Jean-Pierre Ferland inaugurates a place in Montreal

Jean-Pierre Ferland was present on Thursday afternoon for the official inauguration of the Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam, a nod to his song of the same name, located on Avenue du Mont-Royal between streets Boyer and Mentana.

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In great shape, even if he seemed a little tired after a recent hospitalization following a fall, the artist said he was above all honored and moved to discover this new place, right on the spot where his father’s gas station was almost operated for 30 years.

“When I got here, my heart began to fight,” says the legend of Quebec music. The image of my father immediately came to mind. I remember being with him and all my brothers who worked here. We never thought it would end like this. I find it very touching to have turned this place into such a beautiful place.”

At the beginning of the last century, Armand Ferland owned a gas station at this location, which was in operation for over 80 years. He lived nearby at 5089 rue Chambord with his wife and seven children.

“All the kids worked here,” added the singer. I stayed there for at least a dozen years. As soon as we could walk, we came to work for our father, he demanded that we be there.

The neighborhood has changed a lot since he left. Jean-Pierre Ferland admits that he doesn’t really have a standard these days. “I feel something that is far from me, I could not explain it. I loved my father very much and I also loved this corner very much.

“Les fleurs de macadam” is one of the first songs he wrote in his life. That was in 1962. My mother was very sensitive to my work and my writing, he confided to me. My father liked it too, but in a much more discreet way.

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And health?

When asked how he’s doing, Jean-Pierre Ferland smiles. “It’s going very well, despite my very advanced age,” he admitted casually that he would have done well with the stupid accident that happened to him on June 24, his 88th birthday. He fell in his bathroom and fractured two ribs. In mid-August, he had to be hospitalized briefly to drain blood that had pooled around his lungs when he fell.

“I am very happy to be here today,” he concluded.

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A pilot project

The layout of the Place des Fleurs-de-Macadam was designed as a flood-prone site, meaning that a mechanism allows rainwater to be recovered, which is then naturally drained into the ground.

“On the plateau, we are orienting ourselves towards ecological change,” explained Luc Rabouin, mayor of the municipality. Not only did we want to create a great place, but we also wanted to incorporate new ways of rainwater management. Instead of sending them to our system, we tried to see how we could manage them locally. It’s the first flood-prone site of its kind in Montreal, but it’s a pilot project that could become a school and be replicated in other neighborhoods.

In the middle of the square, a kind of small pool with rocks that hide jets of water that kick in at high temperatures helps to retain water. Plants surround the plaza, and wooden furniture wraps around the edges, while a hanging artwork completes the layout.

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