Posted by Vincent Banial
The music world converges on Québec for the FEQ’s 50th.
Video courtesy of the Festival d’été de Québec YouTube page.
The Who, Metallica, Pink, Muse, Gorillaz, Lady Antebellum, Backstreet Boys, Kendrick Lamar, Melissa Ethridge, Men Without Hats, Arkells, The Strumbellas, A Tribe Called Red, The Beaches and many more Bands, from July 6 to 16 2017.
$95 for 11 days of music.
Québec City, Wednesday, March 29, 2017
One of the greatest rock bands of all time, The Who, and the delightfully original Gorillaz virtual band members will be headlining the 50th Festival d’été de Québec along with Kendrick Lamar, P!nk, Metallica and Muse. More than 100 new names have been added to the 50 released earlier this month, including pop star Nick Jonas and the Canadian indie rock duo Death from Above 1979.
“Québec is known as a rock music town and this genre is almost a FEQ trademark. So we needed to lay on the rock for our 50th. After Paul McCartney, in Québec for its 400th anniversary in 2008, The Rolling Stones, who came to the Festival in 2015, we are especially pleased to bring a leader of the “British Invasion”, the legendary band The Who, to Québec for the very first time. This is musical history in the making!” said general manager Daniel Gélinas.
Bell Stage on the Plains of Abraham
If you want to see The Who this summer, plan on coming to the FEQ, the only festival anywhere in Canada they’ll be playing, for the July 13 opening show of their farewell tour. Ever since 1964, they’ve shaped the entire rock music scene with hits like My Generation, Pinball Wizard, Baba O’Riley, Won’t Get Fooled Again or I Can See for Miles and with their many albums.
As for Gorillaz, this will be their first time in town and their only show in Québec. The British band, expertly directed by Damon Albarn (Blur), brings out its fifth album, Humanz, in late April. A one-of-a-kind musical performance and experience to put on your agenda for July 15.
News that the Backstreet Boys were playing the Festival has sparked quite a buzz. Jonas Brothers fans are in for an awesome evening on Sunday, July 9, with actor, singer and multi-instrumentalist Nick Jonas of “Jealous” fame opening. And in one of her few 2017 shows, pop diva P!nk is sure to draw huge crowds on Saturday, July 8, while multiple Grammy winner Kendrick Lamar will give his first Festival appearance, and only show in Québec, on July 7.
FEQ 2016 Emerging Artist award winners the Dead Obies are opening for this paragon of hip-hop. Country pop fans will be giving a warm welcome to Lady Antebellum, winners of 10 Academy of Country Music awards, onstage with rising star Kelsea Ballerini on July 10, with Gabrielle Shonk opening the show.
Folk takes centre stage with the Cowboys Fringants and Lisa LeBlanc, who’s slated to kick off the show on July 11. Expect both to show up with lots of friends.
Local metal bands Voivod and Metalord has been tapped to warm up the crowd at the Bell Stage for an iconic band in FEQ history, Metallica, in a heavy metal night to remember on July 14!
Long awaited by Festival fans, UK band Muse wraps up the 11 intensive days of music with the rock band from Los Angeles, Mondo Cozmo (Joshua Ostrander) in a fitting climax to this anniversary edition.
Two days from now, on Thursday Jun 16, the free NXNE concerts at Yonge Dundas Square, will start at 4pm. Same for Friday and Saturday, except on Friday when the concerts will start at 5pm.
Thursday Jun 16:
4pm Sydney Delong
5pm The Lionyls
6pm Fast Romantics
Friday Jun 17:
5pm Frisky Kids
6pm Long Range Hustle
8pm Jane’s Party
Sat Jun 18:
4pm Hungry Lake
5pm No King For Countrymen
6pm Taylor Knox
8pm Sam Cash & The Romantic Dogs
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Posted by: Vincent Banial
Tim Hicks and his bandmates put on an “AMAZING” concert at the CNE Bandshell Stage on Aug 20!!!
This was the best band that I have ever had the luck to see and hear performing at the CNE Bandshell Stage! Tim Hicks and his boys know how to entertain!
I was apprehensive about shooting this concert. Tim Hicks is supposed to play on Country Music Radio Stations. Little did I know. This was “not” a Johnny Cash type of Country Music. Tim Hicks is as a good a Rock Band as they are a Country Band.
Superb Guitar solos. Their Bass Player is an extraordinary showman. Tim has a powerful voice and easily worked the audience.
Their Drummer pounded out the beat. Seriously great muscians.
I am not a Country Music fan, but I really enjoyed the Tim Hicks concert. Great to listen to. Fun to watch their performance.
The only stupid beef that I had, was with Tim’s baseball cap. The front brim would cast a shadow on his face…
Tim Hicks closed the show with multiple blasts from assorted Dry Ice funnels. They blasted funnels of fog onto the stage. Really neat effect. Wish that I had brought two cameras with a wide angle zoom on it. Hard to capture a full stage with a long lens.
Because of the Tim Hicks concert, I plan on buying a video camera in the near future. Video is great when something spectacular happens. I would have loved to have captured their closing song on video. Heck the whole Tim Hicks concert would have been great to capture on video.
Tim Hicks spoke about playing for a long period as the “house band” in a Toronto bar. These guys are ready for the “big time”. Superb players who also have a great visual performance. Concerts are about “BOTH” sight and sound. Tim Hicks and his band knows about that, in spades.
Posted by: Vincent Banial
On Aug 18 2014, the Paul James Band performed at the CNE Midway Stage, with multiple sets.
The Paul James Band is made up of talented musicians. What sets them apart from most other bands is Paul James, their Lead Singer, Guitarist and Front-man. Paul is a great musician, who knows how to entertain and work the audience.
Concerts are not only about the sound. People can listen to a radio, to hear sound. They go to “see” and hear the musicians. A great performance must include visual components. The Paul James Band offers up superb sound, along with fun to watch performance. Great stuff and not commonly seen.
Yes, I really enjoyed their set. It was simply awesome!!!
Highly recommended band. You MUST SEE the Paul James Band perform live whenever you get a chance…
Special Thanks go out to Vincent Banial for shooting the photos of this concert.
On Fri Aug 22, the CNE Bandshell will host Platinum Blonde, one of Canada’s hottest bands of the 1980s.. You’ll get to hear ‘Crying Over You” and Standing in the Dark” and many other favorites, performed live.
Dwayne Gretzky will be the opening act that evening.
Video is courtesy of the AFTERLIGT FILMS YouTube channel
Every year the Canadian National Exhibition features great musical talents on assorted stages around the CNE grounds. The CNE Bandshell stage gives fans an opportunity to get up close and more personal, while they see and hear their favorite Bands and Musicians.
Tom Cochrane was born in Lynn Lake, Manitoba. After a number of hit songs and a Juno Award, his name and music are known around the globe. You can read a good Bio on his iTunes page.