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Le lutteur à l'eau de rose

Performance tribute to the signer Fernand Gignac. Come sing your popular tune in "friendly duels" on September 24th, starting at 6 pm on Place des Arts Esplanade in front of the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art.

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It was in 1964 that the late Fernand Gignac (1934-2006) became Mr. Radio-Television and he took advantage of this momentum to perform solo at the Place des Arts (TF-347 concert). However, it is from the height of his 9 years that he sings for the first time alone in public; on a wrestling ring! 70 and 50 years after these two moments of glory, you are invited to offer a tribute, without irony and in all modesty, to one who has conquered the heart of thousands of Quebecers. This iconic character, master of ceremonies and charming singer, radio host and TV man, has struggled all his life as a proud representative of a culture often too sub-rated. He will not leave anyone indifferent. It is on Place des Arts esplanade that you will be able to sing its biggest successes, for the happiness... or the misfortune of all.

A sound recording will be broadcasted on the DARE-DARE radio project in November. BRING YOUR PLASTIC ROSES TO MAKE THIS MOMENT MORE UNFORGETTABLE.

The artist would like to thank the CALQ, the Montreal History Center, Place des Arts and Mr. Benoit Gignac for the in-person interview and for his father's biography.
  • CALQ
  • MEM Centre des mémoires montréalaises
  • Place des arts

Guillaume Boudrias-Plouffe holds a BA in Fine Arts from Concordia University (Montreal) and a MA in Visual Arts from the University of Ottawa. Since 2008, he has presented performances and solo exhibitions and participated in several group exhibitions in Canada and France. In 2013, his work was the subject of a monograph published by BRAVO (Ottawa) and he received the Joseph-S-Stauffer Prize in Visual Arts from the Canada Council for the Arts. In 2014, he participated in the documentary series Les Contemporains, broadcast on ARTV and organized by L'Arsenal, and his work will be presented at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Montreal.