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Mother Nature slays Imagine Dragons at FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There was almost no room in front of the Bell Stage on July 13. Despite weather warnings, people had been lined up for hours. Some had driven hundreds of kilometres to see Imagine Dragons, a concert on the roster of the Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ). To everyone’s disappointment, Mother Nature created a repeat of the Foo Fighters’ 2015 concert, to the day.

A dazzling Mariah Carey sings through the rain

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Photo: Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

July 11 was a sparkling evening on the Plains of Abraham, despite the rain and dense clouds. Mariah Carey stepped onto the Bell Stage in a form-fitting short silver dress, reflecting the shining star that she is. With more than 150 million albums sold worldwide, the queen of R&B had arrived at the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ).

Bluesman Buddy Guy’s still got it at 82

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Photo: Peter Black

He turns 83 on July 30, so Buddy Guy has more than earned the right to sing the blues and claim the title of the last of the great bluesmen, B.B. King, Muddy Waters and their ilk having already ascended to the big three-chord progression in the sky.

Blink-182 celebrates 20 years and closes FEQ 2019

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

No band could have closed the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec better than the punk rock group from California, Blink-182. The songs of this iconic 1990s-2000s trio are etched in people’s minds, proven by the tens of thousands who attended the 20th anniversary of the Enema of the State concert on July 14. For many, this renowned album was the main attraction to the Blink-182 show.

The Offspring thrills FEQ crowds

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

After a 30-minute delay, spectators were more than happy to see The Offspring appear on the Bell Stage. As part of the closing program of the 52nd Festival d’Été de Québec (FEQ), the band opened with “Americana,” the title song of their album of the same name.

25th Grands Feux Loto-Québec: fireworks, dance, music and movies

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

There are just a couple of weeks to go before fireworks explode over the St. Lawrence River. From July 31 to Aug. 24, hundreds of thousands of spectators both old and young, from near and far, will gather along the river’s banks and at the designated sites – Quai Paquet in Lévis and Place des Canotiers in Quebec City.

Quebec rugby and soccer teams lead their leagues right across the province

The Club de Rugby de Québec (CRQ) and the Québec Dynamo soccer players are enjoying a great summer on their respective pitches, across the province.

The CRQ women lead Quebec’s Women’s Super League and have an unbeaten record. On July 13, the CRQ team won 38-10 over the Barrhaven Scottish club from Ottawa, for their seventh straight win in as many games.

Lynyrd Skynyrd and Led Zep tribute band rock FEQ Saturday

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Photo: Photo by Renaud Philippe, courtesy of FEQ

The packed crowd for the July 6 show on the giant Festival d’Été Bell stage didn’t seem to mind that they were rocking out to essentially two big-name tribute bands.

Twenty One Pilots climbed to new heights at the FEQ

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Photo: Cassandra Kerwin

They crowd-surfed, tower-climbed, changed their outfits and instruments, went down into the crowd and invited security guards to dance. Ohio band Twenty One Pilots know how to put on a show. They’ve seen their fair share of concerts, so lead vocalist and guitarist Tyler Joseph and drummer Josh Dun understand the importance of stage presence.

Mamma Mia! Here I go again . . . how can I forget ya!

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Photo: Salle Albert Rousseau

After a triumphant première in Montreal, the musical Mamma Mia! is coming to Quebec City’s Salle Albert-Rousseau with 21 presentations from Aug. 14 to Sept. 7. It is based on the music of ABBA’s greatest hits, composed by two members of the famous Swedish singing group. Anyone who lived through the 1970s and ’80s could sing most of the songs in this hit musical by heart.