Among the buildings of Quebec City and its historic district, Le Capitole is the only theatre hall which has managed to preserve its original architectural style and main decorative elements. In this sense, it is an exceptional witness to the transition from true theatre hall to auditoriums converted into movie theatres. The transformation of the theatre in 1927 represents one of the more successful fusions of two styles: one of Louis XIV inspiration, the second by the Adams brothers.
In the Quebec City metropolitan area, Le Capitole is the only standing example of the grand yet versatile theatre halls built between 1900 and 1930. Of all those erected during this time, it remains the finest architectural example perfectly blended into its surroundings. In Quebec, it is among about twenty theatre halls built between 1890 and 1930. Thanks to its original seating capacity, it ranked as one of the largest of its kind. It is also one of the few to have maintained its versatile calling until the 1980s.
In Canada, it is part of the fifteen or so luxurious urban theatre halls built or refurbished in the 1920s by NewYork architect-consultant, Thomas W. Lamb, for large American chains such as Loew’s, Keith-Alber and Famous Players.
In North America, it is the only example of a theatre hall which draws inspiration from both the Beaux Arts and Second Empire styles, brilliantly blended into a small urban setting.
Every year, the Festival d’été attracts over one million festivalgoers to Quebec City's historic district for concerts by international superstars and top new talent. 300 shows, 10 venues and 11 days of music make the Festival d’été de Québec one of Canada's biggest music festivals.
Early July sees international stars and top new talent playing every style of music coming together for a special time in a special place ─ historic Old Québec! There’s music for everyone: rock, folk, hip-hop, electro, French song, jazz, world music and much more!
Over the years, the Festival has seen big-name stars and emerging artists alike play its main venue, the Bell Stage. Located on the historic Plains of Abraham battlefield, the site boasts North America's biggest self-supporting stage and has room for 80,000 spectators. The Rolling Stones, Foo Fighters , Keith Urban, Lady Gaga, Billy Joel, Bryan Adams, Stevie Wonder, Bruno Mars, Tiësto, Bon Jovi, The Black Keys, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Sting, Charles Aznavour, Rammstein, Elton John and a host of top names have all taken the Bell Stage by storm!
If music is the core of the event, the popular street performers on Saint-Jean St., one of the city's oldest and busiest streets, and a host of fun family activities add a colorful accent to the celebrations. In 2016, 120,000 passes go on sale. The all-inclusive transferable pass gives you 11 days of performances for just $90 CAD.