Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand

Open Air Musical Evenings 

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 twenty-five free shows will be presented this summer, from Thursday to Sunday. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you will discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners. Whether you come out for blues, folk, pop, or world music, these concerts will sure inject a little extra sunshine into your summer.

June 16 to August 11, 2019.
Thursday through Sunday, at 8 p.m.
Exceptionally, Wednesday June 26, at 8 p.m.

 

2019 Program

The 2019 program is available on the Calendar 2019 tab. All shows begin at 8 p.m.

Printable version of the program (PDF)

Watch videos, read news or share your favorite shows with others on the  Facebook page of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

The weekly schedule will also be available by phone with the infoline: 418-648-4050.

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Because it is in our nature

Through environmental concern, the National Battlefields Commission is taking an even greener turn and won't print the program leaflet anymore. We invite you to consult the program online. Naturally, for the first national historic park in Canada!

Logo, We are involved in sustainable development

 

Edwin Bélanger (1910 - 2005)

M. Edwin Bélanger"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.         

Frequentely Asked Questions

Are shows cancelled when it rains?
Shows will take place rain or shine. They are cancelled only as a last resort when weather conditions constitute a threat to the artist and public. We are not able to relocate or postpone shows. When possible, we will announce the cancellation on the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand Facebook page. Please note that we could make the decision at the last minute to put all the chances on our side.

Can I park near the Edwin-Bélanger Banstand?
On show nights, parking is available for $9 near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Our parking attendant will be waiting for you at the green tent from 5 p.m. Take the Wolfe-Montcalm Avenue opposite the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec and head for the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

How much are the shows?
Shows at the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand are free.

Are there bathroom facilities on site?
Bathrooms are available at the Pavilion, near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

What time are the shows?
Shows begin at 8 p.m.

Where is the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand?
The Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand is located on the Plains of Abraham in Québec City, a stone's throw from Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec. You can see its location on the park's map.

Where can I find this summer's program?
The 2019 program is available in the Calendar 2019 tab.

Can I bring a chair?
Yes, absolutely. You can bring chairs and blankets to comfortably enjoy the show.

Can I arrive early for a picnic?
What a great idea! You are more than welcome to arrive early and enjoy the Plains of Abraham before the show. If you come by car, please note that the parking lot near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand opens at 5 p.m. Other parking options on the park are also available.

Can I eat on site?
Of course! You can bring a picnic or buy some delicious sandwiches, salads and other snacks at Fastoche!. On show days, Fastoche! is open until 9 p.m. at the Pavilion near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.

 

Favorite Show 2019

Audiences are invited to share their favourite show of the season. Vote online or by using the paper form available at the Pavilion on show days.

 

Favorite Show for 2018

The Fat Cats won the award last year. The group will be back at the Bandstand on July 16.

 

Pavilion

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.

Come and have a snack with fastoche! that offers a socially responsible high-end sandwich bar for quick, perfect while waiting for a show at the Bandstand!

Please take note that swimming is prohibited in the Centennial Fountain, adjacent to the Pavilion, even for pets.

 

Schedule (Pavilion)

Every day
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.

Programming may be modified without prior notice.

 

Fastoche! 2019 Schedule at the Pavilion

From May 11:
Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

From June 25:
Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (and sometimes later).
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Exceptionally open until 9 p.m. on Wednesday, June 26.
Closed during the Festival d'été de Québec, July 4 to 14.
Subject to closure without prior notice depending on weather conditions. 

 

Parking

On show evenings you can either walk, take a bus, car pool or for $9, park your vehicle near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Our parking attendant will be waiting for you at the green tent from 5:00 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.

 

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.

 

Artist Applications

Artists interested in performing for next season of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand 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

By email: information@ccbn-nbc.gc.ca

By mail:
Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand – Artist Applications
The National Battlefields Commission 
835 avenue Wilfrid-Laurier Québec, Quebec Canada G1R 2L3

Please note that only artists selected will be contacted, and materials submitted will not be returned.

The deadline for your application is March 15, 2019.

 

Prior program

Shows are presented at the Edwin-Belanger Bandstand since 1993. Consult our prior program!

2018 2017 2016 2015 2014
2013 2012 2011 2010
 

 





July

2019-07-18

The Fat Cats - Favorite Show for 2018

 

 

 

The Fat Cats were formed by merging The Swing Kids and Jivecity, two groups active for more than a decade in shows and events in Quebec. This group with a retro look stands out with lively presentations that combine Rock & Roll, swing and pop music. From Elvis Presley and Katy Perry to the Beach Boys, the group includes current hits in their repertoire, putting their own unique spin on each.

Discover The Fat Cats

2019-07-19

Alain Dumas

 

 

 

For almost 30 years, entertainer in heart and soul Alain Dumas has showcased his talent for humour, entertainment and song. In a heartfelt performance, Dumais revisits timeless classics by Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Bobby Darin and Michael Bublé in a presentation that showcases his warm voice and magical connection with the public and his musicians.

Discover Alain Dumas

2019-07-20

The Homeboys - Tribute to Tom Petty

 

 

 

In 2017, folk, country and pop singer Tom Petty left us after a successful career spanning more than 40 years. He leaves behind tunes and familiar songs such as the classics Free Falling, Mary Jane’s Last Dance, Refugee, Running Down a Dream and Learning to Fly. Immerse yourself in this musical world with The Homeboys and a performance that presents the best of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers.

Discover The Homeboys - Hommage à Tom Petty

2019-07-21

Bandstand by Invitation (Dominique Hudson - King Abid - Five Roses)

Bandstand by Invitation brings together for the span of an evening three artists of the 2019 program.

 

 

 

Dominique Hudson perfected his skills in bars and nightclubs, followed by a radical change made in 2004 and a year spent in the Caribbean performing before an international audience. Upon his return, he participated in the Shérazade music show “les mille et une nuits” before launching DANZA, a project blending pop music and Latin rhythms. His 4th album, Última Danza, was released in April 2019.

Discover Dominique Hudson

 

 

 

 

Originally from Tunisia and living in Québec City for almost two decades now, Heythem Tlili, alias King Abid, proposes festive music inspired by his origins, his passion for Jamaica and his affection for his new homeland. Afrobeat, reggae, electro, dance hall and hip-hop build his unique musical world. Following his first eponymous album, he received the 2017-2018 World Music Award from Révélation Radio-Canada.

Discover King Abid

 

 

 

 

Five Roses came to be in 2016 thanks to a chance encounter between Jade Savannah Godin and Zachary Ouimet, who wanted to start a country duo project. Over the past year the duo have been writing songs, travelling often to Nashville to learn directly from masters in this genre, and have been building a sound inspired by their influences: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, and Carrie Underwood.

Discover Five Roses

2019-07-25

Webster & 5 for Trio

 

 

 

The group “5 for Trio” was formed in Québec City in 2012. Band members Sylvain St-Onge (guitar), Mathieu Rancourt (bass) and Jean-François Gingras (drums) sought to give a new edge to jazz. Together, they built a bridge between modern jazz and progressive music. In 2019, they launched an album in cooperation with Webster, a rapper and hip-hop pioneer in Quebec.

Discover Webster & 5 for Trio

2019-07-26

Bowie Revisited – Tribute to David Bowie

 

 

 

The band, Bowie Revisited, celebrates the musical heritage of David Bowie, an artist whose innovative musical style marked more than one generation. The band’s edgy, electrifying, captivating style is hugely appreciated by audiences. The show pays tribute to the artist and holds the promise of an unforgettable evening showcasing the world of Bowie, who passed away in 2016. Bowie’s greatest classics will be performed and revisited!

Discover Bowie Revisited – Tribute to David Bowie

2019-07-27

Grooz

 

 

 

An agent of both the gnawa tradition and occidental instrumentation, Grooz takes the audience on a journey that isn’t soon forgotten. With the unique perspective that only singer songwriter Abdelhak Benmedjebari can provide on vocals and basse guitar, Grooz brings you to a realm where Jazz, Rock, Reggae and Blues are fused with the traditional repertoire.

