André-Philippe Gagnon first acquired his international reputation in 1985. He participated for the first time at the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs festival with an incredible act, impersonating with accuracy every artist of the song We are the World, the famed song written by Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie and recorded by USA for Africa. Thanks to the success of his performance at the Just for Laughs festival, Gagnon was invited to present his version of We Are the World on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, reaching an audience of 15 million American viewers. The after-effects of this televised performance were immediate. International offers began to come forward, including an invitation to the Victoires de la Musique in Paris and to the gala Cinema Chante in Gstaad, Switzerland, where he had the opportunity to meet Frank Sinatra, one of the artists that he best imitates.
Following his international success, a first tour in his home province of Quebec was planned for 1986. 21,000 tickets were sold in only 3 hours – an all time record! That same year Gagnon performed several times throughout the United States, including Las Vegas, Los Angeles and Atlantic City. Less then two years after his Tonight Show performance Gagnon participated as a guest, alongside with Lionel Ritchie, on Champs Elysees, the most popular French TV Show, watched by more than 22 million European viewers.
His performances in Quebec were an overwhelming success. All the venues where he performed were sold-out, for a total of 239 shows, in front of 350 000 people, thus becoming the most popular show in Quebec’s history! Recognized by his peers at the age of 27 years old, the ADISQ gave him the mandate to host the prestigious 1987 ADISQ Gala, making him the youngest host ever for this event.
In 1988, while everyone’s attention was turned to Calgary‘s Olympic Winter Games, Gagnon was given the unique opportunity to perform at the opening ceremony. A real success, viewers were amazed all over the world and the Olympics added new dates in order to please the crowd!
While his new tour in Quebec continued to sell-out, Gagnon began to tour English Canada, as well as overseas. His tours including a performance at the prestigious 1988 world exposition in Brisbane, Australia, assisting with his recognition both at home and on an international scale. Everywhere Gagnon went, the man of 400 voices triumphed!
In 1989, after the ADISQ awards he became the first Quebecer (and the only one to this day!) to host The Junos Awards in Toronto. Gagnon also performed at the opening night of the Toronto Skydome. With such visibility, it is not surprising that his performance series at Massy Hall and Roy Thompson Hall in Toronto were sold-out! Meanwhile, Gagnon had won three Felix trophies at the ADISQ Gala, including “Best Comedy Show of the Year”.
Andre-Philippe Gagnon is the #1 singing impressionist entertainer in the world today. Impressionist Perfection at its best!
Since the beginning of his career in 1985 and to this day, he has carved out a special place in the world of corporate entertainment, fundraisers and special events. In parallel with his touring career, Gagnon performs in a few dozen conferences or other prestigious events every year, all over the globe.
At the opening of a Hilary Clinton conference in Montréal, at the invitation of the Sovereign Prince in Monaco, at the closing gala of the Apple annual convention, or to celebrate New Year’s Eve with class in Hawaii, André-Philippe Gagnon has lent his talent and success to a variety of corporations, events and contexts.
With 30 years on the road, its corporate formula guarantees the success of your event :
- an impressive show, bringing together on stage the greatest voices of international show business,
- An incomparable repertoire of voices, from Frank Sinatra to Ed Sheran and from Julien Clerc to Christophe Mae.
- A scenic design that is simple to travel with, requiring a minimum of technical staff and that can be adapted to suit almost every stage.
- An incomparable WOW factor.
Gagnon’s adaptability is one of the assets that have made him one of the most coveted artists of his generation. Offering performances in French, English and in a bilingual setting, Gagnon is able to adjust the content of his show to better suit the clientele targeted by the event. The result is an exclusive, high-end experience.
For their birthday, offer your favorite people a unique birthday wish, personalized with their name. Thanks to the unique talent of singing impressionist André-Philippe Gagnon, Each recording personally celebrates your cherished ones. Surprise them on their birthday with a magic moment they will never forget.
André-Philippe Gagnon is making his singing impressionist talents available to you and wishes to help you celebrate your loved ones with personalized birthday cards. It is through his work and meeting with the public that André-Philippe Gagnon realizes the importance of underlining and personalising a wish. After being asked time and time again to imitate an artist to sing a personalized ‘happy birthday’ wish, André-Philippe Gagnon decided that the wanted to offer this experience to as many people as possible. This is how these personalised birthday cards were created.
With over 1,000 first names recorded (for now!), thanks to these cards, celebrate your friends and family with the sound of the biggest artists of all time. Send a spectacular and memorable birthday wish to a cherished one by offering them their name sung by the voices of Elvis, Barry White, Frank Sinatra, Louis Armstrong or Mick Jagger.