The sixth wave of the pandemic is hitting the Quebec artistic community. Last in line, singer Mario Pelchat had to cancel a total of five shows because he caught COVID.
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After the cancellation of performances of his show Like on the first date of April 8, 9 and 10 in Quebec City, he announced Tuesday that he had to postpone the two shows of his Montreal comeback scheduled for Friday.
“I was on the ground when I tested positive,” he explains. I was very disappointed when I had to tell my teams. Everyone is united. I was apprehensive about the reaction of the public, but I only had good comments. »
This is the first time he has had to cancel five consecutive shows in his 40-year career.
Cough, nasal congestion, dizziness… it was on Tuesday that he had to make the difficult decision to cancel his big Montreal premiere.
“To get on stage and put on a show, you have to be completely fit,” he says. I can’t arrive and give less than what I usually give. I am very demanding of myself. I am also sad for the musicians too who have been deprived of their profession for two years and who still have to stop. He will be back on stage in Sherbrooke on April 29.
For the past month, a dozen comedians and singers have had to cancel or postpone their shows because they have contracted the virus.
Last week, singer Patrice Michaud announced the postponement of eleven shows after having laryngitis and catching COVID. The same happened recently after members of his group tested positive for COVID.
Same scenario for singer Roxane Bruneau, also forced to postpone a series of shows.
“It’s not easy to resume, there are so many things to check to make sure that the teams, artists, technicians and people in the rooms are safe,” explains Sébastien G. Côté, Senior Director Division Shows at Musicor Spectacles.
When a case of COVID presents itself within a team, it is prudence that governs the decision-making process for producers. This must validate with the theaters how to operate the postponements, find the best possible dates, announce it to the teams and then to the ticket holders.
Comedians are not spared. Simon Delisle had to postpone the Montreal premiere of his show to April 12 Invincible scheduled for April 6.
“I took it very badly when I found out I was testing positive. Life has sent me another one of its curveballs, not my first. I was on fire, but what do you want, it happens to a lot of people. »
For some comedians, the announcement of show cancellations or postponements and the COVID-19 infection comes with its share of insults, hateful messages and even threats on social networks. This was the case for Mike Ward who announced that he had to postpone shows for COVID reasons last week. Diabetic, the comedian has always taken care to test himself and his guests before the recordings of his show under listening. Recovered, he should be back on stage Thursday in Saint-Jérôme.
Shows canceled or postponed
Mario Pelchat had to postpone the performances of Like on the first date from April 8, 9 and 10 at the Théâtre Capitole in Quebec to October 11 and 12 and January 29. The grand premiere, scheduled for the Théâtre Saint-Denis in Montreal on April 15 and 16, has been postponed to September 16 and 17, 2022. Tickets will be honored for these new dates.
Several comedians have been infected with COVID-19 in recent weeks. It was the case by Arnaud Soly, Simon Delisle, Pierre-Yves Roy-Desmarais (who is back on stage on April 12 in Brossard).
Guy Nantel who had to postpone his shows from April 8 in Repentigny and April 9 in Papineauville to April 21 and October 22. He will be back on stage in Magog on June 11.
Mike Ward has postponed its shows at the Salle Albert-Rousseau in Quebec City. That of April 8, 7 p.m., has been postponed to August 1, at 8 p.m., and that of 9:30 p.m. to August 2 next. The April 9 show at 4 p.m. will be postponed to July 31, 4 p.m., and the April 9 show at 8 p.m. to July 31, 8 p.m. The April 10 show scheduled for the Matane High School Auditorium has also been postponed to April 22.
The singer Roxane Bruneau had to postpone his shows in Trois-Rivières, Joliette, Saint-Jérôme and Matane. She will be back on stage on April 29 in Montmagny.
Patrice Michaud, Ariane Roy and Dominique Fils-Aime also had to cancel shows due to illness.
Mike postponed its three concerts scheduled in Quebec on April 7, 9 and 11 to April 27, April 25 and April 28. It is not known if the singer had COVID-19.