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January 15, 2014

Canada to Host Largest Outdoor Music Festival

By Chris Boyle

quebec city_More than 1,000 artists are set to perform at the 47th season of Festival d’été de Québec in July this year.

The historic and breathtakingly beautiful cultural hot spot of Québec City will host the festival for 11 days with some of the biggest names and the latest trend-setting talent on the international music scene.

From intimate blues at Le Petit Imperial bistro to after-hours electro shows at le Cercle to superstars on North America’s largest outdoor stage – the Bell stage, located in a historic battlefield park overlooking the St. Lawrence River – there’s something for every musical taste.

Nearly one million visitors flocked to the Festival in 2013, and not just for its artistic line-up. Each year people come for the fabulous cuisine of Québec City, its European culture and North American lifestyle, the old-world charm of its UNESCO site architecture, a range of accommodations from luxury hotels to cozy B&Bs, and its easy accessibility by air and ground for travelers.

And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, here are the top ten reasons to plan your visit to Festival d’été de Québec now:

  • With 10 indoor and outdoor venues, Festival d’été de Québec is Canada’s most important musical event and the perfect setting to discover both up-and-coming artists and world-class stars
  • In 2013, Québec City was included as one of the top cities in the US and Canada in Travel + Leisure magazine World’s Best Award. Québec City was also voted 10th best destination in the world, third best in North America and first in Canada in Condé Nast Traveler magazine
  • Looking for headliners? Festival stars have included Bruno Mars, Elton John, Arcade Fire, The Black Keys, Tiësto, Bon Jovi, Sting, Metallica, and Stevie Wonder. Stay tuned for the 2014 Festival line-up
  • Get the most bang for your buck with the Festival Pass, providing entry to all shows during the entire 11-day festival for only $76 CAN
  • The festival also features free entertainment city-wide, with street performers, acrobats, and jugglers
  • The Family Place in the Port of Québec offers free outdoor activities for children
  • Numerous Québec City area hotels offer lodging and Festival Pass packages
  • Connoisseur of fine dining? Québec is often called the gourmet capital of North America and eating well is part of the lifestyle. Discover its sidewalk cafes and bistros, its wines, cheeses, and artisan microbreweries, and the more than 100 restaurants in Old Québec alone
  • Founded in 1608, Québec City is the only fortified city north of Mexico and Old Québec, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is famous for its well-preserved architectural treasures
  • Parks and scenic attractions are minutes away from town, along with cycling, hiking, and a host of other outdoor activities

Complete programming details for Festival d’été de Québec 2014 will be announced early spring 2014.

The Festival Pass comes in two parts: one blinking pin, and one wristband containing an RFID chip, allowing buyers to attend all shows throughout the festival. Children up to 11 years old accompanied by an adult don’t need a pass.

Regular price is $76 CAN (taxes and service fee included, plus shipping) with a limit of four passes per transaction. Passes will be available in early spring 2014 for purchase online at, and by phone at 1-855-800-3347 (toll-free).

Day passes will be available for purchase online and by phone once the festival passes are sold-out. Passes will also be sold at the box office during the festival, pending availability.

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