“Bye Bye Bye Karim”: a great show in honor of Karim Ouellet

“Bye Bye Bye Karim”: a great show in honor of Karim Ouellet

Seventeen months after his unexpected death, we will commemorate Karim Ouellet in his adopted country. Goodbye Karimstarring his friends will be presented on April 1 at the Grand Théâtre de Québec.

Fanny Bloom, Claudia Bouvette, Claude Bégin, Valaire, Pascale Picard, Hubert Lenoir, the Alaclair Ensemble, Gabrielle Shonk and her sister Sarahmée will bring their songs to life on the boards of the Salle Louis-Fréchette.

Karim Ouellet

With kind approval

Karim Ouellet

We will also find Amélie Nault, La Bronze, Heythem, Élise Bégin and her son Saul, and seven musicians led by drummer Olivier Beaulieu.

This tribute follows the show that took place on June 12th at the Francofolies in Montreal. Most of the artists who took part in this great celebration will be in Quebec.

“There will be some adjustments on the stage side, but it’s the same show with the same songs. There is only one change on the guest side, with Pascale Picard replacing Ariane Moffatt,” said drummer Olivier Beaulieu, one of the creators of Bye Bye Bye Karim.

Colorful and cracked

This show was originally scheduled to air on the Plains of Abraham last summer. A date was even set, but the people at Festival d’été de Québec didn’t pursue the project any further.

“We’re not bitter, but we wish it had been presented first in Quebec, in his city, with his family, his friends, his audience, and then in Montreal. Quebec was his city and so we want to pay this tribute to his fans and citizens,” said Olivier Beaulieu during an interview.

Bye Bye Bye Karim, presented one last time at the Grand Théâtre, includes songs by Karim Ouellet in the original versions and also in the intimate mode.

Fanny Bloom specifies that it will not only be about dramatic and introspective songs.

“We will celebrate the pop, colorful and exploding side of Karim. There are many songs that are “Hop Life”. I can’t wait,” she said in an interview.

Karim Ouellet was found dead on January 17, 2022 in a music studio in the Saint-Roch district. His death is dated November 15, 2021, according to the report by coroner Sophie Régnière.

The musician, who suffers from type 1 diabetes, had stopped taking his medication. Traces of methamphetamine were also found in his blood.

  • Tickets go on sale January 27 at 10am at the box office and on the Grand Théâtre de Québec website.