For thousands of years, Lebanese culture has embraced the joys of life, usually in the form of immense get-togethers. Besides its good food and traditional Dabke dance, the Lebanese Festival has been a great influence on many other communities in Montreal.
Here’s why: a while after the tragedy of 9/11, a new organisation, the Lebanese St. Maron Church, decided to celebrate peace and happiness through Lebanese culture, music, and of course, exquisite food. This non-profit association is composed of regular working citizens who devote several months every year so that the festival can be reborn. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, each year it brings over 40-thousand visitors.
Community festivals are often seen as random food trucks and exuberant jugglers. But don’t be fooled, because you’re in for a big surprise. The Lebanese Festival’s large wings are expanding so fast that, this year, many big names will be performing live at the main stage.
Among the incredible performances, famous DJ Karl Wolf, who is currently on a North American tour, will be in the house before heading off to Ottawa and Toronto. The Festival is also celebrating House and Electronic music with DJ Nather and DJ Mario. Not to be missed if you’re an Amateur at Love:
After her appearance in The Voice 2015, Lebanese-Canadian singer Cinthia Baroud seems to be unstoppable, holding regular concerts and events across Quebec. She will be performing with her band “Cin and the Saints.”
One of the Festival’s main goals is to help young emerging talents find a place within the artistic world in Montreal. This year’s wildest discovery is Moe Hamandi, a young Lebanese-Canadian singer/songwriter who is now recording his first solo electro-pop album. He will be releasing his first single “Avec Moi” next week; a fresh summer hit song in both Arabic and French. Stay tuned!
Saturday night is Super-Star night with Lebanese singer Wadih Mrad. This icon has been a big inspiration to many and has now landed in Montreal straight from Lebanon for the festival’s 14th edition. Warning: Music, lights, cameras, Dabké and lots of fun will be expected!
If you’re a fan of traditional Lebanese music, the daily Lebanese concerts will be just enough to transport you into another dimension where colours of the Middle East and sounds of the past are all on the menu with Paula Hitti and Chadi Naddaf.
The Lebanese Festival is distinguished in delivering one of the biggest Dabke dancing crowds in history, with over 4000 dancers. This year, the Chevaliers du Liban (Lebanese Knights) will present daily traditional dances. Your feet might just not resist the temptation to take part.
Whether you’re a fan of Lebanese food or just wish to be taken by the timeless atmosphere, this festival will leave a trace for generations to come. By being part of this major event, you are not only contributing to the development of artists and independent merchants, but also, you will be one of the reasons why certain unprivileged families and organisms are maintaining a healthy lifestyle.
The Festival donates all proceeds to several causes and this is why it is attracting more and more visitors today. It is open to everyone and there is an activity for all, from children to adults, families and friends. The Canadian Armed Forces and the Opération Enfant Soleil will also be a part of this celebration, so come and support them.
June 16-17-18-19, 2016 Montreal’s yearly Lebanese Festival is now witnessing its 14th edition:
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