A second day for the brave in Cigale

The ten millimeters of rain expected on Sunday didn’t deter the brave festival-goers who attended the second day of the Cigale festival to drink pop, electro and folk music.

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Fresh from Boston, where they played the day before, Los Angeles-based band Fitz and Tantrums were one of the day’s festival headliners. The group, whose tunes are vaguely reminiscent of the group Fun’s songs, hadn’t performed in Quebec since accompanying One Republic at the Videotron Center in February 2017 and were clearly excited to be back after so many years.

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The group, one of the most anticipated, managed to gather an imposing crowd near the stage. Rather calm and attentive at the beginning of the service, it really goes off Help, the ninth song of the edition that the audience became more energetic and pumped up. The only downside of the performance, as soon as we stepped back a little from the front stage, singer Noelle Scaggs’ voice was no longer audible. The viewer had to get close to the stage to hear it.

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The very charismatic Andy Grammer

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After a brief appearance by Montreal electronic musician Cri, another Californian, the very likeable Andy Grammer, made his debut on Quebec soil. When he presented us with a slam on the ten stages of self-acceptance, some viewers were a bit confused, but as the performance progressed, the singer conquered them all one by one, with songs one after another that were as catchy as they were joyful. A more than honorable mention to saxophonist Tomoka Nomura for the accuracy and impressive rhythm of her solo honey, I’m fine. The group is on their first visit to Quebec and it won’t be their last, the belief in Andy Grammer that has guaranteed their return.

Travel through the stories of Kim Churchill

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Quite a drastic change in energy from Andy Grammar’s previous performance when Aussie Kim Churchill appeared on stage accompanied by just one trumpeter, Quebecer Félix Cauchon. Each of his songs told a story, some more touching than others rosemarya love story between his grandmother, in the hospital, and the patient in an adjoining room.

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There is no doubt that the Canberra-born artist seems to have thoroughly enjoyed his visit to the festival. After a first tour of the pop-up show at the Archibald pub on Wednesday and his performance on Sunday, the musician once again wanted to thank the crowd by greeting them at the merchandise store. He is the only artist of the festival who took this initiative.

Homage to the First Nations with Portugal. The man

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Members of the Portugal group live in the small town of Wassila, in the state of Alaska. The man was quickly made aware of Aboriginal realities. For their performance that ended the Cigale festival, they asked Mr. Raymond Gros-Louis to bless this show so that people have good music.

“I love my new friends from the group whose names I don’t remember,” said the Huron-Wendat Nation elder of Wendake.

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The appeal to the ancestors seems to have worked, the American group offered a well-rehearsed show, musically solid, without looking too far into contact with the audience. There was a hitch on the band’s best-known song, “Feel It Still,” but the rest went smoothly. Honorable Mention for bassist Zachary Carothers’ solo on the song “The Wall” which was pretty impressive.

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Earlier in the day

A rare outing for Milk and Bone

Offering one of its rare shows of 2022, the duo Milk and Bone, composed of Laurence Lafond Beaulne and Camille Poliquin, knew how to pass on its contagious spirit of complicity that made several spectators installed on the beach join the party before the Stage. The band had been on hiatus since 2020, preparing for a new album chrysalism, which will launch on October 28th. The first single from this opus, moviesseemed to be the favorite song of the audience, who already knew the lyrics by heart.

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Pierre Kwenders’ dance party

With the dancing and colorful music by Pierre Kwenders, the gray sky was quickly forgotten. The Montreal-based Congolese musician presented several tracks from his album José Louis and the paradox of love, released last April, and some of the songs that made it known as the “Sexus Plexus Nexus”. Throughout the performance, the front four rows of the audience danced to her Afropop beats and ended up begging for more.

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