Marie Mai in residence at Le Capitole Quebec City

Marie Mai in residence at Le Capitole Quebec City

Popular Quebec singer and confirmed rock chick Marie- Mai was on fire and full of energy at Le Capitole for the opening performance of her 12-show residency (10-26 March) at the venue in the heart of Old Quebec City.

This was the former Star Académie participant’s first visit back to the Capitale-Nationale region for a couple of years – she last performed in the city at the now closed Colisée Pepsi.

‘Can I hear you scream?‘, she asked before launching into Je reviens her opening number.

The singer, concerned that her fans wouldn’t want to come and see her after she’d (in her opinion) been away for so long, engaged with the crowd as often as she could.

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I got the impression she’d have stayed and chatted all night given half the chance. She needn’t have worried – fans presented flowers, and she read out a few of the banners some had made for the occasion. Marie-Mai seemed genuinely touched by this.

Marie-Mai did not disappoint the packed house, energetically powering through 13 tracks with the help of 6 female dancers.

Before heading into a short intermission, Marie-Mai ended the first half with Justin Bieber’s Sorry and then, to the obvious delight of the fans, her own Sans cri ni haine (one of her signature tunes).

The second half, consisting of 10 tracks, started off with a breathtaking interpretation of Nirvana’s ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit’.

The show, having been perfected over a 22-date December to January run at Montreal’s Théâtre Saint-Denis, could not have gone any better.

There was a particularly touching moment just before launching into Différents where she spoke of the difficulties of being a young girl today. Everyone telling you what to do and how you should be. Well, just be yourself was the message, along with don’t let anyone stop you doing what you want to do.
‘It’s worth having character, and if you feel different, then this song is for you’, she said. ‘Sing with me, I need you’.

Performing in English and French, Marie-Mai was enjoying herself so much that during Rien à perdre she went for a wander around the theatre together with her dancers. Her younger fans were treated to hugs, first bumps, and high fives. Those in attendance, under her spell by this point, were encouraged by the singer and helped by her dancers, to get on their feet, clap and make some noise. This they did.

Je cours followed by C’est moi finished off the second half of the show.

The crowd did not want to go home. So Marie-Mai came back and obliged with Encore une nuit.

24 tracks, 5 costume changes, and a bundle of energy.

She had fun. We had fun. More please.

Marie-Mai is in residence at Le Capitole in Quebec City between 10-26 March.

Catch her while you can. It’s worth it.

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Set list:

Je reviens, C.O.B.R.A, Ne m’écoute pas, Emmène-moi, Mentir, Déjà loin, Secret, Qui prendra ma place, Tourner, Indivisible, Medley: Lean On (Major Lazer/MO/DJ Snake, Sorry (Justin Bieber), Sans cri ni haine.

Interval

Smells Like Teen Spirit (Nirvana), À bout portant, Conscience, Garde tes larmes, Almost, Blank Space (Taylor Swift), Différents, Rien à perdre, Je cours, C’est moi. 

Encore:

Encore une nuit.

About Author

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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