Ginette Reno

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Ginette Reno
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Background information
Birth nameGinette Raynault
Born (1946-04-28) 28 April 1946 (age 73)
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Years active1959–present
LabelsApex, Grand-Prix, Parrot, Trans-World, Melon-Miel

Ginette Reno, OC CQ (born 28 April 1946) is a Québécois author, composer, singer, and actress. She has received nominations for the Genie and Gemini Awards and is a multi-recipient of the Juno Award. She is a gold and platinum selling Canadian musician.

Early life[edit]

Born Ginette Raynault in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, she began singing in 1960 and won the talent contest "Les Découvertes de Jean Simon" (Jean Simon's Discoveries). With this success, three clubs in Montreal (Café Caprice, le Café de l'Est and the Café Provincial) offered Reno her first professional contract. Simon suggested she adopt the stage name Reno—a phonetic spelling of her real last name (as pronounced in Canadian French).[1][2][3][4][5]



Reno is a gold and platinum selling Canadian artist.[6] She has recorded in both English and French. Her biggest hit in English was her 1970 song "Beautiful Second Hand Man". It reached #2 on the RPM singles chart for the week of 28 November 1970.[7] The song was from her third album Beautiful Second Hand Man released in 1971 on Parrot Records.[8] The song was re-released on the French record label Melon-Miel on a two disc compilation Vocally Yours Vol. 7 & 8 in 2004.[9] Among her recordings is a Lynsey de Paul song "Dans la vie tout s'arrange" (Storm in a Teacup). She mostly performs in Quebec. During her four-decade career, she has recorded approximately 60 albums.

In March 2019, she was one of 11 singers from Quebec, alongside Céline Dion, Diane Dufresne, Isabelle Boulay, Luce Dufault, Louise Forestier, Laurence Jalbert, Catherine Major, Ariane Moffatt, Marie Denise Pelletier and Marie-Élaine Thibert, who participated in a supergroup recording of Renée Claude's 1971 single "Tu trouveras la paix" after Claude's diagnosis with Alzheimer's disease was announced.[10]


Reno played the mother in Jean-Claude Lauzon's 1992 film Léolo. She played Laura Cadieux in Denise Filiatrault's 1998 film It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux (C't'à ton tour, Laura Cadieux). The role earned her a Genie Award nomination for Best Actress. She reprised her role for the 1999 sequel Laura Cadieux II (Laura suite). She was again nominated at the 2000 Genie Awards. She played the role of Maria Barberini in the 2003 Canadian independent film Mambo Italiano.[11][12] She played Blanche in the 2006 film A Family Secret (Le secret de ma mère), earning her a Best Actress in a leading role Genie Award nomination.[13]


Reno was twice nominated for a Gemini at the 1999 Gemini Awards and 2000 Gemini Awards.[14]

The Charlebois wedding: the Hell's Angels controversy[edit]

On 5 August 2000, Reno performed at the wedding of the Hell's Angel René Charlebois, serenading the Angels with such hits like Mon May, for which she was paid $1 million dollars, and at the same wedding posed for photographs with Maurice "Mom" Boucher, the leader of the Angels in Quebec at the time.[15] As Reno has a very matronly and respectable image in Quebec, her willingness to pose smiling next to Boucher, a man convicted of rape amongst other things, caused some controversy.[15]

Montreal Canadiens[edit]

During the 2014 Stanley Cup playoffs, Reno was a surprise selection to perform O Canada during the Montreal Canadiens' playoff run. She had just returned from heart surgery, and her rendition of the anthem was very well received.[16] She has since returned to sing for the 2015 and 2017 Stanley Cup playoffs. She previously did the anthems for the Quebec Nordiques as well in the 80’s and 90’s.


Reno's star on Canada's Walk of Fame.

