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A Grandiose Salutation to the Sun!

More than 700 people attend concert by Jorane at Forillon National Park

Jorane in concert at Cap-Bon-Ami Jorane
© Parks Canada, Antoine Haimeur
Gaspé (Quebec), August 12, 2013 – More than 700 people attended the concert given by Jorane at Forillon National Park on Sunday, August 11, at the dawn’s early light. Parks Canada and the city of Gaspé’s Festival Musique du bout du monde (FMBM) are delighted with the success of this sunrise concert, which has become a flagship event of this festival and an irresistible attraction for music-lovers from across the Gaspé Peninsula.

All the ingredients came together to produce moments of pure magic: the talent and sensitivity of a great performer such as Jorane, the unique format of a concert at dawn, the spectacular beauty of the cliffs at Cap-Bon-Ami – not to mention the sea... Alternating between pieces from her tenth album, entitled L’Instant aimé, and the popular favourites from her huge repertory, Jorane literally cast a spell over the concert-goers in a grandiose salutation to the sun and a hymn to beauty and life.

The fame of as talented and acclaimed a performer as Jorane certainly contributed to the success of the event. Likewise, the five-o’-clock outdoor concert format, begun in 2010, continues to spark curiosity. “The interest in Jorane’s concert at Forillon Park extended far beyond the boundaries of the Gaspé Peninsula,” noted Michel Queenton, External Relations Manager at Parks Canada’s Gaspésie Field Unit. “The story was picked up by the major mainstream media in Montreal and Québec City, and the invitation was circulated via various Web and social media platforms. Plus, the people in attendance were treated to an unforgettable experience. There’s no doubt they’ll be our best spokespeople for next year’s edition! Truly, it’s a great example of a partnership that has, quite tangibly, helped to enrich the cultural and tourist offering of Forillon National Park, the city of Gaspé and the entire Gaspé Peninsula.”

Jorane in concert at Cap-Bon-Ami
© Parks Canada, Antoine Haimeur

Victim of its own success

“We were anticipating a large turnout but we never expected such a resounding success,” exclaimed Martin Roy, Festival director. Attendance was more than double that of the 2010 and 2011 editions, which adopted the same format as this year’s. Dozens of concert-goers said they were delighted by the experience, enhanced this year by the collaboration of the Centre culturel Le Griffon, which offered free coffee to early birds. Many used this opportunity to continue their experience by enjoying a picnic on the grass or chatting with the performer. Parks Canada and Festival Musique du Bout du Monde are aware of the inconveniences resulting from such a high turnout at Cap-Bon-Ami and sincerely regret that some people were unable to take advantage of the show. The organizers will soon be conducting an assessment of the event and finding solutions in order to limit, as much as possible, irritants for concert-goers at future editions.

Jorane in concert at Cap-Bon-Ami
© Parks Canada, Antoine Haimeur

It is worth noting that on July 23, 2013, Parks Canada and Gaspé’s Festival Musique du Bout du Monde concluded a partnership agreement. In particular, the agreement provides for the presentation of a musical event at Forillon National Park within the framework of the festival’s program of activities in each of the next three years (2013-2015).

Parks Canada and Festival Musique du Bout du Monde would like to thank the local citizens, visitors and festival-goers for turning out in such high numbers for this beautiful extravagance as the sun came up on Cap-Bon-Ami.