“Enthusiasm is life-giving, but deadly when misguided” from The Secret Language of Birthdays by Gary Goldschneider & Joost Elffers

Francis Chretien Bilodeau by © Mélissa Pelchat

“If you cross Bobby Moustache (or Kiki, or Keks to his friends) on the street, there’s a good chance you will notice his elegant style if you missed the mocking spark in his eyes. His smile would light up the night and he always manages to put one on our face with a silly joke. I would say one of his greatest strengths is seeing what’s not always visible to others. Like when he picks up a random piece of wood, calls it perfect as you frown suspiciously, and ends up turning it into a magnificent piece of art (which you can admire in some hot spots through town or on Instagram if you look for Bobby Moustache). He effortlessly plays guitar and the piano and when he sings, well, it just makes you happy. Happy birthday to the colourful and exceptional Kiki!” – Mélissa P

Image  © Mélissa Pelchat

An Interview with Francis

Q. What is the best memory you have from a previous birthday?

A. On my 21st birthday, my friends threw me a surprise party at a bar and my favourite band was playing! Great time with friends. That makes the best memories.

Q. How about the worst? And why?

A. The last birthday I spent with my father before he died of cancer. I was 6. It was my worst birthday but also one of the best.

Q. What was the present you’ve received for your birthday that surprised you most?

A. When I was 5, my father brought me a helicopter ride.

Q. Is there a food or dish that you insist on eating on your birthday?

A. Chicken wings and ribs.

Q. What do you believe is the most important aspect of celebrating a birthday?

A. Being with our friends.

Q. Do you have any traditions or thing you always do to celebrate a birthday? What is it?

A. Every year on my birthday, me and my friends go to the same Irish pub and watch the same band playing.