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La Presse names Pierre amongst ‘Artists who made Montreal shine’

The Canadian newspaper La Presse published an interesting article on their paid version “La Presse+” yesterday, which lists a number of Montreal-born artists, who carved their story into the history of their city or in other words (as the article states itself) “who made Montreal shine”.

Amongst names such as popular Canadian singers Leonard Cohen, Michel Rivard, Ginette Reno or La Bolduc, writer Saul Bellow, pianist Oscar Petterson, poet Émile Nelligan, painter Jean-Paul Riopelle or actor Marc Favreau, one special name – and quite possibly the youngest name on the list too – stands out from the list to us, Simple Plan fans, as the band’s lead singer Pierre Bouvier was also chosen as one of the most noteworthy Montreal artists – alongside his band.

Check out La Presse’s reasoning behind choosing Pierre amongst all these popular Montreal figures in English translation below [see the original French post here]:

Pierre Bouvier, lead singer of Simple Plan

The singer and musician of the pop-punk band Simple Plan was born in 1979 to an anglophone mother and a francophone father. Founded in 1999, Simple Plan celebrated international success and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide. Their first record, entitled No Pads, No Helmets… Just Balls, released in 2002, sold 3 million copies.

– La Presse (December 2017) –

Twitter’s 5th most mentioned Canadian band: Simple Plan


With the year coming to its close, Twitter Canada revealed yesterday the names of the most mentioned music-related Canadian accounts on this social network amongst other statistics from 2017.

In its report, the Canadian branch of one of the most popular social media sites, which is currently being used by 330 million people in the world, announced the TOP 5 most mentioned solo artists as well as duos and bands.

As you will be able to see from the list below, Simple Plan made it to the TOP 5, being placed as the 5th most mentioned Canadian band:

Solo artists:

1 – Justin Bieber (@justinbieber)
2 – Shawn Mendes (@ShawnMendes)
3 – Sebastien Olzanski (@sebtsb)
4 – The Weeknd (@theweeknd)
5 – Drake (@Drake)

Duos/Groups

1 – Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara)
2 – Nickelback (@Nickelback)
3 – Arcade Fire (@arcadefire)
4 – The Tragically Hip (@thehipdotcom)
5 – Simple Plan (@simpleplan)

Not only are Simple Plan the 5th most mentioned Canadian band, they’ve also been recently named the most followed Canadian band on Twitter – check out our post about that from this July.

WATCH: A Spanish contestant on ‘The Voice’ performed Simple Plan’s ‘Welcome To My Life’

This week, the live broadcast of the Spanish version of the popular singing competition The Voice (locally known as La Voz) featured a performance by the contestant Carmelo Jiménez, who chose one of Simple Plan’s most popular songs – ‘Welcome To My Life’ as the song that might help him reach the semifinals.

In the end however, Carmelo did not manage to go through to the next round. You can judge his performance of his Simple Plan cover yourself on the video below:

Which band are Seaway most thankful for this year? Simple Plan!

In Thanksgiving day spirit, for their latest article Alternative Press reached out to a number of acts and asked them which bands they are most thankful for this year.

One of these bands were the Canadian pop-punkers Seaway, who have previously supported Simple Plan on their NPNHJB tour in the US. And it’s no surprise that Simple Plan were Ryan Locke’s Seaway’s lead singer’s first band on mind, when it comes to a band he’s most grateful for.

Check out what Ryan said about SP below:

“One band that I am especially thankful for is Simple Plan. Growing up, they shaped my taste heavily and inspired me to make music. Years later, after getting to tour with them, my respect for the band grew even more after seeing how hard they work on the road and how dedicated they are to their fans. I really learned a lot from them.”

– Ryan Locke (Seaway) –

Pierre Bouvier for Rolling Stone about the importance of Warped Tour for Simple Plan’s career

Many alternative music fans were shocked to learn recently that the summer of 2018 with be the last ever edition of Warped Tour. Warped Tour, the biggest alternative traveling music festival, has been a safe haven for the fans of pop punk, punk rock and other alternative music genres ever since 1995 when Kevin Lyman founded it. The tour brought tons of acts across United States and Canada and made thousands of fans fall in love with them. With this week’s announcement of the 2018 Warped tourdates however, Kevin Lyman confirmed with mixed feelings that it will be the final year of Warped.

Simple Plan have been tied to Warped Tour almost since its beginnings. Before they became a band, Reset was a part of Warped for a couple years and Simple Plan were a part of its lineup for many summers, most recently in 2015 and they also took part in the 2017 Warped Rewind At Sea cruise – a “nautical” spinoff of the popular traveling tour.

Pierre Bouvier from Simple Plan talked to Rolling Stone a few days ago and discussed the importance of Warped Tour in Simple Plan’s beginnings and shared his thoughts on what might happen next now that Warped will be no longer.

We definitely recommend reading through the whole article, which will give you lots of insights on the behind the scenes of the music business and Warped Tour in particular:

When we first played Warped Tour with Simple Plan, I already had a lot of experience with Warped Tour on my own, just attending and being part of it with other bands. I remember playing the Toronto show, and our way of doing it was super DIY. We went around the entire crowd all day along with a couple Walkmans to play our five-song demo. We’d walk up to people and say “Hey do you want to hear some music? We’re playing at 1 o’clock at whatever-stage-we’re playing-at.” We would go out and recruit fans one-on-one. It was this one time a year where all us like-minded punk rock and pop-punk fans would get to see each other, meet each other and be around people who were similar to us outside our friends and bandmates. We would realize in each city that there were so many people who enjoy Blink-182 and Green Day and Face to Face and Offspring and Pennywise and all these cool bands you don’t see on MTV or hear on the radio.

