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VIP en Blues will pay tribute to Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh


Richard Dubois, Communications Director for Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges, at a press conference in Parc des Générations in L’Île-Perrot last Wednesday, August 22, invites residents from throughout the region to attend the 8th edition of VIP en Blues that will take place at the park on Saturday, September 15, beginning at 3 p.m.

A tribute to legendary Quebec bluesman Bob Walsh will be one of the highlights of this year’s VIP en Blues festival as the municipality of L’Île-Perrot gears up to stage the 8th edition of the annual event. The festival will take place September 15 from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. at Parc des Générations, directly across the street from the city’s Community Centre at 150 Boulevard Perrot.

The tribute to Walsh is expected to cap an extraordinary afternoon and evening of great music and delicious food that will also feature Montreal-born blues singer Angel Forrest and Ottawa-based rock and roll and swamp blues band MonkeyJunk.

Angel Forrest and MonkeyJunk

Forrest, regarded as one of the premier blues vocalists in Quebec and Canada with a career that spans 30 years and 10 albums, will kick off the musical portion of the festival at 5:30 p.m. Forrest has won eight Maple Blues Awards since 2012, including six for Best Female Performer.

MonkeyJunk, a Canadian rock and roll and swamp blues band based in Ottawa, will take to stage at 7:15 p.m. The band has won two Juno Awards for Best Blues Album of the Year – in 2012 for To Behold and earlier this year for Time to Roll. The trio is known for their unique style that continually pushes the boundaries of the blues.

Bob Walsh tribute

The tribute to Walsh, who passed away in 2016 at age 68, will be hosted by long-time friend and fellow-bluesman Guy Bélanger. The Bob Walsh band and other artists who have played alongside the legendary Quebec bluesman, including Kim Richardson, Breen Leboeuf and Martin Goyette, will come together on stage to celebrate Walsh’s unforgettable musical legacy.

Bélanger’s song My Dearest Friend on his album Traces and Scars released in 2017 is a personal reflection of his friendship with Walsh. The musical tribute to Walsh atop the VIP en Blues stage will begin at 9 p.m.

Gourmet foods

It’s not only the great music that attracts almost 5,000 people annually to the VIP en Blues. The wonderful range and choice of gourmet foods that will be provided this year by 20 local and regional merchants will add a delectable flavour to the event when festivities kick off at 3 p.m.

Thanks to their participation, the Soyez VIP gourmand contest is returning this year. Participants will have the chance to win more than $300 in prizes that can be exchanged at participating stores. Information about the contest is available on the city’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ileperrotsecteurcentre.

L’Île-Perrot Mayor Pierre Séguin; Vaudreuil Liberal Member of the National Assembly (MNA) Marie-Claude Nichols; Richard Dubois, Communications Director for Desjardins Vaudreuil-Soulanges; Martin Beauchamp, Director of Sales for Vidéotron L’Île-Perrot and Mireille Gascon, the city’s program director for the event; personally invited residents from throughout the region to come partake in the sights, sounds, and flavours of this year’s VIP en Blues.

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