Passing through Quebec, Mika wants to bring us together through music

Passing through Quebec, Mika wants to bring us closer through music

Mika during his show at the Bell Center, Monday, April 25, 2022

Mika spent the week in Quebec, to offer shows in Montreal (Monday), Quebec City (Wednesday) and Saguenay (Thursday) as part of its For The Rite of Spring tour. is he thrilled in an interview with Métro, the day after his visit to the Bell Centre. A casual discussion on music, diversity and empathy, themes dear to the international idol.

Mika, you often come to visit Quebecers, you participated in Star Académie, at Live from the Universe… What do you like about us?

“I find here a human warmth, a generosity of spirit that pleases me. When you feel good, you want to come back. They reach out to me, I reach out, we meet again. The link I have with Quebec and Canada is different from the one I have with the United States or France. They are different emotions. I made myself a promise, in my career: that I was going to invest and work each territory in a different way. I realize that this distinctive relationship is somewhat the secret of my career after 17 years. And I'm having fun!”

While in Quebec, Mika wants to bring us closer through music

Mika, accompanied by Ariane Moffatt, during his show at the Bell Center, Monday, April 25, 2022
Credit: Bertrand Exertier

You have always advocated diversity and inclusion in your work. Your current shows are a continuation of your collaboration with Indeed and your tour last year, the Soundtrack of Empathy, which was part of Pride Month. Why is this investment important to you?

“Indeed understood that music is a way to create empathy, to express things that are difficult to put into words. Just by choosing a few titles to express who we are, we can say a lot about ourselves. We continue with tours, to be able to continue the dialogue, and to develop this idea that we can be more tolerant and transparent by using music. Right now, I think it's a very beautiful message.”

Why especially at this time?

“We've moved away a little from each other. Music helps to lower the armor between all of us. I saw yesterday [mondi, au Center Bell, NDLR] a very happy, generous audience. It's incredible, all the same, when you think about what's happened over the past two years.”

 Passing through Quebec, Mika wants to bring us closer through music

Mika during his show at the Bell Center, Monday, April 25, 2022
Credit: Bertrand Exertier

Considères- do you think your audience is very open to diversity?

“I like to think so. Obviously, I can't speak for my audience. But I like to think that we end up with an energy, an openness and a generosity of spirit, a tolerance that are very important. I like to think that my audience is a tolerant one.”

And you, do you consider yourself to be a very committed artist?

“I find that t is important to talk about the things that are important to us, to defend what we think. I don't think artists should be silent. On the other hand, we must not fall into political rhetoric. We must always remain at the service of emotion, and tell stories to be able to promote tolerance and emotion. We have lost this side, that of the committed artist. When you think of the 60s or 70s, the importance of the committed artist was immense.”

Mika will continue his For The Rite of Spring tour in Europe in the coming weeks. . The artist is also working on a new album, the release date of which he still keeps secret. For more information on his activities, see his website (mikasounds.com).

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