22nd musical season
June 12 to 29
and July 17 to August 17, 2014
Thursday to Sunday, 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.
The National Battlefields Commission needs your help to pick the winner of the Favorite Show for 2014 award. Vote for your favorite artist who got your toes tapping and your hands clapping! The winning artist will be announced at the closing night on August 10, 2014. Check our website and Facebook page to find out more.
Vote starts on June 12: Survey Favorite Show for 2014.
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!
With the collaboration of:
On show evenings you can either walk, take a bus, car pool or for $7, 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.
2014 - 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.
This lovable singer and pianist has jazz in her bones! We first discovered her on TV, then in the rock opera Starmania. Now she’s sharing the stage with a bassist and drummer. With her magnetic stage presence and infectious energy, audiences are in store for a unique and memorable concert.
Seb’s Music Shop
Respectables singer Sébastien Plante invites you to a celebration in this New Orleans—style drum and guitar–driven extravaganza. With songs by the Doors, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and more, he’ll take you on a journey through American blues classics. A feast for your ears!
This singer, guitarist, and bassist hails from Zaire, but lives in Senegal. He has played with Congolese musical giant Pierrette Adams as well as Didier Awadi. His talent and originality shine through in highly poetic, rhythmic, and melodic compositions with a touch of melancholy.
This unorthodox diva is known for her creative genius and entertaining approach to opera through brilliant performances that bring to life touching and dynamic characters. Audiences will love the classic pop showcase in this eccentric, interactive, and deliciously saucy show.
Quintette Lorraine Gagnon: Tribute to Gershwin, Ellington, and Porter
This tribute to three jazz greats features delectable performances full of fantasy and swing. The fabulous quintet has hand-picked a selection of beautiful songs and melodies composed by these artists between the 20s and 50s.
This group led by Matt Laurent holds the Guinness World Record for the bringing together 1,200 ukulele players at the same time. In an atmosphere full of fun—and free of pretension—audiences will be treated to ukulele versions of classic songs such as “We're Not Gonna Take It,” “Love Bites,” and “Cum On Feel The Noize.” Pure fun in the sun!
Indian tabla, sitar, and guitar join Western percussion, bass, and clarinet in this original and captivating performance blending the rich harmonies of Indian raga music with Western sounds. An exotic trip to musical nirvana.
Bandstand Varieties: Tribute to the Crooners - Closing Night
Join Guy Dussault and the five musicians from the Abraham Band in this tribute to the great French crooners. A showcase of songs and ballads by Pierre Lalonde, Jean-Pierre Ferland, Michel Louvain, Gilbert Bécaud, Charles Aznavour, Charles Trenet, and many more. For me, formidable!