Rock legend Nanette Workman co-stars in new Expo 67 tribute concert at the Casino de Montréal

Richard Burnett

A special concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Expo 67 features rock legend Nanette Workman and other singers performing 50 hit songs from 1967. Titled Un jour, un jour – Expo 67 after Stéphane Venne’s official Expo 67 theme song, the fast-paced, hit-filled show runs to August 24 at the Cabaret du Casino de Montréal, which is located in the former Québec Pavillion at Expo 67.

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Workman: Rock Royalty

“I have a couple of cameos in this show,” says Mississippi-raised, Montreal-based singer Nanette Workman who won Best New Artist at Québec’s 1967 Gala des artistes.

Workman, who has recorded with everybody from Johnny Hallyday to The Rolling Stones in her legendary star-studded career, first moved to Québec after meeting the late Quebec film producer and singer Tony Roman in a Manhattan nightclub. Together, they had a hit song in 1967 with Petit homme, which Workman sings in this show with 2016 La Voix contestant David Latulippe.

“I only arrived in Montreal in 1966, so I hadn’t become that popular yet, and I toured Québec before Tony and I had our 1968 variety TV show Fleurs D'Amours et Fleurs d'Amitié that we filmed at the Expo 67 site,” says Workman, who the remembers the late 60s in Montréal was an exciting time.

From The Beatles to Sonny & Cher

The 75-minute Un jour, un jour – Expo 67 concert features 50 hit songs from 1967, including such classics as Respect, Inch Allah, Light my fire, La derniere valse, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, A Whiter Shade of Pale and The Beat Goes On. The main singers are Latulippe, Don Campbell, Marianne Mathieu and Treecy McNeil, who are joined by four dancers and a live band, as well as by Workman, who sings Fleurs D'Amours et Fleurs d'Amitié as well as Aretha Franklin’s Chain of Fools.

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State-of-the-Art Cabaret du Casino

Meanwhile, the Cabaret du Casino (whose cabaret-seating sits up to 325) looks and sounds great: the acoustics are outstanding, with its state-of-the-art 3D psychoacoustic system. The concert also features photos and videos of the era and of Expo 67, which will transport the audience back to that mythical year.

“This new show is a lot of fun, the singers are wonderful and talented,” says Workman. “It’s fun to revisit these old songs, it’s like I sang them yesterday. It’s like time hasn’t passed!”

Un jour, un jour – Expo 67 runs at the Cabaret du Casino until August 24. Running time: 75 minutes with no intermission. The Casino de Montréal offers free parking and is also easily accessible via Jean Drapeau Métro station. Click here for directions.

Richard Burnett

Richard Burnett, blogger

Richard “Bugs” Burnett is a Canadian freelance writer, editor, journalist, blogger and columnist for alt-weeklies, mainstream and LGBTQ publications. Bugs also knows Montréal like a drag queen knows a cosmetics counter.

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