Fresh Talent for 2013 Summer Festival

Fresh Talent for 2013 Summer Festival


Quebec City, April, 2013 – The Festival d’été de Québec has announced a program of indoor shows that offers a diversity of styles and a slate of talented performers. Presented by Groupe Voyages Québec, these shows will appeal to festival goers looking for a more intimate setting. Again this year, the Impérial de Québec, the Cercle, the Petit Impérial and Espace Hypérion all promise great shows.

“Our indoor shows let spectators see the artists up close, to feel a real connection,” explains FEQ program director Louis Bellavance. “We want to give them something to really get excited about, something to remember! Festival fans have the chance to discover new talent but also the opportunity to see big names who don’t often play to smaller audiences,” he adds.

Impérial de Québec
Featuring popular names along with emerging artists, this program is sure to please both the general public and connoisseurs alike. “We’ve lined up a solid program at the Impérial this year, it’s packed with talent,” says Arnaud Cordier, programmer for the Festival d’été de Québec.
An evening of jazz with chanteuses Lily Frost, Coral Egan and Madeleine Peyroux, whose latest album rose quickly to the top of the charts, is set to launch the Festival in style.

Up next are three top Québec francophone singers, David Marin and Louis-Jean Cormier. A popular favourite, he’ll be accompanied by five solid musicians. Philippe Katerine promises another colourful francophone evening with his project, Katerine, Francis et ses peintres. He’ll be putting his spin on 52 French pop songs, opening with La Jarry and Mauves.

The first weekend will be wall-to wall indie, starting with Wesh trio The Joy Formidable, whose incandescent rock and intense performance are sure to set off a crowd already warmed up by Québec’s The Besnard Lakes and Ponctuation. The next day, the Festival has scheduled Denmark’s The Raveonettes, whose psychedelic indie rock should make their first Quebec City appearance one to remember. Québec bands Modern Primitive and Young Galaxy will be opening.

Rock and roll fans won’t want to miss the first Québec appearance of American indie music icon Jon Spencer and his Jon Spencer Blues Explosion trio. Gros Mené and Machinegun Suzie are up first, so get ready to rock! The Sheepdogs, who opened for Jon Forgerty in 2011, will be back to get things going with some good old rock and roll, with Monster Truck and the Québec band Les Indiens up first.
Best known for their catchy single Hero, that’s been playing all over the radio, the California band Family of the Year will top off a folk pop evening that opens with The Belle Game and Bahamas. In their first appearance at the Festival, the Family of the Year is sure to be a crowd pleaser!

You could say that rising star Solange, from the famous Knowles family, has music in her blood. With her soulful R&B and awesome charisma, she’s poised for planetary success. The indie band Ra Ra Riot will be opening the show.
Shows at the Impérial de Québec: $15 at the door or Festival pass.
Every evening starting at 8 pm.

Petit Impérial
Continuing in the blues tradition of the past few years, the Petit Impérial has lined up a slate of fresh faces and blues greats. Fans won’t want to miss saxophone player Eddie Shaw, for an excursion deep into old-time blues. At the venerable age of 76, he’s one of the great names in the history of American blues. Another high point will be Mississippi Heat, an exceptional opportunity to hear them in a venue of this size. The Ria Reece Band incarnates our idea of a blues singer with her powerful voice and soulful sound. A big name on the blues scene and winner of 14 Maple Music Awards, Sue Foley will be accompanied by gifted guitarist Peter Karp. Andy Poxon, who at just 18 years of age is already an outstanding guitarist with a bright future, is an artist to discover.
Blues shows at the Petit Impérial: $15 at the door or Festival pass.
Every evening at 8:30 pm.

New this year for night owls, the Festival is presenting the Nocturnes du Petit Impérial, where artists will play for two consecutive nights. Music lovers on the lookout for something new won’t want to miss Heymoonshaker, whose sound is produced entirely by Dave Crow, one of the world’s top beatbox artists. Also in this series, The Record Company, who straddle blues and old school, the ever-popular André Pananicolaou, and rockabilly master and one-man orchestra, Bloodshot Bill.
Nocturnes shows at the Petit Impérial: $10 at the door or Festival pass.
July 4, 5, 6, 7, 10, 11, 12 and 13 at 11:30 pm.

Le Cercle
Every day, the Apéro discovery shows are the perfect opportunity to hear talented artists of all stripes, such as Nicolas Repac, a multi-instrumentalist who has been playing with Arthur H for a number of years. He’ll be serving up a great selection of blues during one of his rare stops here in Quebec City. In an entirely different register, Brazilian cellist Dom La Nena offers an interesting incursion into world music reminiscent of Lhasa de Sela. Even country music will have its day with the colourful duo Sylvia and Cindy Bédard. Among the bands to discover, Forêt is a creative combo made up of chanteuse Émilie Laforest, formerly with Pierre Lapointe, composer Joseph Marchand, who worked with Ariane Moffatt, along with Karkwa producer and member François Lafontaine and poet and lyricist Kim Doré. The Festival is also proud to introduce the winner of the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Rod le Stod, with his committed style of hip-hop.
Apéro shows: $10 at the door or Festival pass.
Every evening at 6 pm.

Again this year, the Cercle will be the place to wrap up the evening dancing to the electro beat of the Doldrums, Ain’t Not Love and Balkan Beat Party! Festival favourites Buddy McNeil & the Magic Mirrors will be back for the fifth year at the Cercle along with emerging indie rock composer Mac deMarco, sometimes compared to Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers. Koriass, after heating up Big Boi fans at the Festival last year, will be coming back as main attraction for a full demonstration of his power.
Shows at the Cercle: $10 at the door or Festival pass.
Every evening at 11:30 pm or midnight.

Espace Hypérion
A weekend jazz series of six shows is slated for Espace Hypérion, presented in collaboration with the Festival de jazz de Québec. Young pianist and violinist Thomas Enhco, who at the age of 23 already has three albums out, will be playing with his trio. American percussionist Samuel Torres, originally from Colombia, plays his own world beat style of jazz. The talented members of the Patricia Deslauriers Trio interpret the songs of Richard Desjardins in all their poetry and intensity. Québec countercultural icon Raoûl Duguay and his musicians will be singing, slamming and playing his classics. Colin Hunter lends his warm voice to ’50s standards by jazz greats Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Nat King Cole and Tony Bennett. The series winds up with the Yannick Rieu Quartet in a tribute to John Coltrane’s A Love Supreme, one of the greatest jazz albums of all time.
Shows at the Espace Hypérion: $15 at the door or Festival pass.
July 4, 5, 6, 11, 12 and 13 at 8 pm.

The 46e edition of the Festival d’été de Québec will be held from July 4 to 14, 2013.
The Festival d’été de Québec is presented by Bell in collaboration with Molson Dry.

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