Francouvertes | A final full of surprises

The Francouvertes final will take place on Monday evening at Club Soda. A short portrait of the three finalists and their surprising and atypical journey, while waiting to see them soon on stage.

Posted at 7:00 a.m.

Josee Lapointe

Josee Lapointe
The Press

Host


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Host, aka Marc-André Dupaul

Who ?

Host is the project of Marc-André Dupaul, 31 years old. “I know, I’m the oldest of the finalists, by far! laughs the musician, who has worked for a long time as a photographer and videographer in the music industry and who, in his early twenties, was part of a folk group. “I have already made music, but I was very stuck… I had to do a lot of personal work to re-emerge. But I made peace with all that, and there, I am ready to show what it is in full, Marc-André Dupaul. »

The music

He chose the name Host because he liked its double meaning. “A host is the one who receives, or those who are received. It’s interesting, this report, we can be the host of so many things. If you don’t open up, you’re going to defend yourself against this all your life. In his songs, the singer-songwriter tries to find meaning in his dreams, in a rather hovering atmosphere. “These are images, archetypes, symbols that are dear to me, which I superimpose on a groove halfway between the DJ set and the rock show. »

The course

Marc-André Dupaul, who released an EP in 2020, Moon in Aquarius, tried his luck at the Francouvertes for the 2021 edition, but was not selected. “It seems that my adventure with the Francouvertes began two years ago, when I was refused,” he analyzes. “Here, I come with something that has macerated, I went into it with the flame, telling myself that I had something to look for in this experience, as confronting and heartbreaking as a competition can be. be. »

The final

The singer, who is surrounded by a group of four musicians, can’t wait for everything to be over, and above all… to give a show at Club Soda! “Doing shows in a context of competitiveness is not free from stress. But the rest of us, it’s as if we had already won: from the start, it’s been a surprise, show after show. He hopes that the final will give him the visibility and the means to continue making music. “I think we can bring different sounds to the ears of fans of French-speaking music. We don’t form ideas, but we have projects, and we go for it. »

Rau Ze


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The creative duo of Rau Ze, Rose Perron and Félix Paul

Who ?

Rau Ze is first and foremost the duo formed by singer Rose Perron and multi-instrumentalist Félix Paul, who met at Cégep de Saint-Laurent four years ago, when she was 17 and he , 21 years old. “We are an artistic couple”, specifies Félix. They made their mark by doing “cover gigs” in Montreal bars, where they mainly played pop and jazz. The group was born… the day before the candidacies for the Francouvertes. It was then necessary to find musicians, four friends who have been playing with them for years. “Rau Ze, it’s the two of us,” Rose said. But we couldn’t be the two of us without being the six of us. »

The music

“Since we met, we knew we wanted to come up with an original music project,” says Félix. After a few attempts in English, they chose French because it was “closer to the everyday poetry” of their lives, and they were “in love with the Franco scene in Quebec”. Their intense songs are tinged with jazz, but they mostly love the mixes and describe their music as soulful trip hop. And Rose, with her charisma and her energy, is the natural leader of the group. “Rose, the reason I never let go of her is that not only is she a phenomenal singer who has intuition, but as soon as you see her, you feel that she is around. it gravitates. Where you go musically, we want to follow you, and you have this magnetism on stage too. »

The course

Les Francouvertes was really the kick-off for the group, which does not even have an EP to its credit. “I think we were more excited to know that we were taken than to win our semi-final! exclaims Felix. This is what makes their journey to the final even more surprising, especially since they have also already received 11 prizes, a veritable avalanche that left Rose speechless. “The surprise is the recognition, I think,” she said. It’s crazy there! A professional and financial pat on the back that makes them want to continue: Rau Ze now dreams of opening for groups he likes, and the group will give everything for the final. “We are going to stay ourselves, says Félix, the winning recipe we have, and improve it. »

Emile Bourgault


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Émile Bourgault finalist

Who ?

Emile Bourgault learned the piano at a very young age, but it was at age 12, when he started playing the guitar, that he started composing songs. At 18, the young singer-songwriter already has two EPs to his credit and admits to being “a bit hyperactive” in creation and music. “But I’m still learning about it all. »

The music

Émile Bourgault crafts pop rock songs and has a definite gift for catchy melodies. His texts talk about him and what he feels, which he doesn’t do much in life. “There are more important things than talking about me. Music is not an outlet, but a way to bring out what is less good, and put it in a work that stands. Singing in French was a must…because he hardly speaks English, he laughs. “It’s a beautiful language, the most natural way to express myself, and the richest with what I have as assets. »

The course

It was the first time that Émile Bourgault entered a competition, and a few days before the final, he felt “overwhelmed”. “I went to see all the shows, what talent there was in these 21 artists and groups. He didn’t expect to get this far, and is especially happy to know that his music has been able to reach people. “That was my goal! Victory is not something that interests me. I just want to give the best show possible, so that the people who discovered us during the course are happy to see us again. »

The following

Émile Bourgault left CEGEP to focus on his career, because he felt “the deep need” to do it full time. The Francouvertes adventure proves to him that he made the right choice. “I’m sure I want to grow in this environment. Anyway, I have nothing else. I have to do that. Yes, that’s it, I have to do this. It’s the only way I can totally be happy in lightness, and express myself. I just want to take the opportunities that are given to me, and go after them, and do as much as possible to make a living from it one day. We have to focus on that. »

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