Dan Bigras is leaving the Refuge Show

“I’m leaving something important. I feel sadness and relief…’ At the end of the line we feel all the ambivalence that lives in Dan Bigras. The singer-songwriter announced Thursday that he is stepping down from his role as spokesperson and mastermind of the show refuge. “I’m here. I did it when I was 32, I’m 64: that’s half my life! »

Posted at 3:50 p.m

Marc Cassivi

Marc Cassivi
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It’s more than a pang in his heart, he says, but it’s also a burden off his shoulders. He loved doing this show since 1991 in aid of the Refuge des jeunes, which helps young men in trouble and the homeless. But fatigue and anxiety, he explains, push him to pass the baton.

“I was very stressed,” he says. Put on a bad show, you’ll get over it. But do bad show refugeThe fear that the refuge would close has always haunted me. Ti boys are like my little brothers. »

He put off that decision for a few years, he said. He announced it to those in charge of the Refuge des jeunes last March. He will continue to top 32e shelter showon October 13th in the Tohu, which will be presented to the public for the first time since 2019 and will be held for the 30th timee once in December on Radio-Canada television.

As always, guest artists will be numerous and varied: Ginette Reno, Samian, Lulu Hughes, Guylaine Tanguay, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, Luce Dufault, Yama, Isabelle Boulay and Yves Lambert.

There is nothing but the desire to maintain your own health, explains Bigras. That motivated him to make this decision. His father died of a heart attack at the age of 57 and his grandfather at the age of 50. “I’m in good shape but I want to keep the chances on my side. I have less energy, not because of cancer [colorectal de stade 2 qui s’est déclaré en 2017], but chemotherapy. And then I had an accident [de VTT, en 2020] leaving me with a metal collarbone. In the end it wears out! »

His connection with show refugehe remembers coming from an idea of ​​France Labelle, general director of the Refuge des jeunes, who saw him sing the phrase “I hope that we are forgiven elsewhere” on the Jean-Pierre Coallier showanimal angela poem by Gilbert Langevin which he set to music.

After two shows went non-televised in 1991 and 1992, its former producer Guy Latraverse suggested Dan Bigras propose it beautiful sundays, on Radio Canada. “I thought our show was a bit stupid [l’animateur] Henri Bergeron and his mustache! he said laughing. But Guy was right. It was a great platform. Radio-Canada gave me total freedom from the start. »

He leaves show refuge reassured about the future of the Refuge des jeunes, but worried about the fate of the marginalized youth. “Personally, he says, if I’ve been able to show the public that it’s not a waste and that they need love and help, I hope I’ve helped change the way we see these young people who are.” Suffer. »

Dan Bigras will stay connected whether he likes it or not show refuge even if he leaves next month. “Anyway, I don’t want to grieve. I won’t be far. They know I’ll be there if they need me. »

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