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Pierre Flynn made his stage debut at 18 as a vocalist, keyboardist and songwriter with the Quebec rock group Octobre. Alongside bandmates Jean Dorais (guitar), Mario Légaré (bass) and Pierre Hébert (drums), Flynn developed a clean, spare writing style. In its 10‑year existence the band released six albums, toured extensively, and performed at major events. Together with such groups as Offenbach, Les Séguin, Beau Dommage and Harmonium, Octobre was instrumental in reinventing Quebec rock and pop.

Flynn self-produced his first solo album, Le parfum du hasard, released in 1987 and featuring the hit singles “Sur la route,” “Marcher tout seul,” “Catalina” and “L’ennemi.” The album earned him two Félix awards (Rock Album of the Year and Arranger of the Year) at the 1998 ADISQ Gala. His 1991 release Jardins de Babylone put him back in the spotlight, with such career-making tracks as “En cavale” and “Savoir aimer.” In 2001 he released Mirador, a critical success for which he won a Félix for Singer–Songwriter of the Year. In 2004, Flynn hit the road again with his one-man show Vol solo, performing alone and accompanying himself on piano or guitar. The year 2006 saw the publication of Traces dans le sable, a beautifully illustrated collection of his song lyrics.

Pierre Flynn’s latest release, Sur la terre (2015), is the product of a long gestation period. He mixed the album in close partnership with producers Éric Goulet and Philippe Brault and with Louis‑Jean Cormier, who launched the project and collaborated on the arrangements.

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