FEQ50: Québécois Vintage at the Pigeonnier – Men Without Hats and Les Trois Accords

FEQ50: Québécois Vintage at the Pigeonnier – Men Without Hats and Les Trois Accords

Review by Nathalie Peron

Québec City (Québec) July 13th, 2017, Festival d’été de Québec, scène Loto-Québec – People of all ages were at the scène Loto-Québec (Pigeonnier) Thursday night for Les Trois Accords’ performance. Young children and grandparents alike were singing and dancing along with everybody else in attendance to the tune of crowd favorites such as Hawaïenne, Dans mon corps, Loin d’ici, Grand champion and Les amoureux qui s’aiment.

The Drummondville band, usually known for their pop-rock radio friendly tunes, is also known for rocking it a whole lot more when performing live. And boy did they ever deliver in this fashion. They drew from all five of their albums, including a couple songs from their latest album Joie d’être gai released in November 2015, namely Les dauphins et les licornes and L’esthéticienne.

Songs that broach matters of importance such as geography (St. Bruno) or the dangers of poison ivy (Je me touche dans le parc) or public nudity (Tout nu sur la plage) and above all, that love has no boundaries (J’aime ta grand-mère). Of course, this is all tongue firmly in cheek. The group is famous for its irreverence and is much appreciated for it; the absence of pretence is a breath of fresh air.

Opening for Les Trois Accords was the Montreal band Men Without Hats who did not waste any time getting down to business as they started their show with one of their best known songs, Safety dance, that had topped the charts in 1983 with a third position in Billboard’s Hot 100.

Overcoming a technical glitch that left the stage soundless for the first half of their opening song, the band moved on to the rest of their total 80’s throwback repertoire, including better known songs like S.O.S. as well as songs from their latest album Love In the Age of War, released in May 2012, namely its first single Head Above Water. Of course, the show would not be complete without Pop Goes the World, another of the better known songs that had managed to squeeze to number 20 in Billboard’s Hot 100 in 1987. Finally, to the delight of the enthusiastically full venue, the band replayed Safety Dance, the complete version this time.


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About Author

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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