The Festival Musique du Bout du Monde unveils a flamboyant program for its 18e edition
Diversity will be in the spotlight from August 11 to 14 at the Festival Musique du Bout du Monde. Back in a full-capacity format, the festival will spread out, for its 18th edition, on more than 15 stages in the Greater Gaspé. The main stages will allow festival-goers to find an event that combines the best elements of the pre-pandemic festival with the elements built in 2021. Thus, the summit of Mont-Béchervaise, Cap-Bon-Ami, rue de la Reine and the Arche de l'Éveil Collectif will host the majority of the shows presented.
" This year again, you are invited to make unforgettable encounters thanks to this unique alliance between the cultures of the world and the majesty of our territory; an edition where nature and the arts give a show ", indicates Marie Christine Côté, new president of the board of directors.
The Scène Hydro-Québec, under the big top, will host three nights of two shows. Cha Wa and Lisa LeBlanc will open with an evening of Louisiana and Acadian inspired funk-disco. On Friday, Les Louanges and The Franklin Electric will take the stage with their unique and transcendent indie rock sounds. A special hot night awaits festival goers on Saturday when Colombian Afro house band Ghetto Kumbé will set the dance floor ablaze, preceded by the indescribable Lido Pimienta, a great committed artist who won the prestigious Polaris Award in 2017. The tent will be erected on the site of the Arche de l'Éveil Collectif, a stone's throw from the Marina de Gaspé, in the same location as in 2021.
Back for a second year following the great success of 2021, the TELUS Stage at the summit of Mount-Béchervaise will once again allow spectacular encounters in front of one of the most beautiful landscapes of the Gaspé Peninsula. Participants will be able to enjoy the scenery on their way to the summit thanks to the mechanical lift put in service for the occasion. They will be transported by the unique sounds offered by the strings of Zal Sissokho's unusual project: Kora Flamenca, by the soaring neoclassic of Flore Laurentienne and by the bewitching grunge folk of Laura Niquay. These proposals will fill their ears while the decor will fill their eyes.
"We are thrilled to be teaming up with the Musique du Bout du Monde Festival for a sixth consecutive year and highlighting the remarkable talent of emerging and local artists," said Raymond Lacroix, regional vice president of Specialty Solutions Delivery and Support at TELUS. "Over the decades, we have made massive investments to make the Gaspé Peninsula one of the best connected places in the country with our award-winning 5G and fiber networks. Today, that same connectivity allows the festival team to offer musical performances in some of the most beautiful landscapes and natural settings of our Gaspé Peninsula. We invite music fans to attend in large numbers and look out for the TELUS Little Extras that will once again enhance the festival-goers' experience with blankets, lanterns and umbrellas this year."
The rue de la Reine will be animated every day from Friday evening to Sunday evening and will host the Journées du Bout du Monde. Young and old alike will be able to come and celebrate in a festive atmosphere while their eyes will be opened wide by street art performances. Free concerts will also be presented on the Loto-Québec Stage, where everyone will be able to appreciate the talent of P'tit Belliveau, Odreii, EMDE, Habana Café, Valérie Ékoumè, LaF and many others. "The free festivities on the Loto-Québec stage are a great opportunity for people passing through as well as for Gaspesians of origin, heart and adoption to meet and exchange in the heart of the City of Gaspé ," said Mr. Éric Meunier, director of responsible gambling and societal commitment at Loto-Québec.
The Notre Bout du Monde concert series, powered by Hydro-Quebec, will feature talented artists for intimate concerts: Ouri, La Patente, Inbal Zadok, ElecTree Soundsystem, Zoon, Les Deuxluxes, Sam Tucker, Claude Hurtubise, Mother of Cups, Shaina Hayes and more. A multitude of venues will host this series that presents emerging and local artists. This is a great way to promote local business and to show once again that FMBM is a strong player in the Greater Gaspé area.
Finally, as announced on April 8, the concert at Sunrise at Cap-Bon-Ami, in Forillon National Park, will be offered by Malian virtuoso Vieux Farka Touré. The first 500 tickets that went on sale were snapped up within hours. The last 200 tickets will be available this April 28 at noon.
It is possible to purchase one of the first 500 passports for the three evenings on the Scène Hydro-Québec under the big top for $60 plus taxes and fees. Tickets for the shows at Mont-Béchervaise and Sunrise will be sold separately. More details on the festival website at www.musiqueduboutdumonde.com/billetterie.
Poster illustration credit: LORIZ Design
Graphic design credit : Inie Conception