Festival d'été de Québec Day 1: Photos and Recap

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Festival d'été de Québec Day 1: Photos and Recap

Don’t let the title here fool you. Thursday was certainly not the first day of Festival d’été de Québec. In fact, it was the eighth day of this 11-day citywide extravaganza, known in English as The Quebec City Summer Festival. As one of Canada’s largest music festivals, Festival d’été de Québec has four major stages throughout the old city—the largest of which, the Bell Stage, serves up to 80,000 fans on the sprawling Plains of Abraham. Additionally, the fest has taken over three smaller club venues downtown.

With 300 shows taking place as part of Festival d’été de Québec, the list of performers is extensive. Represented genres include French language chanson, Canadian metal, American indie and rap, Malian blues, Belgian pop, and more (like West Trainz whose descriptor in the program reads, “spectacle concept”). In an effort to honor this musical diversity, we saw French chanson singer Julien Cleric on this Bastille Day, as well as Québécois pop artist Remi Chassé, Australian folk singer (and new favorite discovery) Archer, and of course, America’s own, The Decemberists.