Funeral of Jean-Pierre Ferland: all the women in his life will be invited

Funeral of Jean-Pierre Ferland: all the women in his life will be invited
Funeral of Jean-Pierre Ferland: all the women in his life will be invited

From Ginette Reno to Céline Dion via Mélissa Bédard, all the great female voices who have crossed the path of Jean-Pierre Ferland will receive an invitation to his national funeral, on 1er June.

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“The ones you imagine, we hope they are there,” says his friend Paul Dupont-Hébert, who takes part in the organization of the ceremony.

Asked about the specific presence of Céline Dion and Ginette Reno, with whom the late great charmer of these ladies had shared the stage for a memorable interpretation of the song A little higher, a little furtheron the Plains of Abraham, in 2008, Mr. Dupont-Hébert specifies that informal discussions have surely already taken place and that official invitations will be sent.

“There will be sung testimonies, spoken testimonies and female testimonies,” he says.

The adults will be there

Besides Céline, Ginette and her lover and stage partner, Julie Anne Saumur, the list of artists who could show up at the Marie-Reine-du-Monde cathedral is long.

“We can think of Mélissa Bédard, who was his backup singer for several years, of the people who were in [la comédie musicale] Mrs Simpson, who did not have the life he wanted. There were many, many people around Jean-Pierre, artistically and friendly,” adds Paul Dupont-Hébert.

There will certainly be several big names in Quebec song. “All the people of his time, Robert, Diane, Claude, Gilles. Those who made the song boxes, who were on the same stages at the same time as him.

It will certainly be a farewell worthy of the great artist that Jean-Pierre Ferland was.

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