• James Parry

Hit Radio-Canada TV show La Petite Séduction filming in Hudson September 26-27

PHOTO BY JAMES PARRYNicolas Pedneault, Hudson’s Director of Culture and Tourism (centre), together with the team of La Petite Séduction, met with local residents and businesspeople Monday evening, August 17, inviting them to participate in the weekend filming on September 26 and 27.

One of the hottest French-language TV shows in the Radio-Canada summer line-up – with over 1 million viewers per episode across the country – is all set to turn the spotlight on Hudson in a one-hour show to be broadcast next spring.

It’s called La Petite Séduction and its format has proven to be a winner not only with the audience, but also with the small towns throughout Quebec, such as Hudson, which garner major national exposure promoting their tourism, artistic and cultural attractions to potential new visitors.

The show invites a Quebec celebrity to discover a local village by showcasing all its charms, products, special locales, and of course, its inhabitants and its national broadcast provides the community an opportunity for viewers from coast to coast to watch. To date, more than 180 villages have hosted the Petite Séduction team. The townsfolk of Hudson will have to entice La Toque born theatrical and film actress Maude Guérin, though the means through which it will be done remain a guarded secret.

Host and animator, Dany Turcotte, together with a popular and high-profile Francophone ‘vedette’, will be in town the weekend of Saturday and Sunday, September 26 and 27 for two days of filming.

And in what amounted to a giant casting call, the Radio-Canada team was at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre earlier this week outlining the project and inviting local residents to participate on camera in what will be five different segments.

Each will be set in a different location in the community and will include such landmarks as the Hudson Village Theatre, Hudson Yacht Club, St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Le Nichoir, Jack Layton Park, Auberge Willow Inn, and Sauvé’s Restaurant.

Organizers are hoping that at least 500 people will sign up for the shoot and, ideally, many more.

Explained Nicolas Pedneault, Hudson’s Director of Culture and Tourism, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our little town of Hudson to promote itself in a positive way to a national audience. And the fact that we are celebrating our 150th Anniversary makes it even more special.”

Added Pedneault, “Hudson has so much to offer visitors at all levels. And the Radio-Canada team, which is always looking for towns and locations that are really out of the ordinary, approached us indicating they would like to feature us. They subsequently met with Town officials last Friday and it was a go.”

While the show itself will spotlight Hudson, Pedneault stressed that everyone living in the Vaudreuil-Soulanges region is welcome to participate on screen and that, to sign up, or to learn more, he can be contacted at (450) 458-6699.

Jules-Pierre Malartre contributed to this story.