A WORD FROM THE MAYOR OF SAGUENAY
The Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay will be celebrating its 25th anniversary, with a one year delay, in 2021. An anniversary that will unfold under special circumstances. However, with this different and particular edition, it also makes way for adaptation and innovation. This is exactly what the festival managers have done, including the new name of “L’Estival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay. ” They’ve brought the reinvented festival back and it’s something that we all desperately need after these trying times. The year 2021 will therefore offer an exciting and innovative program outdoors and in compliance with health regulations. This “remixed” and “revitalized” edition will give us the opportunity to experience a musical month of June to the rhythm of jazz and blues. All that’s left to do is enjoy the fresh air and good company. I would like to thank everyone who’ve worked very hard day and night to make this adventure come to light. I would also like to thank the artists and musicians who’ll be joining us to share moments of pure magic and musical genius. Enjoy the festival!
Josée Néron, Mayor of Saguenay
A WORD FROM THE FESTIVAL’S PRESIDENT
In the current context, 2021 is the year of trials and tribulations for the FJ&B team. With the cancellation of our 25th edition in 2020, we’ve been put to the test, as have all music lovers and festival-goers. In the face of so much adversity, our team has nevertheless decided to present you with activities that are nothing less than spectacular. Here’s our REMIXED version of the festival and is now known as: L’Estival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay! Between June 1st and 30th, we’ve added twenty-some activities and shows, all while respecting the current safety and health regulations. In the hopes that you’ll appreciate this unique and entertaining summer edition! Looking forward to seeing you there!
Charles-André Perron, CA President
Festival de Jazz et Blues de Saguenay
A WORD FROM THE MINISTER OF CANADIAN HERITAGE
As Minister of Canadian Heritage, it’s with great pleasure that I welcome you to the 2021 Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay. For the 25th year, this greatly appreciated rendezvous invites us to explore an entire range of musical traditions thanks to the very talented musicians. It’s the perfect place for new and exciting discoveries, to celebrate our rich diversity and be carried away by the artists’ musical passion from the region and abroad. I would like thank everyone who rose to the challenges imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic to present us with the Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay this year. I wish everyone another year of pure success and enjoyment!
The Honourable Steve Guilbeault
A WORD FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC
Your government is happy to support the Festival Jazz et Blues de Saguenay which, for more than twenty-five years, has presented the great names of jazz and blues music while making it possible for local artists to make a name for themselves. Even in the current situation, everyone is invited to enjoy a rich and varied program in a completely safe manner. The organizers, as well as the many musicians and singers, have prepared exciting performances to the renowned fame of the festival. We congratulate the people involved in the events industry and the artists who’ve adapted to new formulas in order to make their shows accessible to everyone. In this very particularly special year, the festival will be able to reach its audience, entertain them and bring them hope.
Enjoy the festival, everyone!
The Minister of Tourism, Caroline Proulx
The Minister of Culture and Communications, Nathalie Roy
A WORD FROM THE DEPUTY OF CHICOUTIMI
I’m so proud to be associated with the Festival Jazz & Blues de Saguenay’s 25th edition. I’d like to congratulate the organization’s members for their involvement over the years and recognize the excellence of this major event for our breathtaking region. This is a special opportunity to showcase our region’s talented musicians and all of the artists who’ll join us in offering exceptional performances to the smooth sounds of jazz and blues music. I invite everyone in Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean to benefit from this remarkable program worthy of our residents. Have fun and enjoy the festival!
Deputy of Chicoutimi
Ministre des Affaires municipales et de l’Habitation et
Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing and Minister responsible for the Saguenay – Lac-Saint-Jean region
A WORD FROM THE FESTIVAL’S AMBASSADOR
To paraphrase a song from Vigneault et Léveillée, (loosely translated from French) I have kept the memory of this rendezvous alive, even though I cannot go and thrive. We intended to celebrate the festival’s quarter of a century anniversary last year. The pandemic and confinement have extinguished that fire. One year later, the global health crisis is still ongoing, but the music will always play on and infuse our souls with hope. As the Festival team is not the type to throw in the towel, they’ve worked hard on this postponed edition which will offer, when the warm weather returns, some of the shows we missed last year that include Dominique Fils-Aimé, Colin James and many more. With the borrowed verse of the renowned French musician, Charles Aznavour, I leave you with these words of wisdom (loosely translated from French): we thought its time was gone / it joins in all the parties / even the streets have grown fond / known and acted on / jazz is back with the dawn…
Enjoy the festival!
Stanley Péan, writer and music lover
Ambassador for the Festival de Jazz et Blues de Saguenay