Reno won the Top Female Vocalist at the Gold Leaf Awards of 1970. She was awarded a 1972 Juno and a 1973 Juno in the category Outstanding Performance of the Year - Female.[17] Reno was nominated for a Juno in 1998 in the category Best Selling Francophone Album for her album Versions Reno. She was again nominated at the Juno Awards of 1999 for Best Female Vocalist. In 2001 she won a Juno Award for Francophone Album of the Year for her album Un Grand Noël d'amour. In 2010 Reno was nominated for a Juno Fan Choice Award.[18]

In June 1982, she was made an Officer of the Order of Canada.[19][20] In 1999, Reno was awarded the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, Canada's highest honour in the performing arts.[21] In 2000, she was inducted into Canada's Walk of Fame.[4] In 2004, she was made a Knight of the National Order of Quebec.[22]



Year Title Role Notes
1992 Léolo Mother
1996 Dionne quintuplets (telefilm) Madame Legros
1998 It's Your Turn, Laura Cadieux Laura Cadieux
1999 Laura Cadieux II Laura Cadieux
2003 Mambo Italiano Maria Barberini
2006 A Family Secret Blanche

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Ginette Reno Biography". The Encyclopedia of Music in Canada. The Historica Dominion Institute. Archived from the original on 12 September 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  2. ^ "Ginette Reno Biographie". Ginette Reno. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  3. ^ Kenyon Hopkin. "Ginette Reno Biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  4. ^ a b "Ginette Reno Inductee Profile". Canada's Walk of Fame. Archived from the original on 5 November 2011. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  5. ^ Lucas, Ralph. "Ginette Reno Biography". Archived from the original on 15 November 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  6. ^ "Gold Platinum Database » Displaying Search Results for: » Artist: Ginette Reno » To: December, 2011". Canadian Recording Industry Association. Archived from the original on 25 February 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  7. ^ RPM (magazine) (28 November 1970). "Top Singles - Volume 14, No. 15, November 28, 1970". (Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada). OCLC 352936026. Archived from the original (PDF) on 15 August 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2014.
  8. ^ "Beautiful second hand man" (sound recording) / Ginette Reno, Ottawa: Library and Archives Canada, OCLC 82882202, AMICUS No. 32589157, retrieved 16 December 2011.
  9. ^ "Ginette Reno – Vocally Yours Vol. 7 & 8". Discogs. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  10. ^ "La chanson pour Renée Claude en tête du palmarès iTunes Canada". Ici Radio-Canada, March 11, 2019.
  11. ^ "Ginette Reno Film Credits". Allmovie. Archived from the original on 16 January 2013. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  12. ^ Lucas, Ralph. "Ginette Reno Filmography". Archived from the original on 17 December 2010. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  13. ^ Genie Award. "Canada's Awards Database Ginette Reno". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  14. ^ Geminis (7 November 1999). "Canada's Awards Database Ginette Reno". Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Archived from the original on 4 June 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  15. ^ a b Cherry, Paul The Biker Trials Bringing Down the Hell's Angels, Toronto: ECW Press, 2005 page 96.
  16. ^ "Quebec singer Reno inspires Habs with riveting O Canada". CBC Sports. Retrieved 23 June 2016.
  17. ^ This Year's Winners. Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 7 April 1973. pp. 56–. ISSN 0006-2510.
  18. ^ "Juno Awards Database". Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 31 May 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  19. ^ Governor General of Canada (21 June 1982). "Ginette Reno, O.C., C.Q." Ottawa: Queen's Printer for Canada. Retrieved 16 December 2011.
  20. ^ The Right Honourable Edward Richard Schreyer PC, CC, CMM, OM, CD (26 June 1982). "Canada Gazette Part I, Vol. 116, No. 26" (PDF). Ottawa: Governor General of Canada. Canada Gazette. Government House. p. 2 (4572 Canada Gazette). Retrieved 16 December 2011.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  21. ^ "Ginette Reno - biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 24 February 2014.
  22. ^ "Ginette Reno (Chevalière 2004)" [Accueil » Membres » Ginette Reno » Chevalière (2004)] (in French). Governor-in-Council. 2004. Archived from the original on 15 April 2012. Retrieved 16 December 2011.

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