The song of the Great Lady of Quebec, Diane Dufresne, Pierre Kwenders and several other artists gave a spectacular start to the 15th anniversary celebrationse Wednesday’s edition of Montreal Pride. A colorful performance to celebrate diversity!
A few thousand people gathered on the Olympic Park Esplanade to attend the grand opening show of Montreal Pride, directed by Diane Dufresne. At the foot of the “Big O”, where the singer gave the legendary concert pink magic Almost 40 years ago, the show was all about the wink. Then, in 1984, the singer filled the stadium with no fewer than 55,000 spectators in pink.
So some festival-goers didn’t hesitate to flaunt fuchsia, pale pink and candy pink on this bright summer evening. The eclectic crowd of all ages was very enthusiastic and it felt like we were a thousand miles away from a seventh wave of COVID-19.
Dressed in a light black tulle frock coat and with a long rainbow-colored lock in her hair, the legendary singer arrived to offer four songs to a fevered audience.
She started her show with fate life in pink with disco sauce punctuated by breathtaking vocals. Chills guaranteed, it was amazing!
“Pride has panache,” she addressed a conquered crowd.
She then offered the song Like a damnfrom his latest album Best afterwho moves onto the stage to compliment each of his musicians.
From the height of her 77 years, the eternal muse of Luc Plamondon offered a version ofoxygen adapted from arrangements by Scott Price. The texts have also been adapted to our times. So instead of “I turn on the air conditioner” the viewers heard “I turn on my computer or my cell phone”, the singer revealed this great need for oxygen in this technology-dominated world.
Diane Dufresne then invited viewers to sing with her The hymn to the beauty of the world. She finished the last words of the sublime anthem “Let’s Not Kill the Beauty of the World” by addressing the crowd and reminding them that “the world is you…”
In the early evening, Pierre Kwenders raised the thermometer of what was already a very hot evening. Dressed in a see-through tight dress lined with a bumpy print and black panties, he wears neon green boots. The exuberant and sensual singer-songwriter and DJ of Congolese origin quickly reveals his equally eclectic universe, in which Congolese rumba, pop and R&B intertwine.
Photo Martin Alari
“Tonight, love is free,” he said before quickly wowing viewers with lascivious hips and enthusiastic interactions.
Kwenders delivered several of his titles with enthusiasm, including Dad Wambas well as’Imperfect, Kilmanjaro and no no nofrom his album released last spring, José Louis and the paradox of love.
He continued to speak skillfully of love with the “come over, touch me there,” the tender and the lush loves summerand the “gentle, calm, tender” of Heartbeat before making the crowd dance even more wildly malembe and ego.