Enter the Karkwa bubble | Quebec Summer Festival

Enter the Karkwa bubble | Quebec Summer Festival
Enter the Karkwa bubble | Quebec Summer Festival

Feeling like there are 70,000 people in the Imperial Bell. This is what Karkwa wants to bring to life during his carte blanche on the Plains of Abraham at the Summer Festival.

Since their return in 2023, the members of Karkwa only want to do what they want. The band carefully chose the venues and festivals they wanted to revisit. The musicians wanted to create a rock bubble. On stage, as in the crowd. That’s why they have advocated smaller venues until now.

For us, the Plains is a scene that is immeasurably large. We would like to keep the same state of mindexplains Stéphane Bergeron, the band’s drummer, who adds with all humility that their show is better than ever.

We weren’t playing innocent, we knew we were going to play at the FEQ, but we didn’t know they were going to offer us the Plains. That’s when we fell off our chairs.

A quote from Louis-Jean Cormier, singer and guitarist of Karkwa

The group was afraid of not being able to weave its cocoon properly on this very large stage. With Brigitte Poupart as director and mission captain, the team in place was able to realize its desire for proximity.

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Karkwa percussionist Julien Sagot.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Éric Careau

Why insist on maintaining this stage intimacy? Why would we be far away?! answers percussionist Julien Sagot. Standing close to each other allows musicians to connect with each other and give them strength. This is the strength of a bandadds Sagot.

For this show, Karkwa lets some special guests into his bubble, including Les Hay BabiesKlô Pelgag, CRi and natural ally Marie-Pierre Arthur.

CEGEP music

Karkwa fans were quick to reunite with the group after a 13-year absence. There are the scholars of Karkwa who are super emotional. They cry, they sing in unison.says Louis-Jean Cormier. The singer admits to having also quickly noticed that there was a younger segment of the audience.

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Louis-Jean Cormier, singer of Karkwa, is one of the artists who has had the most carte blanche at the Quebec Summer Festival.

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years now”,”text”:”The children of old Karwa fans are 19, 20 years old now”}}”>The children of old Karwa fans are 19, 20 years old nowadds the guitarist. When they reached the age to attend rock concerts, the group ceased its activities. They had the dream of being able to see us at some point.

For Cormier, some music is more suited to being listened to at the beginning of adulthood, such as that of Serge Fiori or Les Cowboys Fringants. When you’re in your 18th or 19th year of life, you absolutely have to listen to a bit of prog and a bit of old Quebec folk. We must have fallen into the crack of Cégep!laughs the musician, adding that Karkwa was born during the Cégep en spectacle competition.

Enjoy every moment

The members intend to enjoy this carte blanche. This tour will have an end and the members are well aware of that.

At the microphone, Louis-Jean Cormier warns the public. I say it in the shows, enjoy it, we won’t come back. Stéphane Bergeron specifies that it is not for sell ticketsbut a very real warning. I like it when he says it. It makes me aware.

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Drummer Stéphane Bergeron and percussionist Julien Sagot.

Photo: Radio-Canada / Éric Careau

With this return, the musicians did not want to burn the candle at both ends. However, Karkwa’s schedule includes more than fifteen dates across Quebec this summer.

Personally, I had forgotten how intense it was.

A quote from Julien Sagot, Karkwa percussionist

The evening will begin at 7 p.m. with New Brunswick trio Les Hay Babies. The Ontario team will follow at 7:45 p.m. Tokyo Police Clubalso in farewell tour mode. The Americans Fleet Foxes will precede the headliner.

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