Marie-Mai shares silver voice

Canadians received a special treat as Quebec singing sensation Marie-Mai performed for the men’s and women’s eight rowing silver medallists during their medal celebration at Canada Olympic House.

“It was amazing,” she said. “I’ve performed for huge crowds before but singing in front of the medal winners made me so proud. I just tried to enjoy the moment and do it for the athletes. It was all about them,” said Marie-Mai.

Accompanied by her producer and husband, Fred St-Gelais, on guitar, the ‘Star Académie’ reality show finallist belted out three songs, including Michael Buble’s ‘Hollywood’ and ‘When You’re Gone’ by Bryan Adams and Spice Girl Melanie Chisholm.

To wrap up the formal portion of the celebration, Marie-Mai sang one of her singles, ‘Emmene moi’. Midway through the song, both rowing crews got up and started dancing, medals dangling from their necks.

“It was the best part! At the end of the day, I was performing for them so when they got up and started dancing, it made me so happy, because I knew they were having fun,” said Marie-Mai.

The singer had a message for Canadian Olympians competing at London 2012: “Keep on believing in yourself and giving your everything and doing what you love in the best way you can”.

By Kristina Velan