Formed: 1973, Montreal
Years Most Active: 1974-1977
– Michel Rivard – guitar, melodica, keyboards, vocals
– Pierre Bertrand – guitar, bass, vocals
– Marie-Michèle Desrosiers – keyboards, vocals
– Réal Desrosiers – drums
– Pierre Huet – lyricist
– Robert Léger – keyboards, flute, composition
– Michel Hinton – keyboards
Genre: Progressive Rock
– “Un Incident à Bois-des-Filion” (1975)
– “La Complainte du phoque en Alaska” (1975)
– “Le Blues d’la métropole” (1975)
– “Tous les palmiers” (1975)
– “Amène pas ta gang” (1976)
Beau Dommage, named for an old Quebec expression meaning absolutely, outsold all other Canadian rock bands of the mid-70s in the Province and managed two multi-platinum albums in the country. The band emerged from a late-60s amateur act called La Famille Casgrain, Quenonuille Bleue in 1970, and Theatre Sainfoin. Their debut self-titled album, released in 1974, sold a quarter-million copies and won for the band the Jeune Chanson prize in Cannes, France, presented by the country’s secretary of state and culture. Their sophomore effort went Platinum on the first day of sales, the first album by a Canadian artist to do so.
Beau Dommage embarked on annual tours of Europe, including France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Switzerland and performed in Quebec’s major venues as well as several cities elsewhere in Canada. With three other Quebec rock bands, including Harmonium, Beau Dommage headlined the 1976 St-Jean-Baptiste celebrations on Montreal’s Mount Royal which attracted some 400,000 people.
Like Harmonium, the band’s lifespan, though reuniting in the mid-80s for concert reunion tours, was short-lived, and they released only four original studio albums. After 1977, many of the group’s members embarked on solo careers, the most successful belonging to Michel Rivard who enjoyed several hits including “Un trou dans les nuages” and “Le coeur de ma vie”. Marie-Michele Desrosiers and Robert Leger both went solo in the early 80s. The latter saw success on a side project in 1982 with a punk rock musical entitled “Pied de Poule” (Chicken Foot), which continually sold out and saw its title track sell 75,000 copies in Quebec.
The band reunited again in 1995, releasing a new album which won for the band a couple of Félix Awards.