Much like the last three posts, I’d like to keep the same format for the next several posts (a 3-part mini blog-series, with the first two parts featuring two famous people, and the third part directing you to the audio website of L’Autre midi à la table d’à côté, where you can hear the conversation between the two famous individuals). In this case, we’ll be focusing on Ariane Moffatt and Guylaine Tremblay. With that, lets get into the first post of this next mini blog-series.
In any culture, there seems to be two types of singers & musicians who garner mass public attention.
There are those who are one-hit wonders (you know the type – they come out with a catchy tune, are overplayed on the radio for a few weeks or a couple months, and then people get sick of them and they disappear forever).
Then there are those other ones who consistently come out with high quality work, a major hit or album here and there over the years, and they always seem to be there in the background, making long-lasting contributions to a society’s music. Eventually they become part of a society’s collective cultural identity. Ariane Moffatt is one such singer.
She was born in 1978, and her career really took off in the early 2000’s with a hit album Aquanaute. Over the last decade, she has released a number of other albums. Her numerous Félix Awards – one of Québec’s highest music awards – and her platinum and gold albums attest to her popularity.
A couple posts ago, I mentioned that Charles Lafortune is a host of the hit television singing competition program La Voix (The Voice). Likewise, Ariane Moffatt is a judge on La Voix (You don’t become a judge on a show like that unless you’ve made it, bigtime!).
When discussing singers or actors, it’s always tricky when trying to describe who might be a similar Anglophone Canadian equivalent. Everyone is truly their own person, with their own style – so I hesitate to give comparisons for fear of overgeneralizing. But if I had to pick a couple names, I would say that many of her songs have traits in common with the “softer” side of Alanis Morissette’s (and perhaps even the softer side of Ireland’s Sinead O’Connor). But even with that, Moffatt definitely ventures into other genres, and usually remains loyal to heavy guitar tones to carry many of her songs.
In a couple posts from now we’ll be looking at the conversation Moffatt has with Guylaine Tremblay, Therefore, I’ll quickly mention a bit about her personal life to set the scene for this later post. Moffatt came out a couple of years ago on the wildly popular show Tout le monde en parle. She has a spouse, and they’re raising their two children. Much of the conversation with Tremblay will focus on this aspect of her life.
If you’re looking for some of her work, some of Ariane Moffatt’s better known songs include:
- Je veux tout,
- Point de mire,
- Mon Corps,
- La barricade.
- Also, if you want to hear her interpret an Anglophone song in French, check out her interpretation of “Everybody Hurts”.
Ariane Moffatt’s official website is: www.arianemoffatt.com
Her music is for sale through various venues. Please stick to official sites and do not pirate (our artists are part of our cultural fabric).
MINI “EAVESDROPPING” SERIES
- Ariane Moffatt – An “eavesdropping” short series: Moffatt-Tremblay – Post 1 of 3 (#150)
- Guylaine Tremblay – An “eavesdropping” short series: Moffatt-Tremblay – Post 2 of 3 (#151)
- “L’autre midi, À la table d’à côte”; Moffatt-Tremblay discussion summary post 3 of 3 (#152) (with link to the radio episode)