All of Live from the Universe |  sing, love, care

All of Live from the Universe | sing, love, care

After the Christmas album from a year ago, the set oflive from the universe has prepared a show for the holidays this year. We entered his bubble before the performance on Monday at the Salle André-Mathieu, in Laval, and we attended this show in his image, festive and joyful, but also benevolent and warm.


Preparations

The set oflive from the universe it is made up of six singers and five musicians who can be seen every week on the program presented by France Beaudoin. Adjusting to their television schedules, they managed to organize a small tour of about ten dates, which takes them to various cities around Montreal.


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Jason McNally, who has just arrived, chats with his companions in the boxes.

“When we planned this last year, we were still in a pandemic, and we didn’t know if it would work! We hope to be able to shoot it for several years,” explains showgirl Roxane Filion, who acts as the project’s artistic director.

But in reality, everyone is doing their part. We learned it from an amazing captain, France, a producer and presenter who brings people together. We come from that school, it could not be otherwise.

roxana filion

If there is one word to describe the troop, everyone repeats it, it is the word “family”. “It’s the family we choose,” says Roxane Filion.


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Virginia Cummins has been with the show since its inception 14 years ago, and the other five showgirls have been there for 10 years.

“We are all different, but everyone adds something and loves each other’s voices, emphasizes Virginie Cummins. When we’re all together, it’s magical. For the album and for this series of shows, everyone really got their hands dirty. Everyone has a strong point besides singing. »

the sound check

  • Monday's show was only the third in the series, so soundcheck is the best time to make a lot of small adjustments.  The atmosphere remains light, but focused: after a first medley, while the musicians work on other aspects of the show, the six choristers spend long minutes tuning a single harmony and chatting a bit about everything and nothing.  .

    PHOTO CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, SPECIAL COLLABORATION

    Monday’s show was only the third in the series, so soundcheck is the best time to make a lot of small adjustments. The atmosphere remains light, but focused: after a first medley, while the musicians work on other aspects of the show, the six choristers spend long minutes tuning a single harmony and chatting a bit about everything and nothing. .

  • “We pay a lot of attention to detail, we're cheeky,” says Virginie Cummins.  We do that all the time, finding the best formula, the best possible recipe for a song to peak.  »

    PHOTO CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, SPECIAL COLLABORATION

    “We pay a lot of attention to detail, we’re cheeky,” says Virginie Cummins. We do that all the time, finding the best formula, the best possible recipe for a song to peak. »

  • Jason McNally pens most of the vocal arrangements, but the six singers know each other so well that things fit almost naturally.  “This mix between our voices gives color to this program.  After 10 years, it cannot be invented.  My gift is to always go further in the work of harmonies, to challenge myself.  »

    PHOTO CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, SPECIAL COLLABORATION

    Jason McNally pens most of the vocal arrangements, but the six singers know each other so well that things fit almost naturally. “This mix between our voices gives color to this program. After 10 years, it cannot be invented. My gift is to always go further in the work of harmonies, to challenge myself. »

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Before the show


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The singers gather in a dressing room to (still) perfect parts of the song. Here, Jason McNally, Émilie Janvier and Roxane Filion.

After the sound check, some young parents are going to do a little FaceTime with his kids. It’s dinner time, the pizza has just arrived, people are spilling out everywhere to eat. “We already know where we are going to eat in each city,” says music director Jean-Benoit Lasanté. That is the idea of ​​doing this Christmas show together. We are family, that says it all. Everybody wants to be there. »

  • It's dinner time, Caroline Côté greets the children of Valérie Boulianne.

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    It’s dinner time, Caroline Côté greets the children of Valérie Boulianne.

  • Music director Jean-Benoit Lasanté chats with bassist Peter Kisilenko.  “The five musicians in the band have been working together for 12 years.  Our great strength, I would say, is listening.  »

    PHOTO CATHERINE LEFEBVRE, SPECIAL COLLABORATION

    Music director Jean-Benoit Lasanté chats with bassist Peter Kisilenko. “The five musicians in the band have been working together for 12 years. Our great strength, I would say, is listening. »

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As the singers begin to change into their stage clothes, Jason McNally is ironing his shirt. “I like to do that, it calms me down. Opening night at L’Assomption, he says, everyone was pretty stressed.

We are not at home, on the set, we come to the people. The circumstances are different. But we’re family and it’s just the big party. And if there is something, we will help each other! We are here to help and love each other.

Jason McNally

“Each member of the group takes care of the others. This is what our strength does”, Roxane Filion also believes.


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Roxane Filion, Virginie Cummins, Jason McNally and Caroline Côté just before going on stage

Monday night was the first time the company had offered the show without a teleprompter: with 66 songs on the clock, sung in whole or in part, including a traditional medley of no fewer than 22 tracks! – is a long, long text to learn.

“But we trust each other a lot,” says Roxane Filion. It is our mandate on live from the universe, to be everyone’s safety net. So if one of us steps into the void, we’ll pick him up. »

The show

“I think if people love us it’s because through television we were able to show that we were 100% authentic,” believes Jason McNally. It is indescribable, this complicity. »


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The six singers are always on stage, even during each other’s solos.

“We are here for the singers, explains musical director Jean-Benoit Lasanté. We are part of the team, but it is their show. In any case, the presentation of the musicians is made from the beginning of the show: it is clear, the team spirit reigns.

Jean-Benoit Lasanté is amazed by the talent of the singers, perhaps even more so than on the show. “Because I listen to them individually. I discovered the soloists of the choristers. »

This is what is striking, in fact, the beauty and precision of the voices of these shadow artists, whom we also get to know throughout the performance. This friendly aspect -there are many complicit glances and smiles- and simplicity is one of the charms of the show, as is the choice of songs. We are not here in an exclusively Christmas repertoire, but rather in an atmosphere, in themes and musical styles.


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showgirls in action

“We just pick songs that we like,” says Jason McNally. It is more personalized than what we usually do”, says Jean-Benoit Lasanté. And we think of everyone: both the people who want to celebrate and have a drink as well as those for whom Christmas makes them sadder or melancholic.

“We stick to the values ​​of the Christmas season”, emphasizes Roxane Filion. But it’s refreshing to talk about something other than the little red-nosed reindeer. And to see six people give each other so much love and sow happiness around them.


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