True to form, the 45th Festival d'été de Québec has lined up top international stars and legends of rock along with the best of world music, indie-rock and folk. There will be room for nostalgia and delirium, for song, for emerging talent and a first this year, an all-electro night. Featuring Bon Jovi, Johnny Hallyday, The Offspring, Vincent Vallières, Metric, Skrillex, Patrick Watson, Sarah McLachlan, Radio Radio, Aerosmith, Beirut, Ariane Moffatt, The Barr Brothers, LMFAO, Mastodon, Grimskunk, Inna Modja, City and Colour, Big Boi, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Oliver Mtukudzi and dozens more.
Once again this year, the Festival opens in French. This time, the language that is shared by millions of people all over the world will be sung, played and recited on every outdoor Festival stage.
Québec's singer Marième will kick off the evening. Her sunny music, with its reggae and pop beat, will liven up the Hydro-Québec stage at Place Metro in Place d'Youville starting at 6 p.m. Next, singer and guitarist Sidi Touré from Mali plays with his warm blend of blues, traditional music, rock and western. Then the party takes off with Radio Radio's electro rap. These Acadian musicians sing in French and in the slang called chiac, and will be accompanied by a drummer and trumpet player.
It will be party time at Parc de la Francophonie too, with a Québec evening start to finish featuring Bodh'aktan, Papillon and Mononc' Serge. The seven musicians that make up Bodh'aktan will be first up on the Loto-Québec stage. Their traditional music is a mix of polka, Celtic, punk, and folk with a dash of humour and some rock. Papillon, with its happy, derisive brand of dirty rock, should keep things rolling along with special guest, Lucien Francoeur. Then Mononc' Serge, with his pointed humour, promises lots of laughs.
The Bell stage on the Plains of Abraham will be the scene of a show specially produced for the Forum mondial de la langue française, Le Français d'abord. As Pierre Boileau, the director of this super variety show, who also directed Rencontres and Paris-Québec à travers la chanson in 2008 for the 400th anniversary of Québec City, said, 'We'll be celebrating all the wealth of francophone culture, its accents, its sounds and its music, which vary from one continent, and even one country, to the next.'
The participating artists will be announced in early June.
BELL STAGE ON THE PLAINS OF ABRAHAM
July 6 - LMFAO will have a young crowd out in force decked out in their day-glo duds, afros and rockin' glasses to party!
July 8 - Get ready for Misteur Valaire and Jean Leloup. First, the electro pop masters roll out the big guns: six dancers and three guests, including Fanny Bloom, Bran Van 3000's Liquid and Benny BBQ. Then enter Leloup, with his greatest hits and inimitable style!
July 9 - A master stroke– Bon Jovi! The US ambassadors of rock'n roll come to Quebec City at last for their only show in Canada. Their appearances here are rare; the last show was back in 2001. With a long list of hits to choose from, this concert promises to draw a pumped-up crowd!
July 10 – French rocker and superstar Johnny Hallyday brings his full-scale production to Quebec City for the first time. Up first, Don Felder, famed guitarist composer and former member of The Eagles, who will be playing some of their greatest hits.
July 11 – A mega electro party! The Festival's first 'technofest' stars Skrillex, five-time nominees at the last Grammy Awards, along with a string of musicians and DJs.A super production featuring three different stages, a spaceship, lasers and fireworks, 'technofest' will be back every year.
July 12 – The legendary rock band, Aerosmith!Still as cool and original as ever after 30 years– the idols of more than one generation– they'll be pulling out all the stops. And to open, Canada's own Our Lady Peace is back with their chart-topping new hit, Allowance.
July 13 – Singer songwriter Sarah McLachlan interrupts her symphonic tour for this single performance with her musicians and guests.
July 14 - Punk-rock at its best with The Offspring.Dominating the scene in the late 90s, they're back stronger than ever in 2012 with a new album. Part of the evening, Mute, rising Québec talent to watch for.
July 15 – Popular Québec singer songwriter Vincent Vallières closes the Festival with his guests, backup singers, horns and projections in a surprised-filled evening produced and directed by Karkwa's own Louis-Jean Cormier. And to get things rolling, Marie-Pierre Arthur.
LOTO-QUÉBEC STAGE AT PARC DE LA FRANCOPHONIE