Quebec has no shortage of music events this summer. Whether it’s a one day festival or a week-long celebration, there are a number of music events to choose from. So, if it’s jazz, rock, folk, country or any other musical style you’re looking for, here is a guided list of where to find some of the best festivals across the province this summer.
Les FrancoFolies de Montreal
Location: Montreal – Downtown Core, Various Venues
Once again, Montreal hosts the world’s biggest Francophone music festival. With over 1000 artists from 13 countries, this year there will be more than 250 shows and 180 of those will be free outdoor concerts. So, come by any of the seven outdoor stages and join in what Les FrancoFolies de Montreal’s website calls “A true celebration of French language and song.”
June 10 – June 19
Montreal International Jazz Festival
Location: Montreal – Downtown, Various Venues
This year, Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will feature such artists as The Moody Blues, Herbie Hancock, Ben E. King, Ranee Lee, Michel Donato and Karen Young. Enjoy the magic of the city and the euphoria of the music at one of the greatest festivals in the world.
See website for complete schedule.
June 25 – July 6
Quebec City and Area
Quebec City Summer Festival
Location: Quebec City – Various Venues
The Festival d’été de Québec is Canada’s biggest outdoor artistic event. This year the festival will be featuring some of the best rock, pop, electro, jazz, reggae, folk, hip-hop, funk, blues, and classical music. This year’s line-up will include Bedouin Soundclash, Black Eyed Peas, Santana, Billy Talent, and Iron Maiden, to name just a few of the amazing bands that will take the stage. As the festival website says, “With more than 300 shows in 11 days, the excitement that builds in the heart of Québec City is contagious. It’s a must!”
July 8 – July 18
Festival Mémoire et Racines
Location: Saint-Charles-Borromée – Parc Bosco
For five days, the park will be filled with artisans, food vendors, a children’s area, an instrument depot and a concert stage. Some of the performances will include Daniel Roy, Pierre Schryer Trio, and Tintamarre Caravane de l’Orchestre d’hommes-orchestres.
July 21 – July 25
These are just a few of the wonderful music festivals and events Manitoba will be hosting this summer. There are also a number of free concerts and performances taking place in Ontario, B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan.