Patrick Watson lights up Quebec City with Plains of Abraham show

Patrick Watson lights up Quebec City with Plains of Abraham show

Main pic: Patrick Watson with Robert Charlebois. Festival d’été de Québec, 17 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Friday 17 July 2015 – Popular Montrealer Patrick Watson performed on the Plains of Abraham.
The site, about half full, witnessed an intricately decorated stage, a plethora of musicians and a large number of singers.

The stage was full, but there was still (just) enough room for a suprise guest to appear towards the end.

Watson seemed genuinely sincere each time he addressed the audience. His warm smile and bubbly personality winning through.

Is this one of the biggest crowds he’d played in front of (around 50,000 or so)?

2015’s Love Songs for Robots got the evening going, with the backing singers joining in.

The crowd responded throughout the evening. This was not a bouncing, jumping, all-action, high-octane performance – more one of intimacy. At times you felt up there with him.

Patrick Watson - Festival d’été de Québec, 17 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Patrick Watson – Festival d’été de Québec, 17 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

He sounds like Patrick Watson, no one else, but I’m guessing he’s influenced by such luminaries as Pink Floyd, The Cranberries, and perhaps The Beatles during the Sgt Pepper Lonely Hearts Club era.

Toward the end, the special guest appeared and it happened to be none other than Quebec megastar Robert Charlebois. Himself an accomplished singer, songwriter, author, performer, and actor.

Together they sang Je te laisserai des mots. Watson a master on the piano, Charlebois doing what he does best, followed by the Robert Charlebois classic Lindberg – Watson slipping effortlessly into the part usually played by Louise Forestier.

The respect between these two talented Montrealers was mutual. Watson saying it was an honour to sing with his hero, and Charlebois returning the compliment by extolling Watson’s qualities as a human being, in addition to his obvious musical talents.

The show closed to the 2006 number The Great Escape. The stage lights were turned off and the crowd provided their own.

White balloons rose into the dark night sky. Stunning finish.

Festival d’Été de Québec – 300 Shows – 10 Stages – 11 Days of music.
If you’re a music-lover then Quebec City is always the place to be in July.

Patrick Watson audience. Festival d'été de Québec, 17 July 2015. Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

Patrick Watson audience. Festival d’été de Québec, 17 July 2015.
Plains of Abraham. Photo credit: Renaud Philippe.

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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