Céline Dion covers a classic French-Canadian song for COVID-19 relief

By Heather Cichowski, with files from Zach Harper

Céline Dion and other artists from Quebec have come together to perform a special version of Jean-Pierre Ferland's "Une Chance Qu'on S'a" for COVID-19 relief.

The French Canadian singer joined forces with Jean-Pierre Ferland and other artists from her home province, including Marc Dupré, Ginette Reno , Lara Fabian, Alex Nevsky, Ariane Moffatt, Charlotte Cardin, Marc Hervieux, 2Frères, Guylaine Tanguay, Annie Villeneuve, and more for the cover. It will benefit Les Petits Frères and SOS Violence Conjugale during the coronavirus pandemic.

"It was such an honour to perform with so many wonderful artists from my home province of Quebec on 'Une chance qu’on s’a'. The song is now on all streaming services," Céline wrote on Twitter, adding, "All proceeds will go to @pfquebec and @sosviolence . - Celine xx..."

Les Petits Frères is a Montreal-based organization that is focused on the elderly and addresses issues such as social isolation. It is a topic that couldn't be more important at the moment in light of COVID-19 and the social distancing and quarantine measures in place to stop the spread of the novel coronavirus.

"The importance of social connection is particularly apparent these days," Les Petits Frères wrote on its website.

"Our seniors are the ones who are the most seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, exacerbating the isolation many of them already experience.

"As a society, we need to take action right away to make sure the senior population is not overlooked."

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SOS Violence Conjugale is a Quebec domestic violence hotline that offers free, bilingual, anonymous and confidential 24-hour reception.

The video clip showcased the "My Heart Will Go On" belting out the emotional song clad in a purple dress. The rest of the musicians join her virtually from their respective isolation spots.

The Canadian singer has used her music to help with a few COVID-19 efforts. She and Andrea Bocelli collaborated on their classic hit "The Prayer" with John Legend, Lady Gaga and Lang Lang during the One World: Together at Home special in April. Then the music icons released a video featuring fans from around the world.

"In our current situation, people all over the world are using video conferencing apps to communicate with each other," the message at the beginning of the video read.

"Celebrating this new global togetherness, we asked fans to join each other online and sing along to Andrea Bocelli and Céline Dion's track, 'THE PRAYER.'"

Furthermore, Céline joined Canadian celebrities including Shania Twain, Ryan Reynolds, Drake and Justin Bieber on April 26 for the "Stronger Together, Tous Ensemble" event to show their support for front line workers bravely battling during the coronavirus pandemic and to help raise funds for COVID-19 relief for Food Bank Canada.

As of this writing, Johns Hopkins University of Medicine reports there have been more than 4.2 million cases of COVID-19 confirmed in 187 countries and regions. Canada has over 72,000 of those cases and more than 39,000 are in Quebec. The illness has killed more than 290,000 people worldwide, but more than 1.48 million people have recovered from it so far.

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