To join hands (in the figurative sense!) To say in unison that 2020 will soon be behind, we that Quebec was courageous in the tumult of the pandemic and that we must keep hope: this is the call launched the big show Everyone together, presented on Monday by the four generalist channels.
It takes exceptional circumstances such as a pandemic for the four major television networks here (TVA, ICI Télé, Télé-Québec and Noovo) to unite to celebrate at the same pace.
At the initiative of the Quebec government, to overcome the ban on family gatherings for the end of year celebrations, KOTV produced Monday the special program bringing together almost all that Quebec has singers, where we performed as many Blue Jeans Blue and Ginette Reno.
The event was presented live from the Yoop space at Place des Arts, which allowed a handful of spectators to participate virtually in the happening.
The public was also far from being incidental in the concept; he was often requested for short tributes or games. We celebrated birthdays, that of a five-year-old boy and another of a 96-year-old lady, and people were invited to show their pets.
The show was for everyone, as the title said, and we kept our word.
Sing the confinement
The evening started off without a hitch, with a welcome from the four hosts, representatives of the four channels, Jean-Philippe Dion, Véronique Cloutier, Pierre-Yves Lord and Marie-Lyne Joncas.
“Tonight, we just want to party with you guys!” announced Jean-Philippe Dion, while his colleague Marie-Lyne Joncas promised us, for the next 90 minutes, “just songs that we love to sing”.
Véronique Cloutier, for her part, swore that she and her comrades stood well two meters away. “Everything has been measured,” she said.
The quartet of hosts embarked on an account of the last year of confinement, interspersed with extracts from pieces delivered by Ludovick Bourgeois, Mélissa Bédard and Guylaine Tanguay.
Send home, I mustn’t panic, Scotch evenings, I eat, Save my soul, Bloody hell… we relived with fun all our moods of the last few months.
Light and tenderness
We quickly understood that Everyone together would celebrate in kindness and tenderness, and that slobbering or squeaky jokes would be left to others. Light, pleasure and solidarity were the watchwords.
The good times have multiplied. Debbie Lynch-White and Benoît McGinnis’ “World’s Greatest Karaoke” revisited the classics of the genre (I’ll go wherever you will go, Travel without you) and led to the appearance of Marie-Denise Pelletier on All the cries, the SOS, by Boom Desjardins on Just to see the world and a Martine St-Clair in great shape on We are going to love each other.
In a video capsule, Vincent Vallières and Émile Bilodeau paraded on an allegorical float, pushing the note in the streets of Magog. From Moncton, Lisa LeBlanc exhibited her character of Belinda, a big fan of bingo.
The acclaimed Silver Foxes quintet (Roch Voisine, Patrick Norman, Sylvain Cossette, Bruno Pelletier and Jeff Smallwood) broke the house by appropriating I Won’t Back Down, by Tom Petty, while Ariane Moffatt burst into a sweet piano-voice number.
It all ended with the significant Staying up, by Richard Séguin, at the end of the good wishes of the animators for the transition to the new year, and after Mes Aïeux had modified the lyrics of his classic Degenerations to adapt them to the time.
“Do not turn off your tivi, no choice to stay in the cradle”, we will now sing in chorus … for a few more weeks, at least.