Diane Dufresne, the bold and free artisan of the Quebec song

The artist explained in an interview: I polish my programs a lot, I work every day. I don’t have much fun in life, but I do enjoy getting over myself, always a little more.

My profession, I made it without pretension, almost like religiondid she say.

Over the course of more than 50 years in the business, Diane Dufresne has sung several times during performances on National Day, notably performing for the first time. Like a beautiful bird In 1990 in front of a crowd of Fleur de Lys flags on Ile Saint Helens.

This song, the first song I wrote, was born after the flag of Quebec was trampled in Canada.

I’m not a seasoned nationalist, but my exposure to science, French language and culture made me dare to write a songShe said.

Authentic and rebellious

If she has lived in France for a long time, then Diane Dufresne has always been a native of Quebec. However, on the other side of the Atlantic, she was offered a golden bridge, and a French producer even offered her to become the new Edith Piaf, which she refused.

I am not Piaf. […] I can’t be anything other than who I am and make some concessionsindicated.

We say, “It doesn’t matter which path we take to get there.” Personally, I find the path we take to get there very important.

Hence, Diane Dufresne has pursued her career, breaking tradition, redefining the show and bringing new life, notably thanks to the many flashy costumes she wore on stage.

Diane Dufresne in 1984.

Photo: Radio Canada/Jean-Pierre Karsenty

As a woman, we took birth control pills, but didn’t have the same freedom as menshe decided.

There was a kind of rebellion to be more feminine and a sex symbol if possible and to occupy one’s body.

It is the French singer Juliette Greco in particular Greek divineWho taught him to take charge.

I had a lot of eczema, so I was singing with my arms back. You taught me to make gestures, to raise my hand forward and told me to dare.

After that, Diane Dufresne had the nerve to wear a newsprint dress to sing You will hear from me through the newspapers Or 55,000 people in pink gathered for his unique concert pink magic In August 1984 at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal. She is still the first and only Quebec female artist to have performed at this venue. It was unusual, and it was the audience who made the show a successtold Annemarie Dassault.

However, deviation from the norm did not always facilitate his musical career. The musicians were a little ashamed of me, because I was screaming, she said. [Mais] I was screaming for the women who couldn’t scream.

The influence of the Rockettes and Bécaud

Since the release of his first album Hold on tight In 1972, Diane Dufresne performed several songs that made her mark: straight singerAnd the Belmont ParkAnd the facebook songAnd the Listen to Elton JohnAnd the Hollywood weirdAnd the I have 12 yearsAnd the Away from thisor Hymn to the beauty of the world.

Ces titres populaires n’auraient probablement jamais vu le jour sans deux spectacles en particulier : celui des Rockettes, qu’elle a découvert enfant avec son père à New York et qui l’a décidée à use devenir caute, Gilbert caute concert in Montreal.

At that time, Diane Dufresne, who lost her mother at the age of 15, stopped school and took care of the housework, after her father married a very strict woman. Hear Gilbert Becaud’s performance white boat It turned out that he was decisive in his life. Includes lyrics for this song You will have your white boat / But to get it, you will have taken time […] Even if you don’t really believe it, here’s your white boat.

When Gilbert Pecode sang [ça]I really thought my life could change and it did.

stay lit

Today, at 77, Diane Dufresne says she did same headEven if his body escape from to use his words.

She aspires to peace and continued daring with the man of her life, the sculptor Richard Langevin, whom she met at the age of fifty and not at the age of twenty-eight when she was singing. I met the man of my lifeWritten by Luke Blamondon. I still love so much [Richard]It’s the gift of lifecaptured.

Marked by the early death of her lovable and eccentric mother which gave her a taste of the spectacle, she is especially aware of death’s presence.

Diane Dufresne in an interview with Annemarie Dassault.

Photo: Radio Canada

Every night, I explained, I’m like Karl Lagerfeld, telling myself it might be last night. When I wake up, I’m always surprised there’s another day.

On his last album The best yet song number but livewhich sounds like a hymn to life.

Do whatever you want, but stay alive and human, it matters. »

Quote from Diane Dufresne

When we are alive, we know we are heading towards something square [une tombe, NDLR]But as we progress, it is important that we experience all the feelings, not just happiness, appealed to. I don’t know exactly what happiness is, but I know what emotions are.

concept of freedom

In addition to painting, Diane Dufresne continues to perform, taking part in the Festival de la chanson de Tadoussac on June 17. She is also co-producing the film based on her life, which is due to be released next year, and the documentary, which will be published on Tou.tv Extra a few weeks before the feature film hits theaters.

She regretted that people think that freedom means to do anything. To be free means to have a lot of rigor and morals, and if you can be noble, you can allow yourself to be free.

When I say I still want to do things, it is with such freedom. I still hope to get my morals and be a good craftsman.

.’s private broadcast 24/60 Anne-Marie Dassault’s conversations with Diane Dufresne will be broadcast on Friday, 7 p.m., on ICI RDI.

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