It was an emotional night on Tuesday August 12 as a slew of Quebec bread acts came together in support of the victims and city of Lac Mégantic. The tragedy that occurred July 6 on left devastated the city and left many, not only residents, in shock.
It was inspiring to see so many faces standing together in an effort to have an impact on those affected by the terrible events. Penelope Mcquade, Peter Mcleoud, and Gino Chouinard hosted the packed Montreal Bell Center and home-grown comedians and singers did what they do best and entertained the crowd.
A heartwarming montage of local residents and firemen was projected and brought even the strong-hearted to the point of tears. They were words of encouragement from everyday heros that put their lives on the line to help those in need. A special mention was made for the police and firemen from neighboring US cities to thank their for their efforts.
The most memorable of moments came not from the performers but from the mayor of Lac-Mégantic who was in attendance. Mocking all the scandals currently in the news regarding politicians, Peter Mcleoud introduced mayor Colette Roy-Laroche with praise and called her an example for politicians from the city of Montreal to those around the world. She has lead the city both as a mayor and as a Mom, he said. The woman mayor of a city of less than 10 000 residents, was the hero in the biggest tragedy in recent Quebec history.
I won’t go into details about the performances of the night since they will soon be broadcast on French television on August 25 and encourage all of you to watch and donate. The highlight of the night was the support for Lac Mégantic, but I do want to highlight the acts that took the time to help a worthwhile cause:
- Jonas and the Massive Attraction
- Francois Morency
- Yvon Ricard
- Rachid Badouri
- Coeur de Pirate
- Louis-José Houde
- Jean-Marc Couture
- Marianna Mazza
- Anthony Kavanagh
- Isabelle Boulay
- P-A Méthot
- Marie-Lise Pilote
- Mike Ward
- Annie Villeneuve
For more details about the event, the tragedy and the cause, read my interview with Jonas.
Don’t forget to watch the show August 25 at 20:00 on TVA, V, Radio-Canada or Télé-Québec.