Coup de coeur francophone | Le Roy, la Rose et le Lou[p], When Rising Forces Unite

by Jacob Langlois-Pelletier

The day after the Gala de l’ADISQ 2023, what could be better than to see on stage the trio formed by the recipient of the Félix for “Revelation of the Year” in 2022, Ariane Roy, and two former nominees in this category in 2019 and 2021, Lou-Adriane Cassidy and Thierry Larose.

After reuniting on stage for a memorable concert at the Francos 2022, the three singer-songwriters announced a short nine-show tour last June. In front of a packed Club Soda on Monday night, Le Roy, La Rose & Le Lou[p] put in an excellent performance, worthy of their talent.

As the curtain rises, the three artists introduce themselves to the audience, each seated on a chair, guitar in hand. In this acoustic opener, they perform their band’s theme song, followed by a solo track from each member. It’s immediately clear that this is no simple show. The various songs are re-imagined as a trio, giving life to a superb version of Cantalou, adorned with Cassidy and Roy’s harmonies.

From the outset, a special connection is established between them and the audience. Almost silent at times, the crowd admires the talent unfolding before them. However, this short guitar-vocal moment was far from being a harbinger of the rest of the show…

At the end of the more intimate segment, Thierry, Lou-Adriane and Ariane get up and their band takes to the stage. The rhythm becomes frantic, and the drums and guitars go wild. Their voices blend perfectly. The three protagonists’ proposal is rock, it’s hair-raising and it gets Club Soda moving.

The three members jump, dance and smile at each other; their fun is contagious. They exchange the lead role as we browse through their respective discographies. The result is coherent, and we salute all the work that went into putting together such an evening.

Ce qui monte doit redescendre (What goes up must come down), Le Roy, La Rose & Le Lou[p] offered the audience a moment of gentleness and calm at the end of the show. At the piano and accompanied by Ariane Roy’s voice, Lou-Adriane Cassidy sang Ça va ça va. Her gentleness charmed those present and was unequivocally one of the highlights of the show.

After the song Les amants de Pompéi, carried along by the crowd’s singing, Thierry Larose cried out “Vive la musique québécoise! twice. If the art of these three promising artists doesn’t convince you that good music can be made here, you might as well call yourself a lost cause…

Photo credit: Jacob Langlois-Pelletier

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