Sandy Duperval is a Montreal native now living in Toronto. She’s been through a lot and it shows in who she is a singer and a person. With training from Whitney Houston’s mom, Sandy originally signed with DJ Records (which later went bankrupt), she’s performed at Rhythm Nation and then in 2004, was a Star Académie finalist, has performed for over 10,ooo people at the Montréal Grand Prix and continues to tour the globe with her unique brand of spinning mixed with freestyle signing.

Last year Sandy suffered a terrible reaction to over 90% of her skin, pulling through after life-saving surgery. Her triumphant return to the spotlight has been welcome news for fans and with her upcoming appearance at The Inspire Awards, Toronