Diane Tell

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Diane Tell
Diane Tell 01.jpg
Background information
Birth nameDiane Fortin
Born (1959-12-24) 24 December 1959 (age 59)
Quebec City, Quebec, Canada
OriginQuebec City, Canada
GenresPop Jazz
Occupation(s)Singer-songwriter, Guitarist
InstrumentsVocals, Guitar
Years active1977–present
LabelsTuta Music/IDOL distribution WW

Born in Québec City, Diane Tell entered the Val d’Or conservatory at the age of six. She continued her studies at the Montréal conservatory and then at CEGEP Saint-Laurent and she wrote her first songs at the age of twelve. As one of Québec’s pioneering female singer-songwriters, she proposed her personal repertoire over the course of her first four albums. She won six Félix prizes before the age of 25: breakout artist, best artist, best album, best song and, twice, songwriter of the year. Several of her songs have become SOCAN Classics and Si j’étais un homme was inducted in the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2017. She earned a MIDEM Award for her album Chimères and a Victoire Award for her album Faire à nouveau connaissance. In 1990, she was chosen by Plamondon, Berger and Savary to play a leading role in the musical La légende de Jimmy. That wonderful experience was followed up by another musical, Marilyn Montreuil, written and stage directed by Jérôme Savary and the Théâtre National du Chaillot, in Paris. Diane Tell played the leading role and composed the show’s score. Over 300 performances of both shows were presented in France and Europe. Over the past 25 years, Diane has toured relentlessly, written, composed and recorded in Canada, France, the U.K. and Switzerland. In 2018, she will produce her 15th studio album of original material in Montréal. As an independent artist, she owns the phonographic rights of her entire catalogue, she manages her own publishing company as well as producing and financing her albums herself. Also a photographer, she directs the majority of her music videos. Her YouTube channel actually gets 400,000 views per month on average. In her blog Diane Cause Musique, she engages up-and-coming artists by explaining the inner workings of the music industry.

In May 2018, Diane Tell was elected onto SOCAN's Board of Directors for a 3 year mandate. [1] (The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada)


  • 1977: Diane Tell
  • 1979: Entre nous
  • 1980: En flèche
  • 1982: Chimères
  • 1984: On a besoin d'amour
  • 1986: Faire à nouveau connaissance
  • 1988: Dégriffe-moi
  • 1990: La légende de Jimmy
  • 1991: Marilyn Montreuil
  • 1993: Morceaux choisis
  • 1996: Désir Plaisir Soupir
  • 2003: Tout de Diane (compilation)
  • 2005: Popeline
  • 2009: Diane Tell Original Album Classics (5-CD set)
  • 2009: Docteur Boris & Mister Vian
  • 2011: Rideaux Ouverts CAN[2]
  • 2013: Une
  • 2013: Passe Simple (Best of)
  • 2014: Ne me quitte pas : Un hommage à Jacques Brel (multi-artistes québécois)
  • 2015: Intemporelle Diane Dufresne (multi-artistes québécois)
  • 2015: Duos Félix Leclerc (multi-artistes québécois)
  • 2018 :"New album" in production.


  • Félix best singer-songwriter (1980) Quebec
  • Félix best new artist (1980)
  • Félix best song for "Si j'étais un homme" (1981)
  • Félix best album En Flèche (1981)
  • Félix best singer-songwriter (1981)
  • Félix best female artist (1981)
  • Juno Awards, nomination, most promising female vocalist (1984) Canada
  • Midem Awards best female artist (1982) France
  • Victoire de la musique best francophone album Faire à nouveau connaissance (1986) France
  • Classics SOCAN - Gilberto, Si j'étais un homme, Miami, Savoir, Faire à nouveau connaissance... +
  • SPACQ - PRIX ROBERT CHARLEBOIS – Rayonnement international (2015)
  • "Si j'étais un homme" Inducted Canadian Songwriters Hall of fame (2017)

Live performances (selection)[edit]

  • 1977 Bigins at l'Évêché Montreal
  • 1980 La Place des Arts Montreal
  • 1982 Le Théâtre Saint-Denis Montreal
  • 1983 L'Olympia Paris
  • 1986 L'Olympia Paris
  • 1989 L'Olympia Paris
  • 1996 Le Spectrum Montreal
  • 2003 Le Palais Royal Paris
  • 2003 Les FrancoFolies de Montréal Club Soda Montreal
  • 2003 Le Théâtre du Petit Champlain, Quebec
  • 2005 Les FrancoFolies de Montréal Spectrum Montreal
  • 2005 Le Cabaret Music-Hall à Montréal and touring En Solo mais pas Single
  • 2005 Le Grand Théâtre de Québec Quebec
  • 2006 L'Européen Paris
  • 2010 Les FrancoFolies de Montréal La Place des Arts Montreal
  • 2012 Les FrancoFolies de Montréal La grande scène Montreal
  • 2012 Tournée du ROSEQ Qué, N.B. /Canada
  • 2013 : Ne me quitte pas, Hommage à Jacques Brel - Festival de Tadoussac, FrancoFolies de Montréal CA
  • 2013 : Série de concerts en Europe et au Canada, en Solo, en Duo (avec Robbie McIntosh), avec Vincent Réhel et le Quatuor à Cordes Hermès
  • 2014 : Ne me quitte pas, Hommage à Jacques Brel - en Tournée au Québec CA
  • 2014 : Série de concerts en Europe et au Canada, en Solo, en Duo (avec Robbie McIntosh)
  • 2014 : Festival de Jazz de Montréal avec Vincent Réhel et les Mommies on the Run CA
  • 2015 : Ne me quitte pas, Hommage à Jacques Brel - En tournée au Québec et au Festival Montréal en Lumières (Salle Wilfried Pelletier de la Place des Arts) CA
  • 2016 : Printemps de Pérouges FR, en duo avec Robbie McIntosh
  • 2017 : Ne me quitte pas, Hommage à Jacques Brel - Avec l'Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal (Maison Symphonique de la Place des Arts) Montréal Qué. CA
  • 2017 : Le Baladin de Savièse CH, en duo avec Robbie McIntosh
  • 2017 : Pan Piper (Paris FR)
  • 2018 : Nuit du jazz, Chernex-sur-Montreux CH



  1. ^ https://www.musicbusinessworldwide.com/socan-elects-new-board-of-directors-to-serve-from-2018-to-2021/
  2. ^ "CANOE -- JAM! Music - SoundScan Charts". Archived from the original on 5 April 2012.

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