Chantal Lamarre: a permanent desire to play for children

Chantal Lamarre: a permanent desire to play for the children


Hard to believe, but Chantal Lamarre has never set foot in the world of youth TV. However, this is not for lack of interest. The fantasy emanating from the productions that rocked her childhood aroused a fascination in her very early on, made her dream and greatly delighted her. And all that will be remembered forever.

Chantal, what are the youth programs that have marked you?

Bobino , for the ritual, the feeling of security and the benevolence of the character. La Souris verte, for Louisette Dussault, the pretty songs of André Gagnon, the world of games and sensitivity.


What are your fondest TV memories related to the childhood?

Laugh with La Ribouldingue, dream with Claude Lafortune's paper sculptures, learn with Tour de Terre and the father Lafortune, being fascinated by the participants of my age at the Catelli Young Talents.

Is there a character who influenced you?

Fanfreluche, certainly; I'm still going into the books! Fanfreluche was the junction between myths, legends and stories that we could know […] The magic dimension, that was why his show struck so much.

Fifi Brindacier

Y a there a character that you would have liked to play for children?

All the characters ! From Madame Bec-Sec to Mademoiselle Sainte Bénite, or even Mother Nature and Naphtaline. I came out of theater school convinced that it was my destiny… I did children's shows on stage, but I didn't do children's TV. I still have the taste though.

Why is the desire to play for children still there?

My first unacknowledged and unacknowledged dream was to watch children's shows and tell myself that it was a fabulous earthly spell to wear costumes and play pure fantasy. Young actress, the first “job” what I created for myself was leaving with two pockets of hockey and a show for children […] I really liked that; I was writing stuff for the kids and talking to them. It's crazy because after that, it didn't work anywhere else.

Sol et Gobelet

Which worlds would you like the children to discover?

Kids need to know the classics; Ground and Goblet, Pippi Longstocking and Pee Wee’s Playhouse, among others. Mine loved it as much as I did! It’s like having children taste several foods; if you just feed them kibble and just take them to Disney on Ice, they might grow flowers through the asphalt, but if your kids are small and you want to test what you consider close to masterpiece, it still works with them… 

What message would you have for the artisans of our youth TV?

Produce more! Make it youth programs! It is a gateway to culture! We're good, as good as the Disney channel!

From January 13, Chantal Lamarre will host the second season of Culturama Fridays at 8 p.m. on ICI ARTV. In the company of her guests, she will promote all artistic forms, from music to cinema, through the visual arts, television, dance, comics and fashion.