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Competition: place in the semi-finals of the Francouvertes
The 26are Francouvertes have been in full swing for a few weeks, and it’s already time for the semi-finals, which will take place at the Lion d’Or from April 18 to 20. Each evening, three singer-songwriters — including for the first time an Aboriginal artist who sings only in Innu-aimun, Dan-Georges Mckenzie — will compete for a place in the final, which will take place on May 16, also at the Lion d’ Gold. The renowned competition has allowed dozens of singer-songwriters to emerge over the years, from Loco Locass to the Boulay Sisters. To find out all about the program and buy tickets, go to the Francouvertes website.
Concert: Stewart Copeland celebrates The Police with the OSQ
The Orchester symphonique de Québec and Stewart Copeland join forces for one evening for a concert-event where the former drummer of the legendary group The Police intends to revisit the successes of the British trio at the Palais Montcalm. Under the direction of chef Edwin Outwater, the show’s hits The deranged police take an unexpected direction thanks to new lines of voice, guitar or bass rediscovered by Copeland in archival videos. The show, first presented in half a dozen American cities, will therefore stop in Quebec on March 15, 2023.
On the web: the documentary Free at the Cinematheque
After his recent presentation at the 40and edition of the International Festival of Films on Art (FIFA), the feature documentary Free by Hélène Bélanger-Martin will be screened at the Cinémathèque québécoise. This very intimate film follows the career of sculptor André Desjardins, who begins the production of a monumental sculpture intended to be installed on the shores of Lake Memphremagog, the lake that rocked his childhood and adolescence. The striking images of the film plunge us into the silent and solitary work of the artist. They echo the sounds of nature and the passing of the seasons. To be seen on April 16, 18 and 19 at the CQ.
On the web: the story of the birth of the Rideau Vert
The National Library’s Carnet blog devotes its most recent entry to the birth of the Théâtre du Rideau Vert. Entitled The Théâtre du Rideau Vert: back to basicsthe blog, written by Danielle Léger, heritage collections librarian, looks back on the encounter between actress Yvette Brind’Amour and Mercedes Palomino, journalist, actress and director. Together, they created and co-directed for 44 years the theater which will celebrate its 75th anniversary in 2023. Very instructive, the text is accompanied by posters, a caricature and photographs, including several of The Press.
Show: Jorane at the Outremont Theater
With the scenic creation of Hemenetsetthe “most ambitious project of her career”, the composer and performer Jorane offers a large-scale fresco. A dreamlike and “uncompromising” universe where music, movement and technology intertwine freely. The Montreal premiere will take place on April 21 and 22, at Théâtre Outremont, before a Quebec tour in the fall of 2022. A dozen singers and musicians accompany Jorane’s voice and cello. The staging is provided by François Blouin. Debra Brown signs the choreography.
Theater : Those who have evaporated at the Theater d’Aujourd’hui
After a short but remarkable passage at the Center du Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui in March 2020, the play Those who have evaporated is back on that same stage. The text by Rébecca Déraspe, directed by Sylvain Bélanger, raises delicate questions about this sometimes furtive, sometimes tenacious desire to disappear in order to be reborn elsewhere. A poignant show carried by a solid cast including Geneviève Boivin-Roussy, Élisabeth Chouvalidzé and Éléonore Loiselle, in particular. From April 14 to May 7.