Anglophone Bands Spark Quebec Firestorm


MONTREAL (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — A Montreal-based bluegrass band Lake of Stew's habit of performing in English has aroused the ire of some Quebec separatists who are now demanding that they be removed from the bill of a concert slated for next week celebrating Quebec's Fete Nationale.

According to a story in the National Post, the event's organizer C4 Productions have yet to make a final decision on the fate of the concert and C4 Productions president Pierre Thibault told the National Post that its an all-or-nothing deal. "One thing is sure. If we are going to hold the event, it will be with the current lineup," Mr. Thibault said.

The show was originally announced last week as an alternative to the annual Fete Nationale event which brings tens of thousands of Quebecers to Montreal but the inclusion of the anglophone artists quickly stirred the simmering separatist pot.

"What we want are groups that sing in French," Mathieu Bouthillier, vice-president of a local cultural association involved in organizing events for the holiday, told La Presse.

Not every voice of opposition has been voiced in the press and some posters on sovereigntist Internet forums have alluded to disrupting the event if anglos are included with one poster writing: "Beside the actions to put a halt to this farce, we can envision actions on the ground the day of the event. The event will not take place," the National Post reported. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers