While I completely enjoy promoting the very cool walled city in Quebec and its 400th anniversary celebration, I would be in major trouble if I did not share this news as my sister is a huge McCartney fan. So huge a fan that she just might have to miss work to make this event.
Quebec City, 30th June 2008 – Paul McCartney will perform his first live show in Canada since 2005 when he will lead the city of QuÃ©bec in celebrations for the 400th anniversary on the 20th of July. The free concert will take place in one of the world's most prestigious and historic city parks, The Plains Of Abraham, the site of many clashes between the French and British empires in the 18th century.
Paul said, "I have a feeling it's going to be a great night. Music is a fantastic way to celebrate this event. It's a universal language that can bring everybody together! Our two countries have close ties that remain strong to this day. We are looking forward to helping QuÃ©bec City celebrate this anniversary."
Just weeks ago Paul McCartney performed the largest ever show in the Ukraine, in Kiev, to over 350,000 people in the city's Independence Square and on June 1st Paul played a stadium concert in Liverpool to celebrate the city being named the 2008 European capital of culture. If these previous shows are anything to go by, QuÃ©bec City is in for a night it will never forget.
"Paul McCartney is not just a superstar; he's a legend, a musical and cultural icon who will focus international attention on our historic celebrations. His concert will project QuÃ©bec 2008 on the world scene," declared Daniel GÃ©linas, CEO of the SociÃ©tÃ© du 400e, the event organizers. "Paul McCartney is giving us a fabulous present and we are thrilled and proud to welcome him to QuÃ©bec City!"
This will be Paul's first visit to the capital. Paul first played in Canada when The Beatles appeared at the MontrÃ©al Forum in 1964. Since then Paul has toured in Canada on numerous occasions but never in QuÃ©bec. So this will be a grand premiere for Paul and for the population of QuÃ©bec City.
To celebrate this anniversary year the SociÃ©tÃ© du 400e put together a balanced program featuring music from QuÃ©bec and the First Nations, French songs, symphonic and classical music while inviting international stars and spotlighting the two founding peoples: France and the UK.
"With a British star participating in the 400th anniversary celebrations we can say mission accomplished! No ticket are needed for this free concert put on by the SociÃ©tÃ© du 400e, a highlight of an already extraordinary year of concerts, exhibitions and shows," summed up GÃ©linas.
The SociÃ©tÃ© du 400e anniversaire de QuÃ©bec is an independent, nonprofit organization funded by the Government of QuÃ©bec, the City of QuÃ©bec, and the Government of Canada with the mission to plan and carry out events celebrating QuÃ©bec City's 400th anniversary.