Trauma – Radio-Canada mini-series

Posted January 26th, 2013 by Anna

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!

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9 Responses:

  1. Philip says:

    January 26th, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    Wow, talk of quick response time! I posted my comment a few hours ago, literally, and voilà it’s done. I am impressed, but of course know better than to think that it wasn’t already planned.
    I will repeat what I said elsewhere for anybody and everybody who wants to hear: GO MARTHA GO! You knocked it out of the park! There will of course be detractors, nay-sayers and nitpickers. But there are more who will be enchanted and as Robert Charlebois so aptly put it:
    “Je me fous pas mal des critiques
    Ce sont des ratés sympathiques
    Chu pas un clown psychédélique
    Ma vie à moi c’est la musique”

    And I say “En-waye Martha, fonce droit devant!”.

    PS:Happy birthday to all and sundry on a sun-shiny day.

  2. Campbell says:

    January 26th, 2013 at 8:34 pm

    And we are ALL goingto buy this record aren’t we ? Yes we are !
    and to quote anna & my drinking buddy from Toronto who is referenced above
    “Québec Love – ca c’est mon bag !”

  3. M says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 12:06 am

    Anna, not to change the subject but i hope you’ll be making more music soon. u r great!

  4. Peter says:

    January 27th, 2013 at 5:13 am

    I admire Martha’s courage, she seems unafraid to take on work in a variety of genres. Well done, can’t wait for the downloads! Peter

  5. David Blake says:

    February 17th, 2013 at 5:03 am

    It would be great if we could access the Canadian i-tunes in the UK. There are some of Martha’s songs there that we just can’t access.

  6. Gregg Osborn says:

    February 18th, 2013 at 1:21 pm

    Looking forward to Martha’s visit to Seattle next month!

  7. Jordan C. says:

    April 3rd, 2013 at 8:35 am

    Campbell says: “And we are ALL going to buy this record aren’t we?”

    Well, unfortunately, no. Since it’s only available from the Canadian flavour of iTunes, and they won’t sell to the UK, US, or anywhere else, MOST people will be unable to buy this. Canada is a great country, but its population is exceeded by that of many other nations. The inevitable result is that Martha’s work is only available to a relative few.

    Why is this?

  8. ruthanzo says:

    April 3rd, 2013 at 9:56 am

    hi jordan, i’m martha’s aunt (not her manager) but i will look into this now.


  9. Peter says:

    April 3rd, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I got it from Amazon Canada and live in the UK, it was about £8! Bargain, they said allow four weeks delivery and it took 3 days. Worth every penny and much more. It helps that some of the songs are translations of English songs by Martha. I am really impressed!

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