Festival en Chanson de Petite-Vallée: Gregory Charles and Michel Rivard Close the 40th Edition with Unforgettable Performances

2023-08-06 01:41:13

To close the 40e edition of the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée, the organization bet on two safe bets on Saturday, two favorites of the public who respectively celebrate their 35e et 50e career anniversaries: Gregory Charles and Michel Rivard.

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A true ambassador of the Festival en Chanson de Petite-Vallée since the beginning, it was the former Beau Dommage who had the honor of closing the Quebecor Grand Chapiteau with his show-event The turn of the blocka show that has been running since January.

With twelve musicians on stage, including his accomplice band the Flybin Band, Michel Rivard went through the defining songs of his career, starting with the most recent song, The turn of the blockand the oldest, Motel “Mon Repos”. “After that, we’re going to go all mixed up,” added the musician.

In the first of his bouldering tour, we find, among other things, a suburban phase with the endearing South Shore and the beautiful walkerwhose arrangements of pedal steel by Rick Haworth made the ballad more groovy and the song masterful The return of Don Quixote, whose piano-flute-voice arrangements gave it an even more grandiose tenor.

Special mention to Michel Rivard’s transitions, which look like poems so much they have been worked down to the comma.

It is in the company of a group of 12 musicians, the Flybin big band, that Michel Rivard presented his “tour du bloc”, a show-event that he has presented across Quebec since last January. Photo credit: Alexandre Cotton

In fact, the thirteen musicians on stage are so well-honed on stage that it feels like being comfortably seated in the passenger seat of a vehicle that travels through the singer-poet’s career, without any worries. Silent during the songs, but happy to be part of the journey. The loud applause from the audience for each song demonstrates this well. It’s hard to ask for a better end to the festival.

The Gregory Encyclopedia

The one we saw as a singing teacher during the last three seasons of Star Academy, was performing around 2:30 p.m. at the Théâtre de la Vielle Forge for the very first time. “I’m so happy to be here, I’ve been talking to those around me for months about how excited I am to be here,” he said at the start of the show.

A veritable musical encyclopedia, the pianist prodigy sits down in front of his instrument and asks the spectators to name a letter. “AT!” one of them exclaims. It is with this letter that he plays the first notes of Bohemian by Charles Aznavour. “I had the honor of accompanying him on stage in 2009. Beautiful moments,” he told the crowd.

At the start of the show, Gregory Charles explains why he has so many songs in his head all the time. Alexander Cotton

“Another,” Gregory asked. “B!” shouted a festival-goer. “We’re doing this in order, then!” sneered the musician. The artist has passed through the works of Bécaud, Brel and “one of the best bands of all time, the Baronets”, he said, laughing. He then continues with many anecdotes of tours with René Angélil and Céline Dion. We then heard songs by Fugain, Ferland, Stéphane Venne and many others.

The audience would have taken another six hours, and Gregory even longer. “We’re here until 2 p.m. the next day!” he had joked the musician in an interview, a few hours before the performance. The spectators, in a room full to bursting, would probably still be there, so much the show was appreciated by everyone.

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