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On January 3, host Sébastien Diaz asked a very good question on Twitter: “Will certain brands have the intelligence to cancel their partnership with certain“ influencers ”who are gleefully flaunting themselves in the South while ignoring instructions from Public Health? “

We know the “touristatas”, a term coined by my colleagues from Newspaper, to designate tourists who do not respect the rules.

But touristotons are these influencers who multiply the selfies on Instagram, their feet in the sand and their buttocks in a swimming pool … while Ottawa has been saying since March not to TRAVEL!


I went for a little tour on the Instagram page of “denounce.influencers” where a Robin Hood of the web lists the worst stupidities of our “influencers” who left for the South. I confess to you that I did not know if I should laugh or cry.

How to respond when Maggiefromthebloc, 51,000 subscribers, says, “The only thing you blame me for is going on vacation while others can’t. But you chose to work in health care my dear, you chose to go to work changing diapers, you just had to choose another career, I’m so sorry. ”

Are we to take our word for Polinagrace, 181,000 subscribers, who “shakes the candy” in Costa Rica in November and who tells us that she will be quarantined on her return?

What about MarieMaxime who left for Mexico with her two new friends, right breast and left breast, and who informs us: “You have to take a COVID test to come back to Canada. It costs a cost. Since it costs us a cost to come back, we extend for another week. “

What about the relentless logic of Karl Sabourin, ex ofOD South Africa, who justified his catamaran trip to Mexico: “Here is the high season. It doesn’t matter if I’m the one going on the boat with lots of people I gather, it’s going to be the same. Catamarans don’t leave here if they’re not full, and they’re all full. “

And then there are all these influencers, whose main occupation seems to be to show their swollen anatomy (arms for men, buttocks and breasts for women) and who photograph themselves in the middle of a party, zero masks, glued glued , with the alcohol flowing freely.

At least the touristatas that Clara Loiseau told us about were discreet and avoided the cameras. The touristotons, them (and especially them), are proud to show their tan to the whole world.

At least Liberal MP Pierre Arcand didn’t show up in Speedo, with biceps open, a glass of pina colada in hand, when he left for Barbados …


I don’t know what saddens me the most: that companies (like Air Canada) pay influencers to go for a walk with their ass under the palm trees. Or that people so devoid of common sense, so narcissistic, could be seen as having the slightest influence on anyone.

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A shocking film

Beautiful, powerful and heartbreaking, the drama Reborn (Pieces of a Woman) fully deserves the praise it has received since the start of the 2021 Oscar race.

Released on Netflix on Thursday after causing a sensation at the last Venice Film Festival last September, this feature film by the talented Hungarian filmmaker Kornél Mundruczó (Delta) stands out for its controlled staging and incredible dramatic intensity.

From the very start of his film, Mundruczó unsettles the viewer by confronting them with a moving childbirth scene, shot as a single 25-minute sequence shot. This dizzying sequence, which inhabits us for a long time, is filmed with stunning accuracy and realism.

But this childbirth, unfortunately, ends badly. As soon as it comes out of Martha’s (Vanessa Kirby) womb, the baby dies in her mother’s arms under the desperate and helpless gazes of her father Sean (Shia LaBeouf) and the midwife who accompanies them (Molly Parker).

The rest of the film recounts the terrible mourning the young couple is facing. Inhaled with a sense of guilt, Martha wishes she could donate her baby’s body to science, while Sean instead seeks to sue the midwife on the accusation of neglect.

A demanding role

Known for her portrayal of Princess Margaret in the series The Crown, British actress Vanessa Kirby delivers an exceptional performance in this complex and demanding role. Her dazzling acting, especially in the heartbreaking scene of childbirth, is in itself worth the detour. Kirby won the award for best actress at the last Venice Film Festival and she can already be predicted for sure an Oscar nomination.

Shia LaBeouf and the legendary Ellen Burstyn (who plays Martha’s mother) also offer moving performances.

Another subject of interest to the Quebec public: even though its plot is set in Boston, Pieces of a Woman was filmed in Montreal last year. We recognize the Quebec metropolis very well in several scenes of the film.

A film by Kornél Mundruczó

With Vanessa Kirby, Shia Labeouf and Ellen Burstyn. Available on Netflix

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Nothing to laugh about!

