Cosse-tu penses mon p’tit bonhomme – Jack Kerouac

An exceptional show, already acclaimed, enriched and even more vibrant!

The icon of the “Beat Generation” an unpublished text written in Québécois at the origin of “On the Road” and performed by 3 remarkable artists

Robert LALONDE, celebrated author and actor himself, lends all his exceptional talent to Kerouac in a striking way, with the voices and music of the luminous duo of Tomas JENSEN and KARÈYA, who delight the heart and soul.

Date: Saturday, August 10, Piggery Theater, North Hatley, 7:30 p.m.

  • pre-sale reserved for ART-Lié 2024-25 members before July 13, 5 p.m.: $38
  • regular price for non-members and members after July 13: $43

ART-Lié 2024-25 member privileges: 15% at Auberge La Raveaudière (upon presentation of show ticket AND membership card) and Le Mercantile restaurant, 10% off at Les Appalaches bookstore and on meals at La Chocolatière.

Many thanks to our outstanding collaborators Neilson VIGNOLA and Luc PRAIRIE, to Jean-Christophe CLOUTIER for his support of the project, and to the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec (CALQ) for its financial contribution.

A priceless opportunity to reconnect with a global idol of the Beat generation, while delving back into our roots, retranslated, interpreted and broadcast in kerouaquian French, by a trio of remarkable artists.

The importance of Kerouac, a small town boy from the Lower St. Lawrence region, sets him apart in literature in general.  His unique language and style are celebrated again and again. This quest for reunion, this strong desire for fraternity, for coming together, for reconsidering our history, is as deep-rooted as it is universal.

The tone of Cosse-tu penses mon p’tit bonhomme – the opening of the cult novel On the Road – is that of an ardent, generous confession, a moving confidence prompted by Kerouac’s desire to find, beyond the haunting distance of exile, his compatriots who are both half-forgotten and painfully unforgettable.

Kerouac’s determination, tenacity, acceptance of his uniqueness and love for his parents and loved ones touch the humanity in each of us and inspire much-needed hope in the audience.


The renowned artists featured in this show are :

Robert Lalonde, actor and author, has won numerous awards, most recently the Prix Athanase-David (Quebec’s most important award for lifetime achievement in writing). He has appeared in over 150 plays (Masque du meilleur comédien), numerous TV series (nominated for several Gémeaux awards) and a dozen feature films.

Tomas Jensen, musician-composer-performer, has more than 15 albums to his credit, including 2 ADISQ-nominated albums, one GAMIQ-nominated album, a film and numerous shows. Documentary filmmaker Martin Bourgault accompanied him to Argentina, where he made a film that was screened at FIFA and other documentary festivals around the world.

Karèya, composer-musician-performer, studied opera singing among other things, which serves her well for Kerouac. A multi-instrumentalist and sound designer, she has composed over 25 works (Musée d’Art Contemporain, Museum of Civilization, Monument National, Théâtre LaChapelle, Théâtre Hector Charland, Sala Rossa, Colgate University, Usine C.).