Quebec Summer Festival | Nostalgia in Voices on the Plains

A pleasant summer heat, a sudden downpour, crowded streets, but above all music everywhere. The final weekend of the Festival d’été de Québec is underway. Between shows canceled due to rain, the hustle and bustle of downtown and Alanis Morissette’s triumphant performance on the Plains, the capital kept moving to the rhythm of FEQ. Back to the last two days in words and pictures.

Posted at 12:30 p.m

Marissa Groghe

Marissa Groghe
The press

The FEQ lives on the streets and on the plains. Everything is in the atmosphere that prevails in downtown Quebec. Tourists and locals of all ages come together in this festival of music. The colors of the festival line the Grande Allée. Just strain your ears to hear a concert taking place nearby. After a rainy Thursday that cooled festival-goers a bit, on Friday they were able to take full advantage of the experience that Quebec offers when the FEQ settles there.

It was an evening in which we let ourselves be enchanted by nostalgia. If you lived (and loved) the era of the album Jagged little pillthis evening was made for you as Alanis Morissette brought her show to the Plains for the 25th anniversary of the album (scheduled for release in 2020).

But even without having experienced this golden age of the Canadian singer’s career (the author of these lines was only 2 years old at the time of the disc’s release), the show had something to cheer about. First, because we sometimes forget that Alanis Morissette’s repertoire has much more to offer Jagged little pill. And also simply because she (especially vocally) puts on quite a show of whether you can sing in unison or not.

  • Alanis Morissette delighted audiences eager for a moment of nostalgia at the Plains of Abraham on Friday.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Alanis Morissette delighted audiences eager for a moment of nostalgia at the Plains of Abraham on Friday.

  • The show did justice to the cult following of the Jagged Little Pill album.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    The show lived up to the cult status surrounding the album Jagged little pill.

  • The Plains of Abraham packed with people for Alanis Morissette's performance.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    The Plains of Abraham packed with people for Alanis Morissette’s performance.

  • Densil McFarlane, leader of the OBGMs, at the Parc de la Francophonie on Friday

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Densil McFarlane, leader of the OBGMs, at the Parc de la Francophonie on Friday

  • Locals and tourists alike are in attendance this weekend as the festival draws to a close.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Locals and tourists alike are in attendance this weekend as the festival draws to a close.

  • Montreal band Nobro performs at a popular punk rock party on Friday

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Montreal band Nobro performs at a popular punk rock party on Friday

  • On Thursday night, weather conditions put an end to the party ahead of the headliners' performances.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    On Thursday night, weather conditions put an end to the party ahead of the headliners’ performances.

  • Pepe Sangrador, a Mexican on a trip to Quebec, came to attend the festival on Thursday

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Pepe Sangrador, a Mexican on a trip to Quebec, came to attend the festival on Thursday

  • The rock duo Miels gave their all on Thursday afternoon despite the bad weather and the shy audience.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    The rock duo Miels gave their all on Thursday afternoon despite the bad weather and the shy audience.

  • Les Deuxluxes were able to put on the last show of the evening on Thursday before FEQ organizers asked festival-goers to vacate the outdoor facilities due to the rain.

    PHOTO EDOUARD PLANTE-FRÉCHETTE, THE PRESS

    Les Deuxluxes were able to put on the last show of the evening on Thursday before FEQ organizers asked festival-goers to vacate the outdoor facilities due to the rain.

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nostalgia if you hold us

What could be more nostalgic than a few minutes of archival footage to get the performance started? We dive into the best moments of Alanis’ career, then all the moments when other artists were influenced by her music. Covers, tributes, excerpts from testimonies, sketches… The editing shows all the influence of Jagged little pill about popular culture.

When the music finally starts, the singer takes the stage to perform Everything I really want. She walks onto the stage, left to right, microphone in hand. Her hair dyed blonde, a red satin jacket over a white t-shirt and black pants, Converse on her feet: Alanis is cool without trying.

Barely out of breath, she pulls out her harmonica (like so often in the evenings afterwards) to accompany her musicians. We’d like to hear it better. The problem will be solved quickly.

Alanis Morissette is all voice. That voice we recognize among a thousand. This voice that, on Friday night in the disorder, interpreted us all the pieces of the album that launched and marked his career (as well as some other more recent ones).

The 48-year-old singer-songwriter is greeted by an already convinced audience. A few notes from head over heels Or from reasons why i drink resound, and already the audience cheers, ready to accompany the singer. The energy isn’t always the same throughout the show, Alanis Morissette doesn’t interact much with her audience, one of the main downsides of the evening.

Queen Alanis

The Sum 41 show, not far away, competed very clearly with the presence of Alanis Morissette. The Plains are teeming with people, but the crowds are anything but compact. Those who decided to spend the evening with Alanis are entitled to a moment quite worthy of the legend created around the Canadian.

However, we felt Alanis Morissette was almost hasty with this long-awaited show. Nonetheless, with the return of her cult album, the singer delighted a multi-generational audience eager to be transported back in time to when they heard it ironic for the first time.

When the time came to launch this huge success and announce the imminent end of the concert, the festival-goers took it upon themselves to sing the song almost in full, Alanis’ microphone held out to them.

Alanis Morissette and her Jagged little pill felt good on this summery Friday evening. You had to see the young girls who weren’t even born when the album came out, the men in their thirties and the groups of friends of all ages yelling at each other You should know, just before a conspicuous memory. An impressive return from the queen of Canadian pop rock.

Punk rock night

In the Parc de la Francophonie, so many people had presented themselves in front of the two stages so early in the day that it was not possible to get all the festival-goers inside. A screen was set up on another stage, on which the popular Sum 41 concert was broadcast.

First, the Nobro quartet at the end of the afternoon showed that an all-female group will never have anything to envy to the Sum 41 of this world. Yes, the Montrealers who sound so good on recording took a while to settle on stage. But it’s a matter of practice, of experience. The soul of the rockers is there. The energy is there. Melodies and riffs too. He still lacks the ease on stage (vocally and physically), the ability to really captivate an audience.

The OBGMs, for their part, gave a punk lesson. What a show, what an atmosphere! Audiences lacked enthusiasm at first, but the Toronto musicians let out all the energy (almost anger) that infuses their music until they won over festival-goers – thanks in particular to leader-initiated mushpits that settled into the crowd. Very quickly, everyone realized that the OBGMs deserve to be discovered and appreciated.

Millencolin and Pennywise set the table for the main course, the beloved Sum 41. It was good to live at FEQ on Friday.

The accommodation costs for this report were paid for by the Festival d’été de Québec.

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