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[EN IMAGES] Festive: Marie-Mai in all her styles

If Marie-Mai is racked with stage fright ten days away from hosting her first comedy gala at ComediHa! Fest-Québec didn’t stop her from giving a musical performance worthy of her reputation, Friday night, on the main stage of Festivent de Lévis.

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It was a rare appearance at a festival this summer for the one who will celebrate her twenty-year career in 2023, and who we mainly saw on TV, hosting Big Brotherover the past year.


Marie-Mai was all fired up on the Festivent stage in Lévis.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Despite the presence of a hard core of raucous admirers near the stage, the princess of Quebec pop did not have the easiest audience in front of her, but she managed to shake many of them from their torpor thanks to her stainless enthusiasm. .

To see her dance without restraint from the start while singing She and Ishe once again gave the impression that each time she steps on the boards, it is the most beautiful day of her life.

It was also, at least in the first moments, an opportunity to recall his recent shift towards more urban pop since four of the first five tracks on the program were taken from his 2018 album, She and Ion which she moves away from the pop-rock universe that made her a star.


Marie-Mai was all fired up on the Festivent stage in Lévis.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

In one of her speeches, Marie-Mai also thanked her fans for following her in all her musical bifurcations. “It’s something I’m very proud of. You always let me make the music I wanted. »

She then dug this furrow further by inviting Claudia Bouvette to come and sing her success Shower bag with her, then performing alone Without tomorrowhis collaboration with rapper Imposs.


Marie-Mai was all fired up on the Festivent stage in Lévis.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

The Marie-Mai of the beginnings is however never very far away. “I feel like rocking my life a little,” she said, exploding Point Blankone of the many forays into his earlier catalog that marked the second portion of his concert.

Injured knee

During her last visit to the Videotron Center, Marie-Mai was criticized for breaking the rhythm with ballads and an intermission. None of that on Friday. The pace remained high until the end.


Marie-Mai was all fired up on the Festivent stage in Lévis.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Hair in the wind, she lined up effective strong COBRA, It’s me and the intense doubled I run/Without shouting or hatred. It was so intense that Marie-Mai said she injured her knee along the way, somewhere in the middle of the concert, according to her estimate.

” I am a trooper, she reassured her fans, we do the show until the end. »

As a matter of fact, she ignored the pain and concluded by jumping around as if nothing had happened.

Klô Pelgag: through the whispers

While her inventive pop and sweetly eccentric gigs are invariably a treat, and they still were, Friday night Klô Pelgag might not have been the appropriate artistic vehicle to bridge the gap to Marie- May.


Marie-Mai was all fired up on the Festivent stage in Lévis.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Between moving carousels and through the murmurs of festival-goers, the creator of the brilliant album Our Lady of Seven Sorrows looked like an alien who had landed on the wrong planet. However, it would be misunderstanding her to believe that it was going to affect her. Without the staging elements of her indoor show, Klô Pelgag still deployed all her usual madness, with her imposing team of musicians, dancers and choristers, in a soundscape that sometimes took on the air of psychedelic rock.

Sophia Bel: not ideal

Montreal’s Sophia Bel, the new torchbearer of pop-punk, swept by at the start of the evening, in a context that was far from ideal. That is to say, in front of a handful of more or less attentive spectators.


Sophia Bel swept by in the early evening.

Photo QMI Agency, Marcel Tremblay

Sophia Bel swept by in the early evening.

This possibly explaining this, we have the impression of having observed only part of the potential of this young woman, who sometimes seemed hesitant and who, vocally, experienced ups and downs.

The basis is there though. There are good songs on his album Anxious Avoidantreleased earlier this year, and its stage character, once polished and with more bite, could end up imposing.

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