Elton John at the Festival d'été de Québec

The Festival d’été de Québec is proud to announce that Elton John will perform on the Bell stage of the Plains of Abraham, Saturday, July 9 in a concert that we can already qualify as memorable. The international star will feature his number one hits and classic album tracks from throughout his incredible five-decade career.

“Everybody has an Elton John song in their head. And most of them bring back memories. There is no doubt in our minds that this concert will be one of the powerful moments of the Festival,” Dominique Goulet, Program Director for the Festival d’été de Québec, affirmed.

Elton John’s band includes Davey Johnstone on guitar, Bob Birch on bass, John Mahon on percussion, Nigel Olsson on drums, and Kim Bullard on keyboards. One of the most successful live acts on the road today, Elton and his band put on the kind of concert you will never forget: the entire audience standing, dancing and singing along with much-loved classic songs such as “Your Song”, “Daniel”, “Rocket Man”, “Bennie and the Jets” and many more, including selections from The Union, Elton and Leon Russell's critically acclaimed album on Decca Records available now. The album features a variety of musical genres from R&B, Soul, Gospel, Pop and Rock. Rolling Stone magazine gave The Union 5 stars. In addition, the first single, “If It Wasn’t for Bad,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2011 for Best Pop Collaboration With Vocals.

“We’ve added another name to the list of superstars that have played the Festival since 2004. This is why the reputation of the Festival d’été de Québec keeps on growing year after year and helps put Quebec City in the international spotlight,” General Manager Daniel Gélinas went on to say.

The monumental career of international singer, songwriter and performer Elton John spans five decades. He is one of the top-selling solo artists of all time, with 35 gold and 25 platinum albums, 29 consecutive Top 40 hits, and he has sold more than 250 million records worldwide. John holds the record for the biggest selling single of all time, “Candle in the Wind,” which sold 37 million copies. Since his career began in 1969 he has played almost 3,000 concerts worldwide.

The Hydro-Québec flashing passes

The main attractions on the program for this 44th edition of the Festival d’été de Québec, which will take place this year from July 7 - 17, will be announced on April 27. Hydro-Québec flashing passes will go on pre-sale the next day, April 28.

As was the case last year, 60,000 flashing passes and RFID bracelets will be sold at an advance sale price at METRO supermarkets in the greater Quebec City area.

Starting Saturday, April 30, festival fans will be able to purchase their passes online or by phone at the regular price. The price of this year’s pass will also be announced on April 27.

The 44th edition of the Festival de Québec will be held from July 7 to 17, 2011.

The Festival d’été de Québec is presented by Bell in collaboration with Molson Dry.