Document of the week |  Mixmania: 20 Years Later - For All Mixmaniacs

Document of the week | Mixmania: 20 Years Later – For All Mixmaniacs

En 2002, huit adolescents québécois âgés de 13 à 17 ans sont devenus des vedettes du jour au lendemain grâce à Mixmania, émission de téléréalité au concept inédit à l’époque. Vingt ans plus tard, l’animatrice et réalisatrice Bianca Gervais se penche sur le phénomène dans une réunion aux allures de retrouvailles du secondaire. Cinq mots inspirés de la fin des classes pour décortiquer le documentaire.

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Véronique Larocque

Véronique Larocque
La Presse


Des ballons, des guirlandes, des confettis : c’est dans une ambiance conviviale que Bianca Gervais reçoit six des huit participants de la première saison de Mixmania. Ariane Laniel, Annabelle Oliva-Denis, Julie St-Pierre, Frank Hudon, Emmanuel McEwan et Pierre-Luc Blais ont accepté l’invitation de prendre part à ces retrouvailles filmées. « Mixmania, c’est vraiment un phénomène qui a marqué une génération au fer rouge », affirme, en entrevue, l’animatrice et réalisatrice. « Moi-même, j’avais 16 ans et demi à l’époque et je l’écoutais en cachette. […] I thought it was necessary to underline that, but not in a cold way. Thus was born the idea of ​​creating a conventum to “celebrate in a festive, committed and very humane way” the heritage of the show.

Photo Martin Tremblay, Archives The Press

Urban Defense and No Regrets at the Bell Center in 2003

the best of the class

Some may have forgotten how popular No Regrets and Urban Defense were in 2002. The documentary refreshes the memory. The two groups created during season 1 of the show have visited the Bell Center four times. His album was certified double platinum, selling 200,000 copies. Everyone was surprised by this enthusiasm, even the production, we learn in Mixmania: 20 years later. Propelled to the top of Quebec’s star system, the young singers found the descent steep. Feeling “that you have been between 17 and 18” is difficult, Annabelle Oliva-Denis confided to the camera. “It had a great impact on our lives,” she tells Press Julie St-Pierre. It was positive, for the most part, but there were still difficulties related to that. I think people underestimate this impact. »

Photo CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, Special Collaboration

Family photo for former participants of the four seasons of mixmania

Graduates 2002, 2011, 2012 and 2014

for those who hum zero point love Where Ready for the party when they think of mixmania, know that the documentary also talks about seasons 2, 3 and 4 of the show, which ran from 2011 to 2014. Réginald Bellamy, William Cloutier, Amélie St-Onge, Tommy Tremblay and Claudia Bouvette talk about their experience. Although the latter has had a great career in music and television since her stage in Mixmania 2She is still being talked about on the show. “I have the impression that there really is a deep love and a memory that we share with all the young people who have followed us,” she says in an interview.

Photo CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, Special Collaboration

Bianca Gervais, animator and director of the documentary


As in any meeting, the memories are numerous in Mixmania: 20 years later. The first generation Mixes review funny excerpts from their auditions, are still surprised by the huge crowds that attended their shows or comment with a lot of self-mockery on their look, chosen by the public at the time, it must be remembered. Bianca Gervais dares with some sharp questions. “Did you like your songs? she asks them with a smile. Emmanuel McEwan, who was 18 at the time of the tour, candidly replies that a party “with lots of chips and booze,” as he sang with Urban Defense, wasn’t really for his age. Today, certain Mixes still gravitate in the world of music. For example, Ariane Laniel and Frank Hudon recently released a new song.

Photo Eve B. Lavoie, provided by Crave

Extract from Mixmania: 20 years later

…and tears

These reunions also bring some tears, especially when the host asks the mixed that they are now parents if they would let their children participate in a similar adventure. Visibly still marked by their far from normal adolescence, they reflect before answering in the affirmative. The excitement is also palpable as fans and artists, including Katherine Levac and Marie-Lyne Joncas, thank their childhood idols for playing a part in their lives, with carefully preserved collages of vintage items. Mixmania: 20 years later will greatly please the many fans of No Regrets and Urban Defense, now in their 30s or 20s, regardless of whether they sang You go out loud at the Bell Center or that they bought the album on the sly.

Mixmania: 20 years later will be available on Crave starting June 22.

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