The Off Chance: Festival Off de Québec Glimpses at the Future

The Off Chance: Festival Off de Québec Glimpses at the Future
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Opéra Acoustique Bayou Billy on the Jägermeister scene at the Méduse

While the Festival d’Été de Québec takes off today, those of you looking to see what might be playing on the big scenes of future years would do well to drop by one of the several lower- and upper-town independent music venues involved in the growing Festival Off de Québec.  Following the “Off-” style of small, independent music and arts festivals, Québec’s own Off festival is growing every year, and has built its reputation as the place to see tomorrow’s big names today.

Known for having featured artists like Malajube, Alex Nevsky, and the Boulay Sisters before they were big names, the Festival Off de Québec continues to feature the kinds of up-and-coming music that the mainstream might not be quite ready for (… yet), but that still are the kinds of quality acts that only need an Off chance to make it big.  Tonight’s shows at the Méduse on Saint-Vallier Est, for instance, were refreshingly clear and honest works of art, the kind of diamond-in-the-rough music styles that truly give amateurs a moment.  Of note, Opéra Acoustique Bayou Billy is precisely the kind of musical act that seems to thrive at such a festival, featuring two uncomplicated guys using a 80’s videogame as the backdrop for surprisingly thought-provoking ballads.  The Impro musicale, which offers a musical twist on Québec’s style of competitive improv, was also at times frankly jaw-dropping… and completely unscripted.

While it might not be for the masses of the Festival d’Été, independent music fans should do themselves a favour and be sure to check out the Festival Off de Québec before it ends July 5th.

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Farnell Morisset, Life in Québec Staff Writer

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Farnell Morisset

Farnell Morisset is passionate about discussing (among other things) the issues of modern social identity for many Québécois who, like him, feel deeply connected to the Québécois nation and culture yet do not identify with the traditional francophone non-practicing Catholic nationalist image. He has an engineering degree from Université Laval and is currently a law student at McGill University.

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