The artist and musician from Saint-Félicien, Gilles Robitaille, died suddenly of a heart attack, in the night from Wednesday to Thursday. He was 64 years old.
The one who was an interpreter, arranger and illustrator, in particular, has been recognized in recent years for its participation in the program meant for young children, Pepe & Colori, which was aired on the channel Yoopa.
Through the page Facebook of the show, his colleagues Marc Girard and Karine Jalbert, with whom he had created this series of capsules that combined the music to the drawing, are said to be saddened by this news.
“It is with a broken heart and full of sadness that we announce the death of our dear friend […] and partner Gilles Robitaille. Gilles was an exceptional being, a friend extremely significant, an accomplished artist with a raw talent “exceptional”, they wrote, adding be appalled by the tragedy of her death.
On social networks, many artists jeannois have pointed out the fun they had working with the one who painted several paintings that he signed Gil Robitail.
Among them, the violinist Sébastien Savard, who has worked with Cirque du Soleil, recalled that Gilles Robitaille had had an influence in the careers of all the musicians from the top of the Lac-Saint-Jean.
“It is well-known to 2014. We had a band together. It immediately clicked. I’m going to remember for someone very nice who has demonstrated by his career in the region that it is possible to live of his art here, ” said Mr. Savard at the end of the wire, suggesting that Gilles Robitaille had worked with Mario Pelchat before he became one of the biggest stars of the québec song.
“Gilles had been making albums. He has worked with Amay Packet, Luc Boulianne… “The departure of this” painter of “high-level”, according to Sebastien Savard, leaves the entire artistic community of Saint-Félicien in shock.
The work of Gilles Robitaille has been recognized on several occasions. In 2017, the album from the animated series conceived by the three artists of Pepe & Colori had been appointed to the gala of the ADISQ in the category Album of the year for youth. The disc was recorded at the studio of Gilles Robitaille, Saint-Félicien.
It is also him who had been chosen to compose the song for the 150th anniversary of Saint-Félicien. The play had been performed for the occasion by the orchestra of the music show Belle & Bum.