Quebec singer and songwriter Jean-Pierre Ferland dies of natural causes at 89

Jean-Pierre Ferland, the singer-songwriter who became a fixture of Quebec’s cultural landscape over a career that spanned more than six decades, died Saturday at the age of 89.

The agency representing Ferland confirmed the singer, who’s signature song “une chance qu’on s’a” is regarded as a classic of Quebec music, died of natural causes after being hospitalized earlier this year.

Born in Montreal on June 24, 1934, Ferland was a prolific artist who produced some 30 albums, including the culturally significant “Jaune,” which sold some 60,000 copies in a year after its release in 1970.

He was named an officer of the Order of Canada and a knight of the National Order of Quebec, and was inducted into Canada’s Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2007.

Ferland held a concert at Montreal’s Bell Centre in 2007 to officially mark his retirement after a more than four-decade-long career, but continued to perform and record up until 2021.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, writing on X, described Ferland as a “giant” of francophone music.

“He wrote and sang songs that will be a part of Quebec culture forever,” Trudeau wrote. “He will be dearly missed.”

Quebec Premier François Legault described Ferland as a “great builder of Quebec-French song,” adding that he’d listened to “Jaune” on repeat.

Canadian singer Roch Voisine paid tribute to an artist he described as “incomparable.”

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