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martin dufresne
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posted 07 March 2008 02:54 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Quebec singer accuses CBC of racism
The Hamilton Spectator, March 6

MONTREAL – A legendary Quebec singer who says he hoped music could bridge the two solitudes is calling CBC-TV "racist" for cutting all of the francophone singers out of a Toronto concert broadcast.

Claude Dubois said he was shocked Monday when he watched CBC's taped broadcast of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame gala and found that the francophone performances had failed to make the show.

This led to a tirade in Le Journal de Montreal where Dubois proclaimed that francophone Quebecers are "like a stain for the anglophones of Toronto."

Dubois, who joined Paul Anka as modern-era inductees at the hall of fame, was still outraged today but he directed his ire at the CBC instead of Toronto.

"Imagine a gala where we invite several anglophone artists but we take them off the air because they're anglophones," Dubois told The Canadian Press.

"We call that racism."
(...)

Dubois' career spans more than 40 years and includes performances with such leading Quebec singers as Gilles Vigneault.

He has been described as Quebec's "last authentic bohemian" and its "first real punk."


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M. Spector
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posted 07 March 2008 03:08 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
CBC responds
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The broadcaster called Dubois's comments "regrettable and "inaccurate" but said it was a challenge to edit a three-hour gala into a 44-minute television broadcast and decisions weren't made out of disrespect.

"The broadcast was an attempt to capture a three-hour gala in 44 minutes," said CBC spokesman Jeff Keay.

"Both us and the songwriters' association recognized that it was impossible to fit everyone in and we agreed upon who would be included."

Keay pointed out that a lengthy tribute to jazz legend Oscar Peterson, who died last December, cut into the time available for other performances. Ultimately the CBC had to consider its audience.

"This was a broadcast on CBC English television aimed at an anglophone audience," he said.



Meanwhile, the Francophone Radio-Canada broadcast none of the gala, in French or English.

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Cueball
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posted 07 March 2008 03:08 PM      Profile for Cueball   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
2 or 3 performances would have bee appropriate, I would think. It's tough enough as it is for Quebcois performers to break into the Anglo market as it is, even when they do English songs, let alone French ones.

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Stephen Gordon
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Yeah. Just out of curiosity, has anyone heard of Pascale Picard?
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martin dufresne
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posted 07 March 2008 04:45 PM      Profile for martin dufresne   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Ahhhhh... She's SO hot... Quebec City kid, sings mostly in English. Her picture is up by my 'puter. Smilin'
Thinkin' of it (live)

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