Of course, this was a time before social media exploded. Being able to tap into something like that was a lot harder. It wasn’t like we could press a button on our phone and find each other. You had to find these alternative music stores or go to Warped Tour and get a glimpse of who these bands were and what this culture was like. It was a really special time of year when these bands came around.

Either the year before or after we played for the first time as Simple Plan, Chuck and I attended Warped as fans. Because of our experiences with our previous band, we had a relationship with some of the guys from Blink-182 since we had played some shows together. I know that Chuck had hung out with Mark [Hoppus] quite a bit. I think it was at the Toronto Warped Tour we basically waited outside their tour bus for them to emerge so we can possibly intercept them and play them our newest demo we had recorded in Montreal. That was how you did it back then: you would find bands you liked and play them your song.

I have a vivid memory of being outside Blink’s tour bus, hoping they would come out so we could say hi. I remember feeling so stupid and thinking “Man, what are we doing here? They don’t want to talk to us!” Chuck was like “No, man! I know Mark, and he’ll be happy to see me!” So we waited for hours, and they finally come out and we pass along the demo. That demo had an early version of the song “I’d Do Anything,” which ended up being our second single off our first album. Mark really loved the demo and started corresponding with Chuck. Then we thought it would be the coolest thing as little pop-punk boys from Montreal to ask Mark if he would sing on the song, which he ended up doing. Basically the Warped Tour is a huge factor in how the band got some notoriety and excitement and hype around it. It ended up being a big hit for us.

That vibe was really important. Everyone is the same on Warped. All the tour buses are parked together. Everybody eats the same catering. It allows people to hopefully catch a glimpse of their musical heroes.

I think for a lot of our fans and fellow bands, we’ve always been considered on the poppier side of Warped Tour. We’ve had a lot of mainstream success and radio support, and there are a lot of people who may not be hardcore Warped Tour fans who may know our band that heard our songs. But it was always important for us to remain part of that scene and not just be an MTV pop-punk band. This tour is where our music started, and where we as fans started. It’s important for us to keep being part of it.

We’ve always made a conscious effort to go, even though there were some years it financially didn’t make much sense to do Warped Tour; because there’s so many bands, it’s not a huge moneymaker for anybody. We could’ve taken more lucrative offers somewhere else, but it was important for us to go play – and possibly lose some money but to connect with our fans. [Playing] the Warped Tour as a band is an experience like no other. It’s like going to summer camp.

Kevin Lyman [Warped Tour’s founder] and his team really handpicked bands that are part of a style. If you like Green Day, Blink-182, Simple Plan or Good Charlotte and so many other bands, you’re probably going to like the band playing on any stage. That’s what’s cool – it gives an opportunity to bands in this style … they could expose their music to a potential crowd that already kind of likes the style that they’re doing.

Also, it didn’t always work the way Kevin envisioned it, but it kept bands humble. If you went on Warped Tour and thought you were cool but acted like a dick or above everyone else, there’s a chance you might get kicked off the tour. There was even a year that I believe Alien Ant Farm had a bit of an attitude when their Michael Jackson cover was blowing up and got kicked off the tour because of it. It’s humbling, and at the time could’ve been frustrating.

For us, we played Warped in 2002 and it was right when No Pads, No Helmets…Just Balls came out and we started blowing up. Our pay on that tour was peanuts — maybe $200, $300 a day — and we were playing a small stage that could barely accommodate the crowds coming to see us. At the end of the tour, Kevin asked us to do it the following year and we agreed to a $500 a day contract for 2003. As that year progressed, we became so huge with a platinum record and everything blowing up. We came back to Kevin and said we needed more money, and he said “Nope! We agreed on a handshake for $500.” At the time it was so frustrating. We were one of the biggest bands on the bill and were getting paid shit. Looking back, it’s part of the mentality.

That’s what is cool about it. You can go see someone who is on the verge like Katy Perry, Sugar Ray or even Eminem. You can see them on a small stage at a random time, and it’ll be chaos and mayhem. That was part of the magic. We’re all the same, and now that we know Kevin a little better, I do think that’s what he was trying to achieve: not to create a bunch of asshole rock stars. I think some people took it the wrong way, but I get it.

But Warped Tour was part of a generation. Over the last five years, it’s not as tightknit and genre-specific as it used to be. Back in 2000, all the bands on Warped had a similar sound, where now, and because it’s only normal that music is evolving and changing, there’s a lot more things. From electronic music to people like Machine Gun Kelly and Twenty One Pilots. It’s no longer just bands playing guitars and drums and rocking out. It wasn’t sustainable as it once was anymore.

It’s going to have to be replaced by something, one way or another. I think it’s a shame that something like that can’t keep going and exist and be a place for people to exist and discover new things outside of their phone or social media or Spotify. Then again, that’s where the future is going. That’s evolution and how our parents feel about us and how we’re gonna feel about our kids.

It’s a shame that that this style and culture can’t sustain itself as it used to. There will always be alternative styles and music and cultures. By the time my kids are in high school, I’m sure there will be things they love that will make me go “What the hell is this?” For them, that will be their Warped Tour.

Even the style of music that Vans Warped Tour represented at the beginning and even halfway through, I don’t know that that style of music will get a lot of new pioneers. I don’t know if there will be another Blink-182. There will be other people who are alternative and different, but all the pop-punk pioneers are doing things that are nothing like what they used to do. Is it because they got bored of it? Have all those bases been covered? Have all those songs been written? I don’t know.

– Pierre Bouvier [Rolling Stone article] –