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Festive and successful: a National Day that exceeded expectations in Quebec

Festive and successful: a National Day that exceeded expectations at Qué bec


One would have thought, after three years without National Day and the absence of major musical events, that there would have been crowds on the Plains, but that was not the case. Even if the show offered was of high quality, filled with several good moments and it did not look too much like a TV show. 

Yes, the sky was uncertain and uninviting throughout the day, but the rain stopped after a performance offered by Marco Calliari and Pépé and his guitar in the early evening. There was a small crowd, but nothing to do, of course, with the legendary gatherings of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s. 

The 2022 edition left behind some songs from the past that came back year after year. Which was a very good decision and contributed to making this evening one of the very good “Saint-Jean” of the last ten years. We also made an excellent choice by putting aside the eternal “medleys” made up of several songs.

The presence of Sara Dufour, Jérôme 50, Lou-Adriane Cassidy and Scott-Pien Picard brought a breath of fresh air of youth at this evening where veterans Richard Séguin, Marjo and Breen Leboeuf all shone.

The idea of ​​putting the Acadian group Salebarbes at the heart of the show, by accompanying the various artists, turned out to be excellent. In addition to bringing unity, Kevin McIntyre, the Éloi brothers and Jonathan Painchaud, George Belliveau and Jean-François Breau deployed beautiful, festive and rich colors with their Acadian and bayou sounds. 

< p>Breen and Marjo

An almost entirely female formation, under the direction of Antoine Gratton, spread over two levels, also stood out.

Breen Leboeuf and the Salebarbes offered a huge version of Mes blues passe pu dans porte d 'Offenbach. The voice of the most Quebecois of Ontarians was powerful, the choirs were solid and sprinkled by the harmonica of Éloi Painchaud. Something happened.

Breen Leboeuf continued in the same vein by offering a solid duet with Marjo for Rock de v’lours d’Offenbach. All dressed in white, the energetic Marjo offered beautiful moments with Amoureuse, Too much love and I don't let go. From the top of his 68 years, the unique and flamboyant Marjo, still has the patent.

During Another boring evening of Salebarbes, the musicians of the formation were distributed on two footbridges through the public . We also had the right, at the start of the show, to the presence of a brass band, near and on the stage, when Jérôme 50 interpreted If you like the sun. It was visually beautiful.

Later night , Jérôme 50 and Lou-Adriane Cassidy paid a beautiful and moving tribute to Karim Ouellet by performing his hit L'Amour.

“Thank you for your music, Karim. We will continue to make it resonate in our hearts and in our ears, ”launched Lou-Adriane Cassidy. The young singer-songwriter from Quebec was totally on fire when she made her song I still hope that somewhere the wait stops. 

Return from Okoumé

Throughout the evening, we also gave pride of place to Aboriginal artists with Laura Niquay, Scott-Pien Picard and Florent Vollant.

< p>True to form, Marc Labrèche offered a rather crazy patriotic speech where he was in all directions, telling that he had been born by wolves in Quebec and speaking of the daughter of Roy Gervaise de Lotbinière, of millions Quebec orgasms, millions of orgasms from around the world, District 31 and Cary Price's knee. Du Labrèche who put politics aside.

A policy that emerged when we paid tribute to René Lévesque, who would have turned 100 on August 24, playing the excerpt from his speech at Aréna Paul-Sauvé, where he asked the crowd to sing Gens de Pays by Vigneault. What the artists did on the Plains

Big surprise at the end of the course when the Painchaud brothers revived Okoumé with Le Bruit des origins and Dis-moi pas ça, accompanied by the original members Hugo Perreault, Michel Duguay and Eric Gosselin. A great and beautiful moment that coincided well with the 25th anniversary of their first opus.

“We experienced here, in 1999, the last national holiday of the 20th century. It's a moment difficult to describe, “said Jonathan Painchaud.

Allons danser de Salebarbes ended, with several bursts of fireworks, around 11:05 p.m., at an evening, we can say , highly successful.

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