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Year 1 • 2015
Beau Dommage
Le Monde Est Fou

Year 2 • 2016
Tout écartillé

Year 3 • 2017
Luc Plamondon

Year 4 • 2018
Les Colocs
Juste une P'tite Nuite


A series of shows that pay tribute to Quebec artists

In 2015, Cirque du Soleil signed a five-year agreement with Cogeco, a Canadian diversified telecommunications and media company headquartered in Montréal, to stage exclusively created shows for the newly built Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières (a city located halfway between Montréal and Quebec City). These 75 minute shows, called the Série Hommage (or the Tribute Series), are produced by Évènements 45 DEGREES, Cirque du Soleil's Special Events and Projects Division, and are inspired by the musical and artistic works of iconic Québec artists.  
Dates: Year 1: July 15 to August 15, 2015
Year 2: July 13 to August 13, 2016
Year 3: July 19 to August 19, 2017
Year 4: July 18 to August 18, 2018
Year 5: Summer 2019
Type: Special

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    2015 • Beau Dommage • Le Monde Est Fou

    Beau Dommage is a rock band from Montréal, Quebec, Canada, who achieved popular success in Quebec and France in the 1970s. The group's style included rich vocal harmonies and elements borrowed from folk and country music.

    Pierre Huet (songwriter), Robert Léger (keyboard, flute), and Michel Rivard (guitar, melodica, keyboards, vocals) came together as Beau Dommage in 1972 as an offshoot of the creative association "La Quenouille Bleue", a theatre group at the Université du Québec à Montréal. The three were soon joined by Pierre Bertrand (guitar, bass, vocals). The following year Réal Desrosiers (drums) and Marie Michèle Desrosiers (keyboard, vocals) joined the band.

    The group's first album, "Beau Dommage", was released in 1974 and broke all sales records at the time. The next year, "Où est passée la noce?" reached Platinum on its first day of sales. The group met with considerable success on its yearly tours of Europe between 1975 and 1978 as well, and also performed on numerous occasions in Quebec and the rest of Canada. Alas, the group disbanded in 1978, reuniting only occasionally since (1984, 1994, and 1995).

    The Concept

    The 75-minute show brought together 25 artists, and was led by Artistic Director Daniel Fortin and Director Jean-Guy Legault with Jean-Philippe Gonçalves handling the music. "It is an honour for us to be able to collaborate with such an iconic band like Beau Dommage," noted Fortin. "We want to move people, to marvel them, and to make them feel through music." And though the team was given given free reign to "have fun" with the music of Beau Dommage, Fortin said the show was not intended to be nostalgic or full of sadness. "There will be madness, but a beautiful madness, made of joy and pleasure," he said. Beau Dommage's music speaks of urbanity, but also about Quebec's wild roots. And so would LE MONDE EST FOU. Consequently, the title comes from the song "Le Géant Beaupré" (written by Pierre Huet and featured on the 1974 album "Beau Dommage"); Legault would rely on the concept of this song and of the giant [Édouard] Beaupré to create his narrative.

    Édouard Beaupré was born in the southern Saskatchewan town of Willow Bunch on January 9, 1881. He was the first of 20 children born to Gaspard Beaupré and Florestine Piché, a Métis. When he started school at seven he was of average height, but at nine he was already 1.85 metres (6.1 ft), and at 11 he was over 2 metres (6.6 ft) tall. He stopped going to school at this time, but not because he was simple. He spoke French, English, Méchif, Cree, and Sioux. He was an excellent horseman but at the age of 17 he reached the height of 2.15 metres (7.1 ft) and he had to abandoned the trade. Abandoning life on ranch, Beaupré began touring. He displayed his strength by bending iron bars and lifting horses onto his shoulders. He toured from Winnipeg to Montréal and stayed for a time in California.

    He signed a contract on July 1, 1904 with the Barnum and Bailey circus to appear at the St. Louis World's Fair. He died of a pulmonary hemorrhage, a complication of his tuberculosis, at the fairground hospital just two days later. At the time he was 2.52 metres (8.3 ft) tall. At the circus's request, the undertaker embalmed the body. However, the circus refused payment, so the undertaker decided to preserve the body which they then put on display in St. Louis. Through an unknown connection, the body made it to the Museum of Eden in Montréal and put on display there, but the exposition drew such a crowd that the authorities had to come and shut it down. The body was then passed onto a Montréal circus, but they quickly went bankrupt and so dumped the body in a warehouse. It sat there until 1907, when two kids came across the body as they were playing in the warehouse. The Université de Montréal claimed the body, and, after doing some research and an autopsy, mummified the body and put him up in a glass display case in the University.

