Moving tribute

Moving tribute


The queen of country – and of the Western Festival of St-Tite – left us on December 18, 2021, shortly before starting the tour Against the winds and tides with his cosmic brother, Paul Daraîche. The latter honored her in a very moving way on Saturday by performing pieces from the large repertoire of the golden cowgirl surrounded by their precious friends. 

There was emotion in the air and tears in the eyes during the first performance of the show This is my story, a tribute to the work of Renée Martel on Saturday at the Festival western de St-Tite. In the company of Paul Daraîche, Laurence Jalbert, Annie Blanchard, Cindy Bédard, Émilie Daraîche, Nathalie Lord and Patrick Norman had come to celebrate the one who was a friend, a mentor, an inspiration, even a second mother. Only Isabelle Boulay must have missed the touching celebration, a voice problem lasting for a few days having put an end to her participation. 

A starry sky in homage to the Queen of St-Tite was momentarily created (thanks to the flashlights of hundreds of smart phones) when this show began with sobriety, beautiful moments and a smile despite the pain, as the one who was missing her everything would have liked. first festival of St-Tite, but which all the friends on stage said they felt the presence.  


It is a life devoted to song – 70 years of career – that the band of singer and musician friends wanted to highlight. This is why pieces from all eras and periods of Renée Martel's life have been – superbly – delivered. 

From her first song Dans un coin du ciel > to Je reviens, passing by Lyin' Eyes of the Eagles (a group she adored and a piece delivered by Patrick Norman who was just celebrating his 76th birthday), this show homage was led by generous friends, having at heart to honor the one that Quebec saw leaving too soon. 

Annie Blanchard in particular, offered particularly touching and successful interpretations of Cowgirl gold and This is my story. Laurence Jalbert made the crowd alternately sing and cry by singing the moving Tell me about him

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One of the most touching moments was certainly when Paul Daraîche shared the latest recording of the voice of his great friend with whom he had just made an album and was about to go on tour.

“If you want, for her, to sing it with me, he launched to the visibly moved audience before singing a piece from the album Against winds and tides. She was so proud of our album. We were close. » 

It was also a great idea to bring together all the singers to deliver a potpourri of well-known pieces that the 1,500 spectators sang at the top of their voices and in unison; including the essential and joyful I have a love that does not want to die

Surrounded by Renée Martel's musicians, her artist friends made her admirers happy who knew each of the pieces performed by heart. Early admirers who had braved the heat and the sun to attend this sweet tribute, in his image.