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Julie Daraîche

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Julie Daraîche
Born(1938-04-27)27 April 1938
Died26 April 2022(2022-04-26) (aged 83)
Years active1965–2022
StyleCountry music

Julie Daraîche (27 April 1938 – 26 April 2022)[1][2] was a Québécoise singer-songwriter of country music. She was a member of the Daraîche family of the Gaspé Peninsula, who have been famous in Quebec music since the 1960s.[3] Julie Daraîche is considered Quebec's queen of country music.[1][4]

Julie Daraîche released 50 albums in a 50-year career, and sold over one million records.[1][4] In 1979 she received the first Félix Award for best country album.[4]


Daraîche was born in Saint-François-de-Pabos, Québec, Canada. While working as a barmaid in Montreal, Julie Daraîche began her singing career around 1965.[4] Her first four albums achieved gold certification in Quebec (50,000 copies sold).[5] With Un verre sur la table et Que la lune est belle ce soir she won the best country album of the year at the first ADISQ (Quebec Association of Recording Industries) gala in 1979.[4]

Daraîche trained her brother, Paul, in the genre of bar music; on his own, he sold more than one million records in a 40-year career. Daraîche took part in 15 albums with other members of the Daraîche family, and co-wrote the album Mes premières chansons with her daughter, Dani.[4]

In 2009 she released a tribute album to many of her late colleagues. She has worked with the Tadros brothers, Paul Brunelle, Marcel Martel and Willie Lamothe. Daraîche continued to tour in Quebec, Ontario and the Maritimes.[1][4][6]

Daraîche stated that she was planning her farewell tour for 2018.[4]

Daraîche died on 26 April 2022, the day before her 84th birthday, in Terrebonne, Quebec.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d "La reine du western s'amène en Acadie" [The queen of the western gets in Acadie] (in French). acadienouvelle.com. 16 April 2014. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  2. ^ Julie Daraîche s’est éteinte (in French)
  3. ^ Tremblay, Jean-Marie. "The Daraîches" (in French). biographiesartistesquebecois.com. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h Renaud, Philippe (16 August 2017). "Julie Daraîche: 50 Years, for the Love of Country Music". SOCAN magazine. SOCAN. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  5. ^ Beaumont, Claudia (7 July 2017). "Julie Daraîche: tout pour l'amour du country" [Julie Daraîche: All for the Love of Country] (in French). CBC/Radio-Canada. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  6. ^ "" J'aimerais si tout recommençait " Julie Daraîche en duo avec son frère Paul" ["I would love if everything started again" Julie Daraîche duet with her brother Paul] (in French). Paja Communications. 21 June 2017. Retrieved 20 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Avis de décès de Julia Daraîche". Magnus Poirier (in French). 26 April 2022. Archived from the original on 30 April 2022. Retrieved 15 May 2022.

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