The Festival International du Blues de Tremblant: Music at the Mountain
It’s not Julie Andrews, but the hills are definitely alive with the sound of music! Mont-Tremblant is gearing up for the 28th edition of the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, from July 12 to 16. This highly anticipated event promises five days of unforgettable experiences, featuring more than 100 free outdoor concerts across various stages in the heart of the pedestrian village. With a diverse lineup of talented artists and a unique festival atmosphere, this year’s Blues Festival offers exceptional performances and exciting activities—all against the breathtaking backdrop of the Laurentian Mountains.
Renaissance of the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant
After a COVID-imposed hiatus, the beloved Tremblant International Blues Festival is back at Mont-Tremblant. For five days in July, music will ring through the mountains with an array of captivating performances. With stages set throughout the charming pedestrian village at the bottom of the hill, the festival promises a majestic and soulful setting in which to enjoy the blues.
Perhaps best known worldwide for its magnificent ski slopes in winter, Mont-Tremblant is a true four-season resort destination. In summer, the ski village turns into a cottage resort town and the gondola offers sweeping views of the evergreen peaks and the picturesque dark blue waters below the hill. The mountain plays host to a diverse range of summer activities and acclaimed international events, including the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, the Spartan Trifecta and the Ironman Triathlon.
A Wonderfully Eclectic Lineup
The Festival International du Blues de Tremblant prides itself on offering a wide variety of bluesy musical legends and this year’s edition is no exception. The festival kicks off on Wednesday, July 12, with performances including Ammoye—whose unique blend of reggae, rocksteady, gospel, and soul has earned her five Juno Award nominations—and Sugaray Rayford, a powerful bluesman who recently won Best Soul Blues Album at the 44th Blues Music Awards. The following day, the stage will be graced by Delgres, a Creole blues band known for their heartfelt compositions in Creole, English and French. As the festival moves into its third day, blues enthusiasts will be treated to the soulful melodies of Toronto’s Harry Manx and New Orleans-based blues and funk band, Dumpstaphunk. On Saturday, July 15, festivalgoers can expect a high-energy performance by Southern Avenue, a Memphis band known for their captivating vocals and rhythmic beats.
The Discovery Series
Every evening at 8 p.m. the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant presents the Discovery Series on the Place des Voyageurs stage. The featured artists have their roots in the blues but have since branched out and integrated a variety of musical influences to create their very own sound.
A Celebration for All Ages
Street music provides a soundtrack to gourmet restaurants, adorable shops and family-friendly activities, creating an unparalleled experience for all. The Festival International du Blues de Tremblant aims to create an inclusive and family-friendly environment, so alongside the music, the festival offers an array of free activities and workshops for families from Thursday to Sunday. Children can enjoy craft workshops, face painting and even have their caricature drawn, providing additional entertainment for families attending the event.
The Tremblant Experience
Tremblant provides an abundance of lodging options, exquisite dining experiences, boutique shopping and even a casino, all amidst the beauty of Mont-Tremblant National Park. Mont-Tremblant is about an hour and a half drive from Montreal, or half an hour from Saint-Agathe-des-Monts. There is also a small airport for private planes (commercial airline Porter Airlines flies into Tremblant, but their flights are limited to ski season).
To fully immerse yourself in the Festival International du Blues de Tremblant, and enjoy all the mountain has to offer, you may want to stay on site. The Tremblant website provides all the necessary details for making dining or lodging reservations and ensuring a seamless experience during the festival.
Writer: Lesley Bishin