42nd Québec City Summer Festival: Lineup includes big names

    QUEBEC CITY, April 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Now in its 42nd year, the Québec
City Summer Festival continues to turn heads, bring the crowds to their feet,
and attract music lovers from far and wide. The party will kick off and wrap
up en français with two of Québec's hottest acts, The Lost Fingers and Pierre
Lapointe. In the days between, four international sensations-NTM, Kiss,
Placido Domingo, and Sting-will bring their talent and energy to the Plains of
    At other venues around the city, Jeff Beck, Beirut, Sergent Garcia, and
Girl Talk are sure to wow audiences with their musical prowess.
    "With such a prestigious lineup, the Québec City Summer Festival has
staked its claim as the greatest outdoor music event in Canada," noted
executive director Daniel Gélinas. "Every year, we pull out all the stops to
attract national and international music stars and offer original, exclusive,
and one-of-a-kind programming that, from one edition to the next, has helped
make Québec City a prime summer destination, and this festival, a unique urban
    "Thanks to government support, especially from new contributor Industry
Canada, we are able to ratchet up the quality even more. We have also received
considerable financial assistance from Desjardins to present the five headline
Desjardins acts," added Marie-France Poulin, chair of the Québec City Summer
Festival Board of Directors.

                         EN FRANCAIS S'IL VOUS PLAIT!

    THE LOST FINGERS, Thursday, July 9 (festival kickoff)
    with opening act Pink Martini
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    One of the hottest acts around, The Lost Fingers will treat their
    hometown-and favorite festival-to a 100% original show concept featuring
    hits from their debut album Lost in the 80's along with French-language
    cover classics from their new followup album. The band will be joined
    onstage by a host of other fantastic acts, including La Compagnie Créole,
    Michel Louvain, Stéphanie Lapointe, Plastic Bertrand, Nanette Workman,
    Martine St-Clair, Philippe Lafontaine, and other surprise guests.

    Acclaimed U.S. ensemble Pink Martini will warm up the crowds with its
    trademark sound of Latin rhythms, bossanova, jazz, and classics from the
    40s and 50s.

    PIERRE LAPOINTE, Sunday, July 19 (closing concert)
    with opening act Malajube
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    To Pierre Lapointe falls the honor of wrapping up the festival activities
    with his renowned finesse and style. Winner of numerous awards, the
    highly popular artist will perform songs from his new CD, Sentiments
    humains, whose first track "Je reviendrai" has already become a hit on
    radio and music video channels across Québec. This will be Pierre
    Lapointe's only outdoor concert this summer.

    Québec band Malajube will set the stage with its international sound that
    has earned rave reviews at home as well as in the U.S. and Europe.

    Suprême NTM, Monday, July 13
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    Popular French rappers Kool Shen and Joey Starr will make their first
    trip to Québec, with Québec City their only scheduled concert stop.
    Twenty years ago, the gritty, provocative lyrics of these two young
    musicians from the burbs of Paris became a mantra for an entire
    generation. The duo parted ways in 1998 and reunited in 2008, to the
    delight of their fans. Their five subsequent shows (100,000 tickets) at
    Paris-Bercy sold out in only 45 minutes and were followed by a nationwide
    Will their appearance create the same buzz here in Québec City?

                            GREAT AND NOBLE MUSIC

    PLACIDO DOMINGO, Friday, July 17
    with Orchestre symphonique de Québec
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    The world-famous tenor enjoyed Québec City so much when he was here last
    September to preside over the Opéralia World Opera Competition that he
    has agreed to come back. And this time, for a rare occasion, he will
    sing! Accompanied by Orchestre symphonique de Québec under the direction
    of conductor Israel Gursky, Placido Domingo will perform operatic arias,
    zarzuelas (operettas typical of his native Spain), and-why not?-pop
    songs, too.

    This performance will be reminiscent of the great outdoor concerts by The
    Three Tenors-Placido Domingo, Luciano Pavarotti, and José Carreras. A
    guaranteed crowd-pleaser!

    JORDI SAVALL, Sunday, July 12
    Palais Montcalm

    This Catalonian musician, the uncontested master of the viol (viola da
    gamba), has been introducing audiences to long-forgotten musical
    masterpieces for over thirty years. This will be Jordi Savall's second
    appearance at the festival, where he will bring back to life works by
    Lully, Biber, Corelli, Avison, de Hita, and Boccherini, accompanied by
    musicians from Concert des Nations.