    The Tribute

    In the 75-minute show, Beaupré the character tries to impress his "Ginette" through fifteen scenes. They were joined on stage by the clowns Philibert Hébert-Filion and Ariane Cabana in typical clothes of the 1970s (personifying the singers Michel Rivard and Marie Michèle Desrosiers) in addition to 25 other artists. Jean-Philippe Gonçalves remixed a dozen songs, mostly from the first two albums released in 1974 and 1975. In addition to "Le Géant Beaupré", Gonçalves also used "Le Picbois", "La complainte du phoque en Alaska", "Ginette", "23 décembre", and "Chinatown" from the 1974 self-titled album, and "Le blues d'la métropole" from 1975's "Où est passée la noce?".

    Creative Team

    • Artistic Director — Daniel Fortin
    • Director— Jean-Guy Legault
    • Musical Director — Jean-Phi Goncalves
    • Chorégraphie — Lydia Bouchard
    • Set Designer — Geneviève Lizotte
    • Costume Designer — Marilène Bastien
    • Makeup Designer — Florence Cornet
    • Lighting — Nicolas Descôteaux
    • Vidéo Design — Stéfano Gemm, Mikros Images

    Picture Gallery

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    2016 • Charlebois • Tout écartillé

    "On the trail of Lindberg, a retro-futuristic aviator in search of perpetual travel, spectators are treated to a breathtaking plunge into an eclectic universe, ruffled, poetic and tinged with daring all carried by the unbridled imagination of Charlebois, where the journey is always more important than the destination."

    For the second edition of the Cirque du Soleil Tribute Series created exclusively for the Amphithéâtre Cogeco in Trois-Rivières, "Tout écartillé" drew on the musical works of Montréal native Robert Charlebois, a Francophone Canadian author, composer, musician, performer, and actor - a leading figure of the Quebec music scene for more than 50 years. His lyrics, often written in joual (the common name for the linguistic features of basilectal Quebec French that are associated with the French-speaking working class in Montréal), are funny, relying upon plays on words. Among his best known songs are "Lindberg" and "Je reviendrai à Montréal". The show's title - Tout écartillé - is drawn from the album Québec Love (1969) whereas the song "Lindberg" was the show's creative spark.

    The Concept

    "We started with the song "Lindberg" and his character, that kind of madman who crossed the Atlantic without knowing if he would arrive on the other side. This is the trip we make with Robert [Charlebois] and his universe. Acrobatics becomes one of the mediums through which stories are told, but it's very emotional. You listen to "Ordinaire" and you can't help but be touched. [He's] been through a lot over the years, but he's still a kid at heart," says Daniel Fortin, executive director at 45 Degrees and artistic director of Tout écartillé.

    Juggler Eric Bates plays the character of Lindberg, a beautiful character who didn't set out to become rebellious in the beginning. "Robert, too, has become a rebellious icon in his own way, in his songs, and in his way of confronting his work at the time. In the show we follow the character as he traverses what's real and what's not," explains the director Jean-Guy Legault.

    Musically, TOUT ÉCARTILLÉ differs greatly from LE MONDE EST FOU. For the first installment, musical director Jean-Philippe Gonçalves remixed the original recordings for the tribute show. But here Gonçalves, after listening to hundreds of his songs, found that he "wanted to [elevate Charlebois'] music and create surprises" rather than just remix the originals. To that end he had Charlebois' re-record about fifteen of the songs for the show. "We started by recording his voice under the original arrangement, then we rebuilt everything," Gonçalves said. "The word 'rebel' is quite present in his music. We go from one period to another, from one style to another. It's pretty wild! It's very energetic!" While Charlebois himself felt he sounded better over the originals, not everyone took to these "new" arrangements...

