Place des Arts: a very bright reunion

Place des Arts: a very bright reunion

MISE & Agrave; DAY

Yvon Deschamps, Clémence Desrochers, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Louise Latraverse invited Montrealers to a summit meeting on Wednesday at Place des Arts, a one-night-only concert-event.

Originally scheduled for September 21, the show had to be postponed due to a fall from Yvon Deschamps at the end of the summer. A stupid accident that the principal concerned made everyone forget when he took the stage with Clémence Desrochers for a stand-up number that was both tender and comical. An opportunity for these two giants to honor each other, not without some teasing.

A number of handpicked performers have followed one another to glorify the repertoire of Ferland, Desrochers and Deschamps. Of the number: Judi Richards, Florence K, Joe Bocan, Marie-Denise Pelletier and Luce Dufault. Sure bets for this kind of scenic proposition, solid vocalists who surprised no one by showing themselves true to their reputation. Even Mario Pelchat was part of the party, for a tribute to Michel Louvain in a medley with inspired arrangements, particularly on The lady in blue .

The animation was entrusted to Louise Latraverse, master of ceremonies relaxed and in voice, simply perfect in her role. She lent herself, in the transitions, to a few lessons of history without the sting of worms, even lifting the veil on crisp and shameless anecdotes.

One of the highlights of the evening? Certainly this cover of La vie d’factrie , worn by an Isabelle Boulay who visibly felt each stanza of Clémence Desrochers' classic. & nbsp;

Surprise

But the biggest surprise came from Claude Gauthier, singer-songwriter with a rare presence, accompanied by violinist Alexandre Da Costa for the occasion, who earned a standing ovation upon his arrival. He first sang The Most Beautiful Journey , in a somewhat fragile voice, but still capable of epic flights. A composition that is still burning up to date, like the other songs included in this program, including Je reviens chez nous, Aimons-nous, Je faire un jardin and a few titles by the late Claude Léveillé. & Nbsp;

It was beautiful to see these pioneers of the Quebec variety strolling on stage without apparent stress, without turning pale despite their little blunders. As in the presentation of the last song where Jean-Pierre Ferland went on forever before Clémence urged him to do this because her feet hurt. An absolutely hilarious improvised moment!

For one evening, just one, it is as if Place des Arts had turned into the songbox of yesteryear. It is as if they had succeeded in resuscitating Le Patriote à Clémence or Les Bozos to the delight of nostalgics, and of the youngest who would have liked to know that time.

♦ The show When we love we are still twenty years old will be available on video on demand as of December 16, 2021.

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