Under the heading of music, this year’s festival season got under way with Les FrancoFolies de Montréal, the world’s biggest francophone music festival. From June 10 to 19, the 22nd edition of Les FrancoFolies treats French music buffs to indoor concerts and over 160 free outdoor shows. The program for the festival’s 22nd edition features the largest-ever contingent from France.
Quebecers will be ushering in the summer and celebrating their National Holiday with major outdoor shows on the Plains of Abraham in Québec City (June 23) and in Montréal’s Parc Maisonneuve (June 24). Hundreds of thousands of Quebecers and tourists are expected to turn out for the shows, which will highlight a wide array of Québec performers.
From June 25 to July 6, all eyes in the jazz world will be on Québec’s biggest city, during the Festival international de Jazz de Montréal. The 31st edition of the jazzfest will feature close to 800 performances and 600 activities. The line-up includes Dave Brubeck, Herbie Hancock, John Zorn, Parliament and Anti-Pop Consortium.
Music will be back in the limelight a few days later, from July 8 to 18, during the Festival d’été de Québec. Fans of all types of music will be able to find what they are looking for at the Québec City summer festival, including rock (Arcade Fire), French music (Michel Fugain, Cœur de Pirate), hip-hop (Black Eyed Peas), electronic (Caribou, Poirier), world music (Emir Kusturica & The No Smoking Orchestra) and heavy metal (Iron Maiden).
Comics from Québec (Anthony Kavanagh, André-Philippe Gagnon) and elsewhere (Bill Cosby, John Malkovich) will be in Québec City from June 9 to July 4 for Grand rire de Québec, the capital city’s comedy festival.
From July 2 to 25, Montréal’s Just For Laughs Festival will feature close to 1,200 indoor and outdoor performances. A million-and-a-half people are expected to attend this year’s edition.
From July 8 to 25, Montréal will host the first-ever international circus festival. Dubbed “Montréal Complètement Cirque,” the circus arts event will feature performances and activities, exhibitions and talks at the Cité des arts du cirque (TOHU complex) and downtown. Montréal Complètement Cirque will also be a prime opportunity for performers, producers and distributors from Québec and elsewhere to explore new avenues for collaboration.
Throughout the summer in Québec City, Cirque du Soleil will be staging the second chapter of Les chemins invisibles, a street event specially created for the city.
The Image Mill
The star attraction during Québec City’s 400th birthday celebrations, Le Moulin à images (The Image Mill) is back again this year. The 2010 version of the mega-production by Robert Lepage and his company, Ex Machina, has been updated with new content and visual effects. It tells the story of Québec City by projecting images on a grain silo complex, which serves as a giant screen 600 metres long and 30 metres high.