May 27 to June 03 2017


16th of January 2018

2018 Headliner announcement

Press release for immediate release - January 16th 2018


Rouyn-Noranda, January 16th, 2018 — Here it is, the organisers of the Festival des Guitares du Monde (FGMAT) can no longer keep their secret and announce the concert that will kick off its 14th edition program.

After having welcomed Steve Vai in 2016 and Eric Johnson in 2017 (two members of the original group G3), The Festival today proudly confirms the venue of one of the most coveted guitarists on the planet, Joe Satriani. Along with three accompanying musicians, he will rock the Goldcorp – Eleonor stage at the Rouyn-Noranda Centre de Congrès, Saturday, the 26th of May at 8pm.

With this announcement, The FGMAT team fulfills the many festival enthusiasts who have over the years requested a visit from this international renowned artist which demonstrates that the Festival listens to suggestions made by its loyal Festival attendees and its FGMAT partners.

True star and «guitar hero», he has more than 2 million followers on his Facebook page and his many venues held at the 4 corners of the earth were always sold out.


A guitar instructor, whose many students included several famous guitarists such as Steve Vai, Kirk Hammet, Alex Skolnick et Larry Lalonde.

Joe Satriani is introduced to music from an early age. On September 18, 1970, he learned of the death of his idol, Jimi Hendrix, and made the decision to make the guitar his art. This instrument offered him less resistance and allowed him to progress quickly. Although he did not believe himself to become a guitarist or an artist in the music industry, here he is. Once the guitar is in his hands, it becomes his means of expression.

Prolific artist, his roadmap is impressive: 16 studio albums, 4 compilations, 4 live albums and as well, many collaborations with other artists.

In 1996, in order to promote his new album, he began a world tour accompanied with the two greatest guitar players at that time, Eric Johnson and Steve Vai. The first edition of G3 was created. This creation was a great success and additional vituoso guitarists with varied styles like Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Michael Schenker, Uli Jon Roth, Robert Fripp, Yngwie Malmsteen, John Petrucci, Paul Gilbert, Phil Collen and many more, connected with G3 while on his many tours.

As a solo artist, he accompanied many great musical artists such as Mick Jagger and the group Deep Purple. In 2009 he founded the group Chickenfoot with Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar (Van Halen) and Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers). This supergroup enjoyed great success and received a gold record from the music industry of the United States of America. 

Considered as one of the most respected guitarist and the most technically accomplished of his generation, he is one of the top 10 artists in the 100 greatest guitarists list of all times. He is recognized as a pioneer of the instrumental guitar.

With his new album What Happens Next (launched January the 12th, 2018), Satriani asks his fans to reconnect with him for a new chapter. As his goal was an ultimate human experience, he invites the audience to get close. He finds it amusing to write about science-fiction and other related topics, but it is more difficult to connect when writing about something that is so abstract. In this album, he chose to concentrate on rock and soul. For him, it is a way of recognizing our shared experiences, our wishes, our dreams, our hopes and our fears. This recording is an invitation to connect and get closer. So here is his Invitation which the FGMAT is excited to welcome for the first time on Abitibi soil in a most intimate venue (a room of only 670 seats).

The Festival's organization would like to thank the mining company IAMGOLD, for its support which facilitates FGMAT to present this grand unique show.


Saturday, May 26 at 8 pm / Goldcorp – Eleonor stage
Rouyn-Noranda Centre de congrès

Artist Website
Video link

Presale Joe Satriani tickets January 17th

Individual tickets are on sale, Wednesday, January 17th (beginning at 11am) at a cost of 78$ (tax included) online at www.fgmat.com or at the FGMAT office (37, 7th Street in Rouyn-Noranda). As of February the 1st, the ticket price will increase from 78$ to 88$.

Passports sales

The Passport « Mélomane » (10% discount for 7 concerts and more) can be reserved as of January 17th. Certain restrictions apply, limited number of « Mélomane » Passports, not available online, more information available at the FGMAT office. 

New this year: 30 additional Passports « Passionnés » (giving access to the FGMAT 17 concerts) are presently for sale at the FGMAT office (not available online) at a cost of 420$ + tax. Joe Satriani's concert is included in all Passport « Passionnée ». 

For more information concerning ticket and passports sales, or accommodation packages, do not hesitate to contact the FGMAT team at (819)797-8288 or at the no charge number 1 877 997 8288. The FGMAT 2018 Program and Official Poster will be announced Tuesday, March 13th 2018 at the Agora des Arts at 5pm. Stay tuned by following FGMAT on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Source : FGMAT
Nathalie Grenier, General director
Festival des Guitares du Monde in Abitibi-Témiscamingue
[email protected]