FEQ50: Carte Blanche for Lisa Leblanc and Les Cowboys Fringants on the Plains

FEQ50: Carte Blanche for Lisa Leblanc and Les Cowboys Fringants on the Plains

Review by Nathalie Peron

Québec City (Québec) July 11th, 2017, Festival d’été de Québec, scène Bell – The party kicked off early on the Plains of Abraham with Lisa Leblanc as the opener for Les Cowboys Fringants. Both acts made full use of the carte blanche privilege handed to them by the Festival.

Lisa Leblanc, obviously enthralled with the size of the venue, played up a storm with her energetic trash-folk-classic-rock to the delight of those present. She started off with a couple songs from her latest album Why You Wanna Leave, Runaway Queen (released September 2016) (Self-Proclaimed) Voodoo Woman, Could You Wait ‘Til I’ve Had My Coffee? and City Slickers and Country Boys. True to her style, Leblanc speaks of everyday situations; love, life and friends in everyday language.

And that held true last night on the Plains as well when she stated she couldn’t play the venue without attempting a banjo solo (and hoping she wouldn’t screw it up). In quick succession was the solo, then a special guest appearance of the metal band Voivod who joined in for Gold Diggin’ Hoedown and stayed for a cover of Motörhead’s classic Ace of Spades, which sounds totally awesome, played with a banjo. Touching moment of the set was the “chorale du bonheur”, made up of her mother and three aunts, invited to come on stage and do the backup vocals to Aujourd’hui, ma vie c’est d’la marde.

This set the appropriate party stage for Les Cowboys Fringants, the main event. The legendary Quebecois band, celebrating a 20th career anniversary, did not disappoint the many fans present on a Tuesday (fact made well aware when the front man asked if many had to work the next day…): they brought the energy, the volume and the hits, namely, En berne, Manifestation, Marine Marchande with special guest Frannie Holder (Random Recipe) and a particularly intense and moving rendition of Plus rien. You could feel the ground rumble.

Of course, the party wouldn’t be complete without a bit of bodysurfing by an adventurous member of the band and a quite appropriate contribution by a member of Voivod to the encore performance of Heavy Metal. Overall, the fans got an eyeful (and an earful) with the entertainment on stage; (politicized) clowns and fire-eaters alike. Here’s to wishing them another successful 20 years.


Categories: Arts & Culture, Reviews

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Nathalie Peron

Naturalized Quebec City citizen, Nathalie has studied in literature and as a paralegal, the latter stemming a career she has strived in for the past 10 years, notably in workers’ compensation cases. Artistically inclined, she has acted in amateur theatre for 25 years and has lately added singing to her amateur CV. She now stretches her professional wings to writing, both corporate and creative texts, hoping to meld both her artistic and legal personalities.

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