Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:30pm
The French Connection
$25 Advance / $30 Door
Some of the biggest pop tunes and American Songbook favourites of the past 50 years were originally hits in French. Who better to interpret these tunes, in French and English, than Michel Bérubé who has had songs in both languages, including his duets with musical icons Jennifer Warnes and Chrissie Hynde, played on radio stations across North America.
With The French Connection, Michel and Musical Director Mark Lalama explore the origins of hits like “Beyond The Sea,” “The Good Life” and “What Now My Love” and share French Classics by Brel, Piaf, Aznavour and more. With video clips and interesting stories proving that music is indeed the international language, Michel takes his audience on a journey into the past performing some of the greatest songs ever written.
Michel Bérubé’s debut album This Christmas which included a duet with Jennifer Warnes, had six tracks added to radio stations across North America with two being selected for Christmas compilations by Universal Music and EMI. Michel’s French/English duet with Chrissie Hynde from his CD “Hymnes à l’amour” charted in Quebec and his first mainstream single, Through Your Eyes was called “brilliant” by industry insider Larry Leblanc (Billboard Magazine, Canada). In 2009, Michel’s original Christmas song, Mama’s Words was the fifth most popular Christmas song on Canadian radio charts in only its second week of release. Famed fiddler Ashley MacIsaac and Canadian Jazz icon Guido Basso have also been featured on songs recorded by Michel.
Michel has performed at casinos, Jazz Festivals and concert venues in Ontario and Quebec as well as at Town Hall in NYC, sharing the stage with the likes of Louise Pitre, Jackie Richardson, Amy Sky, Steven Page, José Feliciano, and Kenny Rogers to name a few and for three years hosted a bi-weekly French music program on 99.3 County FM in Picton, Ontario. In 2012 Jennifer Warnes asked Michel to join her on her Canadian tour to sing her Grammy and Oscar winning hit “Up Where We Belong,” making Michel the only singer other than Joe Cocker to ever sing this iconic duet with Jennifer.
“Exceptional range and strong, flexible voice make these varied arrangements a treat” -Toronto Star
“Brilliant. I just love the sound and emotion in his voice” -Larry LeBlanc, Billboard Magazine
“Michel was born to sing Brel” -Karen Gordon, CBC Radio
Mark is one of Canada’s most accomplished musicians having worked with Marc Jordan, Amy Sky, John McDermott, Mariah Carey, Anne Murray, Michael MacDonald, Jon Bon Jovi, Tom Jones, Olivia Newton John and numerous other musical icons. Mark is a composer and much sought-after producer with a number of chart topping hits to his credit and was also the piano player and arranger for the long running CTV show Canadian Idol.
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