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Diane Dufresne


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Diane Dufresne was born in a working class suburb of Montreal on September 30th 1944. Her mother died when she was 12 years old and she left school to take care of her brother and sister. Early on she had developed a taste for dressing up and performing, and a few years later a job as a nurse allowed her to pay for singing lessons. Her first professional engagement in a bar in the Montreal suburbs, where she sang standards by French and Quebec artists such as Ferré, Brel and Vigneault.

Her meeting with lyric writer Luc Plamondon in 1965 enabled her to work on more personal material. In 1966, still unknown in Quebec, she left for France.


In contrast to her repertoire in Canada, in France she sang songs by Quebec songwriters such as Jean-Pierre Ferland, Claude Léveillée and Félix Leclerc. She performed in the principal cabarets in vogue, including L’Ecluse and L’Echelle de Jacob. She took singing lessons at the Jean Lumière school, studied drama with actress Françoise Rosay, but she had little more success than in Quebec.

A journalist who saw her perform in Paris wrote a glowing article about her, thanks to which, after returning to Quebec in 68, she released her first single, “Mon Cœur est fou”. Canadians gave the disc a warm reception and Diane worked harder and developed her incredible talent as a live performer. In 1969, the Quebec public got their first taste of that characteristic Dufresne craziness in the revue, “Les Girls”, in which she both acted and sang.

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  • danisoto

    Un vrai bijou cette femme. Je l'admire tellement.

    29 May 2010 Reply
  • JoelBros

    j ai toujours adore diane dufresne > cela me rappelle mes vingt ans avec la tournee d europe 1 en france un an avant starmania...

    28 Feb 2009 Reply
  • popalopa

    Qu'est ce que vous pensez du nouveau CD? I'm so happy!!!

    26 Oct 2007 Reply
  • NoIP

    similar to The Branford Marsalis Quartet WTF?

    6 Apr 2006 Reply

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