Get to know Montreal’s blues-infused rock and folk music at FestiBlues, four hot August nights of live performances outdoors in the park and late into the night at several nearby bars and restaurants…
One of the city’s most laid-back, family-friendly summer music fests, FestiBlues International de Montreal sets the bar high for good times once again in its 17th edition, August 7-10 at Ahuntsic Park (just steps away from Henri-Bourassa metro station) and in the surrounding neighbourhood, where French and English-language music meet up to create a truly unique event.
Whether you’re familiar with the artists playing FestiBlues or not, the extremely affordable ticket price of $7 a night or $18 for all four evenings can’t be beat – as a bonus for families, kids 12 years old and under get in for free. Discover new music and hang out with local fans from 6pm on, starting with Thursday night’s star-studded line-up: pop-rock singer-songwriter Oliver Charles kicks the show off, followed by this year’s La Voix (Quebec’s version of TV show The Voice) fave Marie-Eve Fournier, Québécois slam hip-hop team David Goudreault and Matthieu Lippé, and the dance-party electro-pop grooves of Misteur Valaire.
Friday night begins with charming singer-guitarist Carlos Veiga, playing songs from his new album Paroles, followed by French hip-hop group Scarecrow, who fuse urban rap with country-blues to create a modern sound all their own. Later see legendary Quebecois crooner Mario Saint-Amand, while award-winning blues singer Marc Dupré ends the evening joined by more exceptional singer vocal from La Voix. Saturday’s standouts include Montreal favourite Jordan Officer, playing guitar-drenched blues songs from his latest album, and great storytelling bluesman Daniel Bélanger. And on Sunday, don’t miss the return of Franco-Australian blues-rock duo Mountain Men and the grand finale with the “Louis Armstrong of Quebec” Brian Tyler and all kinds of musical guests.
Along with all that music in the park, seven restaurants and bars on and around nearby Fleury Street make FestiBlues a late-night affair, featuring shows every night starting at 11pm. Hear more uniquely Quebecois music, from toe-tapping blues-rock to Americana with a French-Canadian twist to the sound of mainstage acts like Mountain Men and Laurent Thomas in a more intimate venue. Indoors and under sunny skies, FestiBlues adds yet another flavour to Montreal’s festival season, complete with its own signature social atmosphere.
FestiBlues International of Montreal, August 7-10, 2014
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