Vive le Quebec

It’s no surprise one of Quebec City’s twin cities is Xi’an in China’s Shaanxi province.

Both cities are one of the oldest settlements in their respective countries. Both have served as capitals for hundreds and hundreds of years. Both have intact fortification walls surrounding the oldest sections of the city. Both have retained their historically important architectural flavour despite the needs of creating a modern city. And both have a vibrant and animated social scene with thousands of tourists filling the streets every day of the week – which makes it especially difficult to get a shot like this, below.

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The central tower of Le Chateau Frontenac, below, generally recognized as the most photographed hotel in the world.

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Stephen Keeping, below, gives it his all as he climbs the cobblestone surface of Rue Saint Jean during one of the five stages of Le Tour de Quebec.

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The sprint stage held in Vieux Quebec was held Wednesday with Keeping, representing the Stevens Racing p/b The Cyclery team, defeating Canadian criterium champion Pierrick Naud in one of the heats, only to be defeated in the round of eight later in the day. In the following 32km event, Keeping took a fourth place finish and won the King of the Mountain red jersey.

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Among the many iconic buildings in the city is this small Roman Catholic church – Notre-Dame-des-Victoires situated in the lower part of the old town.

The church and the surrounding courtyard figured prominently in the final scenes of the 2002 film Catch Me If You Can when the Tom Hanks character finally corners Frank Abagnale, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Dude Looks Like A Singer

This was the weekend for those who like to live in the past to come out to downtown Brampton, Ontario.

And based on the turnout for the 14th Classic Cars and Legendary Stars, there are plenty of people who like to reminisce.

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But this year, for safety reasons, the annual classic car parade through town did not include any tire-smoking burnouts by the high horse-powered muscle cars, and anyone who tried to show off more than just their old time make and models had to hand over their licence to a waiting Peel Regional for a stern warning.

Below, Jeff Sommerville & The Jazz Mechanics started off the legendary stars musical portion of the day on Saturday.

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And on the big stage Aerosmith tribute band Mama Kin rocked the crowd, young and old, in Gage Park.

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Frank Grosso fronts the rock quintet as Steven Tyler sound-a-like. And fellow Torontonian Tony Verna, below with Grosso riding piggyback, takes on the role of lead guitarist Joe Perry.

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Even Elvis was in the building…

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