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Concerts on Plains of Abraham should be limited, group says

09/21/2012 09:55 EDT | Updated 11/21/2012 05:12 EST
A quarrel over the number of concerts held on Quebec City's Plains of Abraham is brewing between the city's mayor and the commission in charge of the historic site.

Every year, thousands of people spend evenings on the Plains of Abraham attending the city's annual 10-day music festival.

This year, shows by Bon Jovi, LMFAO and Lionel Richie drew more than 60,000 spectators each.

The Battlefields Commission, the group in charge of preserving the Plains temporarily lifted its ban on commercial for-profit activities this year and also allowed superstar Madonna to perform on the historic site.

Battlefields Commission chair Margaret Delisle said the technical equipment and setups made it difficult for people to enjoy the park over the summer. That's why Delisle said she wants to restrict the number of "megashows" in the future.

Quebec City Mayor Régis Labeaume disagrees with her. He said the Plains of Abraham should be used "as often as possible," because the concerts help promote the city to the rest of the world.

Labeaume and Delisle were set to meet and discuss the issue next week. Now the mayor is miffed that Delisle is making decisions without consulting the city.

"I would like to be among the people that she would consult," said Labeaume. "I would love it, really."

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