2009 Québec City Summer Festival: Pure pleasure on the program!

    QUEBEC CITY, May 20 /CNW Telbec/ - International stars, exclusive shows,
premieres, emerging artists? the 42nd Québec City Summer Festival has a great
lineup this year on every stage! Along with the top names already announced,
watch for Indochine, Sean Paul, Styx, Lorrena Mckennitt and the Brian Setzer
Orchestra. The 2009 edition is sure to be one to remember!
    "This is a fantastic program with top name performers and quality artists
from across the musical spectrum. Once again, the Québec City Summer Festival
will have the city sizzling. With the major international stars that we now
draw and our exclusive shows, we put the spotlight on the Capital," said
Daniel Gélinas, General Manager of the Québec City Summer Festival. "This is
without a doubt the vacation destination par excellence this summer for eleven
full days of pure pleasure!"

                             In the Big Leagues

    With performances by the French cult group, Indochine, the world
ambassador of dancehall reggae, Sean Paul, the legendary band, Styx, the
popular Irish Canadian singer, Loreena McKennitt and rockabilly greats, the
Brian Setzer Orchestra on the Plains, this stage is clearly one of the top
Festival venues.
    The action kicks off in style on July 9 with Pink Martini and The Lost
Fingers, who will be playing francophone hits from their second album,
Rendez-vous rose. Several top guest artists - La Compagnie Créole, Michel
Louvain, Stéphanie Lapointe, Plastic Bertrand, Nanette Workman, Martine
St-Clair and others- will be joining Byron and his band to make this a night
to remember.
    Other exclusive shows are slated for the evenings to follow, including the
Grands Evénements Desjardins already announced. The incredible lineup has
Sting, KISS, Placido Domingo, suprême NTM and Pierre Lapointe sharing the
spotlight. A dream team!
    And to open all these shows or share the stage: Ice Cube, Blue October,
Malajube, Karkwa, Ima, Claire Pelletier, Stéphane Moraille, Estelle, Buddy
McNeil and the Magic Mirrors, Dales Hawerchuck, The Proclaimers, Imposs,
Archimède, Pépé goes français, Jonas and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
    The Festival wishes to thank the National Battlefields Commission for the
use of the Plaines of Abraham site for these major events.

                               Catch the Wave

    It's going to be party time at the Molson Dry stage, as guitar riffs by
Jeff Beck and Steve Hill pave the way for the many rock shows on the program,
from Seether to Van Der Graaf Generator, along with Les Claypool, Patrick
Watson, Xavier Rudd, Mononc'Serge, Hollywood Undead, Seether, Plants and
Animals, Final Flash, Les Ekorchés, Band de Garage, The Mission District,
Thornley, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus and Miriodor.
    Hip Hop is front and center with K-OS, while Matisyahu and Mishka will
have the crowd up and dancing to their reggae beat.
    Electro fans won't want to miss Beast, and singers Daniel Bélanger and
Caracol are also slated to perform here.
    Emerging artists who were finalists in the "Le plus beau RYTHME du Québec"
and the "Le plus beau ROCK du Québec" contests organized in collaboration with
Rythme FM and 93.3 will have the opportunity to perform, with Bruno Pelletier
wrapping up this evening of champions.
    The Festival wishes to thank the Commission de la capitale nationale for
use of the Parc de la Francophonie.

                       PLACE METRO DE PLACE D'YOUVILLE
                         Cosmopolitan and Captivating

    Festivities and discoveries are on the program at Place Metro starting at
noon with performances by artists from around the world.

    - From Australia: Jeff Lang, Oka
    - From Brazil: Curumin, Bia
    - From Canada: Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko Africa to Appalachia,
      JMC Project, Kodiak, Keith Kouna, Ray Bonneville, Lynda Thalie,
      Le Mai Tai Orchestra, Pulsion Latina, Jane Bunnet Embracing Voices,
      Choeur Gospel Célébration, Bet.e
    - From Catalonia: Che Sudaka
    - From Cuba: Carlos Varela
    - From the US: Spam Allstars, Los Lonely Boys, Guy Davis, Gurf Morlix,
      Zachary Richard, Buckwheat Zydeco
    - From France: Sergent Garcia, Les Primitifs du Futur, Archimède,
      Manu Larrouy, Flow, Orchestre National de Barbès
    - From Mali: Oumou Sangaré and her band with Béla Fleck
    - From Mexico: Los de Abajo, Lila Downs
    - From Nigeria: Asa, King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
    - From Poland: Boogie Boys
    - From the Dominican Republic: Puerto Plata
    - From the Republic of Congo: Kasai Allstars
    - From the Somalia: K'Naan

    Plus, every day from 10:30 am to 6 pm, festivalgoers of all ages are
invited to Place Metro for cooking workshops, tastings, expert tips and
fun-filled activities for kids.
    The Terrasse Loto-Québec is the perfect spot for festivalgoers to stop for
a refreshing break while taking in the scene.

