Browsing: Popular Music

No fewer than three events are on the horizon between now and February. The musicians of La Nef will first present a concert on Nov. 11, another on Dec. 14 and, finally, a new album, which is due early in the new year. This is how the 30th-anniversary celebrations of this cultural organization unfold. In an interview, La Nef artistic director and co-founder Sylvain Bergeron shared some of his most vivid memories of the adventure: “Our first trips took us to Spain in the days of Jeanne la Folle, to the Cathars of southern France and even to the Middle…

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On Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation (September 30, 2021), La Scena revisits our Special on Indigenous Arts from June 2018. Below are articles on Indigenous artists. Cover Story: Jeremy Dutcher: A Musical Mosaic Portraits of Visual Artists Nadia Myre, Rebecca Belmore and Sylvain Rivard Alanis Obomsawin: Our People Will Be Healed Manon Barbeau & the Wapikoni Mobile: Bringing Production to the People Montreal First Peoples Festival: Creating a new collective “us” Ondinnok: A theatre in search of healing Lara Kramer: Generational Questioning Émilie Monnet: Building Bridges Joséphine Bacon: A Linguistic Legacy Musique Nomade: The Wapikoni Mobile of…

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The Carnaval des Couleurs de Montréal, a multicultural and LGBTQ arts festival, has taken place annually in October since 2018. It is a response by the BBCM Foundation to the wishes expressed by many communities to see the organization reach a wider public and contribute to the multicultural and multi-ethnic life of Montreal. Ainsi, en 2021, le Carnaval des Couleurs de la Fondation BBCM propose les 9 et 10 octobre un festival éclaté en diffusant des spectacles dans trois sites distincts du centre-ville : le Complexe Desjardins, la place Émilie-Gamelin et la rue Sainte-Catherine piétonnière dans le Village gai. On…

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Albertine, en cinq temps is getting a makeover. For the first time, this play by Michel Tremblay, premiered in 1984, will be adapted as an opera. A few arias have already been composed by singer-songwriter Catherine Major. These will be featured in a pair of concerts. For Nathalie Deschamps, the artistic director of Productions du 10 avril, the choice of Major was obvious. “Michel Tremblay’s words express the heart of who we are, in our Quebec roots,” Deschamps explains. “I wanted to find a woman who shares those roots, who composes music that can be hummed easily and that would…

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Composer of Albertine en cinq temps – L’opéra, Catherine Major is first and foremost a singer and pianist in Quebec popular music. Her latest album, released at the start of the pandemic, is the fifth of her career, following Par-dessus bord (2004), Rose Sang (2008), Le Désert des solitudes (2011) and La Maison du monde (2015). As in her previous recordings, we find rich textures and an interest in orchestration, both of which add value to the songs. We also find very poetic lyrics, which the author co-wrote with Jeff Moran. And as one expects in poetry, the meaning of…

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COVID-19 restrictions permitting, the Festival International de Jazz de Montréal will take place from September 15 to 19. The 32nd edition of the Francos de Montréal will be held from September 9 to 12 at the Place des Festivals as is customary. The vast majority of concerts scheduled for this year have been postponed to next summer and ticket holders are advised to keep their tickets as they will be valid for the 2022 editions. For more information, visit www.francosmontreal.com and www.montrealjazzfest.com

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Montreal, March 16,2021 –The Orchestre symphonique de Montréal is pleased to present three original events for spectators to revisit pop music hits in their orchestral versions. A myriad of Quebec artists take to the stage of the Maison symphonique once again for OSM POP: GREAT MOMENTS. Charismatic tenor and versatile artist Marc Hervieux will perform in MARC HERVIEUX’S CARTE BLANCHE, and at long last, get ready for LES COWBOYS FRINGANTS’ ROARING OSM RETURN! Simon Leclerc, creator of the featured symphonic arrangements, will conduct all three concerts.Three unique, sometimes surprising, but always exciting musical encounters! DATES OF NEW WEBCAST CONCERTS March 23 – OSM Pop: Great Moments…

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On Feb. 18, after a seven-month trek, Perseverance landed on Mars. Costing more than $2 billion, this is the fifth rover NASA has sent to the Red Planet. Of its predecessors, only Curiosity, launched in 2011, remains operational. As images poured in, the very first sound recordings were being transmitted to mission control. Perseverance captured its landing as well, thanks to a breathtaking high-definition video that gives an eyewitness account of its slow and cautious descent. Needless to say, astrophysicists were elated, and many others, science buffs and laymen alike. Long before Mars was the subject of media hype, it…

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Battleground: Brahms For 10 days in March home viewers will be able to compare the old ­upstart, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, with the new kid on the block, Rafael Payare, in the same piece of music, on the same day if desired, as ­performed on the same stage. YNS launches a Brahms cycle with the Orchestre Métropolitain on March 12 (available online through March 21) with that composer’s First Symphony. This was the score with which Payare, Montreal Symphony Orchestra music director ­designate, chose to introduce himself online on Jan. 10 in the Maison ­symphonique. MSO replays are available on www.medici.tv through April 11.…

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Last Sunday, La Scena Musicale and CORONA Serenades celebrated Father’s Day with a special virtual broadcast through Facebook Live and YouTube Live. Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, a couple of songs were not included. We have therefore recompiled all the songs into a Father’s Day Concert featuring only the performances (duration: 30 mins). Here is the link to the concert. Repertoire: — Hugo Laporte, baryton/baritone, La mort de l’ours, Félix Leclerc — Valérie Poisson, soprano, Tu che di gel sei cinta  (de l’opéra Turandot), Giacomo Puccini — Anne-Marine Suire, soprano, Cheek to Cheek, Irving Berlin — Yara Zeitoun, soprano,…

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