Blues sur Seine
The twinning between the French Blues sur Seine festival and International FestiBlues of Montreal celebrated its 10 anniversary in 2012!
Facing each other across the Atlantic, the two festivals share the same passion for blues music: The FestiBlues in August in Montreal and the Blues sur Seine in November near Paris - Mantes la Jolie, France. Each year, a delegation of «cousins» crosses the ocean to assist and collaborate with each other. This pairing allows for annual exchanges of professional artists, amateurs and volunteers who support the organization, as well as organizers and students. It also allows for socio-vocational experiences for youth from both countries. Over the past ten years, over two hundred Quebec and French participants experienced this fantastic immersion experience.
To support young artists, each festival has a musical contest to help emerging youth groups in the professional world of blues: "Le Tremplin Blues sur Seine" in France and "La Relève" in Montreal (unfortunately, terminated in 2012 following the withdrawal of a subsidy granted by the Office Franco-Quebecois pour la Jeunesse.)
In the beginning stages of the pairing, each festival scheduled the partnering contest finalist’s artists, allow the winning artists to perform in a professional environment and to participate in an international event outside their country. This collaboration also allowed FestiBlues the opportunity to enrich its knowledge of blues in France, as well as its main actors, while developing relationships with many French broadcasters. FestiBlues is grateful for the support of the Cultural Division of the SACEM and Spedidam in facilitating these exchanges.
Since 2003, more than 24 Canadian artists and 27 French artists have benefited from this pairing, which included allowing artists like Nina Attal (France) and Bernard Adamus (Quebec) to establish their careers abroad. Nina Attal met her agent through her appearance at FestiBlues in 2010, which earned her a part in the 2011's Montreal Jazz Festival. As for Bernard Adamus, he was discovered with the help of La Relève which also served as a stepping stone to a successful career in France.