If Nick Farcas “has never heard of a Frenchman before” in the crowds of the Oshiga Festival, which he oversaw coordinating its programming, it’s because the unprecedented influx of Quebecers into Parc Jean Drabeau helped mitigate the absence of reluctant foreign travelers. throw the dice.
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According to him, half of the 120,000 spectators who surveyed the huge Ile Saint Helens site live in Peel County. Typically, about 65% of visitors come from outside Quebec; A demographic disorder that can be explained by “uncertainty”.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living, planning a trip several months in advance for foreign travelers has been riskier than ever. Moreover, the staggering occupancy rate of hotel rooms in the area has made it nearly impossible for anyone who decides to attend the festival on a whim.
“I’ve never seen that in my life,” Nick Farkas notes. It’s really good for the city [mais] less useful to us. The encouraging thing is that the people of Quebec were there like never before [auparavant]. »
Although the festival did not establish any attendance record this year, the director of programming could hardly have put a negative assessment of the event. Despite many pitfalls—to which added the inevitable labor shortage—O’Shea ran smoothly, perhaps in the best location imagined in its history.
“We have the best festival location in North America,” says without embarrassment. We take it for granted, but when people come from nowhere [ils trouvent que] she’s amazing.
“We have been through a difficult time. Seeing the world come and unleashed after three years of nonsense, war, negativity and COVID […] It was a laxative. »
A final full of energy
The most anticipated show of the weekend was undoubtedly the Dua Lipa Show, even if the unmissable pop star had performed at the Bell Center six days earlier.
New physical rules, love again : The British singer, whose popularity has skyrocketed during the pandemic, has racked up planetary successes in a wave, donning a shimmering black outfit. And despite the presence of dancers, instrument players and a chorus of singers, Dua Lipa seemed completely alone in the world, reigning on the stage like an empress.
Previously, it was Alan Walker – one of the most famous DJs on the planet – who lit the fire. author fade away Based on Single Face the audience like a puppeteer.
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In no time has electronic music fans taken over the large area in front of the Scène de l’Île, resulting in one of the festival’s most eventful concerts.
The quiet but attentive audience enjoyed a moment of contemplation in front of the Young Trees Theatre.
The harmonious contrast between Safiya Nolin’s soft, pervasive voice and the “dirty” sound of the instruments that accompanied her was a bewildering beauty, and allowed festival-goers to catch their breath ahead of the festival’s final race.
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Apashe was one of the artists present in this fifteenth edition.
Huge crush of certified Montrealer.
Arriving on stage in the company of a small orchestra of woodwinds, the Belgian DJ attracted the skeptical gazes of the beginners before making them dance and jump at will, proving the solidity of the bridge he has built between classical and electronic music.
Supported by musicians He lives And his collaborators Benny Adam and Soran, a native of Ruan Noranda, showed off his talents as a singer rather than a rapper. After performing several songs leaning on R&B and Soul, the protege of 7th Heaven Records crowned his performance with a violent trap track. slurpee.