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 (starting June 8).
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.
Varieties 1: 2017 Program Kick-off
This year, the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand proposes an awesome program for a summer filled with music and enjoyment. New talented artists and hoped-for returns fill the program. This opening show offers a peek at our 2017 program, a rich mosaic of musical styles where Mehdi Cayenne, Jah Nissi and Marc Angers will play a few pieces from their shows to start the season in style!
Fascinated by music since childhood, it was in 2008 that David Jalbert became known with his first album Des histoires. This native of Mascouche has since made great headway in the world of music in Quebec. With four albums behind him and the most recent (De l’amour propre) released in 2014, Jalbert offers catchy melodies and folk country pop with insightful, inspiring lyrics.
Sonido Pesao, a lively band from Montréal, has developed a unique musical approach that blends Latin rap/urban rap into a single style. The group’s career began in 2006, but has skyrocketed since: winner of Sily d’or in 2012; performances in many festivals, including the Montréal Jazz Festival, the Pan American Games in Toronto in 2015, and much more. Reir Para No Llorar, their most recent album, released in 2016, has been very well received by the public.
Lahaie & Berghella
Valérie Lahaie and Philippe Berghella met in 2014 during the television show, La Voix. They became friends and later decided to combine their musical styles in a performance filled with feeling and warmth, where they sing songs by well-known artists such as Johnny Cash, Journey, Coldplay, Elvis, Kings Of Leon, etc., and some originals drawn from their respective albums.
Gilles Sioui is a true veteran of the Blues scene in Quebec. This Huron native from Wendake has been a passionate guitarist for years. His style embracing rock, blues and folk was showcased for the first time in his first album, Rising Sun. In the summer of 2013, he launched Brother to Brother, a second album of poignant lyrics featuring his first song in French (Toujours un frère) and a song inspired by ancestral Aboriginal chants (Chant ancestral Wendat). He performs in shows with his band, the Midnight Riders.
Mehdi Cayenne, three-time award winner at the Gala Trille Or 2017 held in Ottawa (best male singer, award-winning song – La pluie, best album – Aube). This native of Algiers, who has settled in the Ottawa-Gatineau region, proposes songs such as La pluie or Je te vois, blending punk, folk-rock, pop and funk. This songwriter with a strange raw edge is one Canadian artist to discover if you like to listen to folk-pop-rock music and be astounded by new talent!
Jah Nissi, the Reggae artist known for his touching, insistent lyrics, was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. He came to Canada in 2009. His style, influenced by Bob Marley, Alpha Blondy and many others, has already delighted audiences. In 2013, Nissi launched his first album, l’Union, with stirring lyrics revealing the realities of the country where he grew up and the poverty of the Haitian people. Yet his lyrics carry a message of hope and optimism for the crowd and for the people of Haitian descent!
A native of Saint-Tite, Cindy Bédard has worked on stages across Quebec for several years. Recently, the young artist received the Best Singer of the Year Award during the Gala Country. Cœur sédentaire, her second album released in February, is already considered as very promising. The album features different songs such as Amour polaroid, a fine example of her warm, down-to-earth authentic style, along with other songs for an exhilarating show full of emotion!
Marc Angers and the Fils du Diable
Marc Angers, a violinist for several years, forms an original, lively musical trio with Rob Langlois and Yan Veillette. Their dance show with tempos inspired by Quebec folklore and folk-trad songs, some Irish instrumentals and several songs from Marc Angers’ repertoire, is sure to fire up audiences and entertain the public!
Jeanick Fournier: Tribute to Céline Dion
Jeanick Fournier grew up in Dolbeau and has been singing for many years. This artist, blessed with a charismatic voice, has sung in bars, festivals and on many stages. For ten years now, she has offered the public a show that pays tribute to Céline Dion, Jeanick chante Céline. The show had been performed many times before audiences enthralled by her performances of well-known songs by Céline Dion.
A-Marie’s powerful, yet sweet, voice has become well known in recent years, allowing her to carve a niche for herself as an artist. Influenced by Beth Hart, Nanette Workman, Suzan Tedeschi and Etta James, she sings enchanting neo-blues in French with sincere, yet amazing lyrics, and offers impassioned performances.
Richard D’Anjou is a singer-songwriter-composer who has been around for many years. His music is a mixture of rock, folk and punk and he was formerly a member of the Too Many Cooks band, in the company of Dan Georgesco. After a remarkable career with the band and a nomination by ADISQ (Artist having stood out in a language other than French), he released Beautiful Me in the spring of 2017. This is his first solo album and a showcase of the energy and unique sound that his audiences have always appreciated.
Lost Fingers, a lively, witty group from Quebec, plays gypsy jazz. The group began to play in 2006 when the three artists first met. Since then, they have performed internationally in the wake of their resounding successes in Quebec, where they participated in several festivals (Grand Rire, the Montréal International Jazz Festival, the Québec City Summer Festival opener and many more). This original band, much appreciated by audiences, holds the promise of an unforgettable performance this summer!
Fizz n Peak
Peakafeller and Mademoiselle Fizz recently got together to combine their experience as an eclectic duo, brilliantly delivering a mixture of popular songs revisited along with some originals. Peakafeller, a DJ and producer with a background in electronic music, marvellously blends his style with that of Mademoiselle Fizz, a lively jazz artist with a warm, vibrant voice.
Sixte: Tribute to Eric Clapton
Six musicians connect to present a tribute to singer and British guitarist Eric Clapton, offering an acoustic show blending folk, blues and country tunes. Sixte will play several songs taken directly from the album Unplugged, in addition to some rearranged by the group. A show not to be missed! Rediscover some of Eric Clapton’s best known tunes and his sensitive, subtle lyrics!
NOUBI, a trio of artists inspired by the traditional music of West Africa, offer a show that blends reggae, folk, pop, funk and jazz in warm tones set to rhythmic beats. Ibnou Ndiaye on the cajon, vocals and guitar, Vincent Duhaime-Perreault on the guitar and Carlo Birri on bass offer an authentic, moving performance not to be missed!
To commemorate Canada’s 150th birthday, the Edwin Bélanger Bandstand will host the Abraham Band that will perform different originals by well-known Canadian artists with international outreach (Bryan Adams, Neil Young, Rush, etc). A rendezvous not to be missed to discover and hear songs by these internationally acclaimed artists and celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday!
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
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!
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
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!
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!
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
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
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, Maxime Farago, JacquelineLefebvre) to present to you memorable moments of the past 25 years and offer their thanks the public!