23rd 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 François Moisan, 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.
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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 7:00 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.
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.
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!
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. Congratulations!
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!
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.
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand – Artist Applications The National Battlefields Commission 390 avenue De Bernières Québec, Quebec Canada G1R 2L7
Please note that only artists selected will be contacted, and materials submitted will not be returned.
Opening show: André Larue Groove Street
This electrifying quartet led by saxophonist André Larue takes us on a journey through funk and soul jazz with originals and creative covers, plus electronic effects for a unique psychedelic jazz experience!
Ménage à 3
This vocal trio stems from the beautiful friendship of Cynthia Harvey, Patrice Arton, and Marie-Noëlle Claveau. Three fabulous vocalists come together to share their chemistry and the songs that inspire them.
The Robert's Creek Saloon
Imagine an off-the-wall saloon…without the walls! Dressed in their best period costumes, this Lévis ensemble brings their creative style to folk and blues influences. Enjoy a colourful evening to a soundtrack of ska-swing.
Varieties: 2015 Program Preview
Get a taste of what’s coming up this summer with a combination of new and returning artists. This exclusive concert offers a peek at a selection of artists from the 2015 program, including Annie Blanchard, Marie-Noëlle Claveau, Jeanick Fournier, Jean-François Lambert, Kenneth Saulnier, and the Abraham Band.
You are invited to a jazz show featuring hits by Félix Leclerc, Gilles Vigneault, Daniel Bélanger, and Robert Charlebois. Sure to please fans of jazz and local artists alike.
This talented diva shares all her energy, rhythm, passion, and the music that flows from her very soul with a glimpse at her first solo show. Pop, soul, funk, and plenty of groove.
Drawing from a rich tradition of French folksongs, this quartet creates high-energy music with influences of trad, rock, and electropop music with acoustic and electronic instruments, vocal harmonies, and programming.
Backed by a three-piece band, the renowned singer celebrates the women of Luc Plamondon, bringing the lyrics of the prolific Quebec songwriter to life. This spectacular yet intimate evening features one of the greatest voices Quebec has ever known.
A charming jazz show brings the 50s back to life. Claveau’s sublime voice will enchant you. This performance is a pure delight of sight and sound orchestrated to create a romantic ballroom atmosphere.
The truly artistic character of this subtly, raspy singer was revealed to the public on La Voix 2014. Now come discover the free spirit flowing from his original easy-listening pop‑rock songs.
Spicy, colourful 20th century beats performed by six artists singing in five New World languages—French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, and Creole. A journey through rhythms from here and abroad. Listeners will find it hard to resist the urge to get up and dance.
Frédérick De Grandpré
You may know him as an actor, but this artist also has a passion for music. With his crooner flair, he brings classic French songs to life in an old-fashioned cabaret atmosphere. A great evening of chic, languid jazz.
Hailing from the neighbourhood of St-Roch, this band combines power and sensibility. With a resolutely 60s vibe and modern touch, they combine groove with the depth of soul, the headiness of blues rock, and a touch of mystery.
With her backup band, this singer invites you to an evening of music and theatre as light, sweet, and comforting as a dollop of whipped cream. Musically refined, visually charming, and just a little sassy, this show is a nod to old time cabarets.
In addition to being a singer-songwriter, this jovial Acadian artist plays a number of instruments, with a particular fondness for the fiddle. His repertoire blends Cajun bluegrass and rock, combining original songs and traditional favourites.
Winner of the 2014 Favorite Show, this duo reunites for another breathtaking performance of hits by the greatest black divas from North America and around the world. Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, The Supremes, and more!
Fall under the spell of her enchanting voice and heartfelt songs in the language of Shakespeare. Relive the bygone era of the 1960s, when ten fingers and a piano was all it took to share a message.
You’ll love her charming humour and confidence as she creates her own backing vocals, percussions, and original melodies live onstage, in the style of French singer Camille. Moving, provocative, and always genuine.
The natural-born troubadour is back and better than ever. This time, he’s going acoustic and he’s got a full band. This groove machine is winning over crowds from one ocean to another, fusing reggae, afrobeat, rock, and rarad’Haïti for a fun, festive time.
Jeanick Fournier: Tribute to Céline Dion
“The other Céline” will dazzle you with her powerful voice and pitch-perfect impersonation of the Quebec diva. Her energy and presence on stage is so powerful you’ll think you’re seeing the great Céline herself!
This blues veteran performs original songs and covers of legendary Chicago Blues classics. Accompanied by three talented musicians, singer-guitarist Michel Ouellette invites you into his intense world.
You are invited to a unique artistic evening where interaction, a warm atmosphere, and sociability set the scene. Blanchard’s exhilarating and reassuring voice will transport you to a veritable oasis of folk and country.
Christian Paré World Ensemble
This creative musical octet takes you on a jazzy voyage around the world with a blend of many cultures. This is stimulating, lyrical music that occasionally borrows from Arabic-style instrumentation.
With her rich, sensual voice, this 2013 quarter-finalist for La Voix brings you soul-pop melodies laid over personal lyrics for an exhilarating performance.
The Bluebell Sisters
With their contagious energy and unique voices, these five siblings bring you a retrohip style for a joyful look back at the 50s and 60s. A brilliant mix of doo-wop, jump blues, and rock and roll.
This dazzling quartet invites you to discover some new material and a number of hits in their signature style. This is a visually and musically astounding show with a bohemian, enigmatic jazz style.
With its rich lyrics in Spanish, English, French, and Creole, this Montreal band combines Latin beats, rap, and electronica with a strong modern influence. Their specialty? World music 2.0.
Closing show: Varieties: Golden Oldies
For the season’s last performance, Guy Dussault and the Abraham Band, directed by François Moisan, take you down memory lane with an exclusive show that brings together Patrick Zabé, Guy Harvey and Pierre Perpall. En evening of music, humour, nostalgia, and fun for all!