Pagan Requiem by Marc Labrich

As National Day approaches, Mark Labreche thinks of his passing. Nerds, as a state of mind? The spokesperson is rather appealing to the duty of memory. A mystical, and predictably poetic, conversation with the actor and host, about the spiritual nature of this collective celebration.

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Dominic Late

Dominic Late

In 1975, during this legendary Saint-Jean mountain trek, where Jeannette urged Renaud Quebec to project itself a little higher, and a little further, Marc Labriche was 14 years old and living with his mother in an 18-story tower in the Chemin de la Côte-des -Neiges, in front of the cemetery of the same name. Under his balcony were tombstones.

Fun, as background…the young born teen laughs. “It corresponded to my meditative state at the time,” recalls the actor, who joined while behind the wheel on his way to Quebec, where on Thursday evening on the Plains he would announce a patriotic address, along with Salibarbees, Richard Seguin. , Margot, Sarah Dufour, Florent Volante, Melissa Bedard, Jerome 50, Laura Nickway, Brian LeBeouf, Scott Penn Piccard and Lou-Adrien Cassidy.


Some of the artists who will participate in the National Day appear Thursday evening in Quebec

He decodes the rest of his teenage story with his voice with that little music we know, sweet rave music. “Behind a hill of tombstone before me the cheers of the crowd rose and the voices of the greats of this world gathered on stage in the name of the motherland. And I thought, ‘This is it.’ The dead get up to come and sing something to me.” It was almost a juggling experience, but I read Castaneda a lot. [écrivain associé au chamanisme] At the time, I may have confused the references. »

Whether these worthy visions of magical realism are the result of his readings, or patriotism is as prosperous as it is mystical, does not matter much. The tall blonde is still inhabited to this day by the spiritual perception of this celebration.

There is a bit of a pagan mass in these gatherings, and that really fascinates me. I often move in Saint-Jean, driven by the movement of the masses towards something in common. I take this opportunity to speak to their dead.

Marc Labrecci

Talking to their dead? Han? The conversation had begun in LaBriche’s usual tone, all in ridiculous poetic tones, but suddenly took a more serious turn. This party is connected to me with a duty of memory, yes. Perhaps this is my definition of patriotism: it is the memory, the appreciation of those who were there before us, who overcame trials, and who built what was there to build. »

“And the party has more special meaning this year, after what we’ve been through,” he continues. There are people who will not be able to celebrate, who will not be able to get to the present day and in their memory we can allow ourselves to celebrate. It is for them that we must continue to live. »

long live love

In 2014, on the stage of Gémeaux, Marc Labrèche gave one of the most visible political speeches of his career. “He is beautiful, talent! ”, he fires first. “Bring me some talent! Give me a state, Lord, give me a state! Jean-Martin Aussant, come back! We’ve got some beer! I spontaneously went out to him,” he recalls, today that hat, addressed to the Sovereign Freedom Fighter, who was then in exile in England.

If he still believed in the project of the country – “even if I knew it was outdated” – then Marc Labrich now sees in it less than the end of the horizon towards which we are striving.


Marc Labreche is a spokesperson for 188e National Day.

If we have the country, it’s so much better, but what this project means, to me, is to continue to grow, to fulfill ourselves, in all this openness that we pretend we have towards people from elsewhere. True sovereignty, to me, is there, even if, then, there are also more technical considerations, which should not be overlooked if we really want to think about it.

Marc Labrecci

Presenter this year Nevertheless, it underscores the inclusive nature of this celebration, to which all Quebecers are invited, with or without a yes sign. “Our language has a thousand dialects,” is the theme, so well chosen for this host who is among those who shine in the language of Lélope. There’s even a sort of little Labrèche lexicon, where words like “pelvis” or “organ” alone have the power to generate laughter.

“It adds to the joy of communicating, of choosing between several ways of saying things. If there are several ways of saying ‘I love you’, it can make love more alive, more sparkling, and allow you to step out of everyday life. I find more and more pleasure in trying to use The most accurate words to say things, in the bank I own, which is not as rich as I would like.”

Knowing your language, in short, is a great way to get to know yourself. “It provides tools to get out of the spleen that can attack us, to see that there is a way to say them, and thus, in the end, to live them. It takes me out of my little self-centered state, and sets me free. The words come out of me.”

And his member?

Unfortunately, don’t count on Marc Labrèche to push the note on Thursday night. “I do not have the insolence to go and introduce myself when I will be surrounded by such beautiful bodies.” The tone of his national holidays? Lindbergh It allows me to cross several states at the same time, to visit many countries, including my own. »

Wouldn’t it be so bad if Adrien Cassidy and Marc Labreche, about a duet that combines Claude Belokane. “You should ask Miss Cassidy, who will undoubtedly accept her out of elegance, for she is so generous, but I do not want her to ruin such a wonderful profession.”

The conversation ends, and soon Mark arrives in Quebec. The journalist’s questions didn’t always make him miss his descent? ” Impossible. I closed my eyes the whole time and still walked in the right direction. Perhaps I was instructed by angels or Castaneda. Or by Jean-Martin Aussant.”

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