23nd musical season of free summer concerts
June 11 to July 5 and July 23 to August 9, 2015
Thursdays through Sundays, at 8 p.m.
A Summer at the Bandstand,
A Summer of Discoveries
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 28 free shows is presented from Thursday to Sunday. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you can discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners. Whether you come out for blues, folk, pop, or world music, these concerts are sure to inject a little extra sunshine into your summer.
Info-show line : 418 648-4050
Break from the routine and treat yourself to a night of music and surprises with the Bandstand Varieties concert series. Under the musical direction of Jean-François Lambert, 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.
With the collaboration of:
Artists interested in performing for the 2015 season of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand, which runs June 11 to July 5 and July 23 to August 9, are encouraged to submit their applications with the following, as applicable:
- Name of the artist or group
- Number of people in the group at the time of the show and each person’s role
- Musical style
- Bio and press kit
- Music recordings
- Website of the artist or group
- Full contact information for the group leader (artist, agent, or other)
- Asking fee and other details
- Any other relevant document
Applications must be received by Friday, March 20, 2015.
Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand – Artist Applications
The National Battlefields Commission
390 avenue De Bernières
Please note that only artists selected will be contacted, and materials submitted will not be returned.
On show evenings you can either walk, take a bus, car pool or for $8, park your vehicle near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Our parking attendant will be waiting for you at the green tent from 6:00 p.m. during the week and 7:00 p.m. on week-ends. 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.
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.
Please take note that swimming is prohibited in the Centennial Fountain, adjacent to the Pavilion, even for pets.
2015 - Schedule (Pavilion)
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.
The National Battlefields Commission ask you to choose the winner of the Favorite Show for award. Your favorite artist who got your toes tapping and your hands clapping in 2014 is BLACK DIVAS! The winning artist was announced at the closing night on August 10, 2014.
Also during the closing night, a drawing was held among received ballots and the winner is Nathalie Woodman from Quebec. She won a family day pass for the exhibition with an iPad at the Martello Tower 1, multimedia exhibition Odyssey and guided tour aboard Abraham's Bus. Congratulations!
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.
Because it is in our nature
Through environmental concern, the National Battlefields Commission is taking an even greener turn and invites you to consult the program online. Naturally, for the first national historic park in Canada!