American game show, talk show and pageant host Steve Harvey shared the inspirational story of his rise from homelessness to fame in a clip posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
The clip, which appears to show Harvey speaking to an audience during the taping of the game show Family Feud, shows him describe how a visit to Montreal and a performance at Just For Laughs changed his life.
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"I had been living in my car for three years," Harvey says in the video. "I entered this Just For Laughs comedy festival and I killed, I mean I killed, man. First night up, I had these Canadians f****** screaming."
The show was so successful, in fact, that representatives from ABC approached Harvey after the show with a performance deal, which he accepted.
The ABC reps then handed Harvey a check for $50,000. "F***," he says in the Twitter clip. "I left the festival that afternoon."
Harvey explains that he went on to buy an airplane ticket to Dallas and secure an apartment.
"Don't give up on your dreams!" Harvey captioned the video on Twitter.
Like last year, the 2021 festival is planned as a hybrid of in-person concerts and virtual events.
"What a wild time. It's the 20th-anniversary edition of POP Montreal! Yes it's still a pandemic so we have to remain safe and careful but we can celebrate and be thankful that we can still go to shows and see amazing live music. What a gift!" says an announcement posted on POP Montreal's website.
The festival is set to take place from September 22-26, 2021.
Montreal's 31st annual First Peoples' Festival is on this week to showcase some of the best local Indigenous talent.
A program of music, dance, cinema, and art will occupy the Place des Festivals for an "exploration of risky areas, where the buried traces of an immemorial past are not yet erased and where the artists boldly highlight, in the fog of the present, the paths of a luminous future," according to a press release shared with MTL Blog.
Starting on the evening of August 4, the city will reverberate with the sounds of new and traditional music from influential artists like Pow-Wow singers group the Buffalo Hat Singers, Oji-Cree artist Anachnid, the iconic Laura Niquay, an Atikamekw artist from the community of Wemotaci in Quebec, and legendary group Twin Flames.
In addition to the incredible music on display, more than 60 films will be shown as part of the festival's Mattiusi Awards.
Get the details below. Tickets can be purchased or reserved online.
31st Annual First Peoples' Festival In Montreal
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Price: Free outdoor shows; film ticket prices vary by event.
Montreal's renowned Italian Week, now known as ItalfestMTL, is just around the corner and it's bringing back in-person festivities.
This year marks the 28th edition of the popular festival and will bring all the best food and music from local Italian culture for three weeks of events.
"After last year's innovative shift to virtual, we intend to have an open mind by confirming online programming broadcast on our website and social networks," Antonio Sciascia, President of italfestMTL, said in a press release.
"Nevertheless, we will offer events on the ground so that our festival-goers can share the joy of being together, even if in a reduced way."
In addition to virtual concerts and comedy shows, ItalfestMTL invites people to in-person activities while respecting the health measures.