Cicada takes flight at Beauport Bay

The two scenes are present on the beach and along the river. Yesterday, a few hours before the launch of the very first edition of the Cigale event, the Beauport bay site was taking shape.

The recreational vehicles that will serve as lodges for the artists who will take to the stage on Saturday and Sunday had just arrived. The tower that will house the control room was being erected. Concessions where you can quench your thirst, eat and offer all kinds of services were taking shape.

General Manager of Gestev, the entity behind the Cigale event, Gabriel Fontaine-Leclerc confirms that everything will be ready for the opening this afternoon at 1:30 p.m. A total of 300 employees work to present this music, food and California beach.

A bar ready to welcome festival-goers.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

A bar ready to welcome festival-goers.

“It was important for us not to close the site during assembly and allow users to have access to all the facilities. We did this in sequence and zone by zone,” he said yesterday morning during a visit to the site.

The two stages, side by side, rest on a grassy section located near the beach and the river. Spectators will have both feet in the sand.

A project that was born in 2019, it was only this year, after two pandemic summers, that the event was able to take shape.

“The Flo Rida show, presented in 2019, was a kind of pilot project that allowed us to test this formula. We had to adapt the plans we had on paper a little, but the Beauport Bay teams were involved from the start of this project,” he pointed out.

Water stations

On the site, there will be seven bars, nine food concessions, including street trucks and three pop-up shops. Nautical agents will monitor the river and those who want a dip.

With warm weather expected Saturday and Sunday, two water stations will be in operation. Spectators can bring plastic containers and bottles to fill them. Glass bottles are prohibited. The water sold on the site will be offered in recyclable glasses. A cloakroom area will also be in place.

Solstice ticket holders will have access to an exclusive area, inside the service pavilion, where there will be a bar, a food offer and restrooms.

More than music

“Music is the major element of Cigale, but there is also something else”, referring to the nautical devices that will be offered for rental, like everything found on the site”, explained Gabriel Fontaine- Leclerc.

Beauport Bay will be accessible only to Cigale ticket holders during the days of Saturday and Sunday.

In the program


  • The Hay Babies (3 p.m.)
  • Marieme (4 p.m.)
  • The Franklin Electric (5 p.m.)
  • Forest Blakk (6 p.m.)


  • City and Color (7 p.m.)
  • Allan Rayman (8 p.m.)
  • KALEO (9:15 p.m.)
  • Kid Francescoli (10:45 p.m.)



Photo courtesy, Lian Benoit

  • Milk & Bone (3:30 p.m.)
  • Pierre Kwenders (4:30 p.m.)
  • Fitz and the Tantrums (5:30 p.m.)
  • CRI (6:30 p.m.)
  • Andy Grammer (7:30 p.m.)
  • Kim Churchill (8:30 p.m.)
  • Portugal. The Man (9:30 p.m.)


Two-day passes are on sale for $130 on and on the website at the box office. Daily tickets are also available at a cost of $80.

How to get there

The Beauport bay site will not be accessible by car during the two days of Cigale. You can get there on foot, by bike, by skateboard and inline skates.

The RTC offers a shuttle service. Departures are from Place D’Youville (shuttle 405) and Parc-O-Bus 41e Rue/1re Avenue (shuttle 430) and D’Estimauville (shuttle 450).

Round trips will be continuous, from 1:15 p.m., at a frequency of 10-15 minutes. The last departure from Beauport Bay will be at 12:25 a.m. on Saturday and 11:25 p.m. on Sunday.

The price is $3.75 in cash for one passage. Tickets can also be purchased for $3.25 on the RTC’s Nomade payment application.

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