Michel Lalonde will deliver the whole of his new album, Comme un engin, in a album launch performance at Carrefour de l’Isle-Saint-Jean in Charlottetown on November 25, 7 to 9 pm. Tickets are available on eventbrite, at the Carrefour office or at the door.
Michel’s connection with PEI goes back to the 1974 when he and his brother Marc were living in Prince Edward Island, acting in a theatre troupe. The two Franco-Ontarians also did some singing which caught the attention of Angèle Arsenault. She suggested that they contact her friend Gene MacLellan who had a home recording studio in Pleasant Valley. That first demo lead to connections with two other Island-based musicians, George Antoniak and Steve Naylor, and resulted in the formation of the group Lougarou. After releasing their first album under that name, a legal dispute forced them into flipping it to Garolou. It was as Garolou that the band reached its heights of popularity in Quebec and elsewhere. After the group finally disbanded in 1983, Michel wound up working for many years as a producer and radio host at CBC Radio Canada in Regina, Saskatchewan.
Now Michel is back on PEI and back into the music. His new solo album of original songs was produced by Rémi Arsenault and contains musical contributions by a host of Island musicians. It was engineered by Don Chapman at Chris Gauthier’s studio in Breadalbane. The album is available locally at Back Alley Music or from michellalonde.ca
The first single release is J’suis fait comme ça. Look for the video on YouTube. The album release tour will take Michel to Quebec and New Brunswick and finish up on PEI with the show at the Carrefour.