At the beginning of 1999 La Chicane launched its first album titled En Catimini which spearheaded its rise to fame with its great hits Calvaire and Juste pour voir le monde. During the same year, the band of the hour was rewarded with no fewer than four nominations at the Gala de l’ADISQ, band of the year and song of the year being two of them. These nominations were the culmination of a rise to stardom unprecedented in Quebec.
Summer 2000 came along, and as the band was finishing up their tour throughout Quebec, they were thrilled to see their album go double platinum (200,000 copies sold) and win the Juno award for best-selling French album. In October of the same year, they followed up their tremendous success by releasing their second album, Disparu, featuring the hits Tu m’manques and Tu peux partir. The record sold more than 150,000 copies, and the band was then invited to perform for the Canadian athletes in Sydney for the summer Olympic Games. Still in 2000, the band won the Felix for best rock band of the year.
In 2003 La Chicane dropped Ent’nous autres and sold more than 75,000 copies of the album which posted two number one hits on the radio, Viens donc m’voir and Jusqu’à dimanche. On July 30, 2003, for the Toronto SRAS mega-concert benefiting the victims and research, the band members fulfilled a lifelong dream of theirs and opened for the Rolling Stones in front of more than 600,000 fans.
More than 10 years after the band’s separation, their influence is still very palpable throughout the Quebec musical landscape, from 2 Frères to Safia Nolin and many others. The moment was thus ideal to begin discussing a reunion. One by one, Dany Bédar, Martin Bédar, Eric Maheu and Yanick Boivin all answered Boom’s call to hit the road one last time and to perform in front of their adoring fans during their 2017-18 tour La Dernière Chicane.
Calvaire (vidéo officielle)