A prominent Quebec publisher is calling on governments to force the Montreal Canadiens to spin more French-language tunes for the Bell Centre crowd.
Michel Brule said he was shocked the team's DJ played only one French song during Game 7 of the Habs' first-round playoff series against the Boston Bruins.
"We are not in Raleigh, (North) Carolina, we are not in Philadelphia, we are in Montreal and we are in Quebec," said Brule, publisher of Les Editions des Intouchables.
"Anglophones think the only language on the planet is English. Anglophones are the most ethnocentric people in the history of humanity."
Full story: Habs need more French music
Do you think there should be more French music at Habs games?
What they replace it with, I could care less. However, if there is good french music that gets the crowd going then it might be a good forum to promote Quebec or other french artists.
doug, 2008-05-11 14:53:21
and I am disgusted by the continuing disruption to daily social life in Quebec.
In the lead up Michel Brule - publisher of Les editions des intouchables has squaked about the Montreal Canadiens not having enough French or French music at the games.
First any one who publishes for " The Edition of Untouchables " probably can open his mouth at any time and cry wolf.
The title of the publication should probably read " The Editions Without Testicles " as these same ethnocentric separatists hide behind the cover of free speech to thump their pulpit.
Since, there has been a lawyer - Guy Bertrand - who has chirped up and another separatist who also has opened his mouth.
Truth is that everything has been quiet for a long time in Quebec, and the separatists are probably chomping at the bit to make noise and disrupt the social fabric in Quebec. What better opportunity than to involve the Habs as they were the big story all across the province? After all singling out Koivu the last few years had no effect.
The francophones who attended the hockey games did not seem focused on anything but the play and cheering their team on.
When I was at the Bell Center a couple of times this year, I never heard anyone saying " J'aimerais qu'on entend plus de francais au match. " either inside at the game or leaving for home by metro.
I would like to see some " editions with testicles "
from people on team ownership and the government basically telling these people to use another forum in which to " air their nuts " and not to offend the people of Quebec who were celebrating the simple game of hockey.
Andy V., 2008-05-09 12:59:40
However, now we're starting to hear that old organ sound every so often at games once again. A member of the Bell Centre entertainment committee (if that's what it's called) was surfing on YouTube last year when he stumbled upon an instructional video on organ music.
He contacted the person, from Kingston Ontario, who offered the videos and now the Bell Centre has the old-style organ music back.
As for more French music, well, as I was saying, it never seemed to be an issue in the past. However, if that's the way they want to go, it won't stop me from going to the games or cheering for the Habs.
Rick L, 2008-05-08 15:12:34
Jean-Francois, 2008-05-08 12:58:26