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Season 10 Episode 0303

Tegan and Sara

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The only annoying thing about filming the Take Away Shows in Montreal from November to March is the cold, which makes it unconscionable to ask the musicians to play outside. Thankfully there are some magnificent indoor spaces, like the Salle Wilfrid-Peletier, where Philippe and I arranged to meet Tegan and Sara one gloomy afternoon. Surveying the archive of Take Away Shows, it becomes evident that we film female musicians less often. And when we do, it tends to be singers we are awed by, and in front of whom we are prepared to feel intimidated – which generally ends up not being the case, as it was definitely not for Tegan and Sara. To begin with, we were the same size. Mock me if you will, but all the same, when you're a girl who is only 1 metre 60 tall and working in music, it's not always evident. Even better, they were friendly, pleasant, not shy (an unusual occurrence), as far from divalike as is possible. Barely five minutes after we'd met, they were telling us stories from their tour that are best not repeated on the internet. They had prepared three songs. We weren't worried; without going so far as to say that they are old hands at acoustic performances, it wasn't exactly an entirely new exercise for them either. We were especially excited to see how they would pare down the more electronic songs from Sainthood. Réal : Philippe Tremblay-Berberi Tourné à Montreal Réal : Philippe Tremblay-Berberi Tourné à Montreal For the first song, "Alligator", we took over the cushy seats of the auditorium where they would be playing that evening, which they had nicknamed 'Enterprise' after Star Trek. There, without amps, without microphones, their voices became even more impressive. Unlike Ted, their guitarist, who's a very discreet guy, Tegan and Sara didn't hesitate to throw a few wisecracks to each other after they had finished playing. They are sisters, after all. Réal : Philippe Tremblay-Berberi Tourné à Montreal Réal : Philippe Tremblay-Berberi Tourné à Montreal I wmoreless
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