Published Apr 23, 2012It's hard to think of many high-profile Canadian festivals that have been running for longer than the Festival d'ete de Quebec. Founded in 1968, the event will be celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2012. Predictably, the organizers have recruited some high-profile artists to perform between July 5 and 15 in Quebec City, QC.
The event will boast an array of international talent with headline acts like Mastodon, Beirut, Big Boi, Skrillex, Bon Jovi, LMFAO, Cults, !!!, the Offspring, Aerosmith, Johnny Hallyday, and more. As for the big-name Canadian artists, they include Metric, City and Colour, Kathleen Edwards, Sarah McLachlan, the Barr Brothers, Grimes, Sarah Slean, Patrick Watson, Radio Radio and others.
These acts will perform at a variety of venues around Quebec City, with most of the biggest names gracing the main stage at the Plains of Abraham.
Festival general manager Daniel Gélinas said in a statement, "It's always easy to say that there will be something for everyone, but this case it's true. What we're aiming for is to please the most people possible by giving them the best music out there right now. The Festival is like a snapshot of the latest hits, of the next big thing and of legendary talent that we can never get enough of."
Hilariously, the festival will be trying a break a world record this year: the most ukulele players in one place. There will be a massive gathering at Place d'Youville on July 15 at 3:30 p.m. local time, so bring along your ukulele and help the organizers to exceed the 1,200 that gathered last year in Montreal.
Learn more about about the festival over at the Festival d'ete de Quebec website. Tickets will be available this week; an in-person advance sale will begin at Quebec City supermarkets on Thursday (April 26), and each ticket will cost $55. Online and phone sales will follow on Saturday (April 28) for $66 a pop. The exclusive Front Stage Zone tickets (which offer access to restricted viewing areas, toilets and a bar) cost upwards of $525.
Get more ticket information here.