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The more the merrier, the more we cry
For the latest edition of The more the merrier, the more we read, Marie-Louise Arsenault and her team had the bright idea of inviting a few hundred fans to the Robin des Bois restaurant in the heart of La Fontaine Park. I was there. Let me tell you, there was electricity in the air. And also a lot of sadness.
Since the latter took place on a Friday, we didn’t deviate from the cabaret formula. However, the comedians’ and columnists’ performances revolved around the end of that show. Marie-Louise used handkerchiefs and, despite everything, laughed a lot at the surprises her comrades had in store for her.
The first was significant: a message from Justin Trudeau. “During 11 beautiful seasons, The more the merrier, the more we read has inspired millions of Canadians to explore the world of Canadian literature, to listen to authors tell us about their reality and to see the world through the eyes of Marie-Louise Arsenault. »
When the sound seemed to come from the heritage minute, this gesture seemed to impress everyone, including the host. Good words from the Prime Minister of Canada cannot be denied.
During the two-hour show, comedians-in-residence at the cabarets, Émilie Bibeau, Olivier Morin and Catherine Trudeau, read brilliant excerpts from some of the highlights of the past 11 seasons that featured sex or writing specific material.
They also reproduced “psychotronic” moments experienced by the host. The interview with Katherine Pancol, which was not only short of breath but contradicted every claim made by Marie-Louise Arsenault (the favorite sport of some French personalities), remains a piece of anthology.
Then the authors presented Simon Boulerice, Fanny Britt, Manal Drissi and Mani Soleymanlou with tickets, in which they kindly toasted the host, but above all expressed all their love. The highlight of the show belongs to Mani Soleymanlou, who created a eulogy for theAlbinoni’s Adagio. soaring!
This brilliant and moving text ended with this sentence: “We are losing more than a radio show, we are losing a space for resistance. The audience then gave him a standing ovation.
In addition to FouKi and Jordan Officer, the band Valaire provided the musical performance. The latter offered a very controlled version of Blue Moon of Kentucky. Note that Marie-Louise Arsenault is a great admirer of Elvis Presley, the one of the early years of fame.
I attended the latter as a columnist, but also as a contributor to this program. I was fortunate to be part of the book club of The more the merrier, the more we read for many years. Every month I went to the studio to share my emotions or my disappointments about a book with extraordinary people like Anne-Marie Cadieux, Biz, Sophie Lorain, Émilie Dubreuil, Luis Clavis, Geneviève Guérard or Ludmilla Proujanskaïa. I will miss these lively discussions very much.
One thing struck me as I watched the audience that came out for this finale, and it was the extreme diversity of the audience. Evidence shows that this man arrived in the race and settled down behind me. Covered in tattoos, he looked like he’d just stepped off a construction site. This was the case. I talked to him.
Jean-Louis Séguin was carrying out renovation work near La Fontaine Park when he heard Marie-Louise say that some places were free. “I told my boys I had to come. This guy was such a fan of the show that he forced it on his employees every day. “At first they found me tiring of it, but eventually they embraced it and loved it. »
I listened to Jean-Louis speak to me, I saw the brilliance of his eyes and I told myself that the great success of Marie-Louise Arsenault and her team was before my eyes. Talking about Proust or Patrick Senécal, explaining the origin of words that come from current events, organizing book fights while captivating guys laying ceramic tiles or drawing joints is a real feat.
Well done madam!
Joel the blessed
The other big radio event of the weekend was of course the farewell to Joël Le Bigot and the end of his programme Saturday and nothing else. He, too, was entitled to the warm words of his team members. Everyone had the opportunity to tell him how much they enjoyed working with him.
The younger ones confided how they were afraid of finding themselves in front of the one who had a whole “reputation”. But instead of the obnoxious, directive, and inconsiderate man they had been told they would find someone who welcomed them and cared for them. Joël Le Bigot took the opportunity to say that his young comrades’ babies were “a great joy in his life”.
Although he insisted that the four hours of this last issue were “torture” and that the experience was “extremely difficult”, Joël Le Bigot answered questions from his colleagues in a lengthy interview. He did it with the same aplomb and openness that we could sense when he met Paul Arcand a few days earlier.