Late-night talk show hosts put their usual jokes aside to talk about Wednesday’s events on Capitol Hill.

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A role in France for Serge Postigo

As Quebec enters new confinement, France smiles at Serge Postigo: he will be one of the headliners of the musical The producers, presented at the Théâtre de Paris next September.

Musicals, Serge Postigo has played several in his career, roles in Grease, Irma the sweet and New staking out his curriculum vitae. But in recent years, he has moved to the other side of the spotlight, signing the adaptation, translation and directing of Mary poppins, Footloose, Fame, then Mamma mia !.

He was starting to miss the effervescence of the boards. Or rather, it was the balance between the two trades that he wanted to find.

“The musical is what I love to do on stage the most. Indisputably. But the creative side of directing, that too I need. I really need both, “he explains, in an interview with Newspaper.

The Work of Mel Brooks

In this first French adaptation of Mel Brooks’s work, Serge Postigo will play Max Bialystock, an unscrupulous Broadway producer who tries to bail out his coffers with an accounting scam. But, of course, this ploy will not have the desired effects, ultimately resulting in some hilarious scenes.

First created for cinema in 1967, The producers was adapted on Broadway, in 2001, with Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the lead roles. The two actors then reprized these onscreen roles for the blockbuster 2005 film.

Serge Postigo knew the broad outlines of this story rather sketchily, never having seen the show on stage. But it was his wife, actress Karine Belly, who convinced him to attend the auditions in February 2020.

The comedian, however, knew the role was not won in advance. Because although it is widely known in Quebec, its name is however very unfamiliar to the French.

“There is something very exciting about being auditioned in front of people who don’t know me, and who I don’t know either. But it takes openness and humility to do it, especially at 52. You have to love the job, ”he explains.

Adapt a cult film

Waiting to get on stage for The producers, Serge Postigo will have something to keep busy. From March, he will sign the directing and theatrical adaptation of the cult film Grandpa is resisting, in addition to being the star.

The show, which will begin rehearsals in the coming days, will also be televised, presented live on France 2 in June.

Even though French theaters are still closed at the moment, Serge Postigo and his team are prepared for any eventuality so that they can take the stage in time for the premiere of Grandpa is resisting, scheduled for March 2. If the curfew is maintained, the show will run on weekends – rather than weekdays – with two to three performances per day.

“You have to keep moving forward and working, if only to feel alive. And as soon as theaters can open again, they’re going to have to have something to present. So we will be ready, ”says Serge Postigo.

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What to watch on TV on Friday?

Here are some suggestions for shows and films to watch on French-language television on Friday, January 8:

“Josh Gates, Alien Tracker”

American Josh Gates has a new quest: to discover alien life. He is followed on a visit to NASA and during his hunt for evidence on Chilean soil. In addition, he has the chance to lay eyes on a video of UFOs and support scientists.

Friday, 5 p.m., Évasion.


Biographical mini-series revolving around the life of the first President of the United States. The responsibility of portraying George Washington, who started out as an officer in the British Army, has been attributed to Nicholas Rowe. Long before he was a prominent politician, Washington was drawn to fame and prestige.

Friday, 7 p.m., Historia.

“Quebec Code”

First episode of this show hosted by Dave Ouellet. Far from his character of MC Gilles, he paints a current portrait of Quebec after the publication of a poll book concocted by Jean-Marc Léger. It is about young “german” women and the great popularity of hockey.

Friday, 7:30 p.m., Télé-Québec.

“The correction”

They were still children when they tasted, prisoners, the violence of a guard. Years after having suffered abuse, four men meet to work out their revenge. Drama with big names in American cinema, including Brad Pitt, Robert De Niro, Dustin Hoffman and Kevin Bacon.

Friday, 8 p.m., MAX.


There is no shortage of intense heat and pleas for help in Los Angeles as we enter the second season. Add to this the visit of Buck’s sister (Oliver Stark) whose husband is abusive, Athena (Angela Bassett) questioning her relationship and the arrival of a disturbing firefighter at the fire station.

Friday, 9 p.m., VAT.

“Food shots”

Host and former hockey player Dave Morissette loves to get on his bike. Especially if it is synonymous with stops in his favorite culinary places, for all the sweet tooth, which he allows himself in the company of Sébastien Benoît. On the menu: pastries, pastries and sweets in Saint-Bruno.

