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Notes From The Road #3
September 6th 2013




It has been a few weeks since Notes from the Road #2! We have just finished a month in the beautiful city of Quebec City, which means in 2013 we have played 25 shows there - quite incredible! 

For those who haven’t been lucky enough to visit, Quebec City is stunning with very friendly people who not only welcomed us every night on stage with rapturous applause and endless standing ovations, but greeted us all in the streets and bars when we were out enjoying ourselves post shows.

So, it was with heavy hearts we rolled out of town on Monday night for an overnight journey of 7 hours to Ottawa. We travel in two tour buses and one 53 foot truck and trailer with a total touring team of 6 band members together with myself and 8 crew.

We played The Canadian Tire Center Arena in Ottawa, which until recently was known as Scotiabank Place Arena. Ottawa, the capital of Canada and the country’s fourth largest city has always been good to us. We played there in January and sold out the National Arts Centre, hence why this time we got to play the arena! We all love arenas.

Our show is designed for any place, but it works so well in arenas! We are able to spread out our set, bring in extra lights and make the show even more impressive than it already is. For those who came to see us in Ottawa or The Bell Centre in Montreal in January, I am sure they will agree. Ottawa has a reputation for being a reluctant audience. Not in our experience.... the audience on Tuesday were on their feet by the second song and remained there for the whole show. It was quite incredible, not only did the band put on one of their best performances the audience also played a huge part in the whole experience. It was one of those times where the promoter and I were standing at the side of the stage with goosebumps. It was emotional!

Arenas take a lot of work before-hand to put together on the technical side, they are also very involved on the day, but it is days like these who for those of us that support the role of the artists live for.

On leaving Ottawa, we had a monster journey of 19 hours to Halifax. It was so long we had to take two days to do it because the drivers need sleep.... and I’d prefer them to do that in a nice hotel and get us safely there, so we split the journey into a 10 hour drive to Edmunston in New Brunswick, where we stayed for the day before commencing the final part of the journey to Halifax 12 hours later.

We rolled into Halifax very early today. We have never played a show here without selling out! Tonight was no exception, every seat in the house sold and a huge queue and the signing desk after the show, where it seemed everyone waited patiently to get their Queen Extravaganza t-shirts signed. Our Tour Buses will roll this morning at 1am when we head for Moncton and our last show in Canada this time round before heading to the United States.

Canada, has always been so kind to us, selling out wherever we go with great, knowledgable audiences who know their Queen music.

It’s been a blast Canada. Until the next time!

(photo: Stephanie Turcotte)

The QUEX have hit the Road!
September 4th 2013


Following the overwhelming success of the 20 date residency, Marc, Jennifer, Tyler, Brandon, Francois-Olivier and Brian are finally on the road with the QUEX! The band will visiting the following lucky towns!

Sep 05 Halifax, NS Rebecca Cohn Auditorium 

Sep 06 Moncton, NB Casino New Brunswick

Sep 08 Lebanon, NH Lebanon Opera House

Sep 09 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre 

Sep 10 Niagara Falls, NY Rapids Theatre 

Sep 11 Morristown, NJ Mayo Performing Arts Center

Sep 13 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center 

Sep 14 Westbury, NY Theatre at Westbury 

Sep 15 New Bedford, MA Zeiterion Performing Arts Centre

Tickets? Head over to

(Photo: Stephanie Turcotte)

Quebec Quotes...I think they like us! (Updated)
August 23rd 2013



“The young company has brought justice to Queen’s titanic work while renewing it with its raw and whole talent.”Olivier Parent - Le Soleil 

“An intense experience where Marc Martel’s astonishing voice, the near-reincarnation of Freddy Mercury, blows us away! A show of an exceptional quality…” Brigitte Guay - CKOI

“As a side effect, after The Queen Extravaganza show, it could make you want to buy every Queen’s albums.” Marie-Josée Longval - Rouge FM

“Marc Martel delivers a breathtaking performance! The musicians are excellent and my evening with Queen Extravaganza will forever be engraved in my memory!” Yannick Marceau - CHOI

“The Québecois Marc Martel shows us once again that he can perfectly impersonate the character of Freddie Mercury” Yves Leclerc − Journal de Québec

“Not to be missed under any circumstances! Marc Martel really brings Freddie Mercury back to life.” Nicolas Lacroix − FM93

“The Queen Extravaganza does not need any sequins or artificial stuffs to be breathtaking. A show you must see and hear, again and again!” Martine Côté − Radio Canada

“The Queen Extravaganza… Simply heart-stopping.” Lyne Laroche − Destination ville de Québec

“I have been blown away by the performance of all the musicians and the singer Marc Martel. His powerful and crisp voice transports us into Freddie Mercury’s universe.” Annie Simard − WKND

(Photo: Stephanie Turcotte)

New Live Montage!
August 15th 2013


We Will Rock You, Bohemian Rhapsody, Somebody To Love, Radio Ga Ga, Crazy Little Thing Called Love and We Are The Champions all feature on this new live clip of the Queen Extravaganza live experience! 

Tickets and Tour Dates for Quebec, the US, Canada and UK can be found here.

Additional UK Dates Now On Sale
August 9th 2013

extra dates

The following extra shows in November are all on sale now through

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7 Reading Sub 89

8 Worthing Assembly Hall

10 Bath Komedia

11 Manchester Gorilla

12 Bristol Fleece

For all other UK, US and Canadian shows please click here.

(Photo: Stephanie Turcotte)

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