Discover Grooz

2019-07-28

Dominique Hudson

 

 

 

Dominique Hudson perfected his skills in bars and nightclubs, followed by a radical change made in 2004 and a year spent in the Caribbean performing before an international audience. Upon his return, he participated in the Shérazade music show “les mille et une nuits” before launching DANZA, a project blending pop music and Latin rhythms. His 4th album, Última Danza, was released in April 2019.

Discover Dominique Hudson

August

2019-08-01

Délirium Tremens – Tribute to Jean Leloup

 

 

 

For more than 20 years, Délirium Tremens has performed across Quebec showcasing masterpieces by Jean Leloup. Band members are renowned for their appealing energy and unique – sometimes exclusive – interpretations of Leloup’s songs. No costumes, embodiment or imitation here – instead, six accomplished musicians creatively perform spellbinding renditions of Leloup’s great successes from different eras.

Discover Délirium Tremens – Tribute to Jean Leloup

2019-08-02

Five Roses

 

 

 

Five Roses came to be in 2016 thanks to a chance encounter between Jade Savannah Godin and Zachary Ouimet, who wanted to start a country duo project. Over the past year the duo have been writing songs, travelling often to Nashville to learn directly from masters in this genre, and have been building a sound inspired by their influences: Lady Antebellum, Little Big Town, Dustin Lynch, and Carrie Underwood.

Discover Five Roses

2019-08-03

King Abid

 

 

 

Originally from Tunisia and living in Québec City for almost two decades now, Heythem Tlili, alias King Abid, proposes festive music inspired by his origins, his passion for Jamaica and his affection for his new homeland. Afrobeat, reggae, electro, dance hall and hip-hop build his unique musical world. Following his first eponymous album, he received the 2017-2018 World Music Award from Révélation Radio-Canada.

Discover King Abid

2019-08-04

Les Jacks

 

 

 

Established during a trip to Hawaii, the group Les Jacks took shape when young music lovers began acoustically and vocally arranging successful tunes. Following their trip, the group decided to continue arranging hits and even composing their own. Les Jacks’ music is mellow - songs have depth or are festive, and their lyrics are inspired by the highs and lows that life puts in their path.

Découvrez Les Jacks

2019-08-08

Comme dans un film

 

 

 

Isabelle Blais, Pierre-Luc Brillant and talented musicians (Jean-François Lauzon, Nicolas Grimard and Francis Rossignol) came together to form a new group “Comme dans un film”. Stories come alive in folk songs with hints of rock and country: an untameable youth who dreams of freedom, lovers revelling in the heavens above and the poet Jack Kerouac and his famed haikus.

Discover Comme dans un film

2019-08-09

Maxime Landry

 

 

 

Winner of the popular show, Star Académie 2009, Maxime Landry launched his first solo album, Vox Pop, that same year, followed by L’avenir entre nous in 2011, Noël blanc in 2013, 3e rue Sud in 2014 and Nos histoires in 2017, an album based entirely on his own creations inspired by the public. Over the years, he has won several Félix awards at the ADISQ Gala, including Best Male Singer of the Year and Album of the Year.

Discover Maxime Landry

2019-08-10

Richy Jay

 

 

 

Born in Haiti, Richard Verdieu, (stage name Richy Jay) grew up in a family where music was ever-present. After arriving in Canada, he started a career in Creole-style rap. His first album, I Was Born To Win (2015), showcases a world inspired by Caribbean rhythms, Afrobeat, Zouk, Kompa, Dancehall, Hip Hop and R&B. His second album, On Air (2016), presents a unique musical signature in Quebec inspired by rhythms from around the world.

Discover Richy Jay

2019-08-11

Sally Folk

 

 

 

Sally Folk is a singer/songwriter who has performed on the music scene in Quebec for several years. Known for her indomitable spirit, Sally Folk has developed a unique musical world: mellow yet spellbinding, with depth, a detached attitude and a sense of humour and enthusiasm. Over the years, she has been nominated during the ADISQ Gala in the Album of the Year – Pop category.

Discover Sally Folk