JS Tendresse, The Show | The nostalgic have fun

Love was in the air at the Théâtre Maisonneuve on Sunday night as Jean-Sébastien Girard – a huge nostalgic of Quebec pop songs of the ’80s and ’90s – was surrounded by his muses for the show JS tenderness.

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Stephanie Morin

Stephanie Morin
The press

For this concert, inspired by the radio show he hosted on Ici Première, Jean-Sébastien Girard invited the most beautiful voices of French-speaking songwriters of the time to the stage. In particular, Johanne Blouin, Martine St-Clair, Marie Carmen, Marie Denise Pelletier and Joe Bocan succeeded in pressing the sound on the boards, which they still have powerfully and very correctly.

The spectators, already conquered, reserved a surge of love for the five women and multiplied the ovation (we stopped counting at ten…). in her own way. Marie Carmen in her black lace, Joe Bocan adorned with her theatricality, Martine St-Clair with her crystal clear voice and the eternal eyes of a wondering child…

Jean-Sébastien Girard, who acted as master of ceremonies, multiplied the personal anecdotes with the polite self-mockery we know from him. It was easy to imagine him at the age of 14 enjoying love songs with the “yellow Sony Walkman” in his ear. His uninhibited passion for hit songs is contagious and on Sunday managed to break down the last barriers of the audience, who didn’t hesitate to sing along Sleep Caroline Where Wash wash like her life depended on it.


The duet of Jean-Sébastien Girard and Benoît McGinnis took over a success signed by Daniel Hétu. I have been waiting for you.

A real communion that turned into a party when the Creole society came to set the room on fire That makes the birds laugh. When Léandre came out of retirement to resume Goodbye my love. Or when actor Benoît McGinnis delivered a very sensual version of the play in the actby Herbert Leonard.

“You can’t know the feeling that I have at the moment”, started Johanne Blouin in the course of the evening. The audience must have guessed it, because the love discharge also went from the stage into the hall. And the goose bumps moments were inevitable…

The big successes are missing

The only problem this evening, but it is significant: Marie Denise Pelletier, Marie Carmen and Joe Bocan chose little-known songs from their repertoire instead of interpreting the essence of their discography. The public was thus deprived All the screams of the SO S, Between shadow and light or We’re talking about the eyes.

When asked about this, producer Martin Leclerc denies wanting to keep these anthology pieces for another reason, namely for the show. For a one night stand which brings the three singers together and is still touring around Quebec. “It’s a director’s decision [Michel Poirier] and the team of artists who didn’t want to offer the spectators any after-heating. »

This is a pity. Viewers who paid to see these great artists in action would have been entitled to the big hits. We felt more like we were doomed to the B-side of the LPs, as we said in 1983.

Admittedly, this B-side was performed skillfully and made for some sweet moments. But we sincerely believe that if the show’s production team had decided to give the audience what it came for: to hear the most beautiful – and famous – songs in the repertoire, what would have been an already enjoyable evening would have been nothing short of unforgettable. from each and everyone.

JS Tendresse, the show continues its tour (Brossard, Trois-Rivières, Sherbrooke and Quebec) until September 5th.

JS Tendresse, the show

JS Tendresse, the show

Starring Jean-Sébastien Girard, Johanne Blouin, Martine St-Clair, Marie Carmen and more

Until 5.9


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