Rufus and Martha Wainwright sing for la Fête de la St Jean, Parc Maisonneuve, Montréal, le 24 juin 2011

Posted June 6th, 2011 by Anna

The line-up looks great. Read more about it (in French) FETE NATIONALE – LE 24 JUIN MONTREAL, QC Rufus and Martha are doing a couple of McGarrigle-Tatartcheff tunes and I hear Ruf will duet with Robert Charlebois. We’ll all be there to cheer them on. St John the Baptist has long been the patron saint of nationalist Quebec and his feast day falls June 24 around the time of the Summer Solstice. Lately I’ve discovered the fabulously shocking Richard Strauss opera Salome based on Oscar Wilde’s play and I’ve become more than a little obsessed with John the Baptist, sex-object..I will kiss thy mouth Jokanaan.

2 Responses:

  1. Campbell says:

    June 6th, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    One of my earliest memories is seeing some biblical epic well over 50 years ago w/ salome and the head of john the baptist. 1958, a year before Duplessis died, my father took me to the parade. There was a child in a Freddie Bartholomew haircut and wearing sheep ( lamb?) skins. I also saw a man w/ no legs wheeling himself along the street watching the parade.There’s a strange leitmotif of sexuality to the Salome story. It hit me even in 1957.
    “Québec Love, Ca c’est Mon Bag” – R. Charlebois 1969- still la verité

  2. Peter says:

    June 7th, 2011 at 5:21 pm

    Will you be wearing that dress Anna?

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