      Even if he finds that he sings better than before, the result is disappointing... we lose the original "sound" of the young Charlebois - his urgency, his timelessness, his rattles. How can he, at the age of seventy-two, redo "Tout écartillé", "Te v'là" or "Dolorès", songs in which [the younger] Charlebois pushed those notes [into the stratosphere, and retain their relevancy]? How to "recreate" the mood and state of mind of the times without being physically on stage? Without the "crisses" of Louise Forestier in "Lindberg"? The choice to re-record these songs does not seem judicious! (La Presse)

    The Show

    Tout écartillé opens up beautifully on the words of the "Mur du son"... («je veux être plus qu'un oiseau, plus qu'un avion, un UFO, je veux être un météorite, vous entraîner dans mon orbite...»). Then comes the character of Lindberg, alter ego of Charlebois, which serves as the show's common thread. The table is set and beautifully: skirts and tassels, shorts and t-shirts in bright colors, banana bikes and gleaming motorcycles, projections of psychedelic spirals, the entire hippie era of the 60's and 70's is represented.

      Yé-yé is a style of pop music that emerged from France, Italy, Spain and Portugal in the early 1960s. The term "yé-yé" was derived from the English term "yeah! yeah!", popularized by British beat music bands such as the Beatles.
    Costume designer Marilène Bastien was able to count on a team of fifteen people to help realize the 130 costumes, 50 wigs, and 160 pairs of shoes needed for the show. Designs, she says, touch on as much on the 1960's (yé-yé) as they do in retrofuturism (a trend in the creative arts showing the influence of depictions of the future produced in an earlier era).

    From the onset, with a Russian bar number on "CPR Blues", the show takes off. "J't'aime comme un fou", "Lindberg" and "Les ailes d'un ange" are linked without forgetting the ballads "Je reviendrai à Montréal" and "Ordinaire", which ends with a jump in the void! Not only are the acrobatic numbers in perfect harmony with the music, but the director Jean-Guy Legault and the scenographer Geneviève Lizotte have managed to tie the scenes together wonderfully.

    Highlights include Aerial Silks - three on stage and two above the crowd - with the piece "Le mont Athos"; Banquine and Contortion paired with "Te v'là"; The Eric Bates cigar box manipulation number (originally seen in Les 7 Doigts de la Main's "Sequence 8"), Québécois diabolo artist Dominique Bouchard performed on the beautifully remixed mythical "Fu Manchu", and Hoops from the flamboyant Alexandra Royer. Not to mention the final act: "Wheel of Death".

    Under the creative direction of Daniel Fortin, this show of 75 minutes, created exclusively for the Amphithéâtre Cogeco, brought together 25 artists in a staging by Jean-Guy Legault and musical direction of Jean-Phi Goncalves.

    Creative Team

    • Daniel Fortin — Director of Creation
    • Jean-Guy Legault — Director
    • Jean-Phi Goncalves — Musical Director
    • Geneviève Lizotte — Set Designer
    • Alain Jenkins — Props Designer
    • Marilène Bastien — Costume Designer
    • Florence Cornet — Makeup Designer
    • Etienne Boucher — Lighting Designer
    • David Girard — Acrobatic Designer
    • Lydia Bouchard — Choreographer

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    2017 • Luc Plamondon • Stone

      "For the third consecutive year, Cirque du Soleil has the great privilege to present an exclusive show in Trois-Rivières in the incredible setting of the Cogeco Amphitheatre. It is a growing pleasure for us and our creative teams to work on the biggest [and most influential] artists of Quebec culture and music, and again this year, we will not hide our pleasure!" — Yasmine Khalil, Executive Producer

    This year the great lyricist Luc Plamondon and his work are at the heart of this major production. STONE pays tribute to this emblematic French- Canadian lyricist who has written for many artists over the years, notably the Québécois singers Bruno Pelletier, Diane Dufresne, Robert Charlebois, Céline Dion, Ginette Reno, Fabienne Thibeault, Martine St. Clair, and Garou, as well as the French singers Julien Clerc, Nicole Croisille and Johnny Hallyday. He is also the co-author of a number of musicals. The two most successful are Starmania (music composed by Michel Berger) and Notre-Dame de Paris (music composed by Riccardo Cocciante).

    "I am very pleased that Cirque du Soleil and the Corporation des Événements de Trois-Rivières have thought of me for this third edition of the Tribute Series. This attention rejoices and honours me. Last summer, the tribute to Robert Charlebois dazzled me with the modernity of the projections, the inventive musical arrangements and the staging that skilfully blends of circus and dance, as well as integrating the young Trifluvian population on stage - I expect no less for the next year!" says Mr. Luc Plamondon.

