Just like the Beatles in 1969, Mara Tremblay and Philippe B. were playing on the roof Saturday afternoon. It was not in London but in Montreal, on the roof of Ubisoft’s building. The concert didn’t end with a police intervention but with rounds of applause. But still, it was on a roof.
To sum it up, the experience was a pure moment of simplicity. Philippe B. was the first to play in front of let’s say 100-150 people. Everybody seemed to enjoy his songs. This guy is not as famous as he would deserve to be. He’s more than just another songwriter, he’s a craftsman and his workshop fitted the place superbly.
Then Mara Tremblay appeared. Boots on, simple dress and a mega-smile on her face. She was obviously happy to do that very special concert, just like was the quiet audience who kept smiling back at her.
I love singers who can talk between songs without talking too much and Mara found the perfect talking/singing balance. She gave us some funny facts about how some songs have been created, a lot of her love songs were filled with disappointment, bitterness and self mockery. From tenderness to laughter she gave a memorable acoustic concert and was just beautiful on the roof of Montreal.
The two next unplugged shows will be August 27th with Snailhouse and Monogrenade and September 24th (Unknown artist)