This Quebec music festival has a floating stage and you can catch it by tubing and kayaking

The Festive! of Baie-Saint-Paul, one hour north of Quebec, is back from July 21 to 24 with a stacked line-up of local and international acts, some of which will be presented on a floating river stage! Attendees can splash around in the water or lounge on kayaks, inflatable unicorns and inner tubes while watching a show.

The music festival is known for its creative stages, beautiful backdrops, and focus on sustainability. This year, the lineup expands to 90 artists on 25 stages, with notable headliners like the French electronic music duo Polo and panParisian pop and nu-disco group The EmpressCanadian indie rock band Death From Above 1979Quebec rapper StrongCanadian singer-songwriter and “trash folk” banjoist Lisa LeBlancamong others.

After two editions cut short by the pandemic, Le Festif! focuses on gender parity and sustainability for its 13th edition. Among the eco-responsible offers, drinking water stations, local products, reusable glasses and bottles.

It also introduces a circus component to celebrate the birthplace of Cirque du Soleil. The sector’s main street, St-Jean-Baptiste, will be pedestrianized to present free shows by acrobats, jugglers and brass bands on Saturday and Sunday from noon to 6 p.m.

While just under half of the festival’s acts are free, tickets are required to enjoy the full four-day party. The general ticket office opens this Thursday, April 14 at noon. A local presale for area residents will take place on April 13 from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Jacques St-Gelais Pavilion of the Contemporary Art Museum of Baie-Saint-Paul. Proof of residency is required.

Participants can also reserve a place at a nearby campsite that offers festival-goers tents and vans at Parc du Gouffre, Maison Mère or Festif’s. citizen campsite.

When: July 21-24

Where: Baie-St-Paul, QC

Tickets: $287.44 for the full festival, some individual shows are between $28.74 and $40.24 (goes on sale April 14)


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