go back to the 1650s. He's the eleventh generation of an illustrious family that included two Quebec City mayors.  Garneau has had an illustrious career himself, of course. He was the first Canadian to go to space. He flew aboard three NASA space shuttles, and later headed up the Canadian Space Agency, until he resigned to run for federal office in Montreal in 2006.

For Garneau, one of the most important places in Quebec City has always been the Citadelle, the fortifications that house the Royal 22nd regiment...in the shape of a star.
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Check back for more My Quebec City capsules in the weeks to come!

Remarkable city, remarkable people

Four hundred years of Quebec City history have produced some remarkable personal stories. We dug into the history books to discover some of the lesser-known figures who have made a special contribution to the life and progress of the city, the province and the nation. Naturally, a list of such intriguing people is virtually endless, so in this series of audio documentaries, we have tried to focus on those who represent a wide variety of endeavours.

Pioneering doctor Irma Levasseur
She was Quebec's first female francophone doctor and pediatrician. Through her selfless efforts, medical services for children in the province were vastly improved. She was the co-founder of children's hospitals in Montreal and Quebec City.

The Baillairgé family of architects and artists
Much of the "look" of Quebec City - from cathedrals to hotels - was the work of a talented family of architects and artists. The Baillairgés brought a style to buildings that echoed European styles but with distinctive Quebec features.

The man who electrified the city - Sigismund Mohr
Polish immigrant Sigismund Mohr was an engineer and technological pioneer. After first introducing telephones to Quebec City, he went on to create the first urban electrical grid. His harnessing of hydro power laid the groundwork for the province's future hydro-electrical development.

Phantom Joe Malone - early hockey superstar
A son of the city's Irish community, Joe Malone was one of hockey's first superstars. He led the Quebec City Bulldogs to two Stanley Cups and he still holds the record for most goals in one NHL game - seven. A banner recognizing his stellar career hangs in the rafters of Le Colis´┐Że today.

Chief Nicholas Vincent, native rights champion
The most celebrated chief of the Huron-Wendat nation, Nicholas Vincent fought for respect for treaty rights, taking his case all the way to the court of the King of England in 1825. Through his efforts, the Hurons were able to secure guarantees for their land. He has been designated a figure of national importance by the government of Canada.

Theodore Molt-- Beethoven's Quebec connection
A prominent musician and composer in Quebec City, Theodore Molt traveled to Europe to meet with Ludwig van Beethoven. He not only got a meeting with the music giant - he returned to Quebec with a composition specifically dedicated to the city.

Captain J.E. Bernier - Arctic explorer
After sailing the globe as a trader, Captain Bernier dedicated himself to exploring the Arctic and urging Canada to lay claim to the vast northern territory. He also was a pioneer in understanding of the native peoples of the north.

Jean Bourdon -master planner
As charmingly haphazard as the streets of Quebec City may seem, much of the layout was well-planned. Jean Bourdon was the city's first urban planner, designing streets in the 1700s that are still familiar today.

Esther Wheelwright - from hostage to mother superior
Native raiders captured her as a young girl from her family homestead in Maine in 1703. Brought to Quebec City and educated by the Ursuline nuns, Esther Wheelwright eventually became the mother superior of the convent. She served as an intermediary when the British captured the city in 1759.

Georges-Elie Amyot - corset king
When the world of fashion demanded slim female waists, Georges-Elie Amyot was ready. His company, Dominion Corset, became one of the biggest manufacturers of corsets in the world and its success provided the resources for Amyot to build an outstanding career as a financier. Amyot is remembered as one of Canada's leading francophone industrialists.