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The more the better, the more we cry
For the latest issue of The more the better, the more we read, Marie-Louise Arsenault and her team had the good idea of inviting a few hundred fans to the Robin des Bois restaurant, in the heart of La Fontaine Park. I was there. Let me tell you, there was electricity in the air. And also a lot of sadness.
Since the latter took place on a Friday, we did not deviate from the cabaret formula. The performances of the comedians and columnists, on the other hand, revolved around the end of this show. Despite making great use of handkerchiefs, Marie-Louise, despite everything, laughed a lot at the surprises that her companions had reserved for her.
The first was significant: a message from Justin Trudeau. “During 11 beautiful seasons, The more the better, the more we read it has inspired millions of Canadians to explore the world of Canadian literature, to listen to authors who tell us about their reality and to see the world through the eyes of Marie-Louise Arsenault. ”
If the tone seemed to come from the Minute of assets, this gesture seemed to impress everyone, including the guest. Good words from the Prime Minister of Canada, cannot be refused.
During the two-hour show, Émilie Bibeau, Olivier Morin and Catherine Trudeau, comedians in residence at the cabarets, brilliantly read excerpts from some of the highlights of the last 11 seasons when it was about sex or writing. influence of certain substances.
They also reproduced “psychotronic” moments experienced by the host. The interview with Katherine Pancol who, in addition to being short in the mouth, contradicted every statement of Marie-Louise Arsenault (the favorite sport of some French characters), remains an anthology piece.
Then, the authors Simon Boulerice, Fanny Britt, Manal Drissi and Mani Soleymanlou handed over the cards in which they kindly roasted the guest, but above all they expressed all their love. The highlight of the show belongs to Mani Soleymanlou, who created a eulogy of theAdagio by Albinoni. Fly high!
This brilliant and moving text ended with this sentence: “We are losing more than one radio broadcast, we are losing a space of resistance. The audience then gave him a standing ovation.
Musical presence was provided by the band Valaire, as well as FouKi and Jordan Officer. The latter offered a very controlled version of Blue Moon of Kentucky. Note that Marie-Louise Arsenault is a great admirer of Elvis Presley, that of the first years of glory.
I attended the latter as a columnist, but also as a contributor to this program. I was lucky enough to be part of the Book Club of The more the better, the more we read for many years. Every month I went to the studio to share my emotions or disappointments over a book with extraordinary people like Anne-Marie Cadieux, Biz, Sophie Lorain, Émilie Dubreuil, Luis Clavis, Geneviève Guérard or Ludmilla Proujanskaïa. I will miss these lively discussions very much.
One thing struck me looking at the audience that made it to this final, and it was the sheer variety of listeners. This is testified by this man who arrived in the race and settled behind me. Covered in tattoos, he looked like he stepped out of a construction site. This was the case. I talked to him.
Jean-Louis Séguin was carrying out renovations not far from La Fontaine park when he heard Marie-Louise say there were still few places left. “I told my boys I had to come. This guy was a fan of the show to the point of imposing it on his employees every day. “At first they found me tiring, but in the end they hugged it and loved it. ”
I listened to Jean-Louis talking to me, I looked at the splendor of his gaze and I told myself that the great success of Marie-Louise Arsenault and her team was in front of my eyes. Talking about Proust or Patrick Senécal, explaining the origin of words that spring from current events and organizing book brawls by fascinating the guys who lay ceramic tiles or pull the joints, is a real tour de force.
Well done, lady!
Joel the Blessed
The other big radio event of the weekend was of course the departure of Joël Le Bigot and the end of his program. Saturday and nothing else. He too was entitled to the heartfelt words of his team members. Everyone got a chance to tell him how much fun they enjoyed working with him.
The little ones confided how they were afraid of finding themselves in front of the one who had a whole “reputation”. But instead of the hateful, directive and ruthless man they were told, they found someone welcoming and caring. Joël Le Bigot took the opportunity to say that the children of his young companions were “a great joy in his life”.
Although he said that the four hours of this latest broadcast were a “test” and that the experience was “extremely difficult”, Joël Le Bigot answered his colleagues’ questions during a lengthy interview. He did it with the same ease and the same frankness that we could feel during his meeting with Paul Arcand a few days earlier.
