Texan Sugaray Rayford, Montrealers The Blackburn Brothers, Justin Saladino and Shawn McPherson and artist of native descent Crystal Shawanda will land in Val-d’Or this summer for the 3rd edition of the Blues Festival of the Plateau Boreal. Organizers unveiled Wednesday the program of the event to be held from 29 June to 1 July.
Sugar Ray Redford headlining
It is the Texan Sugar Ray Redford, a young prodigy who began his career at the age of 7, practicing drums and voice in church and dragging his evangelical influences around the world. Will be the headliner. “He is a very colorful character, as much by his music as by his character,” says Blanche, President of the Plateau Boreal Blues Festival, adding that the artist will also give a lecture on his vision of mental health , A cause supported by the Festival since its inception.
Canada Day Celebrations
The activities will be marked by the festivities of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For the occasion, the activities of July 1 will be offered free to the families. In particular, we can see Black Watch, a procession of twelve bagpipe musicians. Also on this occasion will be the performance of Crystal Shawanda, an Aboriginal artist from Ontario cradled by the rhythms of Muddy Waters, BB King and Etta James.
“We are a week later than the first two editions, we will be on the Canada Day weekend and we will also be representatives of Canada Day festivities,” continues Ms. Blais. There will be very special things going on for Canada Day. With the governmental support that we have, it allows us to offer the spectacles of the tent on July 1st completely [free]. ”
A beautiful showcase for emerging artists
The President of the Plateau Boreal Blues Festival, Louiselle Blais, also has good words for the young Montreal artists who will be on hand. “We have young blues artists with so much background, great potential, Justin Saladino, Shawn McPherson and The Sons of Rythm in Montreal,” she says. Also from Montreal, The Blackburn Brothers, it’s really going to be fantastic too. “