(Baie-Saint-Paul) The festive! for his good. After one canceled edition and another more modest edition, the music festival returns to its usual formula. This weekend, Baie-Saint-Paul celebrates music in style. However, this does not prevent the intimate and cozy atmosphere that those present describe as specific to the festival! The press is on the spot.
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We are Thursday evening. A group of soaked festival-goers wait under a tent for the storm to pass. The mood is good, even though most of the evening’s shows have just been canceled due to thunderstorms and downpours. It’s after 10pm but instead of going to bed people are waiting. It’s just that at the Festive! isn’t over until it’s over. An hour later the music starts again. The Urban Science Brass Band plays on the square in the center of town. Mattiel finally represents himself at the Garage du Curé. Surprise: Bran Van 3000 DJs in a backyard. At 1:30 a.m. the festival visitors start swing with Daddy Long Legs.
It’s only the first day and already the festival! lives up to its reputation. With a reputation for being an unrivaled event that honors music in a unique way, Baie-Saint-Paul is a never-sleeping village for a weekend.
Before the storm, on this starting Thursday, friends Caroline and Karine are having fun in the forecourt set up in the center of the community. “We come every year, it’s our seventh year,” explains the first. Like many other festival-goers who landed in Montreal, they haven’t wanted to miss an edition since their first experience — except for one when COVID-19 struck. “This is where I saw Grimskunk for the first time. I’ve had the opportunity elsewhere for years, but I wanted to see it at the Festif! The two friends are reminiscing about a slew of musical memories here, from Alexandra Stréliski’s candlelit show – It was Magic – to Lisa LeBlanc’s show where she amused herself with a bra tossed on stage. “The party! lives up to its name,” says Karine, who only regrets that tickets are now difficult to obtain due to the great demand. “You have to prepare well,” she says. We coordinate the day they go on sale, with two connections we try to get the ones we want! »
The specialty of the festival! also depends on certain details. A was standing the screen printing of the Center de production en art contemporain Les Ateliers to brand its t-shirts with the festival logo. A stack of gigantic poufs to dig into to perch on the forecourt. Thursday, a free sushi stand next to a stage to showcase a local restaurant. But not much more than the number of people you meet The press raise, the festive! offers surprise shows in the city center in sometimes unexpected locations, giving viewers the feeling of a privileged experience.
“You go into the garden of So and So or So and So and have access to artists in small groups,” says Isabelle Bédard, who she met with her brother-in-law Richard at the site’s campsite. We’ll find it right here. »
Walking around Baie-Saint-Paul, we notice that backyards are occupied by campers in tents. Residents often rent out their land to festival-goers. The owners of the Les Petits Délices snack bar in Les Éboulements tell us that they have already rented their own room as well as space in their garden.
The municipality of Baie-Saint-Paul welcomes the community of festival-goers and the meeting seems harmonious. “There’s something special about the atmosphere,” says Isabelle Bédard, who traveled from Quebec in her converted van.
There is a kind of feeling of freedom. Everyone is in a good mood. Everyone greets each other, music is playing everywhere.
Isabelle Bédard, festival goer
While the tireless Pierre Kwenders got his audience dancing on Thursday’s main stage, some took the time to relax during the concert DJ equipment by Radio Canada host Nicolas Ouellet. And while Les Hôtesses d’Hilaire was later as amusing as it was pleasant to hear outside Microbrasserie Charlevoix, Bran Van 3000 entertained a compact crowd a few steps away. The next day, Geoffroy gives his show on the floating wharf installed on the Gouffre River. The center of Baie-Saint-Paul becomes a small musical village. Most stages are within walking distance. Shuttles are available for those a little further out.
Mangué Touré, also crossbred at the campsite, notes that the fauna is “different from other festivals”. At the Festif!, he says, “there are far fewer people there just to put their cellphone cameras in front of everyone.” “It’s not anymore fun. The proximity, the people… The atmosphere is Cold. » He and his brother are at the festival for the second time. “After the premiere we thought it would become a tradition. It was a revelation,” he explains, conveniently installed under a tarp hung from their van to replenish their energy before heading back to the shows.
Everyone finds their account
During the day, on Friday, it is almost oppressively hot. The many water stations are welcome, as are the shady spots on the forecourt to take a break or even a siesta – you saw it!
Ariane Roy, Ouri, Basia Bulat, Geoffroy, Bon Enfant, Connoisseur Ticaso, Manu Militari, Les Louanges, Gros Mené and Hubert Lenoir are expected on this day. Among other! Sometimes we even have to make shattering decisions because the programming is so rich.
Used to festivals ‘all over Canada’ but first time at Festif! while doing so, Astrid Esmeralda finds the event “really unique”. “It’s an experience that’s really different from other corporate festivals like FEQ,” she tells us. In Tadoussac it looks like that, but it’s more slow. Here they know how to keep us on our toes hype. »
The Quebec City resident says: ” [trouver] alles” at the Festif!, who particularly wants to attend shows by Safia Nolin, Larry Kidd, Lisa LeBlanc, P’tit Belliveau, Connoisseur Ticaso and Manu Militari this weekend. “I find my account at 100%. »
Overview of the festival
The accommodation costs for this report were covered by the Festif!