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Do Habs games need more French music?
Fri, May 30, 2008

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?


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Habs games definitely would benefit from less of that stupid euro-soccer song, Ole, Ole, Ole.

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

I am a bilingual Quebecois

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

Pete, this is "Tom Syversen, 2008-05-08 09:06:44", I was kidding. Sorry that I did not explicitly state that sarcasm was intended. Brule is a self-promoting joke.
Tom Syversen, 2008-05-09 12:25:09

Forcing a private business enterprise into a political propaganda tool smacks of communism. The Language apparatchiks (Separatists) in Quebec like nothing more than to create anarchy. This kind of behaviour chased away many head offices out of Montreal in the 1980's and 1990's. Do they now want to chase George Gillette out of town as well? Let us not forget that the Molsons got fed up with this nonsense. They were lucky to get Mr. Gillette (A non-Montrealer) to step forward. Let the market place decide. I didn't know that a sporting event was a political convention. What a bunch of MORONS they have there suggesting this stupidity. I guess that XM Satellite Radio and Sirius Satellite radio are the next targetted to be banned!
Vince in Ottawa, 2008-05-09 00:30:00

Actually one of things a lot of fans missed about the old Forum was the organ music. A lack of French music never really came into the equation.

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

I'M kinda partial to the Robert Charlebois Frog Song.
Micheal, 2008-05-08 14:09:42

I am french myself as a first language, and DO NOT AGREE with this idiot Michel Brule. I love the english language and wish i speak it better without accent. I love french music too but this Michel Brule is trying to change the face of Hockey. Hockey is international now...and i am happy with just one french song being played. Besides most french music isn't really that good. Tabarnac someone tell this whiner Michel Brule to hide himself under a rock.

Jean-Francois, 2008-05-08 12:58:26

Tom Syversen, 2008-05-08 09:06:44, you tend to partly agree with Mr. Brule. What part would that be? That your a seperatist! What is to be gained by playing more French music at a hockey game. Freaking even Celine Dionne figured it out. How much is she making singing French songs in Vegas. Quebecors want to keep their heritage, so keep it, what's stopping you. Stop pushing your language on the rest of us. Do you have any idea what it costs this country to produce everything in both official langauages and for what not half the population, less than 13%. If you don't like it here, leave.
Pete, 2008-05-08 11:58:36

I am so embarrassed by this man's actions. I live in Montreal and absolutely love it...except for the few people who are just as ignorant as this "publisher/amature bar owner (notice his french music only bar was short lived. He only got those signitures because he stood in a mainly french area...He is trying to promote the french language when all he is doing in reality is putting an enormous wall up between the hardcore french and the english in Montreal. The music is amazing at the Bell centre and this guy is just looking for his name in the paper.....totally embarrassing for the rest of Montreal...we arent all like this guy!!
Meagan, 2008-05-08 09:27:00

I tend to partly agree with Mr Brule. However, I'd rather he focus on banishing that stupid "Ole Ole Ole" Euro-soccer song.
Tom Syversen, 2008-05-08 09:06:44

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