Divers/Cité 2009
A year of records for the record

2009 will be a year to remember for Divers/Cité which ran from July 27th to August 2nd. Record crowds, exhilarated and dancing, amassed for the free outdoor shows and indoor events.

The programming of this 17th edition had everything going for it.  The organization had gone full throttle to invite a myriad of local and international high caliber artists.  Investments in higher quality programming paid high dividends. The first night of free outdoor programming in Emilie-Gamelin Park started this high performance trend with the 10th anniversary of 1, boulevard des Rêves, offering over 30 artist for the pleasure of many. Our new indoor programming, Cabaret de Minuit/The New York Series at the Koko bar of the Opus Hotel, continued this successful trend offering 3 different artists from the Big Apple.

Our New Society event of Friday July 31st raged to capacity crowds with the Psy-trance group Infected Mushroom, a real eye opener that thoroughly impressed festival goers and the event organizers alike.  It will remain a night to remember in the 2009 edition of the festival.

The traditional (untraditional) Mascara, la nuit des drags, celebrated its 12th anniversary, headed as always by the Queen of drag, Mado Lamothe. The Ontario/Berri stage glittered a thousand colours for this signature event. Simultaneaously, on the Loto- Québec stage, David Morales one of the greatest dj’s in the world played to record breaking crowds. Our Sunday, dampened by rainy weather, still attracted thousands for both Le Grand Bal and La Grande Danse.  A return performance of Martha Wash was not to be missed for many of her faithful fans on the last day of the festival: her smash hit It’s raining men was bitter-sweet as torrential rains fell in the city core.

The outpouring of generosity from festival goers as well as drastic cuts in programming and the elimination of planned site enhancements were insufficient to avoid hitting a deficit.  The organization was unable to recoup the loss in revenues brought about by the refusal of Divers/Cité’s application for funding from Industry Canada’s Marquis Tourism Event Program.  Divers/Cité organizers plan on continuing discussions with this ministry to foster a better understanding of the event’s important economic output and international reputation.

Festival goers are convened for the 18th edition of the festival that will be offered from July 24th to August 1st 2010.