Friday, 10 p.m., Zest.

“The great heat”

Marie-Thérèse Fortin and François Arnaud share intimate moments for this Quebec comedy in which Gisèle, a fifty-year-old widow, cannot resist the charms of Yannick, a very young man. The age difference is not the problem, but the people in Gisèle’s life, yes …

Friday, 11:05 p.m., ICI Radio-Canada Télé.

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‘Balthazar’: a brilliant, but flayed forensic scientist takes over the small screen

A new multifaceted male character has landed in Quebec: the French forensic scientist Raphaël Balthazar. “Great professional,” “skinned alive” and “teasing kid in the face of the authority of Captain Bach,” he stars in his own series, “Balthazar”, offered on MAX. Interview with Tomer Sisley who brings it to life.

– Tomer Sisley, how do you like to describe your character to those who don’t know him yet?

“Raphaël Balthazar is a forensic pathologist, the youngest head of the Forensic Institute in France. He is reputed to be brilliant; he came out first in his promotion. And he is a totally iconoclastic character who is also tortured by the murder of the woman of his life, 12 years ago, that he cannot forget, with whom he lives every day, with whom he has conversations as if she is present when it is only her unconscious. He is a character who has little more to lose in life because he considers his greatest gem to have already been lost. “

– Is it his incessant need to take risks that seduced you?

“It’s part of what I brought to the character. Basically, the writers sold me the story of a lively skinny who speaks with himself. It looks like he’s talking to the dead, but in fact, they’re conversations with his subconscious. When I was told that he burned life at both ends, that he had conquests and that he drank a lot of alcohol, I said to the production: “Guys, if we work together, the same thing is told, but in a different way. We make him take a little more risk, we give him unusual sports activities. ” Quite simply because I do it. “

– What is your best acting challenge in this role?

“Maybe it’s trying to make the monologues that can be long at times digestible, with forensic vocabulary. It’s trying to popularize things that aren’t obvious. “

– You have been working on projects for more than 20 years; what place do you give to this series?

“There isn’t a fiction that I haven’t made that I’m so involved in. At all levels: writing, ideas, interpretation, direction, lighting, editing … everything. I loved getting my hands dirty and the place I was given in the creation of this series. It’s a pretty rare chance. “

– You say that shooting this series takes you about six months a year and that you haven’t stopped working for three years, but you have to save time to come to Quebec …

“The last time I set foot in Quebec was in 2003, and I loved the experience. You are a people so much more welcoming and so much more smiling than the French speakers of the rest of the planet, except perhaps the Belgians. It is a real pleasure to work in Quebec. “

  • The “Balthazar” series airs Thursdays at 8 p.m. on MAX. It is starting tonight.
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Rafael Payare to replace Kent Nagano at OSM

The Orchester symphonique de Montréal (OSM) has chosen Kent Nagano’s replacement. Beginning with the 2022-2023 season, which begins on September 1, Venezuelan Rafael Payare will act as the ninth musical director in the history of the OSM.

Mr. Payare will be the first South American to hold the post and will remain there for a period of at least five years. The conductor made his debut with the OSM in 2018. He conducted the orchestra again the following year.

The 40-year-old Rafael Payare won the prestigious Malko International Competition for Young Conductors in Denmark in 2012. Over the years he has conducted symphony orchestras in Berlin, Vienna, London, Munich, Chicago and Paris.

“It is a great honor and a great pleasure to have been chosen as the next musical director of the fantastic Montreal Symphony Orchestra,” Rafael Payare said in a statement.

Getting the opportunity to create, perform and discover new musical possibilities with the wonderful group of OSM artists is a most exciting prospect. I hope with all my heart to offer the OSM audience, in complete complicity with the musicians, many moments of happiness, pride and hope. “

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A new summit for François Legault’s press briefings

No less than 3,524,000 Quebecers watched François Legault’s press briefing on Wednesday. Press briefing during which the Premier of Quebec revealed the details surrounding the curfew for the next few weeks to slow the progression of the coronavirus.

The conference was broadcast live simultaneously on TVA, LCN and ICI RDI.

According to preliminary Numeris data compiled by deepblue Canada, 1,531,000 viewers followed the event on TVA, 1,080,700 on LCN, and 912,300 on ICI RDI.

