Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

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If Nick Farkas “has never heard so much French” in the crowds of the Osheaga festival, whose programming he orchestrates, it is because of the unprecedented influx of Quebecers to Parc Jean- Flag that helped cushion the absence of foreign travelers reluctant to roll the dice.

According to him, half of the 120,000 spectators who surveyed the huge site of Île Sainte-Hélène live in the Belle Province. Usually, about 65% of visitors come from outside Quebec; a demographic upheaval driven by “uncertainty”.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the rising cost of living, it was riskier than ever to plan a travel several months in advance for foreign travelers. What's more, the staggering occupancy rate of the hotel rooms in the area made it almost impossible for anyone deciding to attend the festival on a whim.

“I have never seen that in my life, notes Nick Farkas. It's really good for the City [but] less good for us. The encouraging thing is that Quebecers have been there as we have never seen them [before]. »

Positive balance sheet

Although the festival did not set any attendance record this year, the programming director could hardly have drawn a negative assessment of the event. Despite a multitude of pitfalls – to which was added the inevitable labor shortage – Osheaga went smoothly, and possibly on the best imagined site in its history.

“We have the best festival site in North America,” he says without embarrassment. We take it for granted, but when people come from anywhere [they think] it's spectacular. 

“We had a difficult time. Seeing the world come in and let off steam after three years of shit, wars, negativity and COVID […] was cathartic. »

A final full of energy

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

< p>The most anticipated show of the weekend was undoubtedly that of Dua Lipa, even though the unmissable pop star had performed at the Bell Center six days earlier. 

Physical, New Rules, Love Again: The British singer, whose popularity soared during the pandemic, chained planetary successes in a flurry, dressed in a scintillating black outfit. And despite the presence of dancers, instrumentalists and a choir of singers, Dua Lipa seemed completely alone in the world, reigning on stage like an empress.

Previously, it was Alan Walker – one of the most popular DJs on the planet – who set things on fire. The author of Faded and Alone directed the audience like a puppeteer. 

Alan Walker

In no time, the large area in front of the Scène de l'Île was taken over by electronic music lovers, giving rise to one of the most eventful concerts of the festival. 

Quebec in the spotlight

SAFIA NOLIN

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

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  • Safia Nolin with bassist Agathe Dupéré.
    Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits
  • Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

    < p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

    < p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

    < p>A calm but attentive crowd enjoyed a moment of contemplation in front of the small Trees stage.

    The harmonious contrast between the soft and diffuse voice of Safia Nolin and the “dirty” sound of the instruments that accompanied her was of a disconcerting beauty, and allowed festival-goers to catch their breath before the final sprint of the festival.

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    APASHE

    Apashe was one of the artists present for this fifteenth edition.

    Huge crush on the adopted Montrealer. 

    Arriving on stage in the company of a mini orchestra of wind instruments, the Belgian DJ attracted the skeptical glances of neophytes before making them dance and jump as he pleased, proving the solidity of the bridge he erected between classical and electronic music.

    A great experience.

    ZACH ZOYA

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

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  • The crowd enjoyed Zach Zoya's show on the green stage.
    Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits
  • Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

  • Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

    < p>Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo QMI Agency, Toma Iczkovits

    Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

    • Photo Agence QMI, Toma Iczkovits

    < p>Supported by live musicians and his collaborators Benny Adam and Soran, the native of Rouyn-Noranda demonstrated his talents more as a singer than as a rapper. After having interpreted several songs tending towards R&B and soul, the protege of Records 7th Heaven crowned his performance with the violent trap track Slurpee.