    The Concept

    Under the creative direction of Daniel Fortin, this 75-minute performance, created exclusively for the Cogeco Amphitheatre, brings together 29 artists in a production by Jean-Guy Legault and a musical direction by Jean-Phi Goncalves. "Again this year, we have access to an incredible musical repertoire with the work of Mr. Plamondon. This universe rich in words, images and emotions opens us a vast space of creation. The entire team that has the privilege of working on the artwork of Plamondon is going further to pay tribute to this immense artist," expresses Daniel Fortin, Creative Director of the show.

    This new chapter is part of a desire to push creative boundaries and to propose a different vision of the musician's repertoire, as seen through the lens of Cirque du Soleil's creativity.

    Just like Plamondon gave a voice to so many singers, it is through the voice of new muses that this tribune will take place. A timeless point of view on the work of the lyricist will be given where the music will be at every corner of this show, in its splendor as in its silences, so that poetry strikes without warning connoisseurs as much as future fans. These new muses are... Martha Wainwright, Milk & Bone, Betty Bonifassi, Beyries, La Bronze, Marie-Pierre Arthur, Klô Pelgag, Marie-Mai, Valérie Carpentier, Catherine Major, Safia Nolin, Marie-Josée Lord, Ariane Moffatt, and Gabrielle Shonk.

      Stone is an iconic term from one of Plamondon's most famous songs (Le Monde est Stone). A term representing a state of mind sailing between the real and the fanciful, which sticks very well with the punk-rock-baroque universe in which will be immersed the characters and spectators.
    Taking place in the heart of a baroque punk-rock opera universe, in the abandoned Belmont Park, an ecentric maestro with an Amadeus-like look is hypnotized by a voiceless automation muse, Lolita, in whom he visions the incarnation of the perfect voice, the one which will give a heart and soul to his music. As a post- modern queen of this strange park inhabited by timeless and playful characters, this human spirit, captive in her automation body, will be humanized through the musical tableaux of Luc Plamondon, and culminate with the resonance of her own voice.

    The Creation

    Creative Team

    • Daniel Fortin — Executive Director, Creation
    • Jean-Guy Legault — Director
    • Émilie Thérrien — Assistant Director & Acro Performance
    • Jean-Philippe Gonçalvez — Musical Director
    • Simon Guilbault — Scenographer
    • Alain Jenkins — Accessories Designer
    • Sébastien Dionne — Costume Designer
    • Florence Cornet — Make-up Designer
    • Étienne Boucher — Lighting Designer
    • Lydia Bouchard — Choreographer


    • "Parc Belmont" — Corde lisse (Smooth Rope)
    • "Monopolis" — Interpretive Dance
    • "Oxygène" — Struggle (White Suits)
    • "Le monde est stone" — Aerial Strap Duo
           (Dmytro Turkeiv and Iryna Galenchyk)
    • "Lili voulait aller danser" — Russian Cradle
    • "Ma mère chantait toujours" — Lolita Scene
    • "L’île aux mimosas" — Aerial Choreography
    • "Seul", "Incognito", "J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie", &
      "Pour une histoire d’un soir" — Dance Medley
    • "Je danse dans ma tête" — Korean Plank
    • "Call girl" — Hoops Manipulation
    • "Tiens-toi ben, j’arrive!" — Icarian Games
           (Batbold Andryei and Munkhbat Ganbayar)
    • "Le blues du businessman" — Cyr Wheel
    • "Les sans-papiers" — Acrbatic Medley
    • "S.O.S d’un terrien en détresse" — Handbalancing on Canes & Fire
    • "Le monde est fou" — Bungee and Aerial Trapeze
    • "Hymne à la beauté du monde" — Finale Singalong

    The Show

      "Since I consider Luc the father of modern rock opera, Quebec version, this year we are dealing with a universe that is quite particular: industrial and Baroque. What I wanted to do with this year's show is to keep that signature. I call it a punk-rock- baroque opera!" — Jean-Guy Legault, Director

    Few spectacles can plunge us into an intimate reflection on what makes up the immensely beautiful and the greatest. STONE, Cirque du Soleil’s homage to Luc Plamondon, is a masterfully successful work that does exactly that. The show plunges into the world of a dilapidated Belmont Park, an amusement park that operated between 1923 and 1983 in the Montreal neighborhood of Cartierville. (Located on the banks of Riviere des Prairies, Belmont Park was best known for its wooden roller coaster, the Cyclone, but at one time or another had a carousel, Ferris wheel, picnic grounds, dance hall, swimming pool, roller skating rink, plus numerous other rides for adults and kids.) The tone is immediately set: the atmosphere here is dark, with a gigantic black metalic carousel on stage. And we are transported there with the help of a comedic and extravagant poet (the ecentric Amadeus-like Maestro; with his tousled hair he is no doubt an alter ego of Plamondon himself) and his voiceless automaton muse (Lolita).

