Open Air Musical Evenings
In the heart of the Plains of Abraham, a stone’s throw from Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, rediscover the magnificent stage of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.
A standout program of 25 free shows will be presented from Thursday to Sunday. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you will discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners. Whether you come out for blues, folk, pop, or world music, these concerts will sure inject a little extra sunshine into your summer.
June 8 to July 2 and July 20 to August 6, 2017.
Thursdays through Sundays, at 8 p.m.
2017 Program now available in the Calendar 2017 tab.
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The weekly schedule will also be available by phone with the infoline: 418-648-4050.
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Because it is in our nature
Through environmental concern, the National Battlefields Commission is taking an even greener turn and won't print the program leaflet anymore. We invite you to consult the program online. Naturally, for the first national historic park in Canada!
Break from the routine and treat yourself to a night of music and surprises with the Bandstand Varieties concert series. The Abraham Band musicians will accompany singer Guy Dussault and an assortment of guest singers for a fabulous evening of music and fun.
This series of intimate, exclusive concerts features a wide range of talented artists eager to share their passion for music with audiences.
Edwin Bélanger (1910 - 2005)
"Musicians may come and go, but the music remains…"
Inaugurated in 1993, this musical bandstand, which comes alive during the summer, was named after a distinguished personality who greatly contributed to the growth of Québec City’s musical scene: Captain Edwin Bélanger.
A violinist, viola player, conductor, arranger, composer and teacher, this Montmagny native was one of the founders of the Cercle Philharmonique de Québec, an institution he brilliantly directed for seven years. For nine years he also held the reins of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, brightening its repertoire with variety and boldness. It was also during this mandate that this inspired man with a heart of gold set up the Matinées symphoniques de l'OSQ, to arouse in children a taste for the magic of music. His 24-year involvement in La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment helped publicize the pieces played by this regiment throughout the world. He was also president of the Association des musicians de Québec.
After enjoying a long-standing, rewarding career, Mr. Bélanger passed away on January 14, 2005, at the age of 94. Many musicians and music lovers will treasure lasting memories of this great man who left his mark on Québec City’s musical and cultural landscape.
We call you to help us give the award for the Favorite Show for 2017.
Which show you feel stood out and that appealed to you the most?
Fill the survey available after each show at the Pavilion or available online.
2016 Favorite Show
The favorite show for 2016 is Jeanick Fournier! Congratulations! Note that the singer won the same price in 2015. To the delight of all, she will be on our stage on June 25, 2017.
You will find the pavilion near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. This is a friendly rest area where you can have coffee or ice cream among friends. The pavilion houses various services that can help make your visit as enjoyable as it can be.
Come and have a snack with fastoche! that offers a socially responsible high-end sandwich bar for quick, perfect while waiting for a show at the Bandstand!
Please take note that swimming is prohibited in the Centennial Fountain, adjacent to the Pavilion, even for pets.
2017 - Schedule (Pavilion) Every day
Mid-June to September 1st: from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (or after the show is over)
September 2 to mid-June: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All shows begin at 8:00 p.m.
The program may be modified without prior notice.
On show evenings you can either walk, take a bus, car pool or for $9, park your vehicle near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Our parking attendant will be waiting for you at the green tent from 5:00 p.m. every day. Take the Wolfe-Montcalm Avenue opposite the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec and head for the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.
When you use this service, your contribution allows the National Battlefields Commission to continue offering high-quality entertainment free of charge.
Notice about show cancellations
The National Battlefields Commission would like to remind the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand enthusiasts that the shows can only be cancelled if the weather poses a threat to the artists or the spectators. Such a decision will be taken during the evening, at the time the show would be scheduled to begin, to give Mother Nature a fighting chance to cooperate.
The Commission makes a point to present quality entertainment according to the schedule, and cannot postpone a cancelled show, nor host it elsewhere.
Thursday 8:00 p.m.
Cécile Doo-Kingué, a veritable citizen of the world and accomplished artist, blends lyrics, blues, soul and Afro-roots to create her own unique sound. Her rich vocals and their global character surprise and enthrall audiences everywhere. In 2016, she released her fourth album and second chapter of a trilogy: Anybody Listening Part 1: Dialogues. The first chapter garnered several nominations, and this second chapter once again bears witness to her talent. This genuine artist delivers memorable, contemporary musical experiences!
Bowie Revisited: Tribute to David Bowie
Friday 8:00 p.m.
The band, Bowie Revisited, celebrates the musical heritage of David Bowie, an artist whose innovative musical style marked more than one generation. The band’s edgy, electrifying, captivating style is hugely appreciated by audiences. The show pays tribute to the artist and holds the promise of an unforgettable evening showcasing the world of Bowie, who passed away in 2016. Bowie’s greatest classics will be performed and revisited!
Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Born in Gabon in 1986 into a family of artists, Queen Koumb colourfully and magically blends jazz, reggae, funk and the traditional song of her country. She is a former student of the Studio Flore, directed by Annie Flore Batchiellylis. In 2010, she won the SAGA AFRICA contest before launching her first album in 2011. Ghimache was very well received by the public. Nominated during the Kora 2012 (best female traditional African artist), she released a second album in 2014, Couleur Ébène, featuring lyrics stamped with her African origins.
The Bluebell Sisters
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
The Bluebell Sisters, four dazzling and energetic sisters, are accompanied by their brother on the drums. The Sisters sing classics from the 50s where the personality of each shines forth. This year, to highlight the 40th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death, the sisters will present a show in the King’s honour, where audiences will be treated to great successes such as All Shook Up, I Gotta Know and many others!
Thursday 8:00 p.m.
Angel Forest, a well-known Blues artist on the scene for several years, has achieved a great deal on the music scene in Canada. She has nine albums to her credit and was awarded the Maple Blues Award for Best Female Singer in Toronto several times (2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016). She has played in several festivals in Canada and Europe and alongside several well-known artists (The Beach Boys, Dennis De Young, Shawn Philips, etc.). In 2011, she cut a new album entitled Angel’s 11. This artist, who embraces the blues, rock and even jazz, offers her audience the promise of a lively show!
Friday 8:00 p.m.
Born in Washington DC of Senegalese and Cape Verdean parents, Fredy V is now in Montréal where he is well known in the musical world. His soul-funk rock was first noticed in 2009 in the Boogie Wonder Band, a renowned disco group. In April 2017, he launched the album, #ItTakesAVillage in the company of co-producers Anomalie and Borza Ghomeshi. A dynamic live performer, Fredy V’s talent and charisma captivate audiences!
Pulse Fiction: Tribute to Pink Floyd
Saturday 8:00 p.m.
Pulse Fiction, a band of nine talented musicians, pays tribute to Pink Floyd. Soon after the band was formed in 2012, it quickly became known to and appreciated by audiences for its musical takes on Pink Floyd’s experimental space music. In 2012, Pulse Fiction won a Cover Band award during the Lévis ville du rock contest, besting a field of 40 finalist bands. Pulse Fiction offers a stunning performance that will plunge you into the very special ambience of Pink Floyd and let you relive the moving emotions of the famous band’s best songs!
Varieties 3: Closing / the Bandstand's 25th year
Sunday 8:00 p.m.
To close the 2017 season, fine performances will highlight the 25th year of existence of the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand and the many musical styles and shows that have marked the bandstand’s history and success. Several major artists who performed at the bandstand in the past will take the stage (Martin Fontaine, Sabrina Ferland, JacquelineLefebvre) to present to you memorable moments of the past 25 years and offer their thanks the public!