In French. Six minutes. No right of reply. They’ve come to say their piece. Every year, we have to push the walls of the Sala Rossa just a little farther out to accommodate all the people who want to see Combat contre la langue de bois. This year, it’s Round Three, and “necessary” is the word on everyone’s lips to describe what has become a genuine cult. Your host once again will be Jacques Bertrand, the great manitou of Macadam Tribu. It’s an evening designed for anyone who’s just a little tired (read, fed up!) with hearing those same old clichés being rolled out yet again in what passes for public space.
Our guests will have all that political waffling and pontificating writhing in the dust! Dinu Bumbaru (city planner and the voice of Heritage Montreal), Stéphane Crête (man of theatre, television… and experimentation), Nathalie Derome (the impudent performer with the well-hung tongue), Richard Desjardins (not one to mince words, you know who we mean), Monique Giroux (host and friend to song-shapers, her own sweet voice has no problem getting off a good volley when required), Micheline Lanctôt (actor and director with the instantly recognizable smoky voice and frank opinions), Robert Morin (independent — and we do mean independent — filmmaker), Maxime-Olivier Moutier (writer and unswervable observer of human behaviour), Ginette Noiseux (woman of the theatre, politically engaged, intense), and Denis Rainville (singer with Les Ours, the one with the sign: “May Bite!”). Just so we don’t KO any audience members, our musical referees Fred Fortin, Dan Thouin and Robbie Kuster will have a sock ready for anyone who goes on too long! Host Jacques Bertrand? Phlegmatic and sarcastic as ever.