                           ESCALES VACANCES TRANSAT
                            On the Wings of a Song

    The Escales Vacances Transat program offers 75 musical destinations at the
city's five major concert halls.

    Palais Montcalm:

    For more than thirty years, Catalan musician Jordi Savall, grand master of
the viola da gamba, has brought the world marvels of early music. His second
appearance at the Québec City Summer Festival on Sunday, July 12, will feature
works by Lully, Biber, Corelli, Avison, de Hita and Boccherini, accompanied by
the musicians of the Concert des Nations.
    $50.75 (taxes included plus service fee)
    Info and reservations: 418 641-6040 or 1 877 641-6040

    Impérial de Québec:

    Impérial de Québec offers an original and festive mix of electronic music
with Numéro#, Girl Talk, Green Go, Shout out out out out, Hommage à Daft Punk,
hip hop with Omnikrom, Radio Radio, song with Coeur de Pirate, Manu
Larrouy, Flow and plenty of rock: Beirut, Metric, The Spleen, The Heavy,
DeVotchKa, Tailor Made Fable, Clément Jacques, Jason Jabada, The Church, Bell
Orchestre, Staind, Halestorm, Chevelle, Jonathan Roy and Friends.
    $15 at the door or Festival badge
    Heavy metal fans will turn out for Capitale du Métal night with non-stop
performances by Hatebreed, Chimaira, Thy Will Be Done and Fuck The Facts.
    $30 plus taxes and service fee

    Largo Resto-Club:

    This trendy restaurant on Rue Saint-Joseph pursues its double mission of
providing patrons with fine Mediterranean cuisine and hot jazz with the Kevin
Dean and Janis Steprans Quintet, the Yves Léveillée Quartet, the Chantal Gagné
Trio, KJK Vive la France!, Avalon Motel, Virginie Hamel, Vincent Gagnon and
the Young, Provost and Guilbeault Trio.
    From $12 to $ 20 Info and reservations: 418 529-3111

    Pub St-Alexandre:

    The cozy English pub on Rue Saint-Jean is presenting music greats such as
Che Sudaka, Les Primitifs du Futur, Jayme Stone & Mansa Sissoko, Oka, Curumin,
Boogie Boys, Guy Davis, Dany Placard, Jeff Lang, Bernard Cimon and Ray
Bonneville with Gurf Morlix.
    $5 at the door + Festival badge

    Le Cercle:

    Le Cercle is the Mecca for electronic music in town with Thunderheist, DJ
Slipmat, Jedi Electro, Manuel, DJ Ezeckiel, The Carps, Lioness, St Michel,
Alex Thunder and Damian Schwartz sharing the stage.
    Plus, performances by:

    - Grand Analog, CEA (hip hop)
    - Sound of Sea Animals, Villa Borghese, Bad Flirt, Think
      about Life (rock)
    - Riddim Wise, CHX Sound System (reggae)
    - Khiasma (world)

    $10 at the door or Festival badge

                           GRAND THEATRE DE QUEBEC


    A co-presentation by the Grand Théâtre de Québec and the Québec City
Summer Festival
    $39.50 (taxes included plus service fee)
    Info and reservations: 418 643-8131 or 1 877 643-8131

    For more details on the program, festivalgoers can consult the Festival
website at www.infofestival.com and the flyer that will be available tomorrow.

    The Québec City Summer Festival, presented by Bell in collaboration with
Molson Dry, thanks its public and private sector partners for their invaluable

For further information:

For further information: Geneviève de Montigny, Head of Communications,
Québec City Summer Festival, (418) 523-8830, ext. 264, Cell: (418) 953-8292,
gdemontigny@infofestival.com; Source: Jean-Erick Dorval

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