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Inducted into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame, Immortal Diane Dufresne

Rhinestones and sequins, it doesn’t charm him too much. But the moment is well worth the effort: Since the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created nearly half a century ago, she will be the second female francophone artist to receive the honor—but the first female performer—after lyricist Luc Plamondon. 1999.

The event is being organized at the National Music Center in Calgary by the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, which is also the brains behind the Juno Awards.

The goal is to make Honoring artists who have had a significant impact on Canadian music, both nationally and internationally explains the organization in a press release.

Selection criteria are musical excellence, commercial success with domestic and international audiences, significant contribution to Canadian music.

Diane Dufresne enters this Palace of the Immortals with three other artists. They are jazz pianist, Oliver Jones, country music superstar, Terry Clark, and legendary rock band Trooper.

The audience loves him

The induction ceremony also allows the Quebec singer to rediscover her raison d’être, the audience, to which she has a kind of mutual loyalty.

I think of the audience, [car] For me, the audience is an integral part of my career. »

Quote from Diane Dufresne, interview on the show the passage

It is therefore no coincidence that Diane Dufresne chooses to perform a famous song from her repertoire in her induction: Share the angels. Written by Roger Tabra, it depicts the relationship between artists and their audience.

Diane Dufresne says she has always had the public’s support, especially early in her career when she was criticized for her extravagant fashion.

The audience came to my concert in very bright outfits, in support. According to her, when an audience comes to see an artist on stage, they enjoy his performance as much as they convey their love for him. So, the honors, whatever they may be, the artist owes them first to the public, she says.

The audience loves it and she returns it.

Leaving an audience when you only see it once every two years, and only one evening, is heartbreak, it hurts so much. […] People love me. I also love and take care of them. »

Quote from Diane Dufresne in 1984 in the French newspaper the world

French and Quebec are deeply rooted in body and soul

As much as Diane Dufresne regards the public as herself oxygeninasmuch as she remains viscerally attached to her mother tongue, French, which she wears on her shoulder.

The singer also warned the organizers of the induction ceremony that she would only speak French during her speeches and during interviews. She wanted to honor her language and convey her message without false notes, not English his thing.

The artist is also known for her association with her provinces. 1973 Needs a Pocket Hardcover Apart from that, I feel goodShe wore bare breasts, then covered them with two imitation flowers, the emblem appearing on Quebec’s flag, he recalled. duty from Montreal.

“I improve my software a lot, and I work every day,” explains Diane Dufresne during an interview.

Photo: Radio Canada

Copious action, distinctions

Diane Dufresne has 12 studio albums and five live albums to her credit between 1972 and 2018, recalls a press release from the Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

I met the man of my life who is the one One of his greatest successes, with over 200,000 copies sold in Quebec and France in 1972.

Among her other honors are the Governor General’s Prize for the Performing Arts, the title of Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec, the Ordre de la Légion d’honneur, and the title of Commander of Arts and Letters in France.

At the age of 78, she will return to the stage this summer with her own talk show Diane Dufresne, by appointment.

Furthermore, when asked why since 1978, the year the Canadian Music Hall of Fame was created, Diane Dufresne is the only French-speaking performer inducted into it, Andrew Musker, CEO From the National Center for Music, it is reported that at that time it was necessary to select one artist out of many others each year. That, he explained, left fewer options the passage.

For a few years now, it has been decided that there should be more artists and more diversity in the Panthéon.

In the future, there will be more Quebec artists who will be considered and hired He hopes for this hall of fame, noting that since 2019 the number of artists who are selected each year has increased to four.

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