The 38th edition of the Fête du Lac des Nations was a success, despite a last-minute cancellation by Éric Lapointe for the Sunday night show. The notorious Quebec rocker was forced to call off his performance on July 21 due to voice loss following an inflammation of his vocal cords. “I’m sorry to have to cancel, but I take comfort in knowing that you will have a great night with the group that has put up a great show just for you,” he said in a recent press release. Martin Deschamps and Breen Leboeuf were called in to replace Lapointe on the Lotto Québec stage. It was a busy weekend at Jacques-Cartier park, notably on Saturday, July 20, with Creedence Clearwater Revisited’s long-awaited performance. After recently announcing the end of a long career, CCR gave it their all on the stage for Townshippers who came from far and wide to attend their last local gig. Many festivalgoers waited in front of the Lotto Québec stage for many hours to have a prime spot for the show. CCR holds the record for drawing the biggest crowd in the history of the Fête du Lac des Nations, with 55,000 people in attendance when they last came in 2006. See full story in the Monday, July 22 edition of The Record.
By Emilie Hackett, Special to The Record