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Nomadic Massive at the National Arts Centre. Photo: Ming Wu.

Fest’Hiver du Vieux-Hull: A new winter music festival in Gatineau—free shows 02.08.19 & 02.09.19

By Greggory Clark on February 6, 2019

The first Fest’Hiver du Vieux-Hull is a free two-day music and art festival heating up Rue Laval this weekend, February 8th and 9th. That situates the festival right downtown—and outdoors—so bring your dancing boots. When it’s time to warm up, just pop into any one of the pubs and restaurants which line Rue Laval, Rue Aubry and Rue Kent in downtown Hull’s food district. A few of this blog’s favourites are Bistro Coqlicorne, Le Troquet, Bar Minotaure and Brasserie Gainsbourg.

On Friday night, French Canadian electro jazz band Valaire (formerly known as Misteur Valaire) are headlining the free concert series. Promo for the event says Valaire will perform as their alter-egos, Qualité Motel, which is a lighter synth-only arrangement of the same musicians. Basically, a parallel project for the 5-piece band, who would normally travel with brass instruments and at least one drumkit when billed to headline as Valaire. Qualité Motel is sorta like their anytime/anywhere dance party formula.

Nomadic Massive, a multi-lingual hip hop funk collective out of Montréal, will play on Saturday night. They mix singing, rap, and other sweet sounds over a super tight live backing band. On stage, their energy is pure pleasure, and live shows are for sure their trademark. Their shows never leave an audience member standing still. Recommended if you like The Roots, Blakdenim and other live hip hop acts.

Members of the legendary québ-rap group Alaclair Ensemble are closing the Fest’Hiver with a DJ set. Over both nights, a giant LED screen will decorate the stage; programmed with live animations by local artists.

Friday, Feb. 8

  • Qualité Motel (Valaire)
  • DJ Hunz
  • Blve

Saturday, Feb. 9

  • Alaclair Ensemble (DJ set)
  • Nomadic Massive
  • Brown

The first annual Fest’Hiver du Vieux-Hull is taking place on Rue Laval from February 8–9, 2019. Admission is free. See Facebook for a complete schedule and other details.