Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Composer(s):Paul de Margerie
Ton Visage is one of Jean-Pierre Ferland’s earliest songs. Recorded in 1961 on his second album, it helped make Ferland a household name in Quebec and was covered by the legendary Félix Leclerc – a major accolade and an early professional acknowledgement.
The song was written at the beginning of the ‘Chansonniers’ movement in Quebec when a troupe of actors, writers and singers, Les Bozos (Jean-Pierre Ferland, Clémence DesRochers, Claude Léveillée, Raymond Lévesque and Hervé Brousseau), were performing in their own venue, Quebec’s first ‘boîte à chanson.’ The need to vary the intimate theatre’s comedy and musical fare was the push Ferland needed to start writing songs. Les Bozos, named after a Félix Leclerc song, remained active for a year, and left a deep imprint on Quebec culture as stage pioneers.
Besides Félix Leclerc, Céline Dion also adopted Ton Visage as one of her favourite songs, performing it on several occasions.
Cover artists include: Félix Leclerc, Céline Dion, and Renée Claude