Elyzabeth Diaga: The Queen of Rock at the Imperial, Quebec City

Elyzabeth Diaga: The Queen of Rock at the Imperial, Quebec City

Elyzabeth Diaga brought her Queens of Rock show to Quebec City for the first time and what a wise decision that turned out to be.

On Thursday 12 November, 2015 many of the region’s rock fans were out in force at the Impérial Bell in Quebec City to see the Montrealer perform over 40 songs from 25 female singers.

40 years of female rock music showcased in one night.

Diaga expertly interpreted classics from Heart, Pat Benatar, Tina Turner, The Pretenders, Blondie, Nanette Workman, Marjo, Diane Dufresne, Joan Jett, The Eurythmics, Les Rita Mitsouko, Niagara, En Vogue, Alannah Myles, Alanis Morissette, Thee Headpins, Sinead O’Connor, Sheryl Crow, No Doubt, The Cranberries, Evanescence, Madonna, Adele, and Lady Gaga.

One particular highlight (and there were a few) was hearing Diaga put her own stamp on Heart’s Alone – hairs on the backs of necks were standing on end it was so powerful.

With an appreciative nod to the 80’s, the trio of Blondie classics Rapture, One way or another, and Call me were performed on roller stakes.

With the collection of medleys spanning four decades tracks were interpreted from almost every continent.
The Canadian section of rock tunes, unsurprisingly, was given a standing ovation.

You don’t normally associate Madonna, Adele, and Lady Gaga with rock music, but you could be forgiven that that was their genre after hearing Diaga’s rock interpretations of Music, Rolling in the deep, and Born this way, respectively.

Stairway to Heaven was a fitting encore to round off the evening.

Bags of energy, a great voice, passionate, and fun. I honestly don’t know anybody who wouldn’t enjoy this show.
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A week before the performance we spoke to Elyzabeth Diaga about Queens of Rock.
You can listen to the interview here:

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Andrew Greenfield

Andrew Greenfield moved to Quebec in 2009. He is part of the team responsible for the publishing company behind LifeinQuebec.com and Life in Québec Magazine. He has been involved with online and print media since 2001. He is passionate about cricket, is a qualified coach, and his real ambition is to start a cricket team in Quebec City – something he freely admits is probably beyond him. Follow him on Twitter @GreenfieldAndy

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