Competition d’été de Québec Remained Canada’s Most Elaborate Musical Feast

Showcasing Denzel Curry, Lydia Képinski, Hubert Lenoir, Lisa LeBlanc, Ludacris, $uicideboy$

Hubert Lenoir | Picture: Stéphane Bourgeois

Published Jul 13, 2022

Held annually in the provincial cash of la belle province given that 1968, Pageant d’été de Québec (FEQ) is 1 of Canada’s premier dwell audio events: a entire world course experience that performs host to a genre-numerous collection of emerging artists and international stars alike. Its principal stage, on the historic Plains of Abraham, can accommodate upwards of 80,000 festivalgoers, although a number of smaller sized stages — both equally in- and outdoor — invite followers to stroll the blocks in and around the walled city to catch old favourites and new discoveries.

Calendar year around year, this exceptional ecosystem can make for unquestionable stay music magic. In earlier yrs, I have viewed Sting and Peter Gabriel crack tantric intercourse jokes ahead of covering songs from each other’s catalogue, Metallica morph into a Taiko drum ensemble, Gorillaz and a wealth of company strike their audio-visual peak and Rae Sremmurd toss just one of the wildest, wettest get-togethers the key phase has ever observed.

The 2022 version of FEQ was no various. Operating this year from July 6 by way of 17, the fest’s 1st weekend was highlighted by a series of celebrated MCs, rising pop new music powers, place-fried protect tunes, the return of a hometown hero, and the biggest kitchen get together this place has witnessed exterior Acadia.

July 8

Lydia Képinski

Lydia Képinski’s self-described “pop epique” was the excellent soundtrack to ring in FEQ’s 1st weekend, and the effervescent artist introduced the electrical power and moves to match. Making use of a reduced stage-entrance riser to start the established amongst the crowd, Képinski soon experienced the viewers enraptured by the pumped-up electro lean of “L’imposture” and “Vaslaw,” and the slower, no a lot less beguiling grooves of “Arbol” and the title keep track of of this year’s Depuis.

Flipping her hair, writhing on the floor, and punching and kicking her way throughout the phase, it was a wonder the singer experienced any breath left to have her pitch-excellent call-and-reaction harmonies conjoin with all those of backing vocalist Alex Guimond, a member of the talented four-piece band who pushed Képinski’s effective tracks into extra exploratory spaces by using prolonged instrumental jams and solo sections.

For the duration of “Chlorine,” Képinski ducked behind the backline, throwing up the horns with a wicked grin as multi-instrumentalist Blaise Borboën-Léonard laid down a incredibly warped synth solo, feverishly attacking his keys and mod wheel. Képinski didn’t continue to be concealed for lengthy, closing the set by producing a mad sprint into her adoring crowd with phase safety in very hot pursuit.


On recordings and in interviews, Ottawa-bred singer-songwriter Communicate comes throughout as an endearing artist, and he even further charmed his Quebec City crowd by sporting 1 of the weekend’s more unforgettable ensembles: a pair of white overalls with the legs painted like the provincial flag — finish with a one fleurs-de-lis on the upper body — rounded out by a Fleurdelisé-turned-cape.

Originals “How Lengthy,” “Run Away to Mars” and “Hollywood” showcased the artist’s uninhibited vocal design and style and knack for producing stirring choruses, even though handles of Bon Jovi’s “Desired Lifeless or Alive” and Van Halen’s “Eruption” delivered a fun, familiar glimpse of the chemistry amongst frontman and 3-piece backing band. The very best, if not most unanticipated, of the bunch was a rousing a rendition of La Bottine Souriante’s Quebecois people vintage “La Ziguezon,” which the crowd squandered no time singing along to. 

Matt Lang

Amongst his snakeskin patterned shirt (and matching guitar strap) and seamless switches concerning twang en Anglais and fluent French in addressing the crowd, Maniwaki indigenous Matt Lang proved himself a chameleonic nation stylist whilst onstage in his household province. In between bringing Nashville to Quebec with originals “Getcha,” “I Woke Up Like This” and “My Last Pour,” and showcasing his possess multi-instrumental skills with a piano-led deal with of Eric Paslay’s “She Never Really like You,” Lang and his bandmates cycled by means of a series of rock favourites as if combined by a DJ.

