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News releases | July 6, 2021


Gatineau - Tickets for the 34th edition of the Gatineau Hot Air Balloon Festival presented by Loto-Québec in collaboration with Desjardins are going on sale in less than 48 hours. There's no time to lose, they will be in limited quantity. Now is the time to plan your visit to the Outaouais' biggest summer event, taking place from September 2nd to 6th, with the unveiling of our complete line up!

In addition to the two Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees, with an instrumental performance by Cœur de pirate (Sat., Sept. 4th) and a vocal performance by Fred Pellerin (Sun., Sept. 5th), two shows will be offered each evening on the Casino Lac-Leamy stage. The 34th edition will kick off at 6:15 p.m. with Kaïn (Thursday, Sept. 2nd), celebrating their 20th anniversary with their countless hits. Other shows in this time slot include Matt Lang (Fri. Sept. 3rd), Martin Deschamps and guests Ricky Paquette, Marco Calliari, Breen LeBoeuf, Daniel Boucher, Lou Granger Deschamps and Mélissa Ouimet for his Comme je suis tour (Sat. Sept. 4th), and a huge Comedy gala with Rita Baga, Richardson Zéphir, Jean-Thomas Jobin and Korine Côté (Sun. Sept. 5th).

The late-night shows, presented at 9:30 p.m., will feature Bleu Jeans Bleu (Thursday, Sept. 2nd), Les Cowboys Fringants (Friday, Sept. 3rd), as well as a signature concert Enfin de retour! featuring Roxane Bruneau, Marc Dupré, Marjo and Ludovick Bourgeois, as well as several local artists (Saturday, Sept. 4th). The show will also be broadcast live on 94.9 Rouge Gatineau-Ottawa! The closing show will be given by FouKi and his Zayvités (Sun. Sept. 5th). For the occasion, the Zay rap standard-bearer will surround himself with a multitude of friends for a big bash!

The Outaouais region in the spotlight

The Casino Lac-Leamy stage will be filled with local artists who will be opening for each of the early evening and late night shows. We'll be joined by 6-time Trille Or award winner Mehdi Cayenne (Thursday, Sept. 2nd), A Leverage For Mountains (Friday, Sept. 3rd), Ricky Paquette and Mia Kelly (Saturday, Sept. 4th) and LeFLOFRANCO and D-Track (Sunday, Sept. 5th).

The Desjardins Family Day is free!

Monday, September 6th will be devoted to families! Little ones will be invited to enjoy one of Ari Cui Cui's two free shows Ari Cui Cui garde le sourire (9:15 am and 11:30 am). Circus entertainment will also be provided by the trio Les Échappés! Families must reserve their seats to participate.

Tickets go on sale on July 8 – Prices start at $12

Tickets go on sale at 10:00 am on July 8th. The capacity of the site will be 5,000 people for the evening shows and 800 people for the Hydro-Québec Musical Matinees. Available tickets will therefore be limited. To comply with the sanitary measures in place, festival-goers must select the area in which they wish to watch the show, which will be located in one of the 3 sections (Front stage / Middle / Rear). Each section has its own pricing. For full details, pricing and a site map, visit


"In addition to offering a free family show, I am extremely proud that we have managed to offer very affordable pricing, thanks to the generous support of our partners. Tickets for our opening show will start at only $12. We have a diverse line-up of artists from all genres and backgrounds. Hats off to our Producer of Artistic Programming, Marie-Claude D'Aoust, and to the entire Festival team who work tirelessly to bring these moments of happiness to our festival-goers. It is with great pleasure that we are able to present this event to you," explains Sandra Cloutier, Executive Director of the FMG.

"It is with immense, gigantic, immeasurable joy that I will be returning to Parc de la Baie from September 2nd to 6th. To see the festival-goers and the entire FMG volunteer team again, to be back on stage with artists I admire and adore, and of course, to watch the huge hot-air balloons take off, just one word: Wow!" added event spokesperson Patrice Bélanger.

"It is with great pleasure that we present the FMG again this year. This event has been bringing the Outaouais region to life for 34 years by entertaining and delighting an ever-increasing number of festival-goers. We invite them all to enjoy the Casino Lac-Leamy stage, which promises to provide them with plenty of excitement! "says Eric Meunier, Director of Responsible Gaming and Social Commitment at Loto-Québec.

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