Musical family reaches national spotlight

Thu, Apr 12 2012
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Forestier photoMacEwan University’s Alberta College Conservatory of Music instructors Michel and Marie Forestier, along with their seven year-old son Jack, have advanced to the semi-final round of the reality TV show, Canada’s Got Talent.

The three classical musicians, who perform as one act on stage, made the cut from around 14,000 Canadians who originally tried out for the talent show. “It was Jack’s idea, he thought it would be fun,” says Michel. “The people we have met in the lineups and waiting rooms have been a riot – it's been a roller coaster ride from the beginning until now,” he adds. The field has been narrowed to 37 contestants; only 12 will make it to the final round.

A family of musicians

Michel has taught classical guitar with the Conservatory for the past 40 years, while Marie has taught violin at the institution since 1995. Jack, a grade two student at Grandin Elementary School in Edmonton, is the youngest competitor on the show. “It was only natural to play together,” says Michel. “We do this everywhere anyway. We play in peoples’ kitchens, outdoor farmer’s markets, wherever – we’ll just keep making music” he adds. “We’re busy preparing another number for the next round and rehearsing it pretty intensely,” says Michel. “It will show Jack can play a wide variety of music.”

Upcoming performances

The Forestiers will make their live semi-final appearance on April 22 in Toronto. “The show is based on votes, so two acts from each semi-final will move on to the finals,” Michel explains. Performance shows air Sundays on CityTV at 6 p.m. MT; results shows air Mondays at 7 p.m. MT.

The winner of the show, which features actor Martin Short, soprano Measha Brueggergosman and pianist/composer Stephan Moccio as judges, will be decided on May 14.

More information can be found on the Canada's Got Talent website.