On “La belle tour”: “The Madelinots helped me to live better,” says Marie Denise Pelletier

Marie Denise Pelletier adopted the Îles-de-la-Madeleine in 1979. She went there almost every year thereafter and has lived there for several months a year since she met her lover who owns an apartment there.

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In 1988, the performer shot the clip for “Tous les cris, les SOS” on the Magdalen Islands, his fiery hair swaying in the wind. And since “everything is in everything,” the house she stays in every time she enters the archipelago is directly across from the clip’s white house. The latter also belongs to his brother-in-law!

“My destiny is really linked to the islands, I had something to live there,” said Marie Denise Pelletier in an interview with the agency QMI. She is a guest of the show “La belle tour” that will be broadcast on TVA this Monday, an episode dedicated to the Madelinots’ little paradise. Marie Denise Pelletier and Guy Jodoin’s other guests – Marie-Pierre Arthur, Luis Clavis and Ariane Moffatt – moved to La Grave for inscription.


“I’ve been going there for 43 years. In 1980 I met my great friend Lucie, who then became my roommate in Montreal. I’ve been there almost every year and I know a lot of Madelinots. 8 years ago my friend introduced me to someone who had a residence there. What a nice gift! Now I live on the islands three to five months a year,” said Marie Denise Pelletier.

Of course she likes the white sandy beaches and the food, but she especially loves the Madelinots. “Their way of living and seeing life. I have always said that the Madelinots have helped me live better, they are in the present moment, they have a sense of celebration, they have great pride. I love these people, they are very hospitable, it’s a lot on a human level. For all these reasons and more the food sure is good, I have great friends there too and my boyfriend’s family is there. It’s my second home.”


40 years ago this year, Marie Denise Pelletier won the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. After that it took three years to train, compete and prepare for hatching, and in 1985 her first 45rpm album Échec et mat was released, followed by her first album Premier Contact. and “Starmania,” a musical in which she played Stella Spotlight. She’s been earning her living on stage ever since, and at 62 she’s well aware of how fortunate she is to persevere, especially as there’s been no shortage of projects since signing with Productions Martin Leclerc.


With festivals resuming, Marie Denise Pelletier has been very busy this summer performing the Pour une histoire d’un soir tour with her friends Joe Bocan and Marie Carmen. They just got a silver ticket for selling 25,000 tickets despite the pandemic messing up their schedule.

“We are very happy, we have one more year. Making people happy is our true salary, it’s so enriching to know we can touch people every night.

Next year, Marie Denise Pelletier will offer a new opus and go on a solo tour in 2024.

“We’re retiring in April 2023, the girls and I. We’ll roar our lives but our friendship will survive, that’s for sure. We end it with the Orchester symphonique de Québec at the Grand Théâtre de Québec, there will be a recording of the show, so a CD will follow.

The show “La belle tour” airs every Monday at 8pm on TVA.

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