For you Anglophones out there you might know her hockey playing boyfriend (Guillaume Latendresse) better than you do this Francophone singer. The 29-year-old was a contestant in the first season of the reality show, Star Académie. She did not win but was one of the three female finalists.
Coming from a very musical family, Annie’s twin sister Suzie was also a singer until 2010. Growing up in the Jonquiere region of Quebec, Annie was part of the church choir, La chorale des jeunes Saguenéens and the musical group, Québecissme. After participating in Star Académie she went on to record her own music.
Her debut, Quand je ferme les yeux, was released in 2005. The album was certified platinum in Quebec and she received three Adisq nominations. Shortly after she had a television special called Annie Villeneuve Acoustic and co-hosted the television news show Flash for one summer. Her sophomore album, Annie Villeneuve, was released in 2009 and was equally popular. For the Vancouver Winter Olympics in 2010 she recorded the official French and bilingual versions (with Nikki Yanofsky) of the theme song, “I Believe/J’Imagine”.
Just this past fall Annie released her third album, Telle q’elle. The single “Le sais-tu?” was very popular. The album has been described by her as very personal as she wrote and composed almost the entirety.
-Date: March 29, 2013
-Venue: Bell Centre
-Ticket Purchase: www.evenko.ca
-Ticket Prices: $54.00, $64.00 (plus handling charges)
-Show Time: 8:00 p.m.