Pacifique en chanson 2018



Pacifique en chanson 2018 - Laureates of the evening

Four participants of the main component and two young singers of the youth component Jamais Trop Tôt stepped on stage and tried to win the audience’s favors and the jury’s honors in order to continue to others famous events. Trésor Otshudi won the Marie-Woolridge award and emerge victorious from Pacifique en chanson 2018. Through this price, he has won his ticket to Chant’Ouest - the Western Canada music contest – which will take place this year on September 20th in Vancouver. For the youth ‘Jamais Trop Tôt’ (Never too soon) component, André Lacroix did a remarkable performance that give him the opportunity to participate at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby (Qc) this upcoming August with 23 others young singers from all over Canada. Trésor Otshudi also received two other awards: Public award and Press award. The duo Stranger Brew obtained the Song award for their song Le depart.

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Trésor Otshudi - evening Pacifique en chanson 2018 | Photo credit : Stéphanie Lamy


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Duo Stranger Brew - evening Pacifique en chanson 2018 | Photo credit : Stéphanie Lamy


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André Lacroix - evening Pacifique en chanson 2018 | Photo credit : Stéphanie Lamy



Three singer-songwriters and a band performed on stage on the evening of June 9th: Frédéric Blouin, Lise Monique, Trésor Otshudi and the trio Stranger Brew!


Fred lightFrédéric Blouin discovered music in his early twenties as a singer for Freak'n'See, an alternative rock tribute band, while studying at the Université de Sherbrooke. He is known for his explosive style on stage. With Aïdos (2004-2006), he can finally feel the world of the original song using his own texts and ideas. A participation in the Richmond Festi-Rock (Qc) will follow. The writing has not left since, and several collaborations with other art lovers occur. The project "Arbre-en-sol" remains a great achievement of his career: The show will see three editions (2008-2010) and is a benefit concert for local organizations in the small region of Richmond.

On the Pacific side, Frédéric is trying his luck as a street musician and Open Mic party. More recently, he is leading a tribute band to a singer who is particularly dear to him: Jacques Brel. Although in Western Canada, more than ever, French remains its language of choice.



LiseMonique lightLise Monique Oakley was the co-founder and main vocalist in the group Wintermitts. She has been on four cross-Canada tours and has played a number of recognized festivals in Canada such as the Vancouver International Jazz Festival and Envol et Macadam. In 2010, Lise and the band performed with the UBC Symphony Orchestra at the Chan Centre for the francophone production, Vancouver Symphonique.

Lise is trained as a flutist, having played since the age of nine years old, and since her teenage years has studied guitar and voice. Lise is fluently bilingual and sings in both Canadian official languages. Lise has performed with artists such as Rae Spoon, Veda Hille, Julie Doiron, Hannah Georgas, Hidden Cameras, Woodpigeon, You Say Party and many more.



IMG 1650 strgrbrw standing2Stranger Brew is a trio of artists with diverse origins and artistic backgrounds that providence brought together in Vancouver!

Ghislaine Doté, vocalist of the group, dancer and choreographer by training, is from the Central African Republic. Born in France, she grew up in Ivory Coast, before moving to Montreal where she lived 19 years. Jonathan Eltis, guitarist, composer and arranger, is a francophone from Edmonton. Growing up in Ottawa, Jon studied French literature. Finally, bassist Jory Ferstrom is a native of MacKensie, BC, and is passionate about drawing and music. Although he does not speak a word of French, he is easily carried away by the melodies of Brel and Aznavour.



Tresor Worship Pastor PictureTrésor Otshudi is a professional singer, dancer, musician, author, composer, and entrepreneur.

He won the TV show 100% Phenomenes on TF6 channel in France with his song and his original concept R & B Ndombolo. He produced a solo album "Destin" and 2 Eps "R & B Ndombolo 1 and 2". His music has allowed him to tour Europe, Africa, North America and recently Asia. Also, his father, Pépé Felly Manuaku, is a legendary guitarist of the Congolese rumba. Trésor has a certificate of choreographic and artistic studies from Choreia, a Professionals Performing Arts School in Paris, in France. He is studying classical music at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia. He is also a music educator at Long &McQuade in Vancouver and Langley in Canada.









Special guest

The artist Willows aka Geneviève Toupin was the special guest for this new edition!


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The cool wind that blows folk music when Willows sings is a bit like the Prairies. Manitoban migrated to Montreal, Genevieve Toupin released an album under the name Willows project in 2014, alter-ego and now stage name. Willows as the village in the grasslands and the city in California, two places that have inspired so much its creation, which speaks of its Francophone, Anglophone and Métis roots.

A seasoned pianist, Geneviève Toupin hypnotizes her first eponymous album (2009), which receives accolades and will be followed by the English-speaking The Ocean Pictures Project (2012). There will have been tours in Canada, Quebec, Europe and the United States. The collective creation Danse Lhasa Danse, the musical webseries The coffee tour, taken by TFO TV in Ontario, and several awards.

In both French and English, Geneviève Toupin aka Willows creates an authentic work. Her songs are reminiscent of the wilderness of his native Manitoba with airy melodies and a voice to gently upset you.



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Jamais trop tôt

We are renewing the youth component again this year: the ‘Jamais trop tôt’ (Never too soon) project. Indeed, for the fourth year, we will have two young singers (14 -17 years old) introduced to the show in addition to the other candidates. Each of them will perform one song during the show and one of them will be selected to perform at a national youth show in August 2018 at the Festival international de la chanson de Granby, Quebec.

The two participants of this year made a remarkable performance during the Crescendo Young Talent Show last February, produced by the Conseil jeunesse francophone de la Colombie-Britannique (CJFCB).


André Lacroix lightInspired by her mother-songwriter and musician in a rock band, André Lacroix has been immersed in music since a very young age.
He has been playing drums for seven years and recently began composing his own music. With his group ‘Concrete Vines’, André begins to add appearances on stage and takes advantage of these opportunities to make us hear his voice, deep and smooth.
He is also passionate about cinema and never misses the opportunity to bring unexpected anecdotes about the movies he loves.


Jan Swanson 2018 lightJan Swanson is a young talent with multiple resources. Despite his young age, Jan plays the piano, regularly follows training in musical theater and dance, and multiplies the singing experiences. For the past eight years, he has been following a classical singing program at the Powell River Academy of Music where he was awarded a scholarship in 2016 for piano playing. He has regular opportunities to present solos at the final sessions of the annual Powell River Festival of the Performing Arts.




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