Festival d’été de Québec Announces New Shows for 2012

Festival d’été de Québec Announces New Shows for 2012

Québec City, May, 2012 – The Festival d’été de Québec has turned the Plains of Abraham Bell Stage over to pop music great Lionel Richie for the July 7th show. Still on top of his game – his latest album, Tuskegee, is making record sales after just two months – Lionel Richie chose Québec City for his only outdoor concert in eastern Canada this year before the start of his world tour. For this one-time only show, he’ll be playing some of his greatest hits from a career that’s still going strong after forty years!

“His amazing new country album is literally flying off the shelves,” said Louis Bellavance, programming coordinator for the Festival d’été de Québec, ”and once again, it’s the reputation of our Plains stage that clinched the deal. This is sure to be a night to remember.”

Chimène Badi, who was in the Festival’s opening show in 2010, will open this evening with gospel, soul and pop standards. She’ll lend her rich, powerful voice to emotionally-charged interpretations of huge hits like Son of a Preacher Man, Amazing Grace, Proud Mary, Parlez-moi de lui et Say You Say Me (with Lionel Richie).

The Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

To the top stars already on the program have been added a number of emerging artists to watch for!

Opening for LMFAO on July 6, is Québec City’s own Midaz & Ellie, followed by a rising star on the European pop dance scene, Eva Simons. Originally from Amsterdam, she played on the latest albums by will.i.am (The Black Eyed Peas) as well as LMFAO.

A new Canadian band, Rikers, will be opening for Bon Jovi on July 9. Said to be a cross between The Killers and The Gaslight Anthem, this band is taking off.

A very different, but just as powerful, show is on the program for electro fans on July 11. ElectroFEQ is lining up some of today’s biggest names: Mat Moebius, Marc Rémillard, Nobody beats the drum, Araab Musik, Major Lazer and Zedd will take to the stage on the Plains of Abraham ahead of Skrillex. Rolling out the big guns for hardcore fans, the staging, pyrotechnics and lasers will have even the most sceptical impressed.

July 14 is punk rock night with Chicago’s well-known punk rock band, Alkaline Trio, up between Mute and The Offspring.

The Loto-Québec Stage at Parc de la Francophonie

The stage is set for some great soul funk on July 6 with Ines Talbi, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and Tower of Power. Originally with the 2007 Francouvertes winner, Mimosa, Ines Talbi has now launched a solo career. Next, the New Orleans band lead by trombonist Big Sam Williams, known for their upbeat stage performances. Their long career has been marked by appearances alongside The Monkees, Santana, The Grateful Dead, Rod Stewart, Heart, Cat Stevens and Aerosmith. They’ll be blowing their horns!

“With a different musical genre playing here every evening? indie, rock, soul, blues, hip-hop? this stage really reflects the Festival d’été de Québec in all its diversity,” Louis Bellavance added.

PouOpening for City and Colour, the next evening, July 7, are Eight and a Half, a Canadian band made up of former members of The Stills and Broken Social Scene.

The Sherbrooke sextet, Harvest Breed, kick off another great evening of indie folk on July 13, followed by The Barr Brothers and Beirut. Impressive for their vocal harmonization, they took tips from Arcade Fire’s Mark Lawson for their album Everything Changes. This is indie folk at its best!

In a program change, the indie rock band Hey Rosetta! is moving to Parc de la Francophonie on July 14 to open for Half Moon Run and Metric on what promises to be a wild night!

The Hydro-Québec Stage at Place Metro in Place d’Youville

On July 6, Benin’s diva, Angélique Kidjo, who last played the Festival in 2008, will get the crowd going with her distinctive mix of Afropop, African folk, jazz, soul and rhythm and blues.

Finally, at noon on July 14, discover Patrice Michaud, a talented young local star whose prizes include the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée in 2008, the Festival de Granby, ROSEQ and the Bourse RIDEAU. In the afternoon, Amylie will be playing the Festival for the very first time.

L’Impérial de Québec

Two evenings remained to be filled. On July 6, Swiss singer-songwriter Sophie Hunger will present her solo tribute to Bob Dylan, followed by Piers Faccini, an artist the Festival has had in its sights for some time, and whose intimate performance is a sure winner. Finally, the warm voice of Adam Cohen, whose latest folk album has won everyone over.

The evening of July 11 has lined up Katie Moore, the Joni Mitchell of her day with her angelical voice, and Great Lake Swimmers, who were a huge hit with Festival fans in 2010. Then, Dan Mangan, who won so many trophies this year, including the Juno for New Artist of the Year, that he was a must on the program.

Rounding out this program:

– July 5: Propofol
– July 7: Cubik Zirconia
– July 8: Nightbox
– July 9: TAP the Band
– July 12: Mozart Sisters
– July 14: Maybe Watson, Souldia & Saye, St-Saoul and Autodidacts

The metal show on July 13 remains to be announced, “We’re working on getting a big name for the fans, we want that special combination of rarity and quality,” explained Bellavance.

Watch for the June 7 announcement of the line-up for the opening show, Le français d’abord along with the program for the Cercle, Largo and Casbah, sponsored by Groupe Voyages Québec.

The Festival d’été de Québec is presented by Bell in collaboration with Molson Dry.

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