ZAZ gets crowd bouncing at Centre Vidéotron

ZAZ gets crowd bouncing at Centre Vidéotron

Back in Quebec City for another visit from France, this was her first time on stage at the region’s largest arena.

ZAZ, otherwise known as Isabelle Geffroy, loves Quebec and it’s very clear that Quebec loves her.

Now in her mid-thirties and an international star in her own right, this was her third time here after performances at the Festival d’été de Québec and Le Capitole in recent years.

From the moment ZAZ bounced on stage she had the audience exactly where she wanted them.
She jumped, we jumped. She waved, we waved. She clapped, we clapped. She sang, we sang. And so it went.

Punctuated with warm praise for the audience and a brief interlude filled with a jazz manouche guitar solo, this show was energetic from pretty much start to finish.

It did take a while to get going, kicking off proceedings with a fairly lengthy instrumental, but when the 7-piece band ramped it up that’s when the party really started.

Trumpets, keyboards, guitars, drums, and a bass providing an excellent platform for ZAZ to demonstrate her singing range. Add in a few sequences of images from home displayed on huge screens and we have a show to delight the senses.

ZAZ did not stop bouncing around. It was infectious. And very welcome.

Tracks included La Fée, Si je perds, Si jamais j’Oublie, On ira, Comme ci, comme ça, Sous le ciel de Paris, Dans ma rue, and many others.

The iconic Si jamais j’Oublie and On ira were, as you’d expect, very well received. On ira was the final song of the evening at the end of the encore.

ZAZ let it be known that in 2016 she came to Quebec and stayed for a month. She did this to experience as much music from here as possible. She was struck by Daniel Bélanger’s Revivre. So much so that she performed a version of it toward the end of the show.

ZAZ was serenaded by the audience with a chorus of Happy Birthday (it’s not for a few days, but still a lovely touch by an appreciative crowd).

ZAZ – we’ll see you next time and do come back soon.


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