Proudly (Francophone) Canadian: Luc Plamondon
Submitted by Cashbox Canada
Controversial as it has been for decades, the ‘great divide’ between Quebec and Canada still continues to this day, but music has no borders. Although a well-known passionate Francophone, Luc Plamondon has accepted awards from Canadian institutions, so this week we honour Proudly Canadian by also including Francophone to our title.
Luc Plamondon, OC, CQ (born 2 March 1942 in Saint-Raymond, Quebec) is a French Canadian lyricist, well-known in the Francophone Quebecois market.
Plamondon has written for many artists, notably the Québécois singers Bruno Pelletier, Diane Dufresne, Robert Charlebois, Céline Dion, Ginette Reno, Fabienne Thibeault, Martine St. Clair, and Garou, as well as the French singers Julien Clerc, Nicole Croisille and Johnny Hallyday. He is the co-author of a number of musicals. The two most successful are Starmania (music composed by Michel Berger) and Notre-Dame de Paris (music composed byRiccardo Cocciante). Also of note is Cindy: Cendrillon 2000.
He was inspired to write a hymn in Huguette Gaulin Bergeron’s honour, after her self-immolation. The hymn, entitled "Hymne à la beauté du monde", has since been sung by numerous famous French-Canadian artists such as Diane Dufresne, Isabelle Boulay, Garou, and Éric Lapointe.
Plamondon has accepted honours from Canadian institutions and is also known as a francophone nationalist and Quebec sovereignist. He is opposed to Internet music piracy. He used his acceptance speech for a 1983 Félix Award to denounce copyright law.He is the brother of Louis Plamondon, a long-serving member of the Canadian House of Commons.
In 1990, he was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.
In 2002, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.
In 2003, he was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.
In 2011, he was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.