Mon Doux Saigneur, La Patente and Alice Bro Trio, headliners of the 4th Saint-Marcellin Lunar Festival

Mon Doux Saigneur, La Patente and Alice Bro Trio, headliners of the 4th Saint-Marcellin Lunar Festival
Mon Doux Saigneur, La Patente and Alice Bro Trio, headliners of the 4th Saint-Marcellin Lunar Festival

“The Lunar Festival aims to promote musical and visual arts artists,” confirms the president of the Atelier Lunar and Moon Altitude, Steve Martin. The Lunar Workshop is an alternative space for multidisciplinary creation and dissemination founded by and for artists located in the heart of nature in Saint-Marcellin, Bas-Saint-Laurent. The project was founded and is maintained by the non-profit Moon Altitude.

“We have a component to promote emerging and up-and-coming artists,” describes Mr. Martin. We also have a component for Quebec which consists of bringing in bands from outside the region and who are a little known. So we mix it with local and Quebec artists, all to promote creativity in the region.” The organizer notes that the Festival is expanding from year to year. “He is becoming more and more well-known. We have people who come from all over Quebec to attend the event.”

An exhibition and kiosks presenting visual arts works by artists mainly from Bas-Saint-Laurent are also part of the activities. “The artists will be able to show their creations and make sales on site,” specifies the organizer. There are paintings on canvas, jewelry and many other things on display. We don’t really have a limit!”

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The Lunar Festival will open on May 31 with the performance of the band Mon Doux Saigneur, which was sold out during its last visit to the region. (Marc-André Dupaul)

Various shows

The Festival will open on May 31 with the performance of Mon Doux Saigneur, which took root in Montérégie. The band, which was sold out during its last visit to Rimouski, promises a mix of folk, desert blues and country. The saucy folk group Alice Bro Trio from Montreal will take the stage the same evening. “Training is worth discovering,” believes Steve Martin. It has been expanding a lot in recent times. She has a pretty solid and well-established show.” The Rimouski groups Les Monkeys and Riffchild will provide the first part of the evening.

The next day, punk and metal will be in the spotlight with the performance of the French-speaking punk rock band PasMort from Rivière-du-Loup. The band Wogue from Rimouski also promises a show with both rock and grunge sounds with a stoner rock and psychedelic side. Black Hole from Rimouski, a metal music group inspired by the 1980s, will also arrive in Saint-Marcellin. Then, after touring North America and Europe, the New Brunswick group La Patente will finally present a cocktail of punk rock and country-folk.

The Lunar Festival will end on June 2 with a free evening aimed at highlighting artists from the region: No Quiet Place and its soaring post-rock as well as Swoosh and its grunge punk which at times recalls Nirvana. In addition, young people will not be left out with Dipshit and Drive By who will deliver their first show on stage.

Make no mistake: the event is not held in the heart of the medieval village of Saint-Marcellin. “It’s at the Lunar Workshop, on private land in the middle of the forest,” explains Steve Martin. Camping is offered on site in very limited quantities. We have a campfire, we have bar service and we have a veggie BBQ all weekend long.” The Festival will take place rain or shine. A marquee will protect festival-goers in the event of rain. For information go here

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