… Canada’s almost unclassifiable duo Jean Derome and Joane Hétu’s
appearance was a festival highlight.
In terms of emotional depth and sheer exuberance, however, Canada’s almost unclassifiable duo Jean
Derome and Joane Hétu’s appearance at Subiaco was a festival highlight. Whether expressing rage
over political hypocrisy or celebrating the human spirit, the artists’ idiosyncratic melange of
French vocals, saxophones and simple melodic instruments communicated a universality of wit and
feeling that rendered any language barrier redundant.