The 24th of June is a date very special to many canadians and the artists who will take part in the grand spectacle of the national day are no exception. The Newspaper has questioned ten on the importance of the Saint-Jean-Baptiste, and about the best memories they will keep of this celebration.
That is the date for the 24th of June for you ?
Pierre Lapointe and Ariane Moffatt had co-hosted the big show on the Plains last year.
“There are hundreds of memories. Beautiful memories. I can iron all my life in review as I recall my national holidays. And I know that it is the same for many Quebecers. “
“Beyond wanting to unite all Quebecers, on the 24th of June was a holiday that celebrated the summer solstice, symbolizing the power fertilizing of the Sun and the rite of seasonal passage. “
“A feast to say one is standing there, a unique people, francophone, and mixed, in this sea of America. People from all over the world who tell their stories the country of Quebec with their legends, their stories and their hopes. “
“ A reminder on the calendar that I am lucky to be born and to live here, in Quebec, a territory which is far from perfect, but where we can live and dream freely. “
Marie Michèle Desrosiers with Véronic DiCaire to the national day of 2007, in Montreal.
“ The feast of all without exception. ”
“This is really the time to remind me of my political allegiances, and also my pride to share a culture that has a desire to free themselves from day-to-day. I find that the 24 June, it is the right time for us to congratulate to persist and to exist as a people in the francophone in North America. “
“A time of year where my heart of Québec’s adoption comes into resonance with this country which welcomed me like one of his children. “
“Obviously, many festivals throughout Quebec, according to the times of my life. But mostly big smiles, great screams, great songs and huge meetings. “
“ The 24th of June is a star on the calendar for the gathering, to the feast, for the joy… For the past few years, the village [of Saint-Élie-de-Caxton], it was created The grande tablée : installed on Main street, a long table that can accommodate 400 guests. And everyone who shows up to drink with a meal to share. The immense symbol is that of eating together ! The meal stretches out and slowly moved to the music. This feast of June 24, finds its meaning in the gathering, for me. ”
What is your fondest memory of a national Holiday ?
“Definitely last year. After the presentation of the show on the Plains, we all found ourselves in the sequel to the Ariane [Moffatt]. Technicians, artists, friends… and we made the feast. A party where everyone is mixed. It was a perfect evening where we danced and laughed like never before. ”
“My first big shows of music, as a child, eyes like thirty, on the shoulders of my father, a proud nationalist, on the plains of Abraham. “
Émile Bilodeau surrounded by Guylaine Tanguay, Andréanne A. Malette et Annie Villeneuve, on the occasion of the national holiday of 2018 on the plains of Abraham in Quebec city.
“ When I did the Plains two years ago, it was something, from the point of view of professional, personal and human. I would like that all my shows are like that : 60,000 people with a canada flag, who sing the tunes they know by heart ! It is sure that it was a good time. “
“There is also something that happened to a Saint-Jean-Longueuil, when I was 10 or 11 years old. I had my tights of Quebec, my scooter and I had seen Michel Pagliaro for the first time. I think this is really where I have associated St. John with music discovery. It was impressive to see this mythical man that moves in the air, with a big beard. “
Roch Voisine on the plains of Abraham in 2016.
“ Historically, I am rather used to being invited to the feasts of Canada, but it is always with pleasure that I participate in the national day of Quebec when I was invited to ! I would say that my last engagement on the Plains of abraham, at Quebec, it was something great ! ”
Richard Séguin at parc Maisonneuve, in 2013.
“ It was in the 1980s. I saw Gaston Miron on June 24, sing and play harmonica on a small podium of festival of neighbourhood. It was there, as sovereign, with his joy, his poetry, on the public square, among his followers. “
“A poet told me one day that a settler had told him of having received a precious legacy : a song that his father had passed. It flowed in his veins as the blood of his ancestors. It was for him a place, a shelter where he could draw the strength to continue in difficult times. I like knowing that a song may also be useful in this way. “
“I remember the Saint-Jean of my childhood. The parade of floats, lights of joy, the songwriter Luc Riopel on a trailer with hay, our treasury empty bottles to go in exchange to the convenience store to buy gum, the time of the dodo extended late into the night… These are such beautiful memories for me that I’ve been to re-create all these moments for the children to present to the village so they can also invent such beautiful memories ! ”
David Goudreault read the speech patriotic on the plains of Abraham, in 2017.
“ It’s a few years ago, when I wrote the official discourse of the national holiday and I have declaimed it on the Plains with several artists that I admire since my childhood. See Michel Rivard, Luce Dufault, Laurence Jalbert, Richard Séguin and also Karim Ouellet take my words and make them live in front of thousands of my compatriots, it was a great time of sharing and pride. “
“My most memorable event is probably a memory where I celebrated that day because I was away in Quebec… and that I was missing. Despite the fact that I was living in Belgium at that time, I wanted to celebrate this attachment that I have for the most beautiful provinces in the world, our Quebec. ”
“According to me, my most memorable event of a national holiday is not in the past. Quebecers are becoming, and notwithstanding some of the speeches, the best is yet to come. “