In 1985, André-Philippe Gagnon first acquired his international reputation. He participated for the first time at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs festival with an incredible act, impersonating with accuracy every artist of the song We are the World, the famed song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by USA for Africa. Thanks to the success of his performance at the Just for Laughs festival, Gagnon was invited to present his version of We Are the World on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, reaching an audience of 15 million American viewers. The after-effects of this televised performance were immediate. International offers began to come forward, including an invitation to the Victoires de la Musique in Paris and to the gala Cinema Chante in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he had the opportunity to meet Frank Sinatra, one of the artists that he best imitates.
Full of new ideas, during summer 2009 Gagnon decided to concentrate on the creation of his brand new English show for January 2010. Some of the best Canadian comedy writers, including Gord Holtam and Rick Olsen (Royal Canadian Air Farce) and George Reinblatt (Rick Mercer’s Monday Report, Just for Laughs) 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 Gagnon generate his most personal show ever, a combination of technology and creativity! Alongside to his famous saxophone solo whichhas always been and always will be part of his show, Gagnon added new instruments to his live performance! Audiences are amazed by his reproduction of Santana’s guitar solo on “Black Magic Woman” and by his rendition of both vocal and musical impression of Elton John’s “Your Song” where Gagnon even sits at the piano. A must see performance! Gagnon is touring across Canada with his latest English show beginning since early 2010.
Andre-Philippe Gagnon is available for corporate events, private shows, milestone celebrations (birthday, anniversary), fundraisers, festivals, and more.