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The Box set to rock Festival Hall

By Celina Ip

Montreal progressive rock band, The Box, will be performing at Festival Hall for the Performing Arts on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Montreal progressive rock band, The Box, will be performing at Festival Hall for the Performing Arts on Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Montreal-based progressive rock band, The Box, will be bringing their six-member collective to Pembroke’s Festival Hall this November.


Originally founded in 1981 by lead singer Jean-Marc Pisapia, an early member of Men Without Hats, The Box who gained national fame in the early 80’s with three successful albums that produced major radio hits such as “Closer Together” and “Ordinary People”.

After breaking up in 1992, it wasn’t until 2005 that Pisapia reformed The Box with a new lineup of members that includes Dan Volj, Guillaume Jodoin, Francois Bruneau, Martin Lapierre and Isabelle Lemay.

Over the last decade, the new formation of The Box has gained a solid following that includes their original ‘80s fanbase along with new generations.

“The interesting thing is that these old fans who listened to our music in the ‘80s, now bring their kids along and that's the real difference. So it happens that these younger generations have been raised on our music so they know the songs really well because the parents used to listen to that in the car or at home or whatever, and now they bring their kids for the shows and that is the real difference,” said Pisapia. “Other than that, the typical Box fan is as enthusiastic as they were before and so are we.”

On Nov. 11, The Box will be paying a visit to Pembroke’s Festival Hall where they’ll liven up the theatre with a perfect mix of some recent material along with their chart-topping radio hits. The Box will provide long-time fans with a walk down memory lane while younger generations will be just as blown away by the band’s exciting energy and timeless sound.

“We play some of the latest material in the first half of the show, then after that it's all the old hits one after another which is a real crowd pleaser,” said Pisapia. “We had nine hit songs on the radio in the '80s and so we just do them all and people go crazy. As well, since my first band before The Box was Men Without Hats, we often end the show with ‘The Safety Dance' as a bit of a tribute and that gets people going for sure.”

He added that he hopes to get the audience up on their feet, dancing and singing along while they enjoy a fun night of nostalgic ‘80s hits.

The Box will be performing at Festival Hall on Nov. 11 at 7:30p.m. Tickets are available online at by calling 613-735-2182 

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