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Jim Corcoran

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Jim Corcoran is a longtime icon of Quebec's folk music community, having won a Juno Award, two Félix Awards, and the prestigious Order of Canada during his multi-decade career. He was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec, on February 10, 1949, and spent time in Boston to study theology. Returning to Quebec in 1970, he continued his post-graduated studies while also learning to play the guitar. Corcoran began collaborating with fellow musician Bertrand Gosselin, and the two formed the folk duo Jim et Bertrand in 1972. Performing entirely in French, Jim et Bertrand released four albums — Jim Corcoran & Bertrand Gosselin (1972), Île d'entrée (1975), La Tête en Gigue (1977), and À l'abri de la Tempête (1979) — before splitting up in 1979. Corcoran continued to make Francophone folk music after the group's breakup, launching his solo career with the debut album Têtu in 1981. Têtu was a critical and commercial success, winning a Félix Award for "Best Folk Record." A follow-up record, Plaisirs, was released in 1983, with Miss Kalabash appearing in 1986. Four years later, Corcoran released the self-titled Corcoran and won his second Félix Award, this time for "Best Singer-Songwriter." Although his output slowed during the 1990s and 2000s, his legacy only grew. Pages blanches, his gold-certified solo album from 2005, won a Juno Award for "Francophone Album of the Year" in 2006, and he received the Order of Canada in 2022.