In the musical landscape of Quebec, Gaston Mandeville towers as a landmark. Here’s a lyricist-composer who for close to twenty years has been fine-tuning his art, adding layers with a persuasive, committed interpretation. A reference in terms of writing, Mandeville was well educated: the school of folk and country music. A direct, hard-hitting style, sometimes tender, sometimes ironic, always with the same amount of talent, he uses songs to express life. No compromises, no complacency.