    The evening begins with "Parc Belmont" performed by Martha Wainwright. During this time, we find several characters in a Corde lisse number hanging from the enormous metal carousel structure. Then, it's under the air of "Monopolis" sung by Milk & Bone that all artists take to the stage for an interpretive dance routune. Here Lolita finds herself walking on the wall and even on the ceiling! We then move on to "Oxygène", interpreted by Betty Bonifassi, where the dancers struggle to break their bonds from white suits that resemble straight-jackets. They leave to make room for a beautiful Aerial Straps duet to "Le monde est stone" by Beyries.

    Next up are four arists for a Russian Cradle routine to "Lili voulait aller danser" sung by La Bronze. Then the Maestro makes us sing along with "Ma mère chantait" interpreted this time by Marie-Pierre Arthur. Here Maestro and Lolita meet again; Lolita finds herself thrown into the air as she wears a huge dress filled with lightbulbs. We then come to a sweet moment where four women hang in the air to perform a rousing choreography in air all to the song "L’île aux mimosas" sung by Klô Pelgag. And culiminate this part of the show with an all-cast medley to "Seul", "Incognito", "J’ai rencontré l’homme de ma vie" and "Pour une histoire d’un soir".

    Then, two artists come on for a Korean Plank performance to "Je danse dans ma tête" sung by Marie-Mai, followed by Hoops Manipulaion to Valérie Carpentier's rendition of "Call Girl", and a rousing Icarian Games performance to "Tiens-toi ben, j’arrive!" sung by Catherine Major. A woman arrives after that with a huge wheel while Safia Nolin interprets "Le blues du businessman" in her own way. A block of acrobatic courses follow while the entire artistic compliment find themselves on stage and in the rows of the auditorium to perform "Les sans-papiers" by Marie-Josée Lord. The hubbub gives way to a Handbalancing on Canes number followed by a rousing fire piece whereby one of the artist's metallic dresses is set on fire! We set out to extinguish those flames to "S.O.S d’un terrien en détresse" from Ariane Moffatt.

    The evening drew to a close when four acrobats descended from the ceiling for a bungee and aerial trapeze act, as the first notes of "Le monde est fou" interpreted by Gabrielle Shonk fill the amphitheatre. As the acrobats continue to dance in the skies above us, the entire ensemble leads the crowd in "Hymne à la beauté du monde" interpreted by Diane Dufresne. There is something inherently beautiful in realizing thousands of spectators have their eyes riveted to the sky, while singing «ne tuons pas la beauté du monde» ("do not destroy the beauty of the world"). As if we too, in concert with the artists, implore something divine. What better than to finish the evening with a collective song.

    "It's more than a tribute, it's a real gift," Mr. Plamondon said after the show, visibly delighted with the work of the creative team.

    The Soundtrack

    The soundtrack created for STONE, Cirque du Soleil’s Hommage à Plamondon, has been the subject of high praise since it was enjoyed by the public at the Cogeco Amphitheater in Trois-Rivières last summer. So, for the first time, an album featuring the songs from the tribute show was the subject of a music album release, available May 18, 2018.

         Label: XS Music
         UPC: 776693161020
         Item #: 2048733X
         Catalog #: XSCD1610
         Release: 5/18/2018 (CAN)
         Release: 5/25/2018 (International)
         01. “Le parc Belmont” — Martha Wainwright (5:45)
         02. “Monopolis” — Milk & Bone (4:59)
         03. “Oxygène” — Betty Bonifassi	(5:31)
         04. “Le monde est stone” — Beyries (6:58)
         05. “Lili voulait aller danser” — La Bronze (4:38)
         06. “Ma mère chantait toujours” — Marie-Pierre Arthur (3:53)
         07. “L’île aux mimosas” — Klô Pelgag (3:51)
         08. “Je danse dans ma tête” — Marie-Mai (4:13)
         09. “Call Girl” — Valérie Carpentier (4:29)
         10. “Tiens-toé ben, j’arrive!” — Catherine Major (5:46)
         11. “Le Blues du Businessman” — Safia Nolin (5:37)
         12. “Les sans-papiers” — Marie-Josée Lord (3:44)
         13. “SOS d’un terrien en détresse” — Ariane Moffatt (4:48)
         14. “Le monde est fou” — Gabrielle Shonk (3:49)
         15. “L’hymne à la beauté du monde” — Ensemble (3:34)

