“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that's it!

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that's it!

The participants of the first edition of “Mixmania” gathered for the launch of the documentary “Mixmania: 20 years later”, on Crave

Oh, that it may generate clicks , this documentary Mixmania : 20 years later, which looks back on the incredible phenomenon that was Mixmania, the first reality show of its kind in Quebec, in 2002!

Lasting one hour, hosted and produced by Bianca Gervais, the special program, which looks like a convent, brings together the participants of the first edition (we remember that there were others, a little less publicized, in 2011, 2012 and 2014, still at VRAK, which notably introduced us to the voices of Claudia Bouvette and William Cloutier)  to draw up the balance sheet of this extraordinary epic, which has made them starsin just a few weeks.

Most of them are there, in Mixmania : 20 years later : Julie St-Pierre, Ariane Laniel, Annabelle Oliva, Pierre-Luc Blais, Frank Hudon and Emmanuel McEwan have of course changed and are no longer kids, but we easily recognize their faces. Only Caroline Marcoux-Gendron and Benjamin Laliberté, the youngest of their cohort, are not there; the first is now a researcher in the field of music and no longer wishes to work in front of the cameras, while the second was not available for the big reunion, even if he still officiates as a singer, under the name of Jessy Benjamin.

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that's it!

Emmanuel McEwan, Pierre-Luc Blais, Annabelle Oliva, Julie St-Pierre and Ariane Laniel, candidates for the first edition of Mixmania
Credit: Eve B. Lavoie/Courtesy Crave

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Just imagine, in bulk: the members of Aucun regret and Défense urbaine sold 250,000 copies of their album (more than U2 that year!), offered 227 shows in a year and a half (including at the Center Bell, at the FrancoFolies and at the Galeries de la Capitale, where enamored young people had slept in the lobby of the shopping center the day before, where people had had to leave by ambulance and where there had been a shortage of shirts and posters to distribute to fans), for which they sold more than 150 000 tickets… In some places, it was necessary to find stratagems to allow young stars to leave the premises without creating hysterical crowds.

The reunion is riddled with interesting revelations, like the fact that the then-rising stars didn't really like their song lyrics. No, our young males were not overly excited at the idea of ​​singing that they would have a partyof guys and eat peanuts in the company of Theo , Méo and Bobby who would bring chips and liquor from the convenience store, but they made good luck against bad luck and laugh about it today. Our Mixesadored ones also explain how they were “come down to earth” after having such an exhilarating journey in the firmament of celebrities.

Earliest followers, like Marie-Lyne Joncas and Katherine Levac, also speak out on their love of the franchise in Mixmania: 20 Years Later.

Metrowent for a ride at the premiere party “blue carpet” of Mixmania : 20 years later, which took place at the StarCité Montreal Cinema, on Monday, June 13, and questioned the Mix “first generation” on the impact of this experience on their journey, and on their current life.

The documentary Mixmania : 20 years later is available now on Crave .

Julie St-Pierre

What- what Mixmania brought you?
“It changed my whole life! The adventure lasted a year and a half, in total, with the show and the shows. It changed immediately. It allowed me to have opportunities that I seized, I tried things. It changed my professional life, but also personal, and we talk about it in the documentary. People sometimes underestimate the impact it has had in our lives, both positively and negatively, in some ways. But I would do it again tomorrow morning!”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
“I was lucky enough to still be able to work in the field. I hosted Phénomia with Manu (Emmanuel McEwan, Ed), as well as Mixmania 2 and 3, in 2011 and 2012. Olivier Dion hosted the fourth, in 2014. When I learned that there would be a second Mixmania, I was the one who approached the production, saying I wasn't sure if they had anyone in mind to animate, but it couldn't be anyone but me! And they thought it was a good idea. It allowed me to relive the adventure differently. Also, I quickly did radio, and I still do, for 18 years this year. This is my fourth year at 107.3 Rouge. I accompany people during the day, during the week. I still sing, it's still part of my life, in different forms. I am a mother of two beautiful boys, 7 and a half and a half year old.”

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that’s all!

Julie St-Pierre, from Mixmania
Credit: Eve B. Lavoie/Courtoisie Crave

Pierre-Luc Blais

What did Mixmania bring you?
“It completely changed my career. I didn't think I would go to music. My family has a business in the sale of trucks, and I was thinking of going into that, but I turned 180 degrees towards music! The shooting of the documentary stirred up business for me. The next day was my 35th birthday. We were very nostalgic!”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
After Mixmania, I did a technique and a baccalaureate in music, a baccalaureate in music education. I did a lot of corporate shows and I taught. I did this full time until before COVID. I then questioned myself, before starting a personal composition project. I might like to release it at some point. Currently, I teach in a secondary school, at the Polyvalente Marcel-Landry in Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, where I come from. I have a two and a half year old baby girl, a pandemic baby! I haven't played him the Mixmania songs yet, but we sing together, we play the guitar and the piano. She has her little piano.”

