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Claire Oddera, C.M., C.Q.

Montréal, Quebec [Canada]

Member of the Order of Canada

Awarded on May 8, 2003; Invested on December 12, 2003

Since arriving in Canada in 1956, Claire Oddera (Clairette) has devoted all of her time to expanding our artistic universe. Through her nightclub "Chez Clairette", she helped new Quebec talent get discovered and promoted a wide variety of musical styles. She gave some of the biggest names in Quebec music their first break. A performing musician herself, she built her career in musical reviews and as a television actor and host. This artisan of culture also opened a school of performance to teach stage arts and, above all, to pass on to others the sacred fire which burns deep within her.

Deceased on October 28, 2008