Sunday evening, at Place des Arts, Joe Bocan, Florence K, Daniel Boucher, Pierre Verville, Roberto Medile, Danielle Oddera and Martin Théberge will meet to pay tribute to one of our best authors -songwriters, the late Sylvain Lelièvre.
They will sing his greatest hits, including What did we do with our dreams?
I feel like asking the question of Quebec artists: you, what have you done with the great nationalist dream which, a few years ago, inspired you, transported you, ignited you?
Why did you drop it?
THE CORPORATION OF ARTISTS
For it's the sad reality: artists have completely abandoned the national question .
They have turned their backs on him.
They are no longer interested.
Even the defense of the French, that leaves them cold.  ;
As my girlfriend has already written: where were the artists when the boss of Air Canada said that you absolutely didn't need to speak a word of French to succeed in Quebec?
They haven't said a treacherous word.
And when English-Canadian columnists take it in turns to spit in the face of Quebec in more more outrageous, more and more excessive; when the scribes of the National Post, the Globe and Mail and the Ottawa Citizendon't even hide to treat French-speaking Quebecers with all the names, what do they say, our brave artists?
Oh, when one or one of them insulted on social media by an anonymous Internet user who has no power and does not represent anyone but himself, they stand up as one man (sorry: as one penis owner) and denounce this despicable, shameful act!
But when it's the entire Quebec people who are insulted by the English-Canadian elite, it's radio silence.
You have to believe that they have become corporatists. < /p>
They defend their members, period.
To hell with the others.
BREAKING OPEN DOORS
Artists have become rentiers.
They manage their careers.
When they take a public stand, it is for topics as controversial as the future of the planet and racism.
Because it takes courage, in 2022, to say that you are for the environment and against racism!
Be careful, you!
You're taking a big risk!
” Eh ? Machin Truc is against racism? And he wants to save the planet? Ah well ! I thought he was a good little guy! Gérard, call the theatre, we're canceling our tickets! »
The courage of artists now lies in supporting causes that are unanimous.
Instead of leading the herd, as they once did, they look left and right and analyze the direction of the wind before taking position.
And, above all, no politics! Because it risks dividing your audience and weakening your ticket sales!
Today, artists have only one word in their mouths: diversity.
There we must ensure that all groups, even the most minority, are represented within Quebec institutions!
And the representation of Francophones and Quebecers within Canada?
Katrine Johns has been a reporter on the news desk since 2013. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Gal Post, Katrine Johns worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my firstname.lastname@example.org 1-800-268-7128