In front of the “King of the Waves”, Joël Le Bigot assured that he had not been pressured by his bosses to leave. “If it wasn’t this year, it would be next year. If it’s not next year, then in two years. But it can’t last forever. I didn’t feel any pressure, but I didn’t feel any fabulous reticence either. »
Referring to the freedom of expression he’s enjoyed over the years, he stressed that his status as “the last unionized animator” has protected him at times. However, he added that he was aware that “pressure” was coming from above.
Before addressing the current federal government’s “multiculturalism” policy, he referred to an interview he had with Stéphane Dion before Justin Trudeau’s first term in office. “There was talk of Radio Canada asking for another 200 or 300 million. Stéphane Dion had said yes, but that Radio-Canada had to show Canada differently than it does. But what are you looking at? You see that the news, which is the same length, shows you a lot more Toronto than Afghanistan. »
Allow me to completely disagree with Le Bigot. Radio-Canada has never covered international news as extensively or as well as it does today.
At the beginning of his program, Le Bigot made people listen sky, earth and waterTheme song of the film Alexander the blessedwith Philippe Noiret, an actor whom the host has always loved.
In this magnificent aria, Isabelle Aubret says:
“The bird in the clearing, the blue clearing
Whistle for me the happy days
Her song rises high in the sky
Between Earth and Sun »
Happy days, we wish the one who gave so much to the radio.
The scholar walks like a good prince
Unlike his comrades at Radio-Canada, Paul Houde didn’t choose to leave his weekend show on 98.5 FM. His bosses told him a few weeks ago that it was over for him.
This exit is undoubtedly the most surprising at this end of the season. The ratings grew, the show was well oiled. Instead of making changes to the concept with the existing team, management decided to wipe the slate clean.
This decision would be tied to diversity goals, I was told behind the scenes. It must be said that the animation team at 98.5 FM is mostly male.
Paul Houde signed his last two shows with a masterful hand. A bit like Joël Le Bigot, his direct competitor on the public channel, he controlled his emotions to the end, except when his grandson Lenny said a few words to him on the phone.
In the final seconds of Sunday’s show, Paul Houde lived up to the gentlemanly reputation he always had. He “sincerely” wished his hostess, who will succeed him next autumn, Elisabeth Crête, good luck. “You start at the top, you know how to stay at the top,” he added jokingly.
The departure of Paul Houde also leads to that of Thérèse Parisien. We’ll find her on the show in the fall It’s just TV. As for Paul Houde, I hope to see his tongue-in-cheek humor and erudition on TV or radio very soon.
A record of goals and starts
Much has been repeated in recent weeks, the season that is coming to an end is breaking records in terms of departures and changes in the animators’ chairs.
The last few days have marked the end We say what we want, hosted by Rebecca Makonnen on ICI Premiere. The host suggests a new date in autumn on Sundays at 6 p.m. This was also the end of the show At Catherine’s side, moderated by Catherine Perrin. We are informed that he will be given a new mandate from August.
The great lady of classical music, Sylvia L’Écuyer, hostess of place in the opera, at ICI Musique, gave up his microphone after a 37-year career. We paid tribute to this passionate Met-voiced individual during a program presented Saturday at 1 p.m.
Pierre Therrien presented the latest edition of blues of the earth, still on ICI Musique, last Friday. This 64-year-old retiree took the opportunity to lift the veil on some parts of his life. This is how we found out that at the age of 10 he was Michel the magician’s assistant The surprise box.
Jacques Fabi, nicknamed 98.5 FM’s Night Owl, turned off his microphone at 3am on Thursday night after a 45-year career. He had the honor of receiving the good words from François Legault. In a video posted a few days ago, the Prime Minister thanked him for “comforting” him when he listened to him at night.
Jacques Fabi will be replaced by Louis-Philippe Guy in the autumn. As for Sylvain Ménard, he keeps night shiftweekends.
Often we hear the elders say, “Oh my God, that was good,” with nostalgia in their throats, about a radio or television show that is now gone. We, who have not experienced these emotional moments, do not always understand these small worries.
I feel like soon it will be up to us to say in front of younger people, ‘My god, that show was good! »