An prolonged jam on the major riff of Lenny Kravitz’s “Always On the Run” noticed four backing instrumentalists get a solo — highlighted by bassist Dan Moranville going for walks his instrument’s neck for some thunderous low conclude, and pedal steel player Francis Veillette rolling his slide bar up the strings for special influence — before leading the crowd by means of evenly country-fried usually takes on Bryan Adams’ “Summertime of ’69” and Guns N’ Roses’ “Paradise City.” Biking by these tracks with the deftness of a DJ, the team even labored in a tease of Mötley Crüe’s “Dr. Feelgood” just before the set was out.

In even further shows of the crew’s undeniable showmanship, guitarists Etienne Joly and Marcel Rousseau traded solos and swills of beer with a single a further, while the band were being all smiles on their tour manager ferrying elaborate cocktails to the phase.

Hubert Lenoir

Hubert Lenoir’s effectiveness to a packed Location de l’Assemblée-Nationale marked the artist’s first display in his dwelling city given that 2018, an situation he felt to be “un veritable homecoming.” Now acknowledged properly beyond provincial borders as a creator who is wholly uncompromising in his aural and visual solution, the set felt like a celebration of his accomplishments to this place, and the ongoing joyous, humorous dismissal of Quebec’s staid social and political conservatism that has assisted make him a star ascendant.

Lenoir and his expansive band took the phase dressed in fluorescent basic safety perform wear, managing the vocal synth results of “GOLDEN Times” as one thing of a clarion call, prior to the songwriter donned a black cowboy hat to gallop headstrong into “MTL Design LIBRE” and “DIMANCHE SOIR,” deciding on a growling, guttural fashion in the absence of pitch shifting. Not only did he clearly show off his vocal variety with a properly-beloved address of Jean-Pierre Ferland’s “Si on s’y mettait,” he also made use of his voice to each command a mosh pit and simply call for the basic safety of crowd users, and declare for the younger generations of Quebecers, “C’est notre province.”

The visible element of Lenoir’s established was further more increased by a dwell camera feed operated by artistic lover Noémie D. Leclerc, beamed to the venue’s movie screens. As his band fell into a jazzy jam to segue into “Octembre,” Leclerc’s lens adopted Lenoir backstage to the environmentally friendly space for a costume improve, positioning an vacant wastebasket on his head and draping himself in a quilt that was afterwards misplaced to the group. Next a stage-diving tour throughout “Ton resort,” Lenoir had the full audience get very low to the floor as Leclerc trained the digital camera on a lone defiant 40-a thing standing with his arms crossed, receiving laughs from all in attendance. The digital camera also caught a cleared out eco-friendly area beer fridge (achieved with a thumbs down from Leclerc), saxophonist Felix Petit shredding Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1 + 2 on Nintendo Swap as Lenoir turned in a dry, droll rendition of LMFAO’s “Occasion Rock Anthem,” and a spectacular sax quartet to spotlight beloved solitary “Fille de personne II.”

July 9


Environment is a crucial component of Dizzy’s recorded catalogue, and the festival’s major stage on the huge Plains of Abraham was an great environment in which to witness its translation to a reside setting. Taking part in by means of “Roman Candles,” vocalist Katie Munshaw exhibited good management among projecting her voice in the refrain and softening items for quieter admissions in its verses. Guitarist Alex Spencer was a take care of to watch in the course of songs like “Joshua” and “Roman Candles,” shifting among his intricate 6-string melodies and nebulous held notes realized as a result of use of a slide and EBow. The rhythm section of bassist Mackenzie Spencer and drummer-synth player Charlie Spencer remained in lockstep even when lending a hand with vocal harmonies, with “Stars and Moons” a emphasize for the latter as he labored each his acoustic package and sample pad for some increased hi-hat designs. The loudest matters bought all evening was when the adoring crowd chanted for Munshaw to chug her glass of pink wine on multiple instances — a request initially fulfilled with a sip and a sly smile, prior to tipping what remained all the way back a couple songs later on.

