Who: Guylaine Tanguay
When: August 19, 2016
Venue: Festival Montréal Country Main Stage
Where: Old Port Montreal, Quebec
Guylaine Tanguay is one of country music’s finest hidden gems. Singing since the age of six, Tanguay has worked hard and crafted her vocal skills to become one of Quebec’s biggest voices in country music. “I was six years old when I started to sing. I just started singing because my mother was singing. I thought if she could do it, I could do it. So I started singing along just for fun. For me it was very easy, and very natural. Just like it is today, the easiest thing for me to do is to sing. It is when I am most comfortable, when I am most natural, and I am very happy when I can sing. I have no stress at all.” Tanguay tells Canadian Beats about her vocal gift.
When it comes to music, Tanguay’s heart and soul belongs to country music. “I have loved country music from the beginning, when I was very young. My mother listened to it, and my father was a truck driver, so he listened to country music. For me, I think that country music is inside of me. I can sing pop music, I can sing rock music too because I love all music, but the place where I have to be is country music.” Tanguay explains her love and passion for singing country music. “Singing is almost a question of life. It isn’t about a career, it isn’t about a choice. I have to sing. It is from my heart. It is from my soul. It is from me.”
Though a career in any industry can be tough, a career in the music business can be one of the hardest career paths to walk down. As a mother, wife, and country music artist Tanguay keeps her life well balanced to ensure that she can follow her passion and devote time with her family. “I have three girls, and my husband. My family is the first thing in my life, but I have to sing too. I have to share and balance everything. Family and music keeps me happy and keeps me going. With country music, there are good values that allow me to balance them. Country music allows me to be me, and to just keep singing.”
Tanguay has successfully released three commercial albums containing fantastic renditions of her favorite English and French country classics; Passion Country (2010) and Inspiration Country (2015), and Classique Country (10 June 2016). Each album is special and ranges from everything including the well-loved Patsy Cline hit “Crazy” to a countrified version of the 1990 rock hit “Provocante” by Quebec’s own rock Queen, Marjo. When the time comes to carefully select the songs that become part of the albums, Tanguay expresses how she chooses what she is going to record. “I am always making lists of what I want to sing. Sometimes it is a song that I really want to do, and sometimes it is a song that people ask for a lot. When it is time to record the songs, I tell myself “Ok what do I want to sing right now?” Six months from now I could check my list and say no way, no way, no way. I have to be honest with what I want to sing, and it has to tell a good story.”
When the lights go on, Tanguay takes to the stage with natural ability and complete ease. It comes as no surprise that Tanguay’s performing abilities are strong and captivating. Tanguay performed for over 105 minutes on the Festival Montréal Country main stage. Tanguay delivered high energy and a devoted performance. Tanguay opened the evening with her homage to one of Quebec’s most legendary artists, Renée Martel by performing “Darling” and “Cowgirl dorée.” In 2015 when the album C’est mon histoire was recorded, Tanguay lent her voice to the project for her own version of Martel’s country hit “Darling.”
Tanguay kept the night going strong by belting out one song right after another. Performing in the Old Port of Montréal, Tanguay was sure to incorporate many of her favorite French language country hits and country classics that she has recorded over the years into her packed set list. Tanguay also performed tracks from her most recent release, Classique Country including; Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You,” and Johnny Cash’s “Ring of Fire.”
Fire was set to the evening when Tanguay showed off her yodelling skills. Performing Manon Bédard’s “Il m’a montré à Yodler,” Tanguay tore up the stage and impressively yodelled with ease and perfection. While kicking up speed, the audience roared as Tanguay carried on yodelling like a fast freight train. The evening was capped off with Tanguay delivering a stellar rendition of the country/rock hit “Me and Bobby McGee” which has been performed by artists from Janis Joplin to LeAnn Rimes. Tanguay started the song off slow, but picked up momentum and speed and finished the song strong.
The set list for the evening also included; “Colinda,” “Vole colombe,” “Jusqu’au bout du monde,” “ Lâche Pas La Patate,” “Un coin du ciel,” “ La danse de la limonade,” “S’il n’y avait plus de lendemain (Garth Brooks’ If Tomorrow Never Comes),” “Le train qui siffle,” “Quand le soleil,” and Shania Twain’s “Up!” and “J’entends frapper.”
Wrapping up the evening for the first night of the Festival Montréal Country was a huge success for Tanguay. Still caught in the middle of a busy summer schedule, Tanguay still has many dates scheduled to perform throughout the fall season, and into 2017. With a residency at the Montreal Casino, Tanguay will perform La fièvre du country (Country Fever) from September 1st to October 1st at the Montréal Casino. There are still multiple dates to catch this Canadian country sweetheart on stage.
1 September to 1 October 2016: Montréal – Cabaret du Casino de Montréal
4 September 2016: St-Michel des Saints (Festival Country)
5 September 2016: Gatineau (Festival des Montgolfières – With Renée Martel)
18 September 2016: St-Tite: Enregistrement du spécial Télé “La Poule aux oeufs d’Or Gala Country”
4 October 2016: Québec – Salle Albert-Rousseau
15 October 2016: St-Joachin (Église de St-Joachin)
28 October 2016: Drummondville – Maison des arts Desjardins
29 October 2016: Trois-Rivières – Salle J.-Antonio Thompson
11 November 2016: Gatineau – Théâtre du casino du Lac-Leamy
12 November 2016: Gatineau – Théâtre du casino du Lac-Leamy
19 November 2016: L’Assomption – Théâtre Hector-Charland
25 January 2017: Laval – Salle André-Mathieu
26 January 2017: New Richmond – Salle de spectacles régionale Desjardins
27 January 2017: Rimouski – Salle Desjardins-Telus
28 January 2017: Rivière du Loup – Salle Alphonse-Desjardins
11 March 2017: Montmagny – Salle Edwin-Bélanger
21 March 2017: Amos – Théâtre des Eskers
22 March 2017: Val d’Or – Théâtre Télébec
23 March 2017: La Sarre – Théâtre Desjardins
24 March 2017: Rouyn-Noranda – Théâtre du cuivre
25 March 2017: Témiscamingue – Salle Dottori
30 March 2017: Joliette – Salle Roland-Brunelle
1 April 2017: Ste-Hyacinthe – Salle Desjardins
6 April 2017: Sherbrooke – Salle Maurice O’Bready
15 April 2017: Chicoutimi – Théâtre Banque Nationale
30 April 2017: Ste-Thérèse – Théâtre lionel-Groulx
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Music has touched my soul since day one. Whether it is performing or sitting down with some of the biggest names in music, I can always be found sharing my profoundly tender affection of music with anyone who will listen. Being a music journalist has allowed me to expand my knowledge of music and interact with some of my biggest childhood heroes. From days of radio broadcasting to sitting back, kicking off my cowboy boots and sharing my adventures with likeminded music fans online has been nothing short of amazing. Canada is full of true musical talent and I look forward to continuing to share my adventures in music with you.