THE NEW FRANCE FESTIVAL PUTS MUSIC AT THE FOREFRONT FOR ITS 20th ANNIVERSARY
Quebec City, June 15, 2016 — The 2016 New France Festival will take place on August 3 to 7 at a new site, the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site. The Festival honors its 20 years under the theme Imagine the Americas: all are invited to discover the cultural diversity of the New France era and its echoes in the modern world, and to celebrate the influence of New French explorers, pioneers and adventurers across the Americas.
“Our 20th anniversary is cause for celebration! To mark the occasion, we’ve invited musicians and give you major music evenings at the heart of beautiful Artillery Park! The New France Festival is a great place to celebrate, discover and explore. Our creative and varied program, our tireless entertainers and our unique ambiance make the Festival a one-of-a-kind happening in Quebec City—no one can afford to miss it!” said Gisèle Bourdeau, president of the New France Festival.
“Parks Canada is glad to receive the Festival at the Fortifications of Québec National Historic Site this year. Artillery Park will undoubtedly dazzle all visitors with its rich history and architecture. Festival-goers will participate in numerous activities as they discover an exceptional site that drags them back to the New France era. Medallion wearers will also have the opportunity to visit and enjoy the unique setting of the Dauphine Redoubt, a prominent building in the history of Quebec City,” said Louis Michel, director of the Québec Area Field Unit at Parks Canada.
CELEBRATE TO THE SOUND OF SALLY FOLK AS YOU ENJOY FOODIE EXPERIENCES
The New France Festival is an occasion for celebration! The program includes major music shows on the TD Stage, featuring Sally Folk, singer-songwriter-composer and rising star that shines everywhere she goes, Nicolas Pellerin et les Grands Hurleurs, proud winners of two “Traditional Album of the Year” Félix Awards, La Volée D’Castors and many others. Acadia and Senegal are honored guests for the International Francophonie Day, on August 5. From Acadia, enjoy performances by Joseph Edgar, Annie Blanchard and Arthur Comeau—and don’t miss out on the lobster rolls! Themed gourmet experiences are available for all food enthusiasts. Every day, the Festival lights up a large barbecue and offers grilled foodstuffs inspired from the Huron-Wendat, the Celtic era and Acadia.
Also visit the many tasting kiosks where you can try out local products at the Flavors’ Market, have a
drink at Le Corsaire Terrace or get the most out of the festive area at the SAQ Inn.
EXPLORE THE NEW FRANCE ERA
The Festival is also your chance to warp back to the New France Era, where 18th-century soldiers stand
guard while others do business inside the fortified tenaille of the Arsenal, on the shopping street
presented by the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec. Come inside the Cannonball Workshop for
conferences, workshops and old-timey music. Four military camps stand on site. Nearby, in the shade of
the great teepee, come watch traditional dances and meet Huron-Wendat artisans.
Do not miss the Strongmen of New France and their displays of strength through challenges inspired
from the time of pioneers.
Your exploration begins on August 3 with the traditional Parade, a free activity where the Compagnons
de la Nouvelle-France light up the streets among drum and bugle bands.
DISCOVER THE MANNERS AND CUSTOMS OF OLD
You are invited to participate to one of many co-creation workshops where you and your family can
discover the manners and customs of the pioneers, or let the blacksmith, the perfumers or the
stonecutter regale you with their tales. The younger ones will love the farmhouse, the fencing
workshops and all the other activities at the Éperon Stage.
Webster’s conference on the history of slavery and the presence of black people in Quebec will notably
underline the visit of the Senegalese delegation. Also of note is the participation of the Collectif des
femmes, in cooperation with the Association des ressortissants sénégalais de Québec.
The Dauphine Redoubt visit if a must. Trace back 250 years of military and social history and discover
one of the oldest military buildings in Québec City. The Dauphine Redoubt, which was built in 1712, was
mainly used as barracks for French soldiers. The tour of the Dauphine Redoubt is an invitation of
Parks Canada, and the visit is free from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
The Medallion not only grants access to Artillery Park, but also to a one-off exhibition at the Louis-
Jacques-Casault pavilion of Laval University, on August 6. This exhibition features the best original
archival records about New France that BAnQ Québec holds in its collection. The Musée des Ursulines
also grants Medallion wearers privileged access to its gardens, and Murphy’s Irish pub will host free late
The New Barracks, a classified heritage property, will also be open to the public for the first time. The
New France Festival thanks the Commission de la capitale nationale du Québec for its hospitality.
Find the complete program on nouvellefrance.qc.ca.
Imagine the Americas at the New France Festival from August 3 to 7, 2016
To learn everything about the New France Festival, our contests and our exclusive offers, check out our
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THE TRICORN MEDALLION: the pass to celebration, exploration and discovery!
The 2016 New France Festival pass is the Tricorn Medallion, a representation of a very popular
headwear of the time. The Medallion is available in participating TD and Uniprix locations in the Quebec
City area, on nouvellefrance.qc.ca and at the entrance of the sites during the Festival. The Medallion is
available on presale for $10, taxes included, now and until July 15, after which it will be sold for $12,
taxes included. Free entry for children aged 12 or younger.
THE ROYAL MEDALLION IS BACK
Also for sale: the Royal Medallion, perfect for those who thirst for discovery. The Royal Medallion
bundle is $70 worth of items for just $45, taxes included. It includes a gold-plated Medallion,
four coupons for a tasting session at the Flavors’ Market, a free drink at the SAQ Inn, a New France
Festival-branded shoulder bag, and a tricorn hat or flower wreath. The Royal Medallion is available on
the sites or online on nouvellefrance.qc.ca.
RIDE THE BUS!
The Réseau de transport de la Capitale (RTC) buses are the easiest way to reach the sites throughout the
Festival. Routes 7, 800 and 801 include stops near the Festival. To learn more, go to rtcquebec.ca.
THANK YOU TO OUR PARTNERS
The New France Festival wishes to express its sincerest gratitude to its partners, who have been making
the Festival a reality for many years now. Thank you to TD Bank Group, the SAQ, Le Corsaire
microbrewery, Laiterie de Coaticook, the Communauté métropolitaine de Québec, Québec City Tourism,
the City of Quebec, the government of Quebec, the government of Canada, Alex Coulombe ltée, BEET,
Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec, Créations Face-à-Faces, Discount, the Réseau de
Transport de la Capitale, the SDC du Vieux-Québec, St-Hubert, Wendake Tourism, the Société nationale
de l’Acadie, short-term accommodation by the Services des résidences de l’Université Laval, Delta
Quebec, Hilton Quebec and Le Concorde Quebec.
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