    Tickets on sale at the Palais Montcalm box office
    Tel.: 418-641-6040 or 1-877-641-6040
    Price: $50.75 (incl. taxes, service charge extra)

    "We are delighted with the pride of place given to French-language
performers this year. On the classical music front, it's a dream come true as
we prepare to welcome-in the same year-the world's two most celebrated artists
in their field," noted Jean Beauchesne, programming director for the Québec
City Summer Festival. "But as we all know, no Québec City Summer Festival
would be complete without its share of rock. Lots of rock. And there will be
rock! Here's a little taste of what's to come before we unveil the complete
festival lineup in May..."

                                   ROCK ON!

    KISS, Thursday, July 16
    with opening act Blue October
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    How many will be there that night, unfurling their delight in full mask
    and makeup as these legends of rock 'n' roll burn up the stage on the
    Plains of Abraham? Kiss will be playing a suitably demonic set list,
    including many of the group's hits: "Rock and Roll All Nite," "I Was Made
    For Lovin' You," "Detroit City Rock"... Enough to keep the band's legions
    of loyal and very visible fans completely sated.

    A French KISS à la Gene Simmons-one the city of Québec won't soon forget!

    Opening act American band Blue October will fire up the crowds in
    preparation for the headline act.

    STING, Saturday, July 18
    Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham

    Composer, singer, actor, activist - Sting has won universal acclaim in
    all these roles, but defies easy labeling. He first rose to fame as the
    lead singer and bassist for the rock group The Police, then went on to
    establish an incredibly successful solo career. Sting has evolved into
    one of the world's most distinctive and highly respected performers,
    collecting 16 Grammy awards and selling over 100 million albums

    A show given only in Quebec, from Ontario to the Maritime provinces.

    JEFF BECK, July 9
    Molson Dry Stage at Parc de la Francophonie

    Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on April 4 of this year,
    British guitar hero Jeff Beck once played with the mythic Yardbirds
    together with Jimmy Page, then with Rod Stewart and Ron Wood with the
    Jeff Beck Group before launching a solo career that has earned him an
    international reputation as an independent and truly original musician.
    Four-time Grammy Award winner and ranked 14th on the Top 100 list of all-
    time best guitarists by Rolling Stone magazine, Jeff Beck has a
    revolutionary approach to the electric guitar that has inspired many of
    his contemporaries, including Jimi Hendrix.

    No doubt Jeff Beck will be burning up the Molson Dry stage with his
    talent and energy in this, one of only three Canadian tour dates.

                           ALL THE WORLD'S A STAGE

    BEIRUT, Monday, July 13
    L'Impérial de Québec

    A revelation! The critics are unanimous about Zach Condon, the singer and
    man behind Beirut, the American band that draws its musical inspiration
    from the Balkans, American folk, French chansons (Brel, Gainsbourg, and
    Montand), and electronica.

    In 2008 he cancelled his scheduled tour because, in his words, he wanted
    to make sure his shows were the best they could possibly be. He has just
    launched a new tour with the release of two EPs-one recorded in Mexico
    City with The Jimenez Band and the other solo-that speak volumes on the
    scope of his work and that will have local audiences clamoring for more.

    SERGENT GARCIA, Friday, July 10
    Place Metro at Place D'Youville
    Place D'Youville is gonna be jumping!

    The former guitarist with punk band Ludwig Von 88, Bruno "Sergent" Garcia
    completely broke with the punk movement to explore his Cuban roots. His
    musical career really took off in 1999 with the release of his second
    album Un Poquito Quema'o, which sold 200,000 copies in France alone.

    His music, which he describes as "salsamuffin," is a rollicking blend of
    Caribbean rhythms and urban sounds inspired by his globetrotting. His
    lyrics speak of love, poverty, and shamanism.


    GIRL TALK, Saturday, July 11
    with opening acts Numéro No. and The Heavy
    L'Impérial de Québec

    Electronic music sensation Girl Talk, a.k.a. Gregg Michael Gillis, is a
    DJ renowned in the art of mashup, a hybrid musical genre that consists
    essentially of remixing music excerpts to create new songs. The
    soundtrack to LOVE, the Cirque du Soleil show in Las Vegas, is a prime
    example of this technique. In 2008, Girl Talk's album Feed the Animals
    ranked 4th on Time Magazine's list of Top 10 albums, 24th on Rolling
    Stone's Top 50 albums, and 2nd according to Blender.

    What sets him apart from other DJs? His infectious enthusiasm and
    interaction with the audience.

    The red-hot Montreal electro-pop duo NuméroNo. and high-energy British
    band The Heavy will share the stage to get the crowd warmed up.

    The Québec City Summer Festival is presented by Bell, in cooperation with
Molson Dry.

For further information:

For further information: Luci Tremblay, Communications Manager, Québec
City Summer Festival, (418) 523-8830, ext. 265, ltremblay@infofestival.com;
Source: Jean-Erick Dorval

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