Étienne Drapeau was born January 10, 1978 in Quebec City. He was trained as a classical pianist from 1983 to 1993. In 1994, however, Etienne focused on his professional career as a hockey player and in 1996 was recruited by the major league hockey team Les Canadiens de Montreal.
In 2002, Etienne made a drastic decision and chose to leave behind his professional hockey career to pursue his true passion: music. He traveled all of Quebec to perform his songs in various bars and venues. The same year, he came in 3rd at the “Festival de la chanson de Québec” song contest and in 2003, won the “Tremplin de la chanson francophone de Québec” song contest, in the singer-songwriter category.
In 2004, Etienne participated in Quebec’s popular television song contest, Star Académie. This experience motivated Etienne to pursue his goal to get his music heard and to make a living from his songs. While working on creating material for his first album Etienne met Daniel Dubé, who shortly after became his manager. Together they created a new production company, Productions DRAPEAU, which also served as a record label.
Passionate, dynamic and determined, Etienne’s authentic and true talent brought him to achieve his first #1 chart position with the song “Je l’ai jamais dis à personne”. In February 2009, he returned to Star Académie and sang a duet with French singing star Patrick Bruel. On the same night, Etienne announced on television that he was honored to be invited to open for Lynda Lemay at the Olympia de Paris, on April 23 and 24, 2009.