Clémence Desrochers is a prominent figure on the Quebec artistic scene who is too little known for her talent as a poet and songwriter.
The Sherbrooke native moved to Montreal Montreal at the age of 17 and was part of Paul Buissonneau's troupe La Roulotte de Paul Buissonneau, before entering the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal. Founder of a nightclub in the 60s, she is at the origin of the career of several songwriters who made their mark on the Quebec scene.
Her musical comedy Le vol rose du Flamant (1964), the first in Quebec, which was recorded after being brought to the stage, paved the way for a new genre that inspired many, with Michel Tremblay at the helm. In 1969, Clémence Desrochers created Les Girls with Paule Bayard, Louise Latraverse, Diane Dufresne and Chantal Renaud.
In 2001, Clémence Desrochers received the medal of Chevalier de l'Ordre National du QuébecAfter her first farewell to the stage in 2008, she received the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Artistic Achievement in 2009.
Clémence Desrochers' archives are kept at the Montreal Archive Center of the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec. This year her song La vie de factrie is inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.