MUSIC BONDS DION FAM­ILY

Cé­line Dion was at the Mon­u­ment-Na­tional theatre on Wed­nes­day to sup­port her brother Jacques and his wife Geneviève Garceau’s come­back. The coun­try-folk duo had taken a 14-year break from per­form­ing to care for their son. Kelsey Litwin has de­tails.

Montreal Gazette - - FRONT PAGE - KELSEY LITWIN

Jacques Dion and Geneviève Garceau’s tour an­nounce­ment was a fam­ily af­fair, as the Dion clan filled the in­ti­mate Mon­u­ment-Na­tional theatre Wed­nes­day evening.

And just as he had for her at the be­gin­ning of her ca­reer, Cé­line was front and cen­tre, sup­port­ing her older brother’s re­vi­tal­ized music ca­reer.

It was pure joy to watch them per­form, Cé­line said fol­low­ing the short set, dur­ing which the renowned singer had been smil­ing and clap­ping along. She oc­ca­sion­ally wiped away tears as she reached for her 90-year-old mother’s hand.

“Geneviève has been a great source of in­spi­ra­tion,” Cé­line said, re­call­ing lis­ten­ing to Garceau sing as a young woman. “I’ve al­ways found that she has con­trol of her voice. Since then … time has passed by her vo­cal cords.”

It had been 14 years since the folk-coun­try duo last stepped onto the stage, Jacques said. Their son Jimmy had a ski­ing ac­ci­dent that left him par­tially par­a­lyzed, forc­ing the cou­ple to pull back from the in­dus­try to take care of him. His mother ac­com­pa­nied him to classes as he com­pleted a bach­e­lor’s de­gree in screen­writ­ing while Jacques worked as a music agent from home.

Look­ing at their son, now liv­ing on his own and work­ing as a screen­writer for a film com­pany, “noth­ing is im­pos­si­ble in life,” said Garceau, dis­miss­ing the fears she had about get­ting back into music.

“Now it’s (Jimmy) who’s en­cour­ag­ing us to re­turn to the stage,” Jacques said. “He tells us, ‘Go ahead, sing, Ma­man, Papa. It’s what you do best.’”

Dion and Garceau are re­turn­ing with an epony­mous al­bum, which is set to be re­leased at the end of the year. They will be pro­mot­ing the new al­bum with a tour they’re ap­pro­pri­ately nam­ing Nou­veau Dé­part, which trans­lates to New Start.

No stranger to com­pos­ing music — Jacques is cred­ited with hav­ing writ­ten Cé­line’s 1981 break­out sin­gle Ce n’était qu’un rêve — he ex­plained that while he had some songs in the bank when Jimmy moved out last year, it felt like the right time to pick up the gui­tar again and start writ­ing more songs.

Five Que­bec dates for their East­ern Canada tour have al­ready been an­nounced, with a pre-tour show on Sept. 26 at Med­ley Sim­ple Malt at 6206 St-Hu­bert St. Mar­itime show dates are ex­pected to come as well.

JOHN MAHONEY

JOHN MAHONEY

Celine Dion with her mother Thérèse at the come­back per­for­mance by her brother Jacques and his wife Geneviève Garceau in Mon­treal Wed­nes­day.

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