Watch Diane Dufresne reflect on her career ahead of her Canadian Music Hall of Fame induction

The award-winning French Canadian singer will be inducted on May 18 in Calgary.

The award-winning French Canadian singer will be inducted on May 18 in Calgary

Diane Dufresne | Canadian Music Hall of Fame

20 days ago
Duration 5:13
Diane Dufresne discusses her rise to stardom in Quebec and France.

French Canadian singer Diane Dufresne always knew she was destined for a career in music: "Even as a child, I knew what I wanted to do, I wanted to become a singer," she says in the video above, discussing her induction into the Canadian Music Hall of Fame. Dufresne will perform at the induction ceremony in Calgary on May 18, and viewers can watch live at

Dufresne grew up singing, but didn't officially pursue her dream of becoming a musician until she moved to Paris to undertake dramatic art and voice studies. When she returned to Montreal, she released her debut solo album in 1972 featuring the hit track "J'ai rencontré l'homme de ma vie," which took off in Quebec and France. Her bold, eye-catching costumes and dramatic live shows made Dufresne a success, becoming the "queen of rock" in Quebec and France during the 70s and 80s.

In chameleon-like fashion, Dufresne transformed her image and sound, and eventually stepped into the pop sphere. Twenty albums later, she has earned numerous accolades throughout her career, including several Felix Awards, a Governor General's Performing Arts Award and the Order of Arts and Letters of France.

The Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony presented by Music Canada will stream live from Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre (NMC) in Calgary. Jann Arden, Ranee Lee and more will induct this year's honourees, which include Dufresne, Dr. Oliver Jones, Trooper and Terri Clark.

Stream the 2023 Canadian Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony live on May 18 at 7 p.m. MT/9 p.m. ET on CBC Gem, and on CBC Music's Facebook and YouTube pages.