Fresh… Tenacious… An exceptional talent… This, in a few words, is Véronic DiCaire. Born in Embrun, a small town in Eastern Ontario in Canada, the singer/actress/dancer/presenter/stand-up comedian and impersonator has had a meteoric rise to fame.
She made her incredible debut in 2008, impersonating the great French and American singers and attracting a tidal wave of media attention. The people of Quebec showed true discernment in their appreciation of her talent and their acclaim carried her all the way to France, the ultimate goal for any French-speaking international artist and the ultimate sign of recognition.
Passionate about singing from an early age, Véronic impressed the jury of the Ontario Pop competition when she was only 17. She opened for Quebecois artists such as Lynda Lemay, Claude Dubois and Jean-Pierre Ferland before joining the 1996 Canadian Forces Christmas Show Tour, entertaining the troops overseas. She then moved into musicals, receiving ovations throughout Quebec for her portrayal of Sandy in the Quebecoise adaptation of GREASE.
Her first folk-rock album, released by Warner, earned her two nominations at the ADISQ awards in 2002 and five Trille d’Or trophies at the Franco-Ontarian music industry award ceremony in 2003. In March of the same year she returned to the world of musical theatre to play Roxie Hart in the francophone production of Chicago opposite comedian Anthony Kavanagh (in Montreal) and Stéphane Rouseau (in Paris in 2004), having previously dubbed Renée Zellweger in the French version of the film, demonstrating yet again her talent and versatility as an artist and earning herself a Molière nomination (best musical), an appearance at the Césars and the opportunity to perform a duet with Roch Voisine at the Olympia.
In the spring of 2005-2006 she released her second album and went on tour, while also performing in galas, presenting TV shows, opening for Robert Charlebois, appearing in a TV series and a theatre revue and doing her first imitations in 2007 at the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and the Grand Rire festival in Québec.
All this attracted the attention of Céline Dion and René Angélil, who, impressed by her talent and generosity, invited her to open for Dion during the Taking Chances tour. Her success immediately established her as an artist, and in the spring of 2010 Gilbert Coullier produced her first show in Paris at the Théâtre de la Gaité Montparnasse, and another at the Cigale in the autumn, where the French welcomed her with open arms.
Veronic will be returning to Europe in 2011, playing the Olympia in Paris and touring France, Switzerland and Belgium. The rest of the Veronic DiCaire story is yet to be written, but judging from the opening chapters, it looks set to tell of a long and brilliant career.