Mathieu Lippé lights up Théâtre Petit Champlain with words and music

Mathieu Lippé lights up Théâtre Petit Champlain with words and music

By Carrianne Bell

The more concerts that I go to the more I find that they are the same. Cookie-cutter singers singing cookie-cutter songs that are easily forgettable and lack originality.

On Friday night, I was lucky enough to experience something new. Mathieu Lippé presented his show L’aube des amants, at the intimate Théâtre Petit Champlain in Old Quebec, and it was anything but the usual.

Having no idea what suspect, I was surprised to experience a combination of slam poetry, storytelling, and music. Backed by three musicians, bassist, percussion and synthesizer (yes, you read correctly), Lippé filled the room with a full, borderline hypnotic, treat for the soul.

The theme of the show comes from his new album, l’aube des amants (The Dawn of Lovers).

The show turns around the theme of new beginnings, new possibilities and the chain reaction of positive thoughts and actions. Cheesy, you might be asking yourself? Surprisingly not.

Lippé has an aura and a stage prescience like I’ve never seen. He is confident and talented, and I couldn’t keep my eyes off of him. I felt like I was alone in that room, that he was talking only to me. His message was of love, hope and self acceptance.

Although all of his lyrics are pure poetry, sprinkled through the show were slam poems, both thought provoking and humorous. His delivery was impeccable, often involving complicated timing from the rest of his band. It came as no surprise to me that he won the Grand Slam Nationale de Quebec in 2008.

If you enjoy word play and visual language, Lippé is worth discovering.

He is definitely a poet, but he is more than that. His words have passion and conviction behind them, and his voice is both soothing and assertive.

He won second prize in the World Cup of Poetry in France: he will mesmerize you with his words and voice.

You can pick up L’aube des amants from his website at where you can also get a free download.

The single of the same name can also be heard on the radio, and his slam poetry performances can be viewed on YouTube.

About Author

Carrianne Bell

Carrianne Bell has been a Vancouver transplant to Quebec since 1996. A teacher by day and self proclaimed geek by night, she enjoys going to shows and events. She also likes nightlife and loves to boogie.

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