Guylaine Tanguay is an unmatched talent in Quebec music. Often referred to as Quebec’s “Queen of Country” Tanguay has put out a string of stellar country albums in the past few years. There aren’t enough ways to describe how sincere and powerful Tanguay’s musical talent really is (most of which I have already used). Tanguay recently released her most recent studio album, Mon livre vertjust this past June. The album contains some of Tanguay’s best work including a country-style version of the debut single from a young Céline Dion, “Ce n’était qu’un rêve.”
Tanguay’s version of “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” sparked the interest in creating a show dedicated to celebrating the music of Céline Dion. Tanguay along with seven talented musicians take to the stage in Ce n’était qu’un rêve a tribute to Céline Dion.
On now until October 15th (Cabaret du Casino – Montreal) and October 22nd(Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy – Gatineau), Ce n’était qu’un rêve is Tanguay’s “zero country” homage to one of the biggest artists in music. Céline Dion has had an astounding career featuring platinum-selling albums, number one singles, sell out world tours, and one of the most successful Las Vegas residencies in history. Adored by millions, Dion has no short supply of quality music. Originating from Charlemagne, Quebec Dion has gone on to tackle the world and touch the hearts of her fans and become an icon.
Tanguay and her team carefully created a show that would not only showcase Tanguay’s ability to vocally emulate Dion’s voice and talent but to recognize the musical efforts and strides Dion has made as an artist. Ce n’était qu’un rêve features over 20 of Dion’s songs covering many time frames and aspects of her lengthy career. Dion released her first official album, La voix du bon Dieuaround the age of 13. Since then she has demonstrated how powerful her talent is with more than 150 singles, and over 25 studio albums.
The show opens with an acoustic set. To see Tanguay perform acoustically is truly something special and such an intimate opportunity you can’t help but be moved by her voice alone. The acoustic set features some of Dion’s earlier songs such as; “Mon ami m’a quitté” and the title track from 1983’s Les chemins de ma maison, “D’amour ou d’amitié” from 1982/83’s Tellement j’ai d’amour…, and the title track from 1981’s La voix du bon Dieu.
Once the acoustic set wraps up the curtain rises, and Tanguay is backed by her full band of talented musicians. Featuring the show’s title song “Ce n’était qu’un rêve” Tanguay carries on the journey of Dion’s music with some of her well-known French singles; “Tellement j’ai d’amour pour toi,” “Une colombe,” “Incognito,” and “Unison.” Covering multiple moments in Dion’s career, Tanguay also explains to the audience her connection to Dion. Explaining how Dion’s music touched her as a little girl, and singing along to her albums gave Tanguay something to aspire to vocally.
Ce n’était qu’un rêve covers some of Dion’s biggest hits and continues the journey through her musical library with; “River Deep, Mountain High,” “I Drove All Night,” “The Power of Love,” and the all-time classic “My Heart Will Go On.” Matching Dion vocally note for note is by no means an easy feat for any singer. Tanguay handles each song with comfort and ease. Tanguay is a very natural performer and the music flows through her powerful voice.
Any opportunity to catch Tanguay perform is a great opportunity. For fans of Dion you will not be disappointed by this heartfelt homage to the musical icon. For those who are huge fans of Tanguay’s country career, this is a great opportunity to witness Tanguay’s versatility and watch Tanguay take on Dion’s repertoire with class and elegance. There are still a few performances to catch in both Montreal and Gatineau, Quebec.
Remaining Ce n’était qu’un rêve performances:
24 September 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
29 September 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
01 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
06 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
08 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
12 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
13 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
15 October 2017: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino
22 October 2017: Gatineau – Théâtre du Casino du Lac-Leamy