January 29, 2016

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
An excellent report produced by journalist Madeleine Roy about PIERRE KARL PÉLADEAU. Personally, I had agreed to meet her last summer specifying that I left QUEBECOR immediately after the founder Pierre Péladeau death (January 1998), and I never talked with Pierre-Karl after that… 
Madeleine Roy had accepted this limit and we did an interview about my years with Pierre Péladeau father. 
However, I never had such an experience after the interview as Madeleine called me many time after our meeting to check and double check my comments and requested other sources to confirm my observations. So much that at some point, impatient, I told her that everything that I said was already officially confirmed in my book (2003) and that no one had ever contradicted the comments published in my biography of the founder of Quebecor. 
All that to say that if Madeleine was as severe and professional with the other interviewees as she was with me, she checked her sources not once, but twice. 
A story such as this one certainly require months of work! 
Congratulations to Madeleine Roy for her patience! This particular story requested even more work than usual as dozens of people simply refused to talk to her because they were afraid… 
Photos 1, 2, and 6: Madeleine Roy;
Photos 2 and 3: Bernard Bujold;
Photo 4 and 5: Pierre Karl Péladeau;


January 26, 2016

by Bernard Bujold – 
 Human life is like a voyage on the sea of life … 
“There is a tide in the affairs of men. Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries…” -William Shakespeare (Julius Caesar) 
This sentence could also be said by René Angélil, who believed very much in luck, either in golf or in all other areas of life, and who said that we must always stop when luck is not there with you, and wait for her return… 
Obviously PKP is not in a lucky streak. Splitting with his new wife of a few months is the most recent evidence. The saying is that a bad luck happens three times. After the issue on tax avoidance and the breaking up from Julie; is that the third misfortune of PKP will be its abandonment of political life for a return in business? 
To be continued… 
Photos 1, 2 and 5: Marriage PKP and Julie Snyder;
Photo 3: René Angélil;
Photo 4: Bernard Bujold playing golf;
Photo 6: Ulysses and the Chance Vessel;


January 24, 2016

by Bernard Bujold – 
I’m not a fan of funerals and I very rarely attends the funeral ceremonies, with some exceptions. For the past 20 years, I participated on site in no more than three or four ceremonies, contenting myself for the rest to watch the ceremony on television. 
Because Rene Angelil indirectly was part of one of my former lives, I wanted to attend the presentation on site as I had done in 2013 for Paul Desmarais Sr. or in 2009 for Gilles Carle. 
To be effective, a funeral ceremony should reflect the personality of the deceased. We should be able to feel his soul over in the Church. 
I remember Gilles Carle where Chloe Sainte Marie sang but also when the sculptor Armand Vaillancourt took the microphone to criticize the society. Real anger in the temple… 
 The most sumptuous ceremony was undoubtedly the one of Paul Desmarais. The Orchestre Métropolitain in full force and hundreds of dignitaries. The René Angélil ceremony was of great class and if sobriety was present, one could feel the love that Celine had for her husband. There are no large or small ceremony as long as one can reach the soul of the deceased. 
 But, as my namesake Bernard Arnault said to his wife the pianist Hélène Mercier crying the tragic death of her sister: “We must take care of the living or we will live as dead before our time …” 
Long live life!
Photos 1 and 7: Notre Dame Montreal;
Photos 2 and 3: Celine Dion;
Photo 4: Paul Desmarais Sr;
Photos 5 and 6: Ceremony Gilles Carle;
Photo 8: Flowers;
SEE PHOTOS Art funeral ceremonies;


January 20, 2016

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1)- 
A new editor was appointed to the Journal Le Devoir. 
The choice of Brian Myles is surprising appointment but an interesting one. 
On one hand, one can wonder about the reasons that have not lead to the choice of Josée Boileau (Vice-President in charge of editing), the number two after the current outgoing director Bernard Descôteaux. His avoidance reminiscent of Michel Roy to whom the board had chosen Jean Louis Roy in 1980. Michel left in 1982. The new director Myles refused on Monday to say if Josée would be part of his team… and Josée announced her resignation the day after the announcement of the new director. 
Among the candidates whose names were publicly circulated as favorites were Michel Vennes and Michel Nadeau but the board did not want to move forward, hence the continued research and the final choice of Brian Myles. Personally I have long thought that Jean-François Lisée would be the winning choice. 
The challenge is huge but the newspaper received, on last December 31, a priceless gift and that should help. The end of the paper editions of LA PRESSE on weekdays. 
Good luck to Brian Myles and happy reading to all subscribers, present and future! 
To be continued…
Photos 1, 3: Brian Myles;
Photo 2: Bernard Descôteaux and Brian Myles;
Photo 4: Josée Boileau;
Photo 5: Josée Boileau, Michel Roy, Michel Vennes, Michel Nadeau and Jean-François Lisée;
Photo 6: Bernard Bujold and Duty;

RENÉ ANGÉLIL (1942-2016)

January 15, 2016

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1) – 
Two days before his 74th birthday (January 16) the creator and manager of the Quebec singer Céline Dion, René Angélil, died January 14, 2016 in Los Angeles. 
A page of history that turns and ends… 
Personally, if I photographed a dozen times René Angélil and Céline Dion, we do not really know each other. The reason is that my former boss at Quebecor, Pierre Péladeau (father) did not like him even if both men started in the same profession as Péladeau began his career as artist manager and opera concerts organizer. A gig with an Italian singer went wrong financially and Pierre Péladeau had decided to embark on the printing business but with the hope of one day returning to his true love. This never occurred because Péladeau became a media mogul. But he always loved artists. 
I think he was jealous of the success of René Angélil although the reason is perhaps the friendship between Rene and Guy Cloutier. Indeed, Péladeau said that Cloutier owed him money following advances on the production of a music album by Quebecor that would not have covered his expenses… Cloutier disputed this argument and he never wanted repay. 
Anyway, I have always greatly admired Rene Angélil and I have always considered him as the greatest of all artist managers. 
I am very saddened by his death and my pain goes beyond its mere death. For me it is a page of the story of my life that also ends. René Angélil was part of my generation and his departure means in a way the end of this generation. 
Of course,  some would say: “Such is life…
Photos 1 and 6: René Angélil;
Photo 2, 3, 4 and 5: René Angélil and Celine Dion;


January 15, 2016

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1)-
One of the great beauty of the lotteries is the creation of dream! One can even ask himself which situation is most pleasant: dreaming about winning the lottery or to manage his life and his dreams after winning? 
Personally, I admit, I sometimes succumb and dream. 
My dream of Powerball in January 2016 was a nice watch. I even visited a retailer of luxury watches and the saleswoman was most friendly to me. She suggested several models, according to my preferences and with a beautiful smile… 
But a dream is not reality and having found that I had not won the lottery, I found myself with the simple reality of a cafe, alone on a restaurant counter. 
No, the saleswoman did not want to accompany me! 
Photo 1: Bernard Bujold at the coffee shop;
Photo 2: Powerball ticket;
Photos 3 and 4: Luxury Watches;
Photo 5: Saleswoman;
Photo 6: Nespresso Capsule;


January 9, 2016

By Bernard Bujold (LeStudio1)- 
The winter season 2016 is the opportunity to make expeditions (walks around the cottage…) in snowshoes. Long live winter sports! 
Pictures 1, 4, 5, 6,and 7: Cottage (Mont Tremblant QC);
Pictures 2 and 3: Bernard Bujold with snowshoes;