Christian and Sarah Dugas are now known as DUGAS (Jolie Loren)
Pour un soir seulement is a special television event taking place in St. Boniface that will bring together some of Canada's finest musical talent. Artists, both francophone and anglophone, are paired up on the stage for the first time.
The first of six nights on February 15 features local duo DUGAS, namely Sarah and Christian Dugas, who will be paired with jazz siren Emilie-Claire Barlow.
SCENE caught up with the Dugas siblings in their new hometown of Nashville to tell us what's in store.
How do you think what you have in common with Emilie-Claire Barlow and what your differences are will contribute to the end result?
We are coming from pretty different musical genres, Emilie is jazz and we have a rock-soul type of project. We haven't actually met or jammed yet, so that remains a bit of a mystery we're looking forward to solving!
How do you think your different backgrounds will enrich the experience?
Sharing a musical experience with anyone you don't usually work with always promotes growth of some sort.
I understand you will have some time together before the performance. How do you imagine working together with her?
We have recordings of each other's songs and are respectively learning them. Once our two bands get together, it will be a matter of seeing where we can fill in the blanks, whether it be a harmony on a line, trading lead, guitar players trading solos -- essentially turning two bands into one.
How do you feel about being invited to perform in this event that has been such a big success for seven years?
We were actually part of Pour un soir seulement with a previous band and have very fond memories. To be back as DUGAS is very exciting. It's a newer project and it's nice to have such a great platform to help launch it!
How excited are you to come back to perform for a Winnipeg audience?
Very!! We are spending most our time in Nashville these days and getting ready to record our debut record. While life is exciting and we feel Nashville is where we should be for this chapter, we miss Winnipeg, our friends and family...It's home!
DUGAS and Emilie-Claire Barlow share the stage at the Franco-Manitoban Cultural Centre on Feb. 15. Also performing that night will be Les Hay Babies and Sylvie Paquette. The concert will be broadcast live in western Canada on Télévision de Radio-Canada, and coast to coast the next day at 11:00 p.m.