One would have thought, after three years without National Day and the absence of major musical events, that there would be crowds on the plains, but that was not the case. Even though the show on offer was of a high quality, full of different good times and didn’t look much like a TV show.
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Yes, the sky was uncertain and uninviting all day, but the rain stopped raining after a performance 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 rallies of the 80s, 90s and early 2000s.
The 2022 edition left some songs from the past in the locker room that have returned year after year. That was a great decision and helped make this night one of the best “Saint-Jean” of the last ten years. We also made an excellent choice by putting aside the eternal “medleys” made up of multiple songs.
The presence of Sara Dufour, Jérôme 50, Lou-Adriane Cassidy and Scott-Pien Picard brought a breath of fresh air to this evening where veterans Richard Séguin, Marjo and Breen Leboeuf shone.
The idea of putting the Acadian group Salebarbes at the center of the show, accompanying the various artists, proved to be excellent. In addition to bringing unity, Kevin McIntyre, brothers Éloi and Jonathan Painchaud, George Belliveau and Jean-François Breau displayed beautiful, festive and rich colors with their Acadian and bayou sounds.
Breen and Marjo
An almost entirely female formation also stood out, under the direction of Antoine Gratton, articulated on two levels.
Breen Leboeuf and the Salebarbes offered a huge version of My blues pass can in Porte d’Offenbach. The voice of Ontario’s most Quebecois was powerful, the choruses were solid and sprinkled with Éloi Painchaud’s harmonica. Something happened.
Breen Leboeuf continued along the same lines by offering a solid duet with Marjo for Rock de v’lours d’Offenbach. All dressed in white, the energetic Marjo offered good times with Amoureuse, Too much love and I won’t let go. From the top of her 68 years, the only and flamboyant Marjo still has the patent.
During another boring Salebarbes evening, the musicians from the formation were spread over two decks across the audience. We were also entitled, at the beginning of the show, to the presence of a brass band, near and on stage, when Jérôme 50 played If you like the sun. It was visually beautiful.
Later in the evening, Jérôme 50 and Lou-Adriane Cassidy paid a beautiful heartwarming tribute to Karim Ouellet by performing his hit L’Amour.
“Thanks for your music, Karim. We will continue to ring it in our hearts and ears. ”Lou-Adriane Cassidy launched. The young Quebec singer-songwriter was completely on fire when she made her song, I still hope that somewhere the wait stops.
Return from Okoumè
In addition, throughout the evening, we gave pride of place to Aboriginal artists with Laura Niquay, Scott-Pien Picard and Florent Vollant.
True to form, Marc Labrèche gave a pretty insane patriotic speech in which he was in all directions, saying he was born of wolves in Quebec and speaking of Roy Gervaise de Lotbinière’s daughter, of millions of Quebec orgasms, millions of orgasms from all over the world, District 31 and Cary Price’s knee. Du Labrèche who put aside politics.
A policy that emerged when we paid tribute to René Lévesque, who would have turned 100 on August 24, by playing a piece from his speech at the Aréna Paul-Sauvé, where he asked the audience to sing Vigneault’s Gens de Pays. What the artists did on the plains
Great surprise at the end of the course when the Painchaud brothers re-presented Okoumé with Le Bruit des origins and Dis-moi pas ça, accompanied by the original members Hugo Perreault, Michel Duguay and Éric Gosselin. A great and beautiful moment that fell well with the 25th anniversary of their first opera.
“We lived here in 1999, the last national holiday of the 20th century. It’s a difficult time to describe, ”said Jonathan Painchaud.
The Allons danser de Salebarbes put an end, with several bursts of fireworks, at around 11.05 pm, one could say very successful evening.