Hailing from the Jonquière area of the Saguenay region of Québec singer-songwriter Annie Villeneuve, who can now seriously be considered as one of Quebec’s favourite daughters, was in Quebec City recently to launch her latest album CINQ (5).
Le Cercle, on Rue St-Joseph Est, was the intimate venue chosen to promote the fifth album of her career.
The latest album saw the light of day thanks to a crowdfunding initiative on the Quebec platform La Ruche.
Villenueve is an ambassador for the platform, so she was in a pretty unique position to prove that the system works.
Before she took to the stage artist Yannick ‘Guilbo’ Guilbault painted a bird on a giant canvas while songs from Cinq played in the background. A novel idea for sure and one that other performers might wish to consider for future shows.
Villeneuve’s album itself, although produced in Nashville, does not have a country feel to it.
That said, the 11 tracks have a folk and pop feel to them.
Cinq, with all of the songs written by Villeneuve herself apart from one exception, is a beautiful body of work.
Plus fort que nous, a duet with Matt Laurent, and I Want to Know What Love Is are ones to listen out for. The latter, a cover of the Foreigner classic, was voted for by fans for inclusion on the album. The choir you hear on the album are fans, chosen as part of the La Ruche financing campaign.
The venue choice for the performance was an inspired one as it allowed the audience to get a feel for her powerful, angelic voice up close.
Performing for around an hour, Annie Villeneuve was assisted on stage by the superb Alex Ouellet (bass), Denis Cantin (drums), Jean-Philippe Bouffard (piano), and Sébastien Daigle (guitar).
After the show, the singer hung around to meet and have a drink with fans. Something not everyone does and it was clearly appreciated.
Album track list: C’est ça la vie, Femme canon, Emmène-moi, Le chemin, L’insomnie, Plus fort que nous, Une fois de plus, Lève les yeux, Le présent, I Want to Know What Love Is, Un rève à la fois.
Annie Villeneuve will be back in action in Quebec City on Thursday 19th October at le Capitole.
Before then she’ll be in Gatineau and Trois-Rivières reprising her role as Sandy in the hit musical Grease.
Cinq is out now.
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