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JS Tendresse, the show | Nostalgics have fun

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There was love in the air Sunday night at the Théâtre Maisonneuve when Jean-Sébastien Girard – a great nostalgic for Quebec pop songs of the 80s and 90s – was surrounded by his muses for the show JS Tenderness.

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Stefania Morin

Stefania Morin
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For this concert inspired by the radio program he hosted on Ici Première, Jean-Sébastien Girard invited the most beautiful voices of the French-speaking songwriters of the time to the stage. Thus, Johanne Blouin, Martine St-Clair, Marie Carmen, Marie Denise Pelletier and Joe Bocan, in particular, managed on the scoreboard to push the note, which they still have powerful and very right.

The spectators, already conquered, gave the five women an impulse of love, multiplying the ovations (we stopped counting to ten …) There was, however, something funny and moving in seeing these experienced singers living on the stage with intensity, each in their own way. Marie Carmen in her black lace, Joe Bocan adorned with her theatricality, Martine St-Clair with her crystalline voice and the eternal eyes of a child in wonder …

Jean-Sébastien Girard, who acted as a master of ceremonies, multiplied the personal anecdotes with the gentle self-irony that we know him. It was easy to imagine him at 14 gorging on love songs, with the “Sony Yellow Walkman” in his ears. His uninhibited passion for popular singing is contagious and on Sunday he managed to break down the last barriers of the spectators, who did not hesitate to sing Sleep Carolina Where is it Wash, wash as if their life depended on it.


PHOTO OLIVIER JEAN, THE PRESS

The duo Jean-Sébastien Girard and Benoît McGinnis took over a success signed by Daniel Hétu, I was waiting for you.

A true communion that turned into a celebration when the Creole company came to set the room on fire It makes the birds laugh. When Léandre came out of retirement to resume Goodbye My Love. Or when actor Benoît McGinnis performed a very sensual version of the work In the actby Herbert Leonard.

“You can’t know the sensation that I have right now “, Johanne Blouin launched during the evening. The audience must have guessed this, since the rush of love also went from stage to room. And there was no shortage of moments to give goosebumps …

The only problem with this evening, but it is significant: Marie Denise Pelletier, Marie Carmen and Joe Bocan have chosen little known songs from their repertoire rather than interpreting the essence of their discography. The public was so private All the screams of the SO S, Between shadow and light or We are talking about the eyes.

When asked about this, producer Martin Leclerc denies that he wanted to keep these anthological pieces for another occasion, namely for the show. For a one night stand, which brings together the three singers and which is still touring all over Quebec. “It’s a decision made by the director [Michel Poirier] and the team of artists, who did not want to offer heated to the spectators. ”

It’s too bad. The public who paid to see these great artists in action would have been entitled to the great hits. Rather, we had the impression of being condemned to the B side of the LPs, as we said in 1983.

Sure, this side B was skillfully executed and gave some sweet moments. But we sincerely believe that this already very enjoyable evening would have become even memorable if the show’s production team had chosen to give the audience what they came for: listen to the best – and most famous – songs in everyone’s repertoire. one.

JS Tendresse, the show continues its tour (Brossard, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Quebec), until 5 September.

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