Quebecers to the rescue of Osheaga

If Nick Farkas has “never heard so many French” among the crowd at the Osheaga festival, whose programming he orchestrates, it’s because of the unprecedented influx of Quebeckers to Parc Jean-Drapeau that has helped cushion the absence of foreign travelers reluctant to throw away their bags. dices.

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According to him, half of the 120,000 spectators who watched the huge Île Sainte-Hélène site live in the province of La Belle. Typically, about 65% of visitors come from outside of Quebec; a demographic convulsion that is explained by “uncertainty”.

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

“I’ve never seen that in my life,” says Nick Farkas. It is very good for the city. [mais] less good for us. What’s encouraging is that Quebecers were there like never before. [auparavant].”

positive balance

Although the festival has not broken any attendance records this year, the director of programming could hardly have made a negative assessment of the event. Despite a multitude of stumbling blocks, compounded by the inevitable labor shortage, Osheaga developed smoothly and into possibly the best-imagined site in its history.

“We have the best festival site in North America,” he says unashamedly. We take it for granted, but when people come from anywhere [ils trouvent que] This is spectacular.

“We went through a difficult period. Seeing the world come in and blow off some steam after three years of shit, wars, negativity and COVID […] It was cathartic.”

An energetic finish

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The most anticipated show of the weekend was undoubtedly Dua Lipa’s, although the unmissable pop star had performed at the Bell Center six days earlier.

Physical, New Rules, Love Again : The British singer, whose popularity has skyrocketed during the pandemic, has chained planetary successes in abundance, dressed in a sparkling black ensemble. And despite the presence of dancers, instrumentalists and a choir of singers, Dua Lipa seemed completely alone in the world, reigning over the 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 Y Only He directed the audience like a puppeteer.

Alan Walker

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Alan Walker

In a short time, the large space in front of the Scène de l’Île was occupied by fans of electronic music, giving rise to one of the busiest concerts of the festival.

Honoring Québec

Safia Nolin

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A quiet but attentive audience enjoyed a moment of contemplation in front of the small Trees stage.

The harmonious contrast between Safia Nolin’s soft, fuzzy voice and the “dirty” sound of the accompanying instruments was disconcertingly beautiful, allowing festival-goers to catch their breath before the festival’s final sprint.


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

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

Huge crush on the adopted Montrealer.

Taking to the stage in the company of a mini-orchestra of wind instruments, the Belgian DJ drew skeptical gazes from neophytes before making them dance and jump as he pleased, demonstrating the strength of the bridge he built between classical and electronic music.

A great experience.

Zach Zoya

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supported by musicians Live and his collaborators Benny Adam and Soran, the Rouyn-Noranda native has proven himself more as a singer than a rapper. After performing several R&B and soul-leaning songs, the 7th Heaven Records protégé capped off his performance with the violent trap theme Slurpee.

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