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Daniel Lavoie to be inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame during its 2022 Gala at Toronto’s Massey Hall on September 24 and hosted by singer-songwriter Marie-Mai

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Montréal, July 2022The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) is pleased to announce that Daniel Lavoie will be inducted into the Hall of Fame by Jim Corcoran at the 2022 Gala, hosted by singer-songwriter Marie-Mai at Toronto’s Massey Hall on Saturday, September 24, with presenting partner The El Mocambo. He will join this year’s illustrious cohort that includes Bryan Adams and Jim Vallance, Alanis Morissette and recently announced David Foster.

Tickets to the 2022 Gala are available through Massey Hall. For updates and more information, visit and follow @CSHFmusic.

Born in Dunrea, Manitoba in 1949, Daniel Lavoie is a singer-songwriter, actor and poet. A citizen of the world, he feeds himself with travels and relentlessly explores the different avenues available to him. He has given us a multitude of unforgettable songs, notably Ils s’aiment, La danse du smatte, J’ai quitté mon île, Tension attention, Le pape du rap, Qui sait, Jours de plaine and, of course, Je voudrais voir New York.

Boasting a career spanning half a century and a discography of 24 albums, he is one of the most talented singer-songwriters of his generation and the most esteemed by his peers, both here and in France. He has written countless classics as well as songs for Luce Dufault, Mireille Mathieu, Maurane, Isabelle Boulay, Bruno Pelletier, Florent Pagny, Lara Fabian, Roch Voisine, Céline Dion, Enzo Enzo, Nana Mouskouri and many others.

His first album, entitled À court terme (1975), was produced by Gilles Valiquette and includes the hit J’ai quitté mon île. The general public discovered him in 1979 with Nirvana bleu, whose songs Angéline, La danse du smatte and Boule qui roule were very popular on radio. Between 1980 and 1981, he won the Male Artist of the Year Félix award twice. In 1983, alongside Daniel Deshaime, he co-produced the album Tension Attention which went on to win three Félix awards: Song of the year for Tension Attention, Male Artist of the Year and Album of the Year—Author and/or composer-performer. The song Ils s’aiment sold more than two million copies in Europe and Québec, and was recorded in English, Spanish, Italian, Russian and Portuguese. Moreover, the French people consecrated it as the “Song of the Century” in 1999. In 1985, he won a Midem d’or in Cannes for Ils s’aiment, the Félix for the Artist who has been the most successful in the francophone market outside of Québec as well as the Victoire for Best francophone album of the Year for Tension Attention.

In September 1988, along with Michel Rivard, Sting, Peter Gabriel and Bruce Springsteen, he participated in Human Rights Now, a benefit show for Amnesty International presented at Montréal’s Olympic Stadium. Released in 1990, the album Long courrier quickly reached the top of the charts thanks to the songs Le pape du rap, Qui sait, Jours de plaine and Long Courrier and won the Félix for the Pop-Rock Album of the year. A tour of Québec followed the release of his album Ici in 1995. Daniel then explored the world of children’s songs with Le Bébé dragon 1 (which earned him the Félix in the category Children’s Album) and Le Bébé dragon 2.

Lavoie then moved to Paris for several months to perform in the musical Notre-Dame de Paris by Luc Plamondon and Richard Cocciante. The adventure brought new height to the singer’s career; his interpretation of the priest Claude Frollo continued with performances in Montréal, the recording of the English version of Notre-Dame de Paris, additional performances in Paris and a series of shows in London.

In 2002–2003, Daniel played the character of the aviator in the musical comedy Le Petit Prince, inspired by the famous St-Exupéry book. He followed up with the album Comédies humaines produced by Philippe Eidel.

After a creative break, he released 2007’s Docteur Tendresse, and participated in the project Douze hommes rapaillés (2010) which won the Félix for Show of the Year—Performer, and the Félix for Album of the Year—Contemporary Folk in 2011. In November 2011, he released his 22nd album, J’écoute la radio which retraces 40 years of his career through 11 fresh takes on his greatest songs.

Daniel worked on La Licorne Captive for a few years; a contemporary music project with a medieval flavour alongside Laurent Guardo. Released in 2014 on the prestigious label Le chant du monde/Harmonia Mundi, the album received countless rave reviews. He then participated in the symphonic concerts The most beautiful songs of Notre Dame de Paris with the original team, performed in the largest concert halls of Moscow, Kiev, St. Petersburg and Beirut before a dazzling three-night finale in Paris-Bercy.

The album Mes longs voyages will be released in 2016. In recent years, Daniel Lavoie rejoined the cast of Notre Dame de Paris and travels around the world while continuing to write songs. His mind is always full of projects.

In 2023, Daniel Lavoie will celebrate the 40th anniversary of the release of Tension attention which was a huge success in the French-speaking world. The vinyl and CD re-release will be followed by a major tour of Québec in the spring of 2023.


The 2022 Gala will be held on September 24 at Massey Hall in Toronto, where the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame will honour the country’s most prolific and influential songwriters. It will feature performances by Charlotte Cardin, Corey Hart, Marie-Mai, Pierre Lapointe, Bruno Pelletier, Bobby Bazini, Jessie Reyez, Serena Ryder as well as Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake (Nickelback). For additional details, visit

The CSHF is pleased to acknowledge this year’s gala sponsors: The El Mocambo, RBC Emerging Artists, SiriusXM Canada, Slaight Music, SOCAN Foundation, YouTube Music, peermusic, Boucher Guitars, Hargraft Insurance, YPO Gold the 6ix Toronto Chapter, EllisDon, Lake of Bays Brewing Company and Gowling WLG.


The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame (CSHF) honours and celebrates Canadian songwriters and those who’ve dedicated their lives to the legacy of music; and works to educate the public about these achievements. National and non-profit, the CSHF is guided by its own Board of Directors, who comprise both Anglophone and Francophone music creators and publishers, as well as representation from the record industry. In December of 2011, SOCAN (the Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada) acquired the CSHF. The Hall of Fame’s mandate aligns with SOCAN’s objectives as a songwriter and publisher membership-based organization. The CSHF continues to be run as a separate organization.

Media contact and interviews: SIX media marketing Inc. (for the CSHF)
Source: Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame
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