26th Season at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand

News release

May 25, 2018 – Québec – The National Battlefields Commission

The Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand is proud to present its 26th summer season of free concerts on the Plains of Abraham with a program featuring a variety of musical styles and renowned artists during 22 stellar musical evenings in the exhilarating decor of the Plains of Abraham. See you there from June 10 to 30 and July 19 to August 5, Thursday to Sunday at 8 p.m.

Quick facts

  • From jazz to blues, world music and music from Quebec, rock, pop, country or rap, discover impassioned artists eager to share their world with you: Marie-ÉlaineThibert, Daran, Mehdi Cayenne, The Fat Cats…just to name a few. Refer to our website for the detailed program.

  • This year, the Bandstand by Invitation will present two concerts bringing together a selection of artists from the 2018 programming. Enjoy the first show (Sunday June 10) with Renée Wilkin, Catherine Durand and Fredy V. The second Bandstand by Invitation (Thursday July 26) will present innovative and lively performances by Jérôme Couture, Annie Blanchard and Dramatik.

  • Tribute concerts have always attracted fans to the Bandstand. This edition proposes three: Scorpions by IN TRANCE, Pink Floyd by Pulse Fiction and Le jazz de mon pays by Jean-François Lambert, presenting a jazzed-up version of the Quebec group Harmonium.

  • For the seventh year, audiences are invited to share their favourite show of the season. They will be able to vote online by completing the theplainsofabraham.ca form.  The winner of the 2018 Favourite Show will be announced on Monday, August 6, the day after the closing concert. Angel Forrest, last year’s winner, will be performing on Friday, July 20, to the delight of one and all.

  • Owing to environmental concerns, the National Battlefields Commission invites Bandstand enthusiasts to consult the program online. The program will also be on display at the Park (At the Joan of Arc Garden and near the Pavilion). The Bandstand’s Facebook  page is filled with information and posts on the artists and their fans.  An info-show phone line is open at all times: 418 648-4050.

  • To satisfy everyone’s appetite, Snack on the Plains by fastoche! will offer meals and snacks at the Pavilion ($). The public is invited to use active transportation to get to the Bandstand or, for $9, park nearby. A parking attendant will be greeting visitors at the green tent from 5:00 p.m. every show day. To enter, take Wolfe-Montcalm Avenue opposite the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec and head for the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

  • Over the years, more than 600 000 onlookers have applauded close to 3000 artists from here and abroad at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand, an extraordinarily lively outdoor stage that has welcomed several hundred shows in an exceptional decor. Inaugurated in 1993, the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand was named after a distinguished personality who greatly contributed to Québec City’s musical scene. Captain Edwin Bélanger, violinist, viola player, conductor, arranger, composer and teacher, who enjoyed a long-standing, rewarding career. Born in Montmagny on November 18, 1910 and deceased on January 14, 2005, Edwin Bélanger presided over the destinies of major orchestras such as the Cercle Philharmonique de Québec (that he founded in 1935 and directed for seven years), the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec (1942-51) and La Musique du Royal 22eRégiment (1937-61, that acquired an enviable international reputation under his direction.

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Nathalie Allaire
Coordinator – Communications Service
The National Battlefields Commission
418 648-4801, nathalie.allaire@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

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