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Louise Forestier

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Forestier, Louise. Singer, songwriter, actress, b Shawinigan, Que, 10 Aug 1943. Though she graduated from the National Theatre School in Montreal, it was as a singer that she came to public notice in 1966 when she received the Renée Claude Trophy from Le Patriote and was named discovery of the year on the CBC TV program ‘Jeunesse oblige’. The extaordinary success of the revue L’Osstidcho (1968), then of L’Osstidchomeurt (1969) with Robert Charlebois, Yvon Deschamps, and Mouffe which introduced her to a large public. She and Charlebois recorded ‘Lindberg’ and took part in a whirlwind tour of France in 1969. She then worked briefly with the pianist Jacques Perron. In April 1970 she was the star in the musical play by Michel Tremblay and François Dompierre Demain matin Montréal m’attend, whose title song was a hit. In 1971 she made an appearance with Charlebois at an MSO concert, and gave a few recitals. The following year she played a role in Jacques Godbout’s film IXE-13,and the original film score was issued on a Gamma LP (GM-148).

With the guitarist Claude Lafrance, and again with Perron, Forestier took her place among the top Quebec stars in 1973 with the folk song ‘La Prison de Londres’. Forestier then turned from the hard rock of her early years to a repertoire largely inspired by Quebec folk music, and to a more personal style. Preferring to present new songs - several (including ‘Le reel à ti-Guy’) her own,she performed regularly on TV during the 1970s and presented her shows (‘On est bien chez vous,’ ‘Ben sûr que chu folle,’ etc) throughout Quebec and in France.

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