Last Updated on July 5, 2024

As Paris prepares to vibrate to the rhythm of the 2024 Olympic Games, visitors from all over the world have the unique opportunity to discover an intimate side of the City of Light, far from the crowds and the hustle and bustle of this globally resonant event.

Montmartre en chansons.” orchestrated by the passionate singer and guide Anne-Sophie Guerrier, offers an unusual and suspended exploration of one of the most emblematic neighborhoods of the French capital. More than just a tour, it’s a true walking show that combines history, music, and captivating anecdotes, transporting you to a bygone era when the cobbled streets echoed with the voices of bohemian artists and accordion tunes.

Why not be charmed by this timeless “ballad” through the picturesque streets, lively cafes, and charming squares where the spirit of Édith Piaf, Dalida, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, and many other famous artists continues to linger in the air?

With her enchanting voice and storytelling expertise, Anne-Sophie Guerrier invites you to live an unforgettable immersive experience at the heart of Parisian Bohemia.   

A musical journey into old Paris

Streets of Montmartre neighborhood in Paris.
Streets of Montmartre neighborhood in Paris. Photo courtesy of Deposit Photos.

“Montmartre en Chansons” is a two-hour walk that revives the magic of Montmartre through thirty iconic locations, punctuated by a cappella performances of twenty iconic French songs. Anne-Sophie Guerrier guides visitors through picturesque streets and more secret, bucolic sites, far from the usual tourist paths. From the Place des Abbesses to the Sacré-Cœur, passing by the Wall of “I Love You” and the Montmartre vineyards, each stop is a discovery.

With a gavroche cap and a long floral skirt, Anne-Sophie, with her “soft Parisian accent,” her songs, and her passion, transports the audience to another era. 

The tour is offered in French and English, with slots available specifically for the Olympic Games, ensuring an inclusive and enriching experience for all visitors.

Anne-Sophie Guerrier: From street musician to iconic Parisian artist

Anne-Sophie Guerrier, the central figure of this initiative, began her career as a street musician and in the Paris metro. Her passion for French chanson and her love for Montmartre led her to create this unique concept.

Recognized both locally and internationally, she represented Île-de-France in the Grand Concours de Régions special Chants Folkloriques on France 3 and continues to perform at various cultural and musical events across France.

Recognized for her contagious energy and perpetual smile, Anne-Sophie Guerrier captivates her audience with her warm and dynamic approach. Passionate about Montmartre, she enriches each visit with her vibrant anecdotes and songs. 

Her powerful and moving voice transforms the streets, recalling the legendary street singers of Montmartre. Visitors, charmed, sing along to classics like “La Vie en Rose,” moved by her performance.

A timeless “ballad” in songs

The “Montmartre en Chansons” tour is much more than a guided tour: it is an invitation to experience a moment out of time. Whether local or tourists, visitors are transported to a bygone era where every corner of Montmartre vibrated to the sound of melodies from legendary figures of the past.

This extraordinary guide reveals the places where Édith Piaf, Charles Aznavour, Jacques Brel, Dalida, and many other artists lived or stayed.

She takes visitors from cabaret to cabaret, where these artists started, and to the emblematic sites of Montmartre: vineyards, mills, the Wall of “I Love You,” Sacré-Cœur…

At each stop on the walk, Anne-Sophie tells historical and juicy anecdotes about the neighborhood and the lives of the singers. The commentary is punctuated by a cappella excerpts from French songs: “La Vie en Rose,” “La Complainte de la Butte,” “Sous le Ciel de Paris,” or “La Bohème”!

Montmartre singing tour details

  • Dates and Times : Public tours every Friday from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm. Private tours on request. Possibility to attend tours in French with English translation on paper on Saturdays and Sundays and certain Tuesdays from 2:15 pm to 4:15 pm.
  • Prices : €20 for adults, €10 for under 18s, free for under 8s.
  • Meeting Point : Place des Abbesses. Reservation required.
  • Duration : Each tour lasts two hours.
  • Reservations : On the website montmartreenchansons.com or by email at montmartreenchansons@gmail.com

Montmartre en Chansons adventure

A Parisian for about ten years, Anne-Sophie Guerrier has been living in Montmartre for over four years, a neighborhood of artists for which she had a real crush. Passionate about French Chanson and the lives of singers who still serve as models for her today, she is interested in their careers and life stories. She first confronted one of the most difficult and important stages in the capital, the Paris metro.

In 2020, due to the pandemic, it became impossible for her to continue her activity in the metro. She then had the idea to perform in the street. As a street artist, she realized the difficulty of stringing together an entire repertoire without a microphone and without accompaniment. Anne-Sophie then decided to sing refrains interspersed with anecdotes about Montmartre artists.

After extensive research on their lives and their mark on the neighborhood, a circuit took shape on the places where they lived and performed. She invited friends and family to test her creation: enthusiastic, they encouraged her to start!

In August 2021, she launched the “Montmartre en Chansons” tours. These being suspended in winter, Anne-Sophie adapted “Montmartre en Chansons” to the theater.

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