London, April 5th, 2023 – Little did we realize that each spring, musical artists from the great Francophone province of Québec (Canada) descend on the UK to play for British audiences. Home to legendary artists such as Leonard Cohen, Céline Dion, Oscar Peterson, Rufus and Martha Wainwright, its largest city, Montreal, has today become a world-renowned hotbed of musical creativity that nurtured the early careers of present-day high-profile award-winning artists such as Kaytranada, Grimes, Mac DeMarco, Patrick Watson and tUnE-yArds, and rising stars such as Half Moon Run, Basia Bulat and so many others.
Listen to music from Gayance, Bibi Club, Choses Sauvages, Fernie, Hanorah, Ivytide, Jonathan Roy, LAROIE, Laurence-Anne, Odreii, Vanille, and below, catch them at your local venues or at upcoming UK showcase festivals Wide Days, Liverpool Sound City, FOCUS Wales and The Great Escape.
With a music scene only growing stronger and more diverse than ever, the next wave of international hit-makers will be amongst us under the QUEBEC SPRING banner, between April 14th to May 13th, 2023 brought to you by premium music conference M for Montreal, the Quebec Government Office in London and SODEC.
About:QUEBEC SPRING is an initiative that aims to bring together all the music activity from Montreal and beyond that happens every year, all over the U.K., which can feature prominent artists, rising stars and the best emerging talent. It showcases not only the best talent from the legendary music city, but the importance of the UK as a tastemaker market in the international development of artists from Quebec.
M for Montreal was founded in 2016 and is now recognized as an essential catalyst for the Quebec and Canadian music industry, both for emerging artists and artists with a career outside Quebec. The event features a series of conferences and showcases that bring together local and international music industry professionals from 15+ countries every year. It offers a rich musical program of more than one hundred artists divided in the Official Programming, and Festival Component, the M for MARATHON. Its annual gathering will be taking place this year November 15-18, 2023, in Montreal.
The M on the Road series spreads its activities over the year by programming artist showcases in various recognized events all over the United States, France, the United Kingdom and Eastern Europe, bringing Canadian and Quebec talent on an international journey.
The Québec Government Office in London (DGQL) was opened in 1962 to represent the Québecgovernment in the United Kingdom, Ireland and the Nordic Countries.They work to promote Québec’s interests towards governments and institutions on these territories, as well as support Québec businesses and culture to thrive and develop their activities.
SODEC is mandated to support the development of Québec’s cultural businesses and ensure that national heritage buildings are protected and promoted. On an international scale, they strive to make Québec’s cultural industry stand out by highlighting the competitive-edge of their businesses and high quality, diversity, originality and accessibility of their cultural works.
Complete QUEBEC SPRING schedule:
April 14LAROIE @The Gunners (London) – starts at 19:00
April 15Wide Days Music FestivalM for Montreal showcase @La Belle Angèle (Edinburgh) – starts at 18:15With:LAROIEBibi ClubLaurence-AnneChoses Sauvages
April 25LAROIE @Bedford (London) – starts at 19:00
April 28Liverpool Sound CityM for Montreal showcase @SOTTO (Liverpool) – starts at 19:50With:HanorahIvytideLaurence-Anne
May 1Quebec Spring Bank Holiday MixerPresented by Quebec Creates, M for Montreal, Friends Serene and Split Milk @Shackelwell Arms (London)- starts at 19:00With:Laurence-AnneHanorahGayance (DJ set)
May 3Jonathan Roy @Oslo (London) – starts at 19:00
May 4FOCUS WalesQuebec showcase presented by M for Montreal and the DGQL @Penny Black Room 2 (Wrexham) – startsat 20:30With:HanorahIvytideFernieLaurence-Anne
May 5FOCUS WalesFernie @Wrexham Wynnstau Hotel (Wrexham) – starts at 18:30Vanille @Old No.7 Bar (Wrexham) – starts at 20:45Bibi Club @The Rockin Chair (Wrexham) – starts at 20:45
May 6FOCUS WalesBibi Club @Wrexham Wynnstau Hotel (Wrexham) – starts at 18:40Laurence-Anne @The Rockin Chair (Wrexham) – starts at 19:00Vanille @The Parish (Wrexham) – starts at 20:30Ivytide @Penny Black Room 2 (Wrexham) – starts at 21:15
May 9Pre-TGE Canadian ShowcasePresented by Enki Music @Strongroom (London) – starts at 18:30With:Odreii
May 11Schoolnight Showcase @Old Blue Last (London) – starts at 19:30With:IvytideThe Great Escape FestivalCanada House showcase presented by CIMA, Quebec Creates and M for Montreal @Green Door Store(Brighton) – starts at 12:15With:FernieVanilleOdreiiBibi Club
May 12The Great Escape FestivalM for Montreal showcase @The Prince Albert (Brighton) – starts at 12:30With:VanilleFernieBibi ClubStacey Ryan
May 13The Great Escape FestivalBibi Club @Green Door Store (Brighton) – starts at 20:30Odreii @The Prince Albert (Brighton) – starts at 23:20