Born in St-Hyacinthe on the south shore of Montreal, Nicolas Quintal, a classically trained percussionist and working musician, relocates to Vancouver in 1990 where he quickly integrates the local music scene, contributing to countless recording sessions and national tours.
In 1997, he embarks on the Lilith Fair Tour with Kim Bingham, sharing the marquee with superstars Tracy Chapman, Paula Cole, Jewel and, last but not least, the muse and founder of the festival, Sarah McLachlan. This adventure will land Bingham and her crew an article in the prestigious Rolling Stone Magazine.
Quintal takes 1999 by the devil horns and appears on the cover of Canadian trade magazine DRUMS ETC. in January. Shortly after, he receives a phone call from power manager Bruce Allen, best known for his work with Bryan Adams and Michael Bubble. Allen proposes an experience that is larger than life ; playing drums for Vancouver based rock outfit Econoline Crush during a 40 date arena tour of the U.S.A. supporting legendary rock group KISS. That tour included a performance at the Toronto Skydome and reached its apogee at New York’s Madison Square Garden.
By that time, Los Angeles has become a home away from home for EC. They are a regular fixture on the Sunset Strip. Tours loop into one another; Foo Fighters, Green Day, The Tea Party. EMI ensures media and retail presence. The album, produced by Sylvia Massy (Prince, Tool, The Red Hot Chili Peppers) reaches sales exceeding the double platinum mark. That same year, EC is nominated and appears as guest performers at The Juno Awards televised broadcast, reaching in excess of 7 million viewers.
Still on a rampage, Quintal transits to Toronto where on February 6 2000, he will perform his swan song at Maple Leaf Garden with hard hitting rock messiah in the making, Danko Jones. They electrify the crown, paving the way for Beck. This event was to be the last rock concert ever held in the legendary original six NHL arena prior to its metamorphosis. An epoch had just ended.
Following 15 years of solid touring and countless studio collaborations, Quintal drops his suitcase in The Megacity and crosses over to the “other side” of the industry. He is mentored by The Agency Group Canada CEO Ralph James, partner Jack Ross and their crew. Quintal‘s mission as a talent scout and artist development agent was to bring his “on the field / street” expertise, enthusiasm and missive of hope to emerging artists. Amongst his protégés ; Sam Roberts, The Dears, Alexis on Fire, Billy Talent and Three Days Grace.
In 2002, Canadian member of parliament Donald K. Donald, considered by his peers as one of the Godfathers of the North American entertainment industry, better known for his collaborations with the Rolling Stones, Phil Collins, Corey Hart, Céline Dion and AC / DC, calls Quintal back to his homeland, offering him a position as an administrative and personal assistant. Back in Montreal, he learns the corporate ropes and collaborates with the francophone division of the DKD Group, Tacca Musique. He helps develop Dumas, Jorane and Charles Dubé; all emerging artists at that time.
In 2004, volte-face ! Quintal literally runs away with the circus and joins Guy Laliberté at Cirque du Soleil. During 3 years, Quintal is thrown back into high gear and will help coordinate events and premieres such as Saltimbanco in Milan, Alegria in New York City and the crown jewel of his career ; a collaboration in the coordinating of the red carpet festivities at Las Vegas’ Mirage Hotel for the world premiere of The Beatles / Cirque du Soleil co-production, « LOVE ».
Having completed an intergalactic spinorama, Quintal resurface on the music scene, this time at French Indy Major record label Audiogram, where he’ll collaborate with Daniel Bélanger and Jason Bajada. He also renews with old friend Kevin Parent, who is launching his first English speaking record at that time. Quintal was mandated to coordinate the launch at the now defunct Montreal Spectrum.
Epicurean, curious and always on the lookout for a personal challenge, Quintal pulls a 180° and in 2009, is selected out of 400 applicants, consequently obtaining a scholarship at the prestigious ITHQ chef school in Montreal. During the next 5 years, Quintal will battle up the echelons of the Montreal culinary underbelly. He will become head chef at the very popular vegetarian restaurant Lola Rosa at the foot of Mount-Royal. A work related accident will literally cut him out of the loop. Time to reinvent oneself, yet another time.
In October 2015, Quintal launched the qilo corporation; a boutique firm specializing in social media management and event logistics. The head office is located in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada.