Should we still be ashamed to come from Laval?

Inside Montreal, journalist Louis-Philippe Messier, after all, is looking for attractive people and subjects in his desk bag. He speaks to everyone and is interested in all circles in this urban history.

Did you know that many artists from Laval are ashamed to come from this city?

When I heard the new song written by Luc de Larochellière about his childhood in Laval-des-Rapides, it surprised me. In fact, the artist started this week with notes about the album, View Bridge and the Laval Center, which is entirely dedicated to Laval.

Pew Domage has long been immortalized in songs from Montreal neighborhoods; By comparison, artistically, Laval is not. In the life of Jesus as confined to the Colossus and the (dead) obscure, soulless shopping centers, the Ramshakle Boulevards, the surroundings where nothing happened and nothing encouraged history. Luke de Lorocellier, who came to Montreal in the 1980s, says, “When I told myself from Laval, people laughed … Laval is a bush below Lancashire.

Luke de Lorocellierre designed the album's cover and accompanying chart album.

Photo courtesy, Luc de Larochellière

Luke de Lorocellierre designed the album’s cover and accompanying chart album.


The thought of Laval singing never crossed his mind. “Michael Reward began his career singing around his childhood. I had to wait until I was 54 to get there.”

At the launch of his album Rhapsody Lavallois At Cabaret Lion d’or, I invited two young artists from Laval.

Poet Ariane Gagnon, 33, admits he left his own island while studying creative writing at UQAM. In the late twenties, not only did he return to the country, he also dedicated his collection. Separation of hatred For “Laval, my ill-loved palindrome city”.

According to 33-year-old musician Mark Crawley, he is pure. Since his comrades in Cégep de Saint-Laurent did not care about his appearance, he decided to surpass the artist’s name by accepting “Marc Gravel de Laval”.

“Made in Laval”

For three years, Mr. Crawl suggested that his city identify books or albums produced by Laval in its libraries. He saw himself as the spokesperson for the “Made in Love” initiative.

Recently nominated for music for the Gemini series The last Felquist, Mr. Gravel will release an album next spring. Like Luc de Larochellière, even this “lavallité” activist is at risk of having to do it … in Montreal!

“Laval has a population of 440,000, but there is no suitable place for a budding artist to start, which contributes to the problem,” he laments.

“I could not publish my collection in my neighborhood because there was no bookstore in Saint-Rose,” he said.Me Cognon.

Head of Turkey

I do not understand the reasons for the anti-Laval snowball. “Laval’s cultural and urban model is the opposite of what the plateau or Rosemond or Villere represent, and because of its proximity and this distinction, Laval acts as a foil, an anti-model,” explains author Matthew Belisley. Welcome to the land of ordinary living Explore the world of suburbs.

Mr. According to Belislin, Laval may have calmed down as Montreal discovered a new Turkish face. “The new foil in trendy Montreal neighborhoods is Quebec City and its junk radios, which make people laugh and incite contempt.”

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