Energetic Marjo! | The Journal of Montreal


It’s not the temperature that would have got the better of Marjo. But the cloudy sky had finally become lenient on Tuesday evening so that the rocker put on quite a show as part of the 39th edition of the International Hot Air Balloon, in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu.

The slightly rainy and windy weather had prevented the sky at the end of the day from becoming iridescent with magnificent balloons riding cascades of fluffy clouds. However, wonder was present in the many activities on the festival site, from the rides, to the « garden of the sky », where you can immerse yourself in the environment of a hot-air balloon, passing through the installations for redesigned adults such as at the Oasis Corona, where you sip a drink directly with your feet in the sand.

In the absence of balloons, it was the rocker who came to offer a tremendous flight of songs in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu. Beginning the first part of this nostalgic evening, La Chicane then continued the vigil later, Marjo arrived on a hushed stage of red light with her immense success Illegal. Dancing, jumping on the spot, running on both sides of the stage in her white running shoes, smiling, complicit with her guitarist, the singer set the tone. She also found the festival-goers seated in their folding chairs “far too far away”, several not hesitating then to get up and come to massage with the crowd on the floor to the satisfaction of the singer.

Marjo followed up with another title from the Raven period, Love sickness, tambourine in hand, before questioning the crowd: “Do you think I have changed? “No,” exclaimed the spectators, happy to find Marjo still true to herself.

The singer-songwriter continued with her successes, including There are morningsthen having the spectators sing and flap their arms on wild cats.

The one who will take on the role of coach soon at The voice continued with The one who goes from the album of the same name, specifying in passing that it was the Canadian poet Gilbert Langevin who had written this song to her when she was frequenting the Bistro à Jojo on Saint-Denis Street in Montreal. A beautiful moment ensued with Sweet/As long as there are childrensung by the crowd.

Stage beast

From the top of her 69 years, Marjo demonstrated that she was still a real beast of the stage, especially in Baby Lilly by Corbeau, a title visibly less known to spectators, and the very rock tomorrow. Sweat beaded on the face of the singer-songwriter who gave everything she had and electrified the stage, chaining Sequel 16 and Walking with a lot of character, having fun with a cowbell on Cash-moe.

“I am proud of you”, she launched to the crowd which had just followed her to jump on the spot while singing the refrain of I don’t let go.

The singer could not ignore Somewhere else and provocative. Impossible not to be impressed by this colossal amount of energy! As a reminder, Marjo offered in loveand touching versions of Too much love and If needs be.

  • The International Balloon Festival of Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu continues until Sunday, August 21 with several activities and shows by Damien Robitaille, Salebarbes, KNLO, Fouki & Koriass, in particular.



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