P’tit Belliveau

“Ma system c’est, end currently being great currently,” P’tit Belliveau told an adoring crowd who were already chanting his identify following the to start with song of the set, relishing the self-effacing nature of the Acadien artist who afterwards summed his creative aims very only: “Ah, le audio. C’est le entertaining.” With the audience in the palm of his hand, the songwriter born Jonah Guimond brought listeners into his earth with favourites like “Moosehorn Lake” and “J’aimerais d’avoir un John Deere,” and out of it with choices like the yearning “J’feel comme un alien” and the bouncy bluegrass of “Black Bear.” Requesting viewers participation in grand sing-alongs to the vraiment chill “Les bateaux dans la baie” and the worldly, humorous “Mon drapeau Acadjonne viens d’Taiwan,” he quipped, “this is not a drill — this is real existence.” Guimond’s remarkably lively backing band had been undaunted in the occasional instrumental pivot from Acadien people, to power pop, to punk and metal with a double-kick bass drum from time to time pounding by way of the venue’s PA — a heaviness best captured when I witnessed them crack into a address of Papa Roach’s “Past Vacation resort” as a solitary beer can sailed by the air. C’est le pleasurable, indeed.

Lisa LeBlanc

The marriage involving rock and the rise of disco music is a piece of prejudiced, socially regressive record, and Lisa LeBlanc — who was released by her bandmates as the queen of Acadian banjo and “Chiac Disco” — made use of her time onstage to make a royal decree befitting of the existing working day: why not each? Acquiring a diva’s welcome as she strode onstage in a glittery pantsuit — total with matching cape — LeBlanc was an simple force as she led her band as a result of delectable grooves of “Dans l’jus,” “Entre toi pi moi pi la corde des bois,” and the simmering “Le menu acadien,” all of which launched her most current to the 2022 Polaris Audio Prize long record. Whether or not plucking the banjo or strumming her similarly sparkly electric powered guitar, LeBlanc stored her group rocking with properly-beloved cuts like “City Slickers and Nation Boys,” “You Glance Like Difficulties (But I Guess I Do Far too)” and “Gold Diggin’ Hoedown,” achieving a fever pitch when she and her band revved into a rollicking protect of Motörhead’s “Ace of Spades.” A welcome moment of reprieve came in the middle with “Kraft Meal,” for which LeBlanc asked for the viewers to hold lighters and mobile telephones alight — likening the twinkling beams of her crowd to globs of powdered packet cheese as opposed to stars.

July 10

Denzel Curry

Earlier this calendar year, Exclaim! explored the way Denzel Curry wields aggression and affectation in his audio, and in his Quebec Metropolis debut, this duality remained no significantly less intoxicating. Striding onstage to the blissful conquer of “Walkin,” the Florida-bred artist shortly commanded the crowd to “transform this shit up” on its beat drop, the packed phase-front kicking up a enormous dust cloud straight out of the song’s sandy music online video.

Thoroughly recovered from his torn ACL, Curry moved about the phase in commanding vogue, caring fewer about the free in-ear monitor dangling down his back again and extra about placing stage poses to appear as if he were being charging up a spirit bomb, or Power pushing his enemies to the brink. There was electric power in his vocal efficiency, much too, singing the cascading melody in the next verse of “This Lifestyle” in pitch-ideal style and showcasing dynamic shipping by a notably bruising run of “Ricky,” “Sumo” and “Supreme.”

Curry couldn’t settle for a serene crowd, roaring, “give me your vitality” right before locking into the staccato movement of “ULT,” boisterously declaring in advance of later on leaving the stage, “I do this shit. I am him, I am in this article!”


A cancellation from 2 Chainz led to fellow Atlantan Ludacris taking the phase to a packed crowd together with fellow regional legends Lil Fate and DJ Infamous. In this second, it was not wrong to imagine that some of the young viewers associates could know him far better from a sure movie franchise than an 8-album studio catalogue and myriad guest verses. “The place my Rapid and Furious admirers at?” he asked the group early on, sharing how he was fresh new off the aircraft from capturing the forthcoming Speedy X to be on the Plains of Abraham Sunday evening.

It seriously didn’t make any difference that he hasn’t produced a report because 2015’s lukewarm Ludaversal, providing a consummate established of nicely-beloved smashes that served to show the enduring ubiquity of Ludacris as rapper, actor and entertainer. The hits were being in no brief offer: following striding onstage to “Southern Fried,” Notorious cued up the equal of an audio clip demonstrate that provided Luda’s verse from Jermaine Dupri’s “Welcome to Atlanta,” “Selection A person Location” and “Act a Idiot,” the very last of which the MC and Lil Destiny utilized to gauge audience quantity from their respective sides of the stage. It isn’t going to subject how played-out that exercising can appear: the crowd lovingly ate it up a lot quicker than Chicken-n-Beer.