    But it wasn’t as simple as just placing the music on a soundtrack; Concalves put in a lot of studio work to adapt the show’s musical pieces for an album. “It was necessary to adapt the music because sometimes there were breaks or lengths required by the show in the structure [of the music]. Additionally, I had to remix [the music] completely [for the album] because the mixing done for a large amphitheater is very different from one made for an album that will be listened to at home or in a car.”

    “In the end, I [feel] that the album stands very well on its own, detached from the visual of the show. Of course, it is a soundtrack so people who have had the chance to see the show will [relive the experience], but it will also be interesting for those who have not seen it.”

    Although Conclaves is not convinced STONE is his best work among the three shows presented at the Cogeco Amphitheater thus far, he is convinced that this soundtrack deserves to be heard. “In the context of shows, it’s the one I went the furthest away on from musically because we did not work from master tapes; we had new performers. The end result definitely deserved to be on an album. For me, it was a shame to lose this work after only twenty shows. I wanted it to survive and it’s a feeling that people at Cirque also shared.”

    This does not mean that Cirque will necessarily repeat the same approach in the future. “It’s always case by case,” explains Goncalves. “For example, with the Colocs (2018's Hommage Show), we work from original tapes, which the process more complex because there are a lot of legalities involved. Every year we wondered if we could release the music for these shows, considering it as much from an artistic point of view based on the rights that needed to be secured.”

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    2018 • Les Colocs • Juste une P'tite Nuite

      "We have chosen to salute the timeless work of Les Colocs. An emblematic figure of the 90s Quebec music scene, this band has created a singular artistic universe, mixing influences and collaborations. Their songs continue to resonate in each of us. It is this popular anchorage and openness to the world that we wanted to celebrate. The time of a little night." — Daniel Fortin

    Les Colocs (The Room-mates) were a rock music group from Montreal. Founded in 1990 and fronted by Dédé Fortin, Les Colocs composed Québécois songs coloured with humanity, simplicity, and social conscience (especially regarding poverty). They contributed to the history of Québec music with their sound - infused with brass - first very wild and festive, later more mellow, as well as more inspired by swing, country, blues, and African music. This evolution inspired a collaboration with the Senegal-born Diouf Brothers for the album Dehors Novemre (1998).

    The group promoted tolerance and had a multicultural line up. For example, Mike Sawatzky (guitar and saxophone) is a Cree from Saskatchewan, André Vanderbiest (double bass) is from Belgium, and Patrick Esposito Di Napoli (harmonica) was from Northern Catalonia. Dédé Fortin (as well as members such as Serge Robert) was a passionate Québec sovereigntist (a political movement as well as an ideology of values, concepts and ideas that advocates independence for Québec). The band played an important role in the 1995 Québec referendum (the second referendum to ask voters in Québec whether the province should proclaim national sovereignty and become an independent country) via partisan shows. Obviously, they were part of the resurgence of political songwriting after a drought in the 1980s and early 1990s.

    The festive nature of many of their songs contrasts with the deaths of two members of the band. In 1994, Patrick Esposito Di Napoli died of AIDS. And the band effectively came to an end in 2000 after frontman Fortin took his own life. Regardless, Les Colocs hold a major place in the history and evolution of Québécois music.

    The Concept

    This 75-minute show, created exclusively for the Cogeco Amphitheatre, directed by Jean-Guy Legault and under the musical direction of Jean-Phi Goncalves, brings together 27 artists. The artistic and musical direction of the show will focus on highlighting the festive, collective, and inclusive aspect of the Colocs. This year, it is from the group's original soundtracks and the voice of Dédé Fortin that the show's musical theme will be created on to interweave with a live musical performance for the very first time.

