A BEACHSIDE BEATS AND EATS EXPERIENCE AT THE BAIE DE BEAUPORT
Presented by GURU in collaboration with Archibald Microbrewery
Quebec City, Thursday, June 9, 2022 – The buzz is building for Cigale, presented by GURU in collaboration with Archibald Microbrewery, and the Gestev team is thrilled to reveal the overall experience eventgoers can look forward to this August 6 and 7 at the Baie de Beauport in the Port of Québec. The music lineup is already plenty to get excited about, and the food and drink options on offer just keep adding to the long list of great reasons not to miss this year’s inaugural event.
EATS – Gourmet flavours to savour
“The food at Cigale is about way more than convenience, it’s part of the whole experience,” said Martine Delagrave, Vice-President of Experiential Marketing for Gestev. Roaming around this event’s gourmet food offerings is a treat for the senses, with the delicious scent of wood-fired pizza from Birra Baie, goodies fresh from the grill at La Boîte à fumée and the Chez Victor food truck, seafood prepared by Monsieur Pincette and Mexican-influenced eats from Taqueo. Imagine savouring oysters with the sand between your toes, sipping a sweet latte from Café Smith, and satisfying that craving with a vegan snack from Shaka Vibes. There’s something delicious for every taste, whatever the time of day!
To quench that thirst, the Archibald Terrasse is the perfect spot to sip a Cigale beer or another craft brew with a spectacular view over the river. And the SAQ Bistro is the place to be to get a grab-and-go local cocktail to savour with the sand beneath your feet. Ungava G&T, anyone? That’s not all: Simple Drop has the hydration covered for eventgoers at the end of a hot day in the sun.
BEACHSIDE – Plenty of activities to enjoy on the sand and in the water
The Baie de Beauport has earned its reputation as a place like no other to get away from it all, mere minutes from downtown. There are so many activities for eventgoers to enjoy here, even while the music is pumping. “Cigale is not an exportable concept, it’s an experience that’s tailor-made for the Baie de Beauport. The site is truly one of a kind, so of course we’re making the most of all the possibilities it has to offer,” said Martine Delagrave.
This is one of the few places in Quebec City where swimming in the river is allowed. And because that’s not the only way to have fun in the water, Cigale eventgoers can also look forward to free paddleboard rentals. And what’s not to like about a water playground to cool off in? More free and paid activities available to eventgoers will be announced soon.
Beach volleyball, spikeball, and good old frisbee-throwing are just some of the beach sports on offer for anyone who’d rather not get their feet wet. There’s something for everyone to enjoy! And to really channel that West Coast boardwalk vibe, eventgoers can take a stroll through the pop-up storefronts at Quai Silo 57 to pick up some local crafts and some sweet merch from the artists on stage.
BEATS – A solid musical lineup
As unveiled a few weeks ago, there’ll be close to twenty different alternative, pop, folk and electro artists performing on one of two different stages all throughout the Cigale event weekend. Saturday, August 6 sees some big names, with City and Colour and Icelandic rock band KALEO taking to the stage in a more intimate setting. There’s a certain special something about KALEO that lends itself well to the boutique stage and a superb natural setting like this. City and Colour, firm favourites for the Quebec City crowd, need no introduction. Kid Francescoli is sure to keep the crowd pumping for the final show of the first day’s festivities.
The next day sees Portugal. The Man wrapping up this year’s inaugural event. This is the hit band’s first time playing in Quebec City. Kim Churchill and his blond Aussie surfer look have some sweet folk-country-blues in store for eventgoers. It’s the perfect kind of music to listen to with the sand between your toes, Someone who can’t go unannounced is CRi, a super versatile DJ whose career is taking off and promises some special surprises for his set at the Baie de Beauport. A strong female presence is always a must, and the organizers are very proud to present a stellar lineup for Cigale, starting with Marieme, Quebec’s pioneer of the hip-hop scene. The all-female New Brunswick trio Les Hay Babies are right up there on the bill as well, together with all-female electropop duo Milk & Bone and the dazzling Noelle Scaggs, co-vocalist for the group Fitz and The Tantrums.
To top it all off, there’s Montreal-based collective The Franklin Electric, Andy Grammer and his iconic pop anthems, the inimitable Allan Rayman, Montreal artist Forest Blakk, Congolese-Quebec singer Pierre Kwenders, and Robert Robert and his electro beats to show the crowd a good time!
Saturday, August 6
3 p.m Les Hay Babies GURU Stage
4 p.m. Marieme Cigale Stage
5 p.m. The Franklin Electric GURU Stage
6 p.m. Forest Blakk Cigale Stage
7 p.m. City and Colour GURU Stage
8:15 p.m. Allan Rayman Cigale Stage
9:15 p.m. KALEO GURU Stage
10:45 p.m. Kid Francescoli Cigale Stage
Sunday, August 7
2:30 p.m. Robert Robert (DJ set) Cigale Stage
3:30 p.m. Milk & Bone GURU Stage
4:30 p.m. Pierre Kwenders Cigale Stage
5:30 p.m. Fitz and The Tantrums GURU Stage
6:30p.m. CRi Cigale Stage
7:30 p.m. Andy Grammer GURU Stage
8:30 p.m. Kim Churchill Cigale Stage
9:30 p.m. Portugal. The Man GURU Stage
- A Beachside Beats and Eats experience
- Two days to enjoy chilling in the summer heat
- 16 artists confirmed to perform on the weekend
- Two stages side by side, right on the beach
- One beach – The Baie de Beauport, in the Port of Québec
- Space for 10,000 people each day
Some two-day passes are still available for $125 (limited quantities, taxes and service fees included) at cigalequebec.com before ticket prices go up. For the ultimate Cigale experience, the Solstice pass is also available for $250 (limited quantities, taxes and service fees included).
Partners in the Cigale experience
Cigale is grateful to a number of partners, without whose support this inaugural event would not be possible. The organizers extend their thanks to presenting partner GURU and supporting partner Archibald Microbrewery. A special shout-out goes to major partners SAQ and Solotech and official partners Simple Drop and Ungava Gin. Thank you to the event site, Baie de Beauport and vital public partners, the Port of Québec, the Québec government and Destination Québec Cité for their invaluable support. And last but not least, thank you to media partners: official radio station WKND 91.9, boardwalk sponsor Silo 57, TVA and the Journal de Québec, plus official Cigale hotel Delta Hotels by Marriott Quebec. More names will be added to this list in the coming weeks as more contributions to the Cigale experience earn recognition.
Founded in 1992, Gestev is a dynamic event management company specializing in happenings that make their mark locally as well as on the world stage. Gestev leads the way for producing, broadcasting and promoting sporting and cultural events to showcase homegrown and international talent throughout the market it serves. As a subsidiary of Québecor Sports and Entertainment, it stands alongside the Vidéotron Centre, the Baie de Beauport, the Capitole Theatre, Musicor Spectacles and the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal. Gestev goes above and beyond to deliver quality events with extensive opportunities for convergence driven by the strength of the Québecor Group. Red Bull Crashed Ice, Vélirium, the UCI Mountain Bike World Championships, the Je Cours Qc running events and the FIS Cross-Country Skiing World Cup events are just some of the major events organized by Gestev, which also manages its own experiential marketing agency.
For more information: www.cigalequebec.com
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