Paul Piché will put the final touches on his “40 spring” tour surrounded by some visitors he admires, next May 19, at Place Bell, a stage he has had to postpone three times over the past two years because in the pandemic.
Five years have passed since the first performance of “40 Springs”, which led the way to the disc of the same name. Both celebrate Paul Piché’s rich work for four decades. The 42 performances attracted 75,000 believers, who came to hear timeless hymns such as “Happy Spring”, “There’s not much in the evening sky”, “My Joe”, “The staircase” and how many others more great achievements are written in the DNA of the Quebecers.
The 68-year-old singer-songwriter rehearsed a few days ago for her 43rd and final performance. For the occasion, she will do what she likes best, performing in the spotlight, but the fun will increase tenfold thanks to the presence of some artists she values and, in a way, her heirs.
This is the case of 2Frères, Émile Bilodeau, Daniel Boucher, Marc Hervieux, Laurence Jalbert, Damien Robitaille, Stéphanie St-Jean, Marie-Élaine Thibert and Vincent Vallières, without forgetting his son Léo, to whom he will push the note for the song “Stop,” which they co -wrote.
Initially, the show “40 Printemps” would only be shown at the Bell Center and at the Videotron Center, but the demand was such that the team had to plan a proper tour. Then came COVID-19 to thwart plans to complete the adventure.
“All of that is a beautiful love story, we do it for us and for the public. The public, they don’t just go to see the artists, they go for themselves, with their memories. It all comes together and there’s something very fun about it. We can’t wait, ”Paul Piché said in an interview with QMI Agency.
When is there a new record?
Although his last album offering original material began in 2009, Paul Piché promised that he had not yet said his last word. Calling himself “slow” and saying that it has gotten worse and worse over the years, he has been working for a long time on a song that could be called “Celui” or “Celui qui naître”.
“I’ll do it on May 19 at Place Bell. He talks about life, love and death, three blocks, three great mysteries of existence. We have courage and fear, and we have to manage that.
Given the vibrancy of Quebec’s music and claiming he is “privileged” from the career he has, Paul Piché will also be a “passeur” this summer with Émile Bilodeau at the Festival en chanson de Petite-Vallée.
“We want to talk a lot about the problems of the music industry, and with good reason, that records are no longer selling and we don’t have the money we used to have. But I think the Quebec song is going through an era of glory. There are so many singers and singers, they are all great as well as their texts, there is something for everyone, they name all the emotions, the shows work and they sing in French everywhere. I am very happy and proud of what I see. ”
By claiming that his songs are publicly owned and that his “train has been running too long” to stop, Paul Piché lives for the stage and for the social purposes that inhabit him.
All the reasons that have occupied him in recent years remain unfinished battles, as in the sovereignty of Quebec. He said it was not cruel and we had to keep fighting.
“It’s not over, but I’m used to losing. I have spent my life losing battles, for aboriginal, union, feminism, national question and environment. That is being committed, you have to expect to lose most of the time and win sometimes. The most important thing is to stay vigilant. “
The final show of the “40 Printemps” tour will take place on Thursday, May 19, at exactly 8 pm, at Place Bell. Tickets are sold on the event website [https://www.evenko.ca/fr].