10 Shows not to be missed this summer in the Townships!

Festival des traditions du monde de Sherbrooke

Summer is finally here and warmer weather seems to be settling in. Summer, we know it is THE season for music shows! Great performances in all musical styles will be offered this next season throughout the Eastern Townships. To discover where to swing and sway over the next months, read this article!

By Élise Jetté

Musical BBQ with Éric Noël at La Meunerie on June 30

La Meunerie in Saint-Adrien is inviting you to attend four musical events this summer in a relaxed ambiance. The first artist to heat up the stage of La Meunerie will be Éric Noël, next June 30. With this Outdoor Show and a BBQ, summer is off to a great start!

Dominique Fils-Aimé at Sherblues & Folk on July 5

You might get a sense of déjà vu when you hear her warm comforting voice. It’s because she was part of the 2015 edition of La Voix (The Voice). Since then, Dominique Fils-Aimé has come a long way on her own. This year she offered us Stay Tuned, the second album of a trilogy in which she explores Black history with her very engaged and comforting tone. Her performance can be seen at the Théâtre Granada during the 10th edition of the Sherblues & Folk Festival. From July 3 to July 11, more than 40 shows will be presented on several interior and exterior stages, in the heart of down-town Sherbrooke. The Place Nikitotek will be added to the festive stages this year.

Pomme at the Chapelle du Rang 1 in Lac-Mégantic on July 6

It will be Pomme’s third visit to Lac-Mégantic. The French singer-song-writer has already been adopted by her Quebec fans. La Chapelle was in fact the scene for a memorable acoustic session with Pomme. She will launch a new album next fall, and her summer visit will offer a fine opportunity to hear her new songs before anyone else. Such poetry is a true must.

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Québec Issime will sing Starmania this summer in Sherbrooke, from July 11 to August 17

Luc Plamondon and Michel Berger’s rock opera will be revived this summer on Sherbrooke’s Nikitotek stage. Here’s your chance to discover or to revisit the songs of STARMANIA. A show you mustn’t miss!

Les Cowboys Fringants at the Soif de musique festival in Cowansville on July 13

You’ll dance to the beat of the Cowboys Fringants’ music this summer. The program for this first edition of the Soif de musique festival is quite impressive. Besides the group Les Cowboys Fringants, you’ll also have the opportunity to listen to Loud, Kevin Parent, Milk & Bone, Émile Bilodeau and many other artists from July 11 to July 13.

Loud at the Fête du Lac des Nations on July 19

If you like to drift off to the sound of rap and you know all the words of the song Toutes les femmes savent danser, you’ll surely enjoy watching Quebec’s favourite rapper perform! This summer, Loud will be at the Fête du Lac des Nations. Many different shows are scheduled during the festival held from next July 16 to July 21.

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Mercredis Chauds with Hey Major at Maison de la Culture de Waterloo on July 24

Hey Major are two multi-instrumentalist brothers from Sherbrooke who offer a unique rock sound. You might have been introduced to them under their original name Orange O’clock. Besides discovering or re-discovering them, the show, held at the Parc du Centenaire of Waterloo, is free!

Zachary Richard at the Festival des traditions du monde on August 7

The legendary Acadian Zachary Richard will open Sherbrooke’s 22nd Festival des traditions du monde next August. You’ll have the chance to dance to his songs inspired by Cajun music and discover Gombo, the 23rd album of his career. Sherbrooke’s Festival des traditions du monde offers 150 shows and activities, more than 70 exhibitors and 17 restaurateurs from around the world.

Elisapie at Beat & Betterave on September 6

Elisapie shares her rich life experience through her music. This ambassador of the Inuit culture will have you discover her classic songs and her latest album, The Ballad of the Runaway Girl, which tells the story of an Inuk expatriated girl through song. A truly touching artist you must discover. Beat & Betterave is a café in the heart of the village of Frelighsburg with a menu always concocted with local ingredients. Artists come to perform here every week.

Roch Voisine at the Festival St-Zénon-de-Piopolis on September 22

Roch Voisine gets unplugged for this intimate concert during which he revisits his greatest hits in a leaner version with Gabriel Bertrand at the keyboard and Jean-Sébastien Bacìu on guitar. There will be magic in the air in the church of Piopolis!

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