The Québec Chronicles
with Danielle Tremblay
Number One - March, 1998
Québécois Musical Production Update On The Web
For my first Québec chronicle, I'd like to give you the best links to
find out about where some of our best music comes from. Some sites serve the collective
interests of the artists and/or their producers. Some others contain the
thoughts of homegrown journalists on the most dynamic trends in Quebec's
music: pop, underground and everything else in between.
(1) MAGAZINE DÉCIBELS:
Edited by Michel Harvey, this online magazine informs you with an
independent and lively stance on topics ranging from our alternative music
scene (rock, rap, techno-industrial, etc.) to essays and critiques on world
music made in Québec, not forgetting avant-garde «chanson» and developments
in film music, contemporary jazz and other wild currents. IN FRENCH.
(2) REVUE CHANSONS:
These archives probably contain the most well-written comments on recent
musical productions of newcomers as well as staple artists: Coma, Diane Dufresne, Daniel Lavoie, Musique
Multi-Montréal (Festival), Roger Tabra and Nanette Workman, to name a few.
Also fluent on French artists and francophone artists from other parts of
the world. All critiques extracted from the magazine Chansons. IN FRENCH.
RIDEAU is an association regrouping show producers from all parts of Québec
and the artists they represent. It is a formidable showcase for all kinds
of performers and entertainers. The link suggested here goes directly to
the database of artists and groups in different categories:
«Variétés-Chanson» (Singers-Songwriters), «Variétés-Humour» (Comics),
«Musique» (Musicians in all fields), «Théâtre» (Theater and related
performing arts), «Danse» (Dance and related performing arts). Then you can
follow many other links to portraits of the artists and to their record
companies or agents. Attractive format and information about several shows
«on the road». Also, I found the showcases of many NEW artists on this site
only. IN FRENCH.
(4) SCOOP DES ARTS:
This webzine is interesting mostly for its colorful chronicles, especially
the «Chanson francophone Archives». You can read about artists like the
young Québécois-Haïtian songwriter Pascale Leblanc, La Bande
Magnétik, Daniel Bélanger, and our beloved mature
«pop diva» Ginette Reno. With sound clips and sometimes video clips. IN
Bye for now,