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This past week was all about Kate, and what a week it was. The family got to see the new monument for the first time on Sun Aug 4. The simple white stone designed by Rufus and Martha and executed by the Brunet family of Ormstown is a fitting tribute to the lovely talented Kate. Her drawing of ‘Skigirl’ graces the front of the stone and on the back is a banjo incorporating lyrics from Kate’s Talk to Me of Mendocino drawn by Rufus.
On Aug. 7 the Place Kate-McGarrigle, a new parkette, on Laurier near Querbes in Outremont, was officially opened and amidst all the speeches and tributes was a special one by Kate’s old friend and piper Ken Mackenzie. Upon hearing the stirring pipes, the President of the Outremont Historical Society turned to me and said ‘I thought you were of Irish and French descent?’ Well, we are mostly, but our paternal grandmother was Joanna Gillis of Fairville, N.B. and for sure we’ve also got good old Native Canadian blood on my mother’s side, like most French-Canadians.
On the evening of Aug 8 the family along with special guests, Robert Charlebois, Marie-Michele Desrosiers, Michel Rivard, Fanny Bloom and Pierre Lapointe did two pretty amazing back-to-back concerts at the Outremont Theatre on Bernard Ouest, in aid of the Kate McGarrigle Fund for Cancer Research. This was followed by an all-night party at Campbell Hendery’s place in the Mile-End..I’m still recovering. Merci, mercy…thank you.
A video I shot at the cemetery intercut with Ken at Place Kate.
Helene de Montigny, my room mate and fellow Beaux-Arts student, McGill students: Ron Doleman, Kate McGarrigle, and her boyfriend Chris Weldon on m’cycle, Daniel Couvreur, also at the Beaux-Arts, outside 1817 rue St Luc Montréal now deMaisonneuve W. where Helene and I lived. Chris always called her Catherine and his nickname was Colossus. Before Matapedia became known as such it was the Ballad of Catherine and Colossus.
All proceeds go to the Kate McGarrigle Fund for Sarcoma Research.
Would love to see you all.
Commemoration of Place Kate-McGarrigle on Laurier in Outremont and Concerts in aid of the Kate McGarrigle Fund at Theatre Outremont.
Aug 7 is the day the City of Outremont honours Kate with the opening of Place Kate-McGarrigle on avenue Laurier near Querbes. For many years, Kate was a familiar figure on Laurier and the family is very touched by this gesture. By then, the Robert Wilson chair, Kate/Nora, will be in place in the small park space now planted with shrubs and flowers that Kate liked. The ceremony is slated to begin around 1.30p.m. or 13.30 and the City is closing off Laurier so people can mill about. Later that evening, Lian Lunson’s Sing Me the Songs That Say I love You will be screened at the Outremont Theatre on avenue Bernard. On Aug 8 there are 2 concerts, also at the Outremont, in honour of Kate and benefiting the Kate McGarrigle Fund. Special guests are Robert Charlebois, Michel Rivard, Marie-Michele Desrosiers, Fannie Bloom and Pierre Lapointe. Martha, Rufus, Jane and I are the hosts. Please come!
FOR TICKETS CHEMINANT VERS MA VILLE – CONCERT POUR/FOR KATE MCGARRIGLE
Fabienne Larouche, the creator and producer of this very popular Quebec series about the lives of emergency room docs, invited Kate’s daughter and my niece, Martha Wainwright to do the 10 songs for this year’s cru now in it’s 4th season. For the past 3 seasons Ariane Moffatt and then Pascale Picard, 2 local artistes, sang popular English songs hand-picked by Fabienne that were then incorporated into the shows. This time around Fabienne thought she’d switch things up and asked Martha, considered to be an English-speaking artist, to interpret the season’s 10 new songs in French. Some of these are Martha’s own compos now translated into French but a couple of the songs are Quebec classics. In particular Offenbach’s, ‘Ayoye, tu m’fais mal’ (Ouch, you’re hurting me) the late Gerry Boulet’s signature song. Martha’s spectacularly emotive take on this song kicked-off the new Trauma season this past week and to use a rather crude term a small sh-tstorm has ensued. Most people like her version but there are dissenters. Some fans of the series don’t think people should be messing with the song, especially an Anglo. I’d like to point out that Martha is a dual-citizen of the U.S. and Canada has many French pure-laine ancestors, to name but a few: Arthur Latrémouille (originally from Embrun, On. same place as singing sensation/imitator Véronic Dicaire is from (we’re probably related!) Cordelia Primeau (Ste-Martine), Edouard Côté (Montréal.) Also, that from the age of 2 months (when her parents split up) Martha grew up in Montréal and graduated from Collège Rachel on the Plateau (now College Laurier.) If you want to join the discussion here’s Trauma’s facebook page. Trauma There are itunes links there for Martha’s cover of Ayoye and for the music from past seasons.
I should mention that the songs that Martha has done for Trauma will be released one at a time as they appear in the series and will be available on itunes. A compilation CD will also be released by Maple Music. Not all the songs that Martha cut for the series (limited to 10) are being used but they will all be on the CD or available as downloads. Enjoy Trauma!
Thanks Philip for the tip about this. I actually was already aware of it, my daughter Lily has been following the brouhaha. It’s her birthday today! Bon anniversaire chère Lily! It’s Jorn’s b-day too. Bon anniversaire cher Jörn!
Last Summer I was kindly invited to compile a playlist for the above show. I thought about it a while then made the decision to play only music by family and friends, rare cuts, demos or live versions of songs I really like. You’re not really supposed to play your own music but I did sneak in a very early Kate and Anna live from 1963 long before we became Kate and Anna. Frank Opolko taped the show here in Montreal at Maison Radio-Canada. He humoured me throughout. I was so hoping to channel Terry Gross or Peter Mansbridge, to come off sounding like a real pro. But I’m afraid it’s just little old me to paraphrase Judith Hearne she of the lonely passion. Thank you Frank!
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