At the ask for of “celebration new music” from the Ludacris catalogue (“Y’all fuck with EDM songs?”) his guest spot on Usher’s “Yeah” led into a reminder of appearances on Taio Cruz’s “Break Your Heart” and “Tonight (I am Lovin’ You)” by Enrique Iglesias, followed by a reclamation of Fergie’s “Glamorous” from that languorous Jack Harlow single with a flash of his gleaming bust-down Jesus piece and matching chain for the phase cameras.

A brief ceding of the stage to DJ Infamous noticed the crowd get whipped into frenzy with spins of Property of Discomfort, DMX, Nirvana and Lil Jon, in advance of Luda returned to orchestrate 1 of the weekend’s most unforgettable scenes from my side-stage vantage place: a mass of tens of 1000’s hollering the hook to “Shift.”


Rather than comb through the comprehensive discography of $uicideboy$ for investigation just before watching their headlining set, I chose to leap blindly into the effectiveness of the New Orleans punk-rap duo with no expectations. The duo of Ruby da Cherry and $crim, who are also cousins, scaled the mountain of SoundCloud-dependent type in modern several years on the attract of abrasive output and corrosive lyricism — a devilish dovetailing that led them and their G*59 Data label to reportedly protected an 8-figure report deal.

Prowling all over the phase in entrance of an inflatable cranium, the duo’s chemistry as performers was their power, whether or not pulling out tracks from very last year’s Extended Expression Effects of Suffering or digging into their myriad mixtapes to play tracks they admittedly hadn’t executed in many years. Involving the bleak phase banter (“Fuck all the haters, the government, all the religions … Fuck it all, you know what I’m talkin’ about?”) and a number of asks to “open up up like six fuckin’ pits,” the eager group hung on their each and every phrase.

$crim, who soon eradicated his ski mask below the phase lights to reveal a wealth of thorough encounter tats, had his meticulous shipping improved by the vitality inherent to the are living natural environment. Ruby, a commanding MC in his individual proper, demonstrated an spectacular vocal array in melodic moments of tracks like “Meet up with Mr. NICEGUY” and “And to All those I Appreciate, Many thanks for Sticking All over,” at occasions holding high notes as a little something of a textural accompaniment to $crim’s spit. Their lone instant of true separation included them organizing simultaneous “wall of dying” moshes on their respective sides of the stage, laying down pit law of picking concertgoers up who had fallen, and warning, “If you are terrified, just get the fuck out the way,” before the fall of “Memoirs of a Gorilla” kicked off the collision.

By the set’s finish, it was understood that $uicideboy$ were being not overtly focused to self-destruction, but dwelling this occasionally cursed existence to the fullest — irrespective of whether it features FaceTiming good friends who could not be there, reverently sloshing a can of Coors on any person in 5 toes of you, or lending a hand up to people who are down.

Jazz Cartier

“Last time I performed FEQ, I broke the stage,” Jazz Cartier shared with the group within the Quebec Town Armoury. “So we gon’ convert this up so I am back again outdoors subsequent year.”

While he is now centered in Los Angeles, the MC will usually have a household in Canada, evidenced by the rapturous reception he received in his late-night time performance slot. An 11:30 p.m. begin time on a Sunday is not the most enviable of positions, but Cartier arrived completely ready, bounding on stage and promptly sloshing a h2o bottle on the very first handful of rows.

The boundless self-assurance that carried him via Toronto’s rap ranks was felt in his functionality of much more modern product like “Itchin’ for a Lick,” “Which 1” and “Disclosure,” whilst fan favourites “Red Inform,” “New Religion” and “Tempted” found his viewers far more than all set to ramp up the electrical power in the late hour with press pits and skyward palms.

Cartier was often witnessed up on the guardrail — capturing the second with fans’ telephones and his very own — ahead of obtaining the crowd maintain him aloft to convey the home down with “Useless or Alive.” Potentially Quebec Metropolis need to be his future quit ought to he increase fatigued of the West Coastline, his identify sounding infinitely far more classy when chanted by the francophone group.

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