1- FRANCOFOLIES DE MONTRÉAL
The 1999 edition features «La Fête à Michel Rivard» in celebration of the rich 25-year career of this pop music icon who also does well in comedy and theater. The new Francofolies also feature the unlikely reunion of musical personas like Diane Dufresne, Claude Dubois and Kevin Parent, and it promises dynamic combinations with songsters Paul Piché, Dan Bigras and Éric Lapointe on the same stage... Not counting surprising newcomers like Mara Tremblay and M (Mathieu Chedid) and promising francophone music from all parts of the world.
2- MONDIAL DES CULTURES DE DRUMMONDVILLE
Not so long ago this festival was called «Festival international de folklore de Drummondville». Always a big popular fest and family-oriented event, it features parades; musical and crafts workshops, fun and games from around the world; international cuisine rich with flavor and accessible to all; last but not least, a dazzling array of ethnic and culturally mixed song and dance troupes (about thirty groups confirmed to date). This festival was created and nourished by the Ensemble folklorique Mackinaw, a Québécois troupe grounded in the artistry of our traditional songs and dances.
3- FESTIVAL INTERNATIONAL DE JAZZ DE MONTRÉAL
Launching on the 1st of July, this year's edition presents brilliant and unorthodox shows like singer Cassandra Wilson's «Travelling Miles» -devoted to Miles Davis of course- and the baroque vocals of Hilliard Ensemble combined with saxophonist Jan Garbarek. And lots of surprises with great Jazz men and women from the world over, including Quebec and Canada. Oh! Did I mention 1999 edition particularly focused on Louisiana (roots of Jazz)? Happy street dancing!!!
4- FESTIVAL D'ÉTÉ INTERNATIONAL DE QUÉBEC
Here it goes again: this musical extravaganza is the Quebec capital's answer to Montreal's FRANCOFOLIES. And we have to say Quebec City was first: to invite artists from the diverse francophone cultures and to offer a wide selection of free outdoor shows and indoor events in the realms of chanson, pop, classical, world beat and, lately, rock and alternative music. You can also pace and groove with the kids in the patrimonial parks and breath-taking points of interest (and views) of Old Quebec City. Of course there's always clowns and uncanny street artists to discover...
5- CARREFOUR MONDIAL DE L'ACCORDÉON DE MONTMAGNY
This one of a kind festival gets in full bloom this year with the infinitely varied colors, forms and touches of the ACCORDION, a magical instrument both folky and universal in its appeal. Artists and artisans from many countries are gathered in September for the golden closing of Summer. Montmagny, a beautiful and peaceful resort down the Saint-Lawrence river (between Quebec City and Kamouraska county) holds its own magic for musicians and tourists alike. The website offers an attractive historical commentary on the instrument.
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Quebec music correspondent