14th of July 2021
Press release for immediate release - July 14th, 2021
Rouyn-Noranda, July 14, 2021 - In order to not keep you waiting until the official unveiling, the Festival des Guitares du Monde en Abitibi-Témiscamingue team wants to surprise you with two new headliners for our upcoming 17th edition. What's more, this is a very first visit to Festival des Guitares du Monde for both these artists !
We eagerly await to welcome a Quebec rock artist, the well-established guitarist Michel Pagliaro - ‘’PAG’’ as he is known to his friends and fans. Always on the road, Pagliaro presents a multitude of rock and roll songs which over the years have marked the lives of his many listeners. A perfectionist, Michel Pagliaro has been in the business for more than 50 years, far from fashions and trends, and above all, in total freedom. In his acoustic show, ‘’PAG’’ creates an intimate atmosphere with his timeless hits - a magical evening of nostalgic moments.
Friday, October 1, 2021 | 8:00 PM | Théâtre du Cuivre
Pagliaro is a singer-songwriter and rock guitarist from Quebec. It was in dance halls and church basements that Pagliaro's career took off in the 1960s. Michel Pagliaro's experience in recording studios began in 1966, where he discovered a passion for sound recording and production techniques. Motivated by this creative energy, he composed, wrote and recorded his many hits that are still present in both French and English hearts. He is well known for his song ‘’J'entends frapper’’, which was a big hit in 1972.
Although he writes and records primarily in French, he has also written lyrics in English and was the first Canadian artist to be listed simultaneously in both the French and English top 40 in Canada. He is the recipient of many prestigious awards for his work. On stage or in the studio, the journey continues...belting out his rock and roll songs and once again capturing the hearts of his avid followers.
Video link : Song | J'entends frapper | Michel Pagliaro
A FIRST SOLO ALBUM FOR THIS TALENTED MUSICIAN
Our second guitarist revealed today, David lafleche, is well known to the artistic community and also to the Quebec public as a musical director in his many television shows such as ‘’Bons baisers de France’’ and ‘’La Voix’’ and as well large-scale events such as the ADISQ Gala. As a singer-songwriter, he recently released his very first solo album ‘’Everyday Son’’ a in the Americana style. We must highlight the collaboration of his creative life companion Marie-Mai who also signed a few songs onto this album. Two other important album co-producers are the American singer Derik Hultquist and Connor Seidel (‘’Les Sœurs Boulay’’, ‘’Matt Holubowski’’). It was in Nashville that David was moved by country sound often heard in his songs which you will have the chance to discover during his performance at the Festival des Guitares.
Thursday, October 7, 2021 | 7 : 30 PM | Petit Théâtre du Vieux Noranda*
*this show will also be offered in webcast
David Lafleche is a Quebecois guitarist, musical director and album producer. From a very young age, he was surrounded by music. His father, Jacques Laflèche, was a musical director and his mother, Hélène Levasseur, was a singer in the famous group yéyé ‘’The Milady's’’. He is also the nephew of Gisele Mackenzie Laflèche, a legendary Canadian singer of the 1960s and 1970s. With his discovery of the electric guitar, David left for Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music.
Over the years, he has performed as a conductor and musical director on television. In addition to collaborating on the production and the arrangements of several albums, David built his own studio the ‘’Three House Music Collective’’ found in the Laurentian region and he also signed for the soundtrack of the film ‘’Starbuck’’.
With the influence of James Taylor, an introduction to country music, along with to his passion for Americana, David’s first single ‘’ We Collided’’ became a reality for the singer-songwriter in 2020.
Video link : Song | We Collided | David Lafleche
The Festival team very proudly announces these 3 great guitarists for this 17th edition which, do not forget – a one time change only, will be held in the fall this year from October 1 to 9:
But you'll have to be patient before you see the full program... The official unveiling will be in mid-August. Until then, keep following us on Facebook, Instagram and at FGMAT.COM.
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Renée Arsenault, communication manager
Festival des Guitares du Monde