By Keven Tremblay
In a monthly column featuring must-visit events in Québec from a person who lives there, Keven Tremblay acts as your personal tour guide. Making sure you’re aware of the best and biggest events the province has to offer, he highlights what makes the predominantly French-speaking province so special.
La Fête Arc-En-Ciel
The pride festival of Quebec City is presented to you by the Alliance Arc-En-Ciel; an organism which fights for human rights against homophobia and transphobia. This festival offers you a lot of different parties and gourmet events while encouraging people to show their true colors and to proudly be themselves. Street artists continue to bring this city to life, night and day, during the four-day festival that has been waving its flag high since 2004.
Date: Sept. 1–4
Envol Et Macadam
This is an urban festival featuring outdoor concerts and live indoor shows in downtown Quebec City venues since 1996. It is the first alternative music festival in Quebec City and, each year, 25,000 festival-goers attend this event. During those three nights, more than 100 local and international bands come and rock this city. The 2016 lineup includes bands like Bad Religion, Québec Redneck Bluegrass Project and GrimSkunk.
Date: Sept. 8–10
POP Montreal International Music Festival
This is an annual non-pro?t curated cultural event that presents emerging and celebrated artistic talents from all over the world. Each year, about 60,000 festival-goers enjoy shows from more than 400 artists. The main goal of POP Montreal is to provide a dynamic introduction to the next generation of musical talent. Bands like The Kills, local favorites; Groenland; and the multi-talented Seth Bogart are just a few names among the list of amazing artists that will be part of this festival.
Date: Sept. 21–25
It’s the first edition of this festival, which is inspired by funfair and carnival’s ambiance. This event is defined by a combination of circus, dance, music, and street art. These disciplines work together to create a crazy and joyful festival that will surely leave a smile on your face. This is the perfect event if you want to have fun and relax while admiring a lot of different kinds of art in their purest and craziest form.
Date: Sept. 25–27