Document of the week | Mixmania: 20 years later: for all mixmaniac


En 2002, huit adolescents québécois âgés de 13 à 17 ans sont devenus des vedettes du jour au lendemain grâce à Mixmania, émission de téléréalité au concept inédit à l’époque. Vingt ans plus tard, l’animatrice et réalisatrice Bianca Gervais se penche sur le phénomène dans une réunion aux allures de retrouvailles du secondaire. Cinq mots inspirés de la fin des classes pour décortiquer le documentaire.

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Véronique Larocque

Véronique Larocque
La Presse


Des ballons, des guirlandes, des confettis : c’est dans une ambiance conviviale que Bianca Gervais reçoit six des huit participants de la première saison de Mixmania. Ariane Laniel, Annabelle Oliva-Denis, Julie St-Pierre, Frank Hudon, Emmanuel McEwan et Pierre-Luc Blais ont accepté l’invitation de prendre part à ces retrouvailles filmées. « Mixmania, c’est vraiment un phénomène qui a marqué une génération au fer rouge », affirme, en entrevue, l’animatrice et réalisatrice. « Moi-même, j’avais 16 ans et demi à l’époque et je l’écoutais en cachette. […] I thought it was necessary to point this out, but not in a cold way. Hence the idea of ​​creating a conventum to “celebrate the heritage of the show in a festive, committed and with a lot of humanity” way.

Photo Martin Tremblay, Press Archives

Urban Defense and No Regrets at the Bell Center in 2003

Best in class

Some may have forgotten how popular No Regrets and Urban Defense were in 2002. The documentary refreshes memories. The two groups created during the show’s first season have visited the Bell Center four times. Their album was certified double platinum, selling 200,000 copies. Everyone was surprised by this enthusiasm, even the production, from which we learn Mixmania: 20 years later. Pushed to the top of the Quebec star system, the young singers found the descent steep. Feeling “it was at 17-18” is difficult, Annabelle Oliva-Denis confided to the camera. “It made a big impact on our lives, he indicates The print Julie St Pierre. It was good, for the most part, but there were still difficulties related to that. I think people underestimate this impact. ”

Photo CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, Special collaboration

Family photo for the former participants of the four seasons of mixmania

Graduates 2002, 2011, 2012 and 2014

For those who hum zero point love Where is it Ready for the party when they think about it mixmania, know that the documentary also talks about seasons 2, 3 and 4 of the show, which ran from 2011 to 2014. Réginald Bellamy, William Cloutier, Amélie St-Onge, Tommy Tremblay and Claudia Bouvette tell their experience. Although the latter has had a great career in music and television since her time Mixmania 2, continues to be talked about on the show. “I have the impression that there is really a deep love and a memory that we share with all the young people who have followed us”, she notes in an interview.

Photo CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, Special collaboration

Bianca Gervais, animator and director of the documentary

Souvenirs …

As in any meeting, the memories are numerous Mixmania: 20 years later. The mixes of the first generation amusedly review songs from their auditions, are still surprised by the huge crowd that attended their shows or comment with a lot of self-irony on their look, chosen by the audience of the time, we must remember. Bianca Gervais dares some clear questions. “Did you like your melodies? she asks them with a smirk. Emmanuel McEwan, who was 18 at the time of the tour, honestly replies that a party “with lots of chips and liquor,” as he sang with Urban Defense, wasn’t quite his age. Today, some Mixes still gravitate to the world of music. For example, Ariane Laniel and Frank Hudon both recently released a new song.

Photo Eve B. Lavoie, courtesy of Crave

Extract of Mixmania: 20 years later

… and tears

These meetings also cause a few tears to flow, especially when the host asks them mixed who are now parents if they allowed their children to participate in a similar adventure. Visibly still marked by their far from normal adolescence, they reflect before answering affirmatively. The excitement is also palpable when fans and artists, including Katherine Levac and Marie-Lyne Joncas, thank their childhood idols for playing an important role in their lives, with carefully preserved collages of old items. . Mixmania: 20 years later will please the many fans of No Regrets and Urban Defense, now in their 30s and 20s, regardless of whether they sang You go away loudly at the Bell Center or that they bought the album on the sly.

Mixmania: 20 years later will be available on Crave starting June 22.


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