    "The idea of the show is to find the spirit of the Colocs," said Director Jean-Guy Legault. "They were an eclectic and unifying group that were very engaged through strong and impactful lyrics. Even though the band did not have a very long life, they have remained within the hearts and minds of a lot of people." This year's show is a challenge, he continued, because "for the Colocs, the danger is to get lost in the music and forget their message. We tend to listen to the music and forget the very impactful lyrics. Dédé Fortin was a poet very connected to his time. And all that he wrote remains very current: it could have been written today. It holds the hope of disillusioned youth."

    The Colocs and Quebec are closely and inextricably linked, says Visual Media Designer Félix Lemay. “For me, the Colocs are the fleur de lys. We can not talk about modern Quebec without mentioning the Colocs somewhere. They have marked an entire generation and those who followed because of their music. They knew how to express as much in their music as in the poetry of their lyrics, an urban reality that stuck to our experience. They have been able to translate the reality of a group of people who have recognized themselves in their songs - as much in their cheerfulness as in the suffering that many express."

    The Show

    Taking place in the heart of a dilapidated alley, a group of eclectic dysfunctional friends gather each evening. Here a simple light beam, emerging from a lamp post, gives birth to a colorful universe transforming an urban alley into a festive theater from which emerge tableaus constantly playing with this contrasting relationship between greyness and brightness of color, between urban reality and reality dream. All this, in a spirit of contagious celebration where the public is an accomplice and stakeholder, recalling the good-natured atmosphere of the shows of the Colocs.

    Just a little night, time stops.
    Just a little night, we party again.

    "We’re in an alley party - we did not call them alley cats for nothing!" says director Jean-Guy Legault. "They were very close to people, near the street, in a very inclusive, almost communal universe. So, we wanted to recreate this universe in which they inhabited." And recreate it they have. Makeup Designer Florence Cornet notes "It’s as if the girls had spent the night with their make-up." With a dirty and outdated side. The girls have makeup splashes, while the boys will have scratches in the face, a way to evoke alley cats. Costume Designer Sébastien Dionne created what he calls a studied street look. "We imagined a gang of roommates who wear what’s in the closet. Everyday clothes, inspired by the grunge period, that they will exchange during the show. Thus, rather than finding definite and unique characters on stage, the show follows a band of friends. The different sensibilities of this group tint the scenes that make up the show: festive, poetic, moving, rebellious, free and punchy.

    "A particularity this year is that instead of following a character, because we want to bathe in the soul of the group," says Legault, "we will follow something more symbolic. Throughout the show we'll follow a jacket and a pair of boots from scene-to-scene; all the people of the production will end up wearing them in each of the numbers. The soul and the spirit will be present without there being a personification of any of the group's members."

    Creative Team

    • Daniel Fortin — Executive Director, Creation
    • Jean-Guy Legault — Director
    • Jean-Phi Goncalves — Musical Director
    • Émilie Thérrien — Assistant Director & acrobatic choreographer
    • Simon Guilbault — Set Designer
    • Florence Cornet — Makeup Designer
    • Sébastien Dionne — Costume Designer
    • Florence Cornet — Makeup Designer
    • Alain Jenkins — Props Designer
    • Eric Champoux — Lighting Designer
    • Marie-Odile Haince-Lebel — Chroeography
    • Caroline Lemieux — Choreography
    • Yves St-Pierre — Artistic Coordinator
    • Michel Daudelin — Technical Director
    • Chantale Jean — Production Direction
    • Jolyanne Gendron — Production Coordinator
    • Jérémie Deschamps Bussières — Visual Media Designer
    • Félix Lemay — Visual Media Designer


    • "Passe-moé la puck" — TrampoWall
    • "Belzébuth" — Chinese Pole (Félix Pouliot and Jessica Hill)
    • "Tassez-vous de d’là" — Hand-to-Hand Duet
           (Maxime Blanckaert and Nathan Briscoe)
    • "Atrocetomique" — Urban Dance
    • "Bonyeu" — Tumbling
    • "Le répondeur" — Aerial Lamp (Alexis Vigneault)
    • "Tout seul" — Interpretive Dance
    • "Dehors novembre" — Bungee Loop (Laurence Racine Choinière)
    • "Dédé" — Juggling (Nicolas Fortin)
    • Body Percussion / Gumboot (Jason Nious)
    • "Julie" — Dance Rope (Tori Boggs)
    • "La rue principale" — Comedic Number
    • "Juste une p’tite nuite" — Aerial Hoop
          (Caitlin Tomson-Moylan and Spencer Craig)
    • "La Comète" -— Russian Swings

    Picture Gallery

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