Faced with the “king of the waves”, Joël Le Bigot said he was not pressured by his bosses to leave. “If it weren’t this year, it would be next year. If it weren’t next year, it would be in two years. But it can’t last forever. I didn’t feel the pressure, but I didn’t feel fabulous containment either. ”
Regarding the freedom of expression he has enjoyed during all these years, he stressed that his status as “the last union leader” has sometimes protected him. He added, however, that he was aware that there were “pressures” coming from above.
Before discussing the federal government’s current “multiculturalism” policy, he went back to an interview he conducted with Stéphane Dion prior to Justin Trudeau’s first term. “There was talk of Radio-Canada asking for 200 or 300 million more. Stéphane Dion had said yes, but that Radio-Canada should have broadcast Canada in a different way than it does. But what are you seeing right now? You see that the news, which is the same length, shows you a lot more Toronto than Afghanistan. ”
Allow me to totally disagree with Le Bigot. Never before have Radio-Canada TV and radio covered international news as much and as good as it does today.
At the start of his program, Le Bigot made his voice heard Sky, Earth and Watertheme song of the film alexander the blessedwith Philippe Noiret, an actor that the host has always loved.
In this magnificent aria, Isabelle Aubret says:
“The bird in the clearing, the blue clearing
Boo happy days
His song flies high in the sky
Between the Earth and the Sun ”
Happy days, that’s what we wish for the one who gave so much to the radio.
The scholar goes away like a good prince
Unlike his fellow Radio-Canada comrades, Paul Houde did not choose to leave his weekend program at 98.5 FM. His bosses told him it was over for him a few weeks ago.
This departure is undoubtedly the most surprising of this season finale. The ratings were growing, the show was well oiled. Instead of making changes to the concept with the existing team, management decided to clear the board.
This decision would be linked to diversity goals, I was told behind the scenes. It must be said that the 98.5 FM animation team is predominantly male.
Paul Houde has signed his last two shows with a masterly hand. A bit like Joël Le Bigot, his direct competitor on the public channel, controlled his emotions until the very end, except when his nephew Lenny said a few words to him on the phone.
In the closing seconds of Sunday’s show, Paul Houde lived up to the reputation as a gentleman he always had. He “sincerely” wished good luck to the guest who will succeed him next autumn, Elisabeth Crête. “She It starts from the top, you know how to stay on top”, he added jokingly.
The departure of Paul Houde also leads to that of Thérèse Parisien. We will find her in the fall on the show It’s just TV. As for Paul Houde, I hope to find his ironic humor and erudition about him on TV or radio very soon.
A record of finishes and starts
It has been repeated a lot in recent weeks, the season that is ending is beating records in terms of departures and changes in the professorships of the animators.
The last few days have marked the end We will say what we want, hosted by Rebecca Makonnen on ICI Première. The guest will propose a new appointment in the fall, on Sunday at 18:00. This was also the end of the show On Catherine’s side, moderated by Catherine Perrin. We are told that he will be given a new mandate starting in August.
The great lady of classical music, Sylvia L’Écuyer, presenter of Place at work, on ICI Musique, hung up the microphone after a 37-year career. We paid tribute to this passionate person with the voice of mead during a program presented Saturday at 1pm.
Pierre Therrien presented the latest edition of Earthly blues, again on ICI Musique, last Friday. This 64-year-old retiree took the opportunity to lift the veil on some aspects of his life. Thus, we learned that at the age of 10 he was the assistant of Michel the magician in The box of surprises.
Jacques Fabi, nicknamed the 98.5 FM night owl, closed the microphone at 3 am on the night between Thursday and Friday, after a 45-year career. He had the honor of receiving the good words of François Legault. In a video posted a few days ago, the prime minister thanked him for having “consoled” him by listening to him at night.
Jacques Fabi will be replaced in the autumn by Louis-Philippe Guy. As for Sylvain Ménard, he maintains night shiftweekend.
One often hears the oldest phrase of a radio or television program that has now disappeared: “Ah, my God, it was beautiful”, with nostalgia in my throat. We who have not lived through these emotional moments do not always understand these little sorrows.
I feel that it will soon be up to us to declare in front of the younger ones: “My God, this show was beautiful! ”