I’ve been writing far too many serious blog posts lately. Designer babies! Breastfeeding! Gender! Teaching your children money management! In fact, I was going to post about the auto industry and the economic crisis today. Really. Like the world needs even more words dedicated to the whole fiasco. So instead I’m changing the pace a bit.
If you were a Canadian girl in 1990 or so, or if you have ever spent time in French Canada, then you know who Roch Voisine is. But maybe you haven’t had the pleasure. So I will now take the time to introduce you to my school girl crush, the man who inspired me to pull out my French-English dictionary and learn that sable means sand. Oh yes, I was sophisticated and wordly. I chose someone who sang in a whole other language while some of you were ga-ga over the New Kids.
Roch Voisine is a French Canadian actor and musician, born and raised in New Brunswick. (Fun fact – New Brunswick is Canada’s only officially bilingual province!) His Wikipedia page has all sorts of info about him, but here are just a few highlights:
- Roch was born on March 26, 1963
- Roch wanted to be a hockey player until he was injured (playing baseball!) in 1981
- Roch graduated from the University of Ottawa in 1985 with a degree in physical therapy
- In 1988 Roch hosted Top Jeunesse, a French-Canadian variety show for teenagers
- In 1991 France awarded Roch with the Chevalier de lâ€™Ordre des Arts et des Lettres
- In 1997 Roch was made an officer of the Order of Canada
- Roch has two sons, Killian born in 2004 and Alix-Ã‰louan born in 2006
And of course, Roch sings the best song ever, HÃ©lÃ¨ne.
And, not as good, but there’s an English version too.
My friend brought me one of his tapes home from Quebec when I was 14, and I played that thing to death. Yes, it’s a touch cheesy, but I was 14. And also the man is French. Come on ladies, you have to admit the accent lends a certain je ne sais quoi. I think I will always have a soft spot in my heart for Roch Voisine.
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