A host of artists from here and abroad will visit the four corners of the province during the summer. Here is a playlist that includes some of them.
We can see Thierry Larose at a few festivals this summer, including the Francos de Montréal and the Festif! of Baie-Saint-Paul. The young singer-songwriter from Quebec, who caused a stir two years ago with his debut album Cantalou, will also perform songs from Sprint!, a fiery second album that may have been released over the winter. , but which exudes a joyful and highly summery energy. In any case, it’s hard to resist Des knots in the fingers, its slightly retro chansonnier spirit and its melody that you could listen to on repeat until the end of the summer.
For over 15 years, Rick Ross has been one of America’s hottest rappers. He has released a dozen albums, three compilations on his Maybach Music Group label and collaborated with all the major artists on the hip-hop scene of recent years, including Drake, Jay-Z and Kanye West. The 47-year-old Floridian’s output has dwindled recently – despite contributing to DJ Khaled’s hugely successful God Did – as he reportedly bids for mayor of Fayetteville, Georgia, where he now resides. Rozay will still be the main artist of the 40th International Hot Air Balloon Festival in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu on August 18. Koriass, Jay Scøtt, Marie-Gold and Emma Beko will also be at the festival on the same day.
With her low voice, her irresistible Memphis accent and her jerky flow, GloRilla has several assets that set her apart. With more than 4.6 million monthly listeners on Spotify, the 23-year-old rapper continues her rise with each of her releases. The very sexual Lick or Sum, launched last Tuesday, should contribute to the phenomenon. The F.N.F. (Let’s Go) was the source of his initial success and even earned him a citation at the last Grammy gala. Her collaboration with Cardi B, Tomorrow 2, has racked up nearly 100 million plays, while those with Lil Durk total around 20 million. It will also precede the latter on July 11, at the Festival d’été de Québec. Montrealer Naya Ali and Vancouverite BBNO$ will also be on the Plains of Abraham that same evening.
Yes, the two shows by the Mexican superstar presented at the Maison symphonique by the Jazz Festival are sold out – it’s a big coup to have her scheduled in Montreal as part of her tour that takes her from Paris. in Buenos Aires. But that does not prevent us from listening to his greatest success, Hasta la Raiz (2015), as well as an anthology of his songs which for 20 years have drawn as much from the traditional music of his country as from jazz and pop. We savor the softness of the voice and the elegance of the arrangements, and we let the warm summer wind do the rest.
An invitation that we will not miss: that of the group led by the self-taught Adam Granduciel. Head to the MTELUS on July 14, or the Festival d’été de Québec the next day, to hear the – already – classic pieces by The War on Drugs group, Red Eyes, Pain, Under Pressure and, above all, I Don’ t Live Here Anymore, title track of his exceptional album released in 2021. This song alludes both to the journey of migrants and to hearts in pain of love – yes, it is possible – and makes us think of certain pieces of Bob Dylan and the glam rock heard in the 1980s.
The word “nostalgia” sounds like a sad song. There will, of course, be soulful tunes when Lionel Richie hits the Bell Center stage this summer, but there will also be some ass-kicking beats. Especially since the former Commodores performs a doubleheader with Earth Wind.
You don’t need to have liked Madonna’s last or penultimate record, or even the one before it, to want to see her on stage again. Her repertoire includes enough songs to ensure that the Bell Center will once again be transformed into a dance floor in August, and twice rather than once since she will be performing there on August 19 and 20. His music, more than that of many others, brings people together. Still and always.
Lou-Adriane Cassidy’s schedule for the summer? “Kiss, fly, dance, abandon myself to the tempo,” she lists in Mon chandail disco, an irresistible invitation to do anything taken from Éclore au matin, the first album of Jean-Bruno Pinard’s Zombie Life Mon project. Cœur (who will open for Marjo at the Francos on June 9). For the mixer and producer (who worked with Les Louanges), it’s as if Quebec pop had never been more exhilarating than when Mitsou and Les BB were dominating the charts. A point of view that he defends brilliantly in the company of a scintillating team of guests, including Anatole, Laurence-Anne, Alex Burger, N Nao and Lumière.
Foo Fighters, best American band on the planet? It is rather the formation with which the team of Dave Grohl will share the poster on July 8 at the Festival d’été de Québec, White Reaper, which claims this title, if we must at least trust the title of its second album released in 2017 (The World’s Best American Band). Less pretentious than full of self-mockery, the Kentucky-based band certainly embodies a (sadly) outdated idea of rock as a vehicle for humming six-string solos and choruses designed to finish your beer in two sips. Think Cheap Trick, but with the power of the twin guitar attacks that Thin Lizzy once used to take us by the collar.
Lana Del Rey will finally be with us, next July 15, at the Festival d’été de Québec, after eight years without stopping in the province, despite the many albums she has given us since. The Video Games singer released a new album in 2023, Did You Know That There’s a Tunnel Under Ocean Blvd, a magnificent opus of orchestral ballads. After four releases in less than four years, the prolific and talented American artist, who hasn’t toured since 2019, should offer a fabulous show filled with all the superb songs she has produced since, but also her classics. , which have become landmark nostalgic anthems.
Canadian pride if ever there was one, Drake never misses the opportunity to drop by Montreal (he even came to the metropolis last year for a few minutes on stage with Lil Baby during the Metro Festival). On July 14 and 15, he will present two concerts in a row at the Bell Center as part of his It’s All a Blur tour. After Certified Lover Boy (2021), Honestly, Nevermind (2022) and the collaborative album Her Loss (2022) which he co-signed with 21 Savage, the Toronto rapper will have something to delight his loyal admirers.
The French-Guadeloupean hard blues band is making two stops in Quebec this summer, first at the Tremblant International Blues Festival on July 13 before doing it again three days later at the Quebec Summer Festival. This is an opportunity to hear tracks from the superb 4:00 AM, released in 2021, but certainly also some of the next record due for release later this year. A unique blend of blues, rock, Creole and Cajun rhythms, Delgrès aims to be the festive meeting of France, the West Indies and the United States. A must see.
Ben Gibbard’s band is coming to Quebec only once as part of the Asphalt Meadows tour and it will be at the Festivent de Lévis on August 4th. This will in fact be the first show in seven years on Quebec soil for the American group, which showed that they are still at the top of their game with their most recent album launched last September. Death Cab For Cutie is an example of the Festivent’s big catches in 2023, which celebrates its 40th anniversary by also hosting Walk The Moon, Matt Lang, Third Eye Blind, The Franklin Electric, Live, Our Lady Peace, FouKi and Alicia Moffet.