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Singing impressionist André Philippe Gagnon is the man of 1,000 voices. From Frank Sinatra to Johnny Cash to Pharell Williams, Gagnon began developing his repertoire at the age of five and continually expands it, keeping pace with the quick beat of today’s ever-fluctuating music industry.
After performing at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival, which led to a spot on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, Gagnon’s shows started selling out in record time. He took to a global stage entertaining viewers worldwide at the Opening Ceremonies at the 1988 Winter Olympics in Calgary, Alberta in an act that received such a wild response that the Olympics coordinators created more show dates for him throughout the games in order to meet public demand.
Over the years, Gagnon has continued to find ways to take his craft to the next level incorporating technology and instruments. He divides his time between tours and performing for special and corporate events; past clients include IBM, CitiGroup, and Proctor & Gamble.
André-Philippe Gagnon was just a young hopeful when he did his very first impressions… five years old! From Josh Groban to Tracy Chapman, Louis Armstrong, James Brown, The Rat Pack and Elton John – almost better than the original! One of the biggest breaks came in 1985 when he appeared at the world-renowned comedy Festival Just for Laughs in Montreal. After that show, he was invited to appear on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, where he performed a “signature song,” his version of the famine-relief anthem “We Are the World,” impersonating with accuracy every artist in the song. The world discovered him, and he discovered the world – performing in Los Angeles, Paris, Switzerland and beyond.
In 1999 began the first of two long series of shows in Las Vegas Nevada; first at the Casino Venetian, and afterwards at the Casino Paris. The artist was considered THE must see act in Las Vegas. Gagnon became the first Quebec comedian to perform on the famed strip for such extended stints. Soon after his arrival, Gaming Today, (considered the bible of Las Vegas entertainment) elected Gagnon “Best Newcomer.”
Full of new ideas, during summer 2009 Gagnon concentrated on the creation of his brand new English show for 2010. Some of the best Canadian comedy writers, including George Reinblatt (Rick Mercer′s Monday Report, Just for Laughs), Gord Holtam and Rick Olsen (Royal Canadian Air Farce) teamed up with Gagnon and Stéphane Laporte. Moreover, MOMENT FACTORY, the multimedia firm behind the last Nine Inch Nails tour and some of Le Cirque du Soleil creation jumped on board to help him generate his most personal show ever, a combination of technology and creativity! From the fifties to the year two-thousand and ten, there are those songs that constitute the soundtrack of our lives. In his new show, hich combines music, comedy, and multimedia interaction, the impressionist borrows the voice of the global artists from all eras to showcase what is, in his opinion, the musical history of the last sixty years.
In high demand worldwide, the artist divides his time between his tours and private functions at the request of organizations and multinational companies around the globe. Wherever you see him, André-Philippe Gagnon is a definite must see!
The world’s number 1 singing impressionist André Philippe Gagnon shifts seamlessly from one iconic singer to the next as he wows the audience with spot-on imitations of Elvis, Mick Jagger, Barry White, the BeeGees, Frank Sinatra, and even a saxophone.
André Philippe Gagnon demonstrates his narrative skill and sense of comedic irony as he introduces his act to a live audience of over 10,000 people. Celebrating the opening of Toronto’s SkyDome he pokes a bit of fun at the very event he’s taking part in.
“It’s a magnificent stadium,” he tells the audience. “It’s big, you have lights, you have a scoreboard, you have seats.” He hesitates and gestures in the opposite direction. “You have seats here, too.”
An impressionist with an eye on the world, Andre Philippe Gagnon can slip into Joe Cocker′s husky croon and out again as Dionne Warwick quicker than most performers can take a curtain call. From Mick Jagger to Vanessa Paradis, Louis Armstrong, Jean Chretien and Fred Flintstone, his impressions of famous personalities are rapid fire magic. His secret is an engaging mix of comedy and music. With material written by his longtime collaborator Stephane Laporte, Gagnon′s take on the "who′s who" of the world is funny and full of delicious detail. But in between the jokes, his amazing voice actually delivers the essence of some great singers.
Gagnon′s new show is a spellbinding cross between comedy act and concert with a cast of hundreds!
“The crowd stays on its feet stomping, crying: more, more, more!”
– The Globe & Mail
“Unbelievably, amazingly, side-splittingly funny! A laugh a minute? Try a laugh a second!”
– CBC Radio
“The BEST Canadian Entertainer!”
– Vancouver Sun
– Las Vegas Today
“A vocal phenomenon.”
– Le Figaro, Paris
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