Open Air Musical Evenings
In the heart of the Plains of Abraham, a stone’s throw from Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec, rediscover the magnificent stage of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.
A standout program of free shows will be presented during the summer 2019. It’s a one-of-a-kind setting in the heart of nature where you will discover and enjoy well-known artists and tomorrow’s headliners. Whether you come out for blues, folk, pop, or world music, these concerts will sure inject a little extra sunshine into your summer.
Because it is in our nature
Through environmental concern, the National Battlefields Commission is taking an even greener turn and won't print the program leaflet anymore. We invite you to consult the program online. Naturally, for the first national historic park in Canada!
Edwin Bélanger (1910 - 2005)
"Musicians may come and go, but the music remains…"
Inaugurated in 1993, this musical bandstand, which comes alive during the summer, was named after a distinguished personality who greatly contributed to the growth of Québec City’s musical scene: Captain Edwin Bélanger.
A violinist, viola player, conductor, arranger, composer and teacher, this Montmagny native was one of the founders of the Cercle Philharmonique de Québec, an institution he brilliantly directed for seven years. For nine years he also held the reins of the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, brightening its repertoire with variety and boldness. It was also during this mandate that this inspired man with a heart of gold set up the Matinées symphoniques de l'OSQ, to arouse in children a taste for the magic of music. His 24-year involvement in La Musique du Royal 22e Régiment helped publicize the pieces played by this regiment throughout the world. He was also president of the Association des musicians de Québec.
After enjoying a long-standing, rewarding career, Mr. Bélanger passed away on January 14, 2005, at the age of 94. Many musicians and music lovers will treasure lasting memories of this great man who left his mark on Québec City’s musical and cultural landscape.
Favorite Show for 2018
The National Battlefields Commission asked you to choose the winner of the Favorite Show for 2018 award. According to the ballots tallied, the artist who enchanted audiences most is The Fat Cats. Congratulations!
A drawing has been held among received ballots and the winner is Mrs. Nathalie Duclos. She won a family day pass of summer activities on the Plains. Congratulations!
You will find the pavilion near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. This is a friendly rest area where you can have coffee or ice cream among friends. The pavilion houses various services that can help make your visit as enjoyable as it can be.
Come and have a snack with fastoche! that offers a socially responsible high-end sandwich bar for quick, perfect while waiting for a show at the Bandstand!
Please take note that swimming is prohibited in the Centennial Fountain, adjacent to the Pavilion, even for pets.
2018 - Schedule (Pavilion)
Mid-June to September 1st: from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. (or after the show is over)
September 2 to mid-June: from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
All shows begin at 8:00 p.m.
The program may be modified without prior notice.
Fastoche! 2018 Schedule at the Pavilion
From June 10 : open on show nights
From June 18 : 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. seven days a week, and until 9:30 p.m. on show nights
On show evenings you can either walk, take a bus, car pool or for $9, park your vehicle near the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand. Our parking attendant will be waiting for you at the green tent from 5:00 p.m. every day. Take the Wolfe-Montcalm Avenue opposite the Musée National des beaux-arts du Québec and head for the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand.
When you use this service, your contribution allows the National Battlefields Commission to continue offering high-quality entertainment free of charge.
Notice about show cancellations
The National Battlefields Commission would like to remind the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand enthusiasts that the shows can only be cancelled if the weather poses a threat to the artists or the spectators. Such a decision will be taken during the evening, at the time the show would be scheduled to begin, to give Mother Nature a fighting chance to cooperate.
The Commission makes a point to present quality entertainment according to the schedule, and cannot postpone a cancelled show, nor host it elsewhere.
Artists interested in performing for next season of the Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand are encouraged to submit their applications with the following, as applicable:
- Name of the artist or group
- Number of people in the group at the time of the show and each person’s role
- Musical style
- Bio and press kit
- Music recordings
- Website of the artist or group
- Full contact information for the group leader (artist, agent, or other)
- Asking fee and other details
- Any other relevant document
By email: firstname.lastname@example.org
By mail: Edwin-Bélanger Bandstand – Artist Applications The National Battlefields Commission 390 avenue De Bernières Québec, Quebec Canada G1R 2L7
Please note that only artists selected will be contacted, and materials submitted will not be returned.
The deadline for your application is March 15, 2019.