The challenge was immense. After 32 editions, with a machine that is experienced and oiled with a quarter turn, the Téléthon Opération enfant Soleil is suddenly faced with the unknown. The team was dark and she will present tomorrow a historic edition and uniquely designed in containment.
The kick-off would normally give on a giant tv tray located at the Centre de foires de Québec, with animators, artists, musicians, invited guests and the public. Impossible things to do because of the measures put in place by the government.
In my job for a year, Julie Lemieux, president and ceo of Opération enfant Soleil has had to make a huge leap into the void for its first edition. The 33rd edition has been pre-recorded and designed at a distance.
“It is all one baptism. I was not expecting this as the whole entire planet in the face of the pandemic. This was a first for everyone. People have been creative, imaginative and dedicated. They have adapted and they have been fantastic. I’ve seen the result and I am very satisfied”, she started, in a telephone interview.
The kick-off will be given at 9 a.m., where a hour of the show Salut, Bonjour Weekend will be devoted to the Telethon. It will then be back on air from 12 h 30 to 14 h and from 18 h to 22 h. Operation enfant Soleil will release also, from 7 p.m. segments on its page Facebook.
The spreadsheet of the money raised will be announced live at different times from the studios of TVA in Quebec city.
A part of the organizers of the 33rd edition of the Telethon Operation Sun.
As for an album
Alain Dumas is a regular at the telethon. He participates in this adventure for the past 29 years. We will find him, with Annie Brocoli, Maxime Landry and Ève-Marie Lortie, to the animation.
He has recorded three segments for distance with the children and families in the Abitibi region of Îles-de-la-Madeleine, and Sherbrooke, with the use of technology.
“I was wondering if it was possible to push the emotion in this way. I found myself the eyes full of water at the end of a segment and I didn’t be able to live that kind of emotion at a distance. I am pleased and greatly surprised. It works”, he said in an interview.
The musical segments with Marjo, Roch Voisine, 2 Brothers, Geneviève Jodoin, Marc Hervieux, Fred Pellerin, Matt Holubowski and other artists have been recorded at a distance. There will be 25 in all.
Guitarist Sylvain Quesnel, bassist Philippe Godin, drummer Gilbert Fradette and the chorus Rémi Tremblay, and Nancy Fortin, under the direction of Marco Tessier, recorded music individually in their studios respective. The soundtrack was later found among the guest artists who have added their voices.
“We also worked from the recorded track, and provided by artists. It looked like the work that is normally done in the studio during the design of an album”, described Marco Tessier.
Marco Tessier, director of music.
The director Pierre Séguin, who has the task of making the mounting of the telethon, has seen the finished product and he is very happy with the result.
The segments that have been filmed in Annie Brocoli, with Maxime Landry meet even the moments of the day where they will be distributed.
“The portions that will be released on the day were filmed on the day and we did the same thing with those that will be presented in the evening. Our challenge was to present a Telethon of professional quality. It was a little unsettling at first, but it works. The technology is there, and we found our marks quickly,” explained Pierre Séguin, who has signed the completion of 30 Telethons Operation enfant Soleil.
A typical duration of 15 hours, the Telethon has been reduced to five for this 33rd edition. Julie Lemieux is aware that donations could be lower at the end of the day. A record sum of 20 million dollars had been collected in 2019.
“The economic situation is not the best in this moment. We didn’t set a goal, but I have confidence that people will be generous and at the appointment. We’ll see”, she gave up.
► The Telethon Operation enfant Soleil is presented tomorrow between 9 a.m. and 22 p.m. on TVA.