Pierre-Luc Blais, from Mixmania
Credit: Eve B Lavoie/Courtoisie Crave

Ariane Laniel

What has Mixmania brought you?
“Professional experience, magical encounters . It was a childhood dream come true. It was a pat on the back that told me that what we hope can happen.”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
“When I left Mixmania, I was 15 years old. I finished high school first, but I already had songs in my drawers. A few years later, I did my CEGEP in music, popular singing, then I produced my first album. I still continue the music and I have a new album in preparation. I just released a song called Mirage. The shows resume quietly. I have always kept one foot in music and creation. I also gave singing lessons. I write and produce my projects, so I've always been lucky.”

“Mixmania” at 20: we love them (still) and that’s all!

Ariane Laniel, from Mixmania
Credit: Bertrand Exertier/Courtoisie Crave

< strong>Frank Hudon

What has Mixmania brought you?
“A knowledge of myself, to better know what what I wanted to do.”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
“I went to college right after Mixmania. I did Latin dance for five years, I did a lot of numbers outside Quebec, at a semi-professional level, approximately. In 2019, I started making music again. I had released an album. Two weeks ago, I released a new single, Tell me, tell me, a cover of Mitsou's song. It's launched on the radios, we'll see what it's going to give. For my private life, I'm going to talk about it… (laughs)”

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them love (again) and that’s it!

Frank Hudon, from Mixmania
Credit: Eve B Lavoie/Courtoisie Crave

Annabelle Oliva

What is Mixmania brought you?
“It gave me a lot of resilience, savoring the present moment and knowing that nothing is permanent, not taking anything for granted. When the great opportunities present themselves to us, in life, we have to bite into them, because we never know when they will end, especially in the world of entertainment, which can be very short-lived. It also taught me a lot about myself. It taught me to self-analyze. It made me mature a lot. There were a lot of positive points, but also realizations, because it really followed me for 20 years!”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
“After leaving Mixmania, I participated in Canadian Idol. I was in the top 18, the year Eva Avila won [2006, Ed]. I picked myself up on national TV. Later, I was part of the Alter Ego formation.for three years, which offered musical reviews and went on tour in Quebec, Canada and the United States. I worked in promotion, and when I wanted to start a family, I studied in something more stable. I am now a mother of three children, a 5 year old boy, Nolan, a 3 year old girl, Leslie, and a 2 year old boy, Dallas. I have been married to Michael Mailloux, my spouse, for eight years. I am a white collar worker for the Ville de l'Assomption; I work at the citizen's office as a public servant. I have created a little cocoon for myself to be close to my family and make the most of my time. I haven't given up on music, but I don't want to do it professionally. But for sure singing will always be part of my life, it's a wonderful outlet. Singing is good for the soul!

Annabelle Oliva, from Mixmania
Credit: Eve B. Lavoie/Courtoisie Crave

Emmanuel McEwan

What did Mixmania bring you?
“We can never answer this question in 30 seconds! Personally, it brought me incredible encounters, knowledge of an environment, a career… but it also caused me a lot of doubts! (laughs)”

Where are you in your life, 20 years after this experience?
“I have four children, three boys and the youngest is a girl! My oldest is 17 [it was his birthday at the launch party for Mixmania : 20 years later, editor's note], the age we were at the time of Mixmania, and the others are 9, 8 and 6 years old. Three boys, and the youngest is a girl! I am a television producer. I am doing a cultural magazine, La billetterie, which will be released in September, for Radio-Canada in Ontario, where I live. In the last 20 years, I've worked a bit in front of the camera, I've co-hosted Phénomia with Julie St-Pierre, I've acted in commercials, in the series Casino< /em>, then I started working behind the camera. I've been a production assistant, assistant cameraman, cameraman, and now I'm directing.”

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that’s all!

Emmanuel McEwan, from Mixmania
Credit: Eve B. Lavoie/Courtesy Crave

Bianca Gervais hosts and directs the documentary Mixmania: 20 years laterd/Credit Bertrand Exertier, Courtoisie Crave

“Mixmania” at 20: we love them (still ) and that’s it!

Pierre-Luc Blais, Frank Hudon and Emmanuel McEwan/Credit: Bertrand Exertier, Courtoisie Crave

Annabelle Oliva, Ariane Laniel, Julie St-Pierre, Bianca Gervais, Pierre-Luc Blais, Frank Hudon and Emmanuel McEwan/Credit: Bertrand Exertier, Courtoisie Crave

Ariane Laniel, Julie St-Pierre and Annabelle Oliva/Credit: Eve B Lavoie, Courtoisie Crave

“Mixmania” at 20: we love them (still) and that’s all!

Bianca Gervais/Credit: Eve B Lavoie, Courtoisie Crave

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that’s all!

The cast of the first Mixmania/Credit: Eve B Lavoie, Courtoisie Crave

“Mixmania” is 20 years old: we love them (still) and that’s all!

The cast of the first Mixmania/Credit: Eve B Lavoie, Courtoisie Crave

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