Canadian PM sings Queen

Canadian PM sings Queen


norman lebrecht

September 20, 2022

Justin Trudeau is under fire for leading this little pre-funeral show in the Savoy Bar.

Can’t think HM would have minded.

Ne tirez pas sur le pianist, svp.


  • Bea says:

    A national embarrassment. Shower us in your mediocrity Justin……

    • Ludwig's Van says:

      Bea, please move to another country – thank you!

      • Bea says:

        How incredibly Canadian of you. “Get out if you have anything negative to say about the privileged son of a former premier who appeared on multiple occasions in black and brown face at their private school, eh!” You are precious! You must write ravishing reviews of performances (only positive, of course).
        Perhaps a ‘moistly’ refresher on the charter of rights and freedoms would do you some good, especially the section on freedom of speech…the document of course which was spearheaded by Justin’s more adept and less black faced father. Have fun!

        • Thomas M. says:

          Seriously, leave! Just don’t come to my country.

          P.S. Trudeau senior was corrupt through and through. Just saying.

    • Violinista says:

      Your mediocrity Bea not Justin’s

    • Hayne says:

      Justin Castro is much more than an embarrassment. He is a WEF totalitarian puppet. I pray he leaves office and sings in some lounge…

  • MacroV says:

    What’s the big deal? Though he probably shouldn’t quit the day job.

  • Alviano says:

    Strange, all the negative reactions. Lighten up, folks.

  • Emil says:

    “Under fire” by about three disgruntled Twitter commentators, sure. No one cares otherwise.

    By the way, the pianist is Gregory Charles, singer, great choir leader/promoter in Québec, and the former artistic director of the Festival de Lanaudière.

  • tet says:

    Why in God’s name is Canada still in the commonwealth?

    (Besides the benefit of getting to sit many rows in front of the US and French presidents at the monarch’s funeral once every 75 years or so.)

    Under Charles, the exodus from the commonwealth will continue with far less handwringing than it was under Elizabeth.

    It is hoped that Canada will follow suit, else Quebec secedes.

    • Emil says:

      Neither of those things will happen. For better or for worse, keeping the monarchy allows Canada to avoid a whole lot of thorny constitutional issues.

      • tet says:

        Hmmm, the House of Trudeau will go to war with the House of Windsor? Prince William the Conqueror and Sir Boris will set sail in a 40-cannon galleon toward the Canadian coast?

    • Tim says:

      You refer to Quebec secession as though it’s something that Canadians should contemplate with dread, when in reality, a very large percentage of us can hardly wait for Quebec to go. Quebec is an adenoma on the national colon; the minstrel captioned above is just its latest unwelcome gift. Get lost.

  • Maria says:

    So what? Can’t people find more important things to think about than someone singing in a bar, PM or not, and then het thekr stupid cameras it and post it? It’s not a sin to sing, and it wasn’t such a bad job done either. Think the Queen would have enjoyed it, and he gave a heartfelt tribute to our Queen that was obviously meant and not concocted or put on.

  • Sisko24 says:

    The reactions to this clip of Mr. Trudeau’s singing spring from at least three possible reasons. The first is that during the time of the recent death of a monarch in her/his realms, the entire lands should refrain from ‘jolly’, ie, non-funereal musicmaking. Ok, that’s a valid, if possibly debatable criticism. Second, that this is a good way to score political points against someone whose politics you don’t agree with. This seems a not serious way of doing so. Why not just come out directly and say so, instead of attacking the man in a backdoor way? Thirdly, that the choice of music is inappropriate. Maybe, although given the context, I’d rather hear him sing Queen than hearing his attempt at, say, ‘When I am in earth…’ Although that might have been just as illuminating as his Queen performance.

    • Tim says:

      You missed one. The man is a giftless unserious clown, and his subjects are tired of being embarrassed by him. If you’re wondering why, you haven’t been paying attention (which would be perfectly understandable if you’re outside Canada). First there was the farcical costume tour of India – feel free to look up the cringe-inducing footage. Then there was his penchant for appearing in blackface as some kind of minstrel joke. Then there was the alleged groping of a reporter which he somehow “experienced differently” than his victim. Then there was the hypocrisy of his endless pandering and progressive virtue signalling and the climate activism as he flies to and fro via private jet.

      • zeno north says:

        “his subjects are tired of being embarrassed by him” – Yes. I, for one, am really looking forward to cringing at the things Poilievre says and does.

  • Sisko24 says:

    Sorry, I meant to type, ‘When I am laid in earth’ (Dido and Aeneas by Purcell). I clicked the submit button too quickly.

  • M McGrath says:

    Bravo, Mr Trudeau. You, the Finnish PM, Jacinda in NZ – political leaders of a younger generation that don’t shy away being more out there, “normal.” Now, if we could only manage the prigs that think this is taboo: lighten up and get a real problem to fret about.

  • Jim says:

    OMG he’s showing bare arms!!!
    oh wait, it’s not Yuja…

  • Claudio says:

    We saw dances of Boris Johnson, singing of Justin Trudeau, how Liz Truss can amuse us? Can’t wait to see it.
    P.S. Hope I won’t regret saying this 🙂

  • TNVol says:

    DESPERATE to remain one of the cool kids. It’s not cute or endearing anymore. Grow up.