Roch Voisine was born in New Brunswick - which a lot of people don't know is a truly bilingual province - they really speak French there, and not just Quebec.
He was destined to become a Canadian treasure.
His breakthrough came in 1989 with this song, from the album of the same name. It was a worldwide hit, nowhere bigger than in France, where it topped the charts for two months.
Yeah. He did an English version, too. It wasn't nearly the hit this was. So, here it stands, alone.
Anyone who casually reads this blog - or even who started reading it literally yesterday - has to know what's coming.
OF COURSE HE RERECORDED IT AS A DUET WITH QUEBEC'S SWEETHEART.
That's right. I did just call Cœur de Pirate "Quebec's Sweetheart". She retweeted me. Fight me.
This version, a bit more orchestral than the original, did chart in France and Belgium, too.