The Box marks 40th anniversary with online concert

Local new wave pioneers, The Box will be celebrating 40 years since first forming in 1981.

To mark the occasion, the current line-up, fronted by original lead singer Jean Marc Pisapia, will be performing an online show dubbed “Closer Together” in the coming weeks.

The brainchild of Pisapia (formerly of Men Without Hats), The Box formed in 1981 and included Guy Florent on guitar and Jean-Pierre Brie on bass.

From 1984 to 1990, the group released world-renowned hits like, “Walk Away”, “Must I Always Remember”, “L’Affaire Dumoutier (Say to Me)”, and “Closer Together.” These hits garnered rave reviews and were largely responsible for earning the band four gold and platinum records. The Box eventually disbanded in 1992 citing exhaustion.

In 2005, Pisapia took it upon himself to reform the group and The Box would release three new albums.

Past members have included Guy Florent, Jean-Pierre Brie, Guy Pisapia Sylvain Coutu, Philippe Bernard, Claude Thibault, Luc Papineau, Denis Faucher, Eric Theocharides, and Sass Jordan. The Box’s current incarnation is made up of Jean-Marc Pisapia, Daniel Volj, Guillaume Jodoin, François Bruneau, Martin Lapierre, and Isabelle Lemay.

“Closer Together” will be streamed on March 6 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased via Live Dans Ton Salon. More about the group at

Montreal Music Scene