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Festival d’été de Québec Pop-Up FEQ Toronto

 Festival d’été de Québec Pop-Up FEQ Toronto

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Festival d’été de Québec is excited to announce , a new, multi-city live music initiative presented by Sirius XM. Pop-Up FEQ will see surprise live concerts occurring in urban settings in the lead-up to this year’s Festival, taking place July 9 to 19 in Québec City. 

The debut Pop-Up FEQ event will take place at Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on May 15th at 6pm. The free show will feature surprise artists whose identity will be revealed only at the start of the performance. “We were looking for an original way to draw attention to our event – to get the word out,” explained Luci Tremblay, communications director for Festival d’été de Québec. “Pop-Up FEQ shows will be part of our promotional efforts in Toronto, a market that we’ve been developing over the past few years.” The Toronto event will be presented in collaboration with the Québec City Tourism Bureau and Sirius XM, who will record the performance for broadcast on its network at a later date.
 
Fans are encouraged to watch Festival d’été de Québec’s social media networks for hints and clues on the time, location – and possibly even the stars– of future Pop-Up FEQ events. An official hashtag has also been created for the series – #PopUpFEQ – and attendees are encouraged to share their experiences at the events on their own social networks. Following the Toronto date, Pop-Up FEQ will move to Québec City, where similar surprise performances will be unveiled in the coming months as well as during the Festival itself.
 
“We’re proud to work with Festival d’été de Québec in promoting the cultural vitality in the Québec City area. The pop-up concerts are a tantalizing preview of the many shows and cultural events on offer this summer at one of North America’s most unique destinations,” added André Roy, director of the Québec City Tourism Bureau.

Festival d’été de Québec celebrates its 48th anniversary in 2015 with performances by The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters, Nickelback, Keith Urban, Iggy Azalea – and many more – at Québec City’s historic Plains of Abraham. 

NXNE 2014 Wed Music Festival Toronto Pics

NXNE 2014 Wed Music Festival Toronto Pics

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The Ian Fays

Nice people – they were already finished, when i got to the “Boat”
The baby plays the drums!

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The Van Allen Belt

Had a video running behind them that was by itself a wonderful work of art. Could have used a little less bass rumble.
The Girl can sing and the band was a man with a computer, with another guy with a keyboard. Above average for the “Indie Music Biz” but played to 15 people. Sad waste of time for a group to travel so far and not to be promoted. See pic below

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Old and Weird

these Cute young girls played to a busy bar across the street.  And made better by the province of NOVA SCOTIA
But sadly badly off key singing made them miss my top ten … please get better

Monomyth

Monomyth

Right on after the girls — these boys could sing — packed house — nice to see so many “young people”
maybe there is hope of live music after all.  your usual “indie Music Stuff” nothing outstanding in songwriting dept

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Fevers

Both singers could hold a note, but were usually lost in the mix. Great lights, above average in the “indie Music Stuff”
had great energy — but only got a “c-”  in songwriting.  too bad indie music people do not go to class about writing good
pop hooks — you know the song that drives you nuts — in your head — you need to hear it again

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2013 Canadian Music Week

 

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After perusing the gig-guide, I decided to begin my 2013 Canadian Music Week festivities at the cozy, yet spacious Drake Underground for “Music From Ireland Presents” to check out a couple of bands from Dublin. The company presenting the music offered a free CD sampler of the bands they work with, which I took and thanked them for enthusiastically. It’s a great way to leave some of their music behind for fans in other parts of the world.

By Melissa Peters

 

MUSIC: Beaches’ Jazz Fest 2012: Liona Boyd

MUSIC: Beaches’ Jazz Fest: Liona Boyd

It was the perfect summer afternoon with blue skies and a comfortable 23 degrees celcius as people young and old gathered around the main stage at Kew beach. Anticipation mounted for the first lady of guitar, Liona Boyd, to take the stage. Once again residing in Toronto and with a new album “Return To Canada, With Love” set to be released in the new year, Liona graced the stage just after 3:30pm. Accompanied by fellow classical guitarist and Toronto local Michael Savona , the show started off with a classical composition entitled “ Spirit Of The Canadian North Lands” . This was the first taste of a performance chock full of odes to the great white north. Liona Boyd is a reminder of the phenomenal talent our country has to offer. Liona has performed for royalty, for presidents and prime ministers and has performed with such talents as Yo Yo Ma and Eric Clapton. She has performed on The Tonight Show and received both the order of Canada and the order of Ontario. Her illustrious career has brought her to seven continents, performing for audiences all over the world.

Following a diagnosis of focal dystonia, Liona had to change the way she plays guitar. During this period she developed her singing and song writing abilities which is evident in her current music. She now incorporates many folk elements. Liona has an ethereal presence and her music tells a story, whether she is singing about her own personal history or about a Canadian icon such as Emily Carr. One of the more poignant moments was a beautiful song entitled “Living My Life Alone”. A bittersweet song she dedicated to the single people in the audience, it was a very honest reminiscence of the could have beens in life, with a brief mention of her romance with Pierre Elliot Trudeau at the age of 21. A line from the song goes “Who would have thought at this time I’d still have no place to call home. Who would have thought at this time I’d be living my life alone”. It is apparent that Liona Boyd has put reflection in to the events that have shaped her. She talked a lot about Toronto, the city she now once again calls home. “Toronto, I knew you long ago….Toronto, I’ve missed you so”.

Her new album will include a song called “Canada, My Canada” a song that features Jann Arden and was written with the knowledge that there are not enough national patriotism songs being sung in schools across the country. The performance finished with Liona telling the audience “thank you for bringing me home”. Canada welcomes you back with open arms.