Crépuscule to play Café Babylon


Quebec City’s Crépuscule

One of the most unique cultural watering holes standing tall on the beautiful streets of Quebec City is without a doubt Café Babylon, 181 St-Vallier Est. Every Thursday evening, starting at 8:30 p.m., the music takes over, creating what scientists would call atmosphere, but us music lovers know simply as the air we breathe. Cabaret, jazz and spontaneous jams – all of this will help you escape the grind of a hard day’s work, and, most of all, make you feel like you should be nowhere else in the world but at Café Babylon. $10 gets you in and includes the price of a beer! Your next move should be to find yourself a cozy place to sit and relax with a friend or your entourage and let the music transport you.

Check out Crépuscule on February 28, Ensemble Eya on March 6, and a slew of other great performers in the months to come. For more information, call 523-0700.

Springtime is so close I can almost smell it! But before I get too excited about the flowers blooming and the grass growing, Gigantour will be stomping through town to celebrate the spirit of rock & roll and the start of a much needed warm season. No win its third incarnation, the tour was put together five years ago by Megadeth’s main man Dave Mustaine. This is the heavy metal festival for hard rock lovers of all kinds. Presented at the Pavillon de la Jeunesse, 250 Blvd. Hamel on April 28. The show starts early (5:30pm) and features fivegroups for $45. There should be no snow left by the time they roll through town, but if there is, you can be sure the heat generated by the guitars, amplifiers and you will melt it all away for good! This year’s line-up includes Megadeth, In Flames, Children of Bodom, Job For A Cowboy and High On Fire.

Toronto rock group The Tea Party were one of the most respected and popular trios since Rush hit the scene in 1974. A mix of straight-up rock, progressive and exotic sounds, they had quite a few hits before calling it quits almost ten years ago. Now Jeff Martin, the band’s lead singer and songwriter, has decided to follow his musical destiny and branch out on his own, offering us a very eclectic and passionate first solo record, Exile and the Kingdom. He is in town on April 26 for what will be, without a doubt, a triumphant return. Le Grand Théatre de Québec, 269 René Lévesque Est, will host the event.

Prices are $35-$40

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Every week I look everywhere for something exciting to write about for Quebec City’s 400th birthday. How about turning the tables around? If you’re organizing something exciting, unique or just plain fun and would love for us to talk about it in our humble column, then drop us a line with some information and we’ll help you promote it. After all, it’s you, Quebec City’s residents, who are the life of this 400th party!