In other words, nearly 9 out of 10 Quebecers in front of their televisions between 5:00 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. listened to the CAQ leader’s speech.

This is a new high for these press briefings.

At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, speeches by François Legault and Horacio Arruda rallied 2,500,000 viewers every day at 1 p.m. This average was reached at the turn of March and April, when all of Quebec was on a forced break.

Ratings from Wednesday’s press briefing are close to those of Bye Bye 2020, which shattered a record by rallying 3,814,000 viewers on December 31.

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The singer of Jamiroquai taken for a rioter

English music group Jamiroquai frontman Jay Kay, who some thought he recognized as a pro-Trump protester having invaded the Capitol, explained Thursday that he was not this man wearing a fur hat immortalized by the photographers.

“Hello everyone!” The 51-year-old singer said in a video posted to Twitter. “Some of you might think you saw me in Washington last night, but I wasn’t with all these freaks,” he adds.

The singer Jamiroquai


The singer Jamiroquai

On social media, some laughed at the resemblance between Jay Kay, a lover of wacky headgear, and the protester in disguise, actually a member of the far-right conspiracy movement QAnon known by the pseudonym of “Yellowstone Wolf”. The latter entered the Capitol, his face painted and wearing an impressive headdress with horns and fur, making an impression.

“I love the headgear, but I’m not sure that’s my type of dating,” Jay Kay wrote on Twitter.

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“On your own”: the economy made easy with Pierre-Olivier Zappa

Numbers are not your cup of tea and tax returns are giving you a headache? Pierre-Olivier Zappa has long been like you. This will not prevent him from taking the helm of the new business magazine “À votre affaires”, at LCN, from Monday, January 11.

Presented live from Monday to Friday, at 6:30 p.m., this new program will analyze economic news and its impacts on the daily lives of Quebecers.

“For a long time, as a citizen, the economy did not interest me and scared me. But the more we understand the economy, the more we understand the options available to us. I therefore want to make it pleasant, interesting and accessible, ”says Pierre-Olivier Zappa.


Investments, taxes, stock markets, government programs (and their adaptation to the consequences of COVID), movements within large companies, social trends (such as teleworking), digital transformations (it is estimated that several jobs that will be occupied by future generations are ‘do not exist yet): how do these sometimes vague realities for ordinary people affect our lives?

“On your own” will analyze all these issues, going beyond numbers and mathematics.

“The mandate is really to address the concerns, concerns and questions of the public, bringing up a whole host of cases, hence the title of the show,” explains Pierre-Olivier Zappa. Business that concerns the economy, personal finances, the decisions we make on a daily basis. I believe that the pandemic has highlighted the need to have access to reliable and precise information, in real time. ”

The journalist, who we saw brilliantly handling the interactive map of American states during the elections in our neighbors to the South, on November 3, will make great use of this type of tool for “On your own”, in a studio specially fitted out.

The platform will be punctuated by presentations by invited experts (virtual for the moment) and exclusive reports. The public will also be able to ask their questions live.

“People have questions and are looking for reliable sources. This format will allow us to take the time to answer them. “

“Error on the person?”

Pierre-Olivier Zappa currently stands out for his economic analyzes on the TVA Nouvelles newsletters.

And yet, nothing, a few years ago, indicated that this master’s degree graduate in political communication, former high school teacher in a disadvantaged school in Longueuil, who also worked as a research assistant at UQÀM, special advisor to UNESCO and in the field of public relations, would one day be called upon to dissect the economy on television. On his own, the 33-year-old is proof that finance touches everyone.

“I’ve always been very interested in political science and, quite frankly, when my bosses at TVA commissioned me to cover the economy, I asked them where they got this idea from. I didn’t know anything about economics, and I thought economics was boring! (laughs) The last pages of the newspaper I read were about economics … if I had time to read them. I told them they were wrong on the person! “

“And luckily, it was the best decision for me. Because I have discovered that the economy has an impact on people’s daily lives. I became passionate about economics, because I realized that it is everywhere. Now, the economic pages are the first I read in the newspaper! ”, Adds with a laugh the one who has worked for the TVA Group for eight years.

  • “On your own”, Monday to Friday, 6:30 pm, at LCN, starting January 11.