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 worldâ€™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, â€œI have a feeling itâ€™s going to be a great night. Music is a fantastic way to celebrate this event. Itâ€™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.â€
Just weeks ago Paul McCartney performed the largest ever show in the Ukraine, in Kiev, to over 350,000 people in the cityâ€™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.
â€œPaul McCartney is not just a superstar; heâ€™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,â€ declared Daniel GÃ©linas, CEO of the SociÃ©tÃ© du 400e, the event organizers. â€œPaul McCartney is giving us a fabulous present and we are thrilled and proud to welcome him to QuÃ©bec City!â€
This will be Paulâ€™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.
â€œWith 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,â€ 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 Cityâ€™s 400th anniversary.