Following in the steps of rockers Ozzy Osbourne and Gene Simmons, 63-year old Quebec singer/song writer Claude Dubois is starring in a reality show, Dubois en réalité, about life with his 27-year-old wife and their young daughter. The series debuted Tuesday on the V network.
Dubois made headlines two years ago when he accused CBC television of being racist against Canadian Francophones, when he and other French-speaking inductees were left out of the televised broadcast of the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame.
Dubois has been a popular fixture of the Quebec entertainment business for nearly five decades. He began his career at 12 in the country-western band Les Montagnards and had a successful rock career in Quebec throughout the 1970s and 1980s. His life has been a colorful one and may indeed make for interesting TV. In 1981 he was arrested for drug possession and spent a year in the Le Portage detox centre. After his detox, he released one of the most successful and critically acclaimed albums of his career: Sortie Dubois (Dubois is Out) which sold more than 200,000 copies.
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