Lucille Dumont, a pioneering Quebec singer and member of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame, has died. She was 97.
Dumont was known in Quebec as the "Grande Dame de la chanson" — the Grand Dame of Quebec song — and rose to fame singing in French in the 1940s and 1950s.
Among her best known songs are Insensiblement and Le ciel se marie avec la mer. She reached thousands across the province with televised performances in the early years of Radio-Canada.
Born in Montreal in 1919, Dumont was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2006, alongside Leonard Cohen and Anne Murray.
She was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1999 and an Officer of the National Order of Quebec in 2001.