Avril Lavigne: Oh Canada

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performed by: Avril Lavigne at seven years old


Born to Franco-Ontarian parents in Belleville, Ontario, in 1984, Avril Lavigne developed her musical talent and entered Canada’s New Guard of singer-songwriters, fashion designers and actors. Lavigne’s mother was the first to spot talent in her young daughter and arranged to have two-year-old Avril sing songs with her in the local Catholic church. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Avril was five years old.

In 1998, Lavigne won a competition which enabled her to sing alongside country star, Shania Twain, in her first major concert in Ottawa. In a serendipitous moment, she was discovered by a professional agent while he was performing in a Chapters Bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. With his support, Lavigne released her debut album, “Let’s Go” containing the sleeper track, “Complicated”. And go she went, right up to number two position in the American hit charts. “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m With You” followed soon after to continue her early success. Lavigne was named Best New Artist at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. She won four Juno Awards in 2003 and was nominated eight times for Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Complicated”.

Several albums and accolades later, Lavigne established her name in the music genres of pop, rock, and the sub-genre, punk-rock. Matching the style of her musical successes, she opened up a clothing line called Abbey Dawn in 2008 featuring styles for modish teenagers. In the spirit of noblesse oblige, Lavigne has been involved in a number of philanthropic activities: Amnesty International, Make-A-Wish Foundation and several other charities.



performed by: Avril Lavigne at seven years old


Born to Franco-Ontarian parents in Belleville, Ontario, in 1984, Avril Lavigne developed her musical talent and entered Canada’s New Guard of singer-songwriters, fashion designers and actors. Lavigne’s mother was the first to spot talent in her young daughter and arranged to have two-year-old Avril sing songs with her in the local Catholic church. The family moved to Napanee, Ontario, when Avril was five years old.

In 1998, Lavigne won a competition which enabled her to sing alongside country star, Shania Twain, in her first major concert in Ottawa. In a serendipitous moment, she was discovered by a professional agent while he was performing in a Chapters Bookstore in Kingston, Ontario. With his support, Lavigne released her debut album, “Let’s Go” containing the sleeper track, “Complicated”. And go she went, right up to number two position in the American hit charts. “Sk8er Boi” and “I’m With You” followed soon after to continue her early success. Lavigne was named Best New Artist at the 2002 MTV Video Music Awards. She won four Juno Awards in 2003 and was nominated eight times for Grammy Awards for Best New Artist and Song of the Year for “Complicated”.

Several albums and accolades later, Lavigne established her name in the music genres of pop, rock, and the sub-genre, punk-rock. Matching the style of her musical successes, she opened up a clothing line called Abbey Dawn in 2008 featuring styles for modish teenagers. In the spirit of noblesse oblige, Lavigne has been involved in a number of philanthropic activities: Amnesty International, Make-A-Wish Foundation and several other charities.



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Quiz #: 2932
Avril Lavigne digs deep into her past in Napanee, Ontario, to sing our national anthem, Oh Canada.
Quiz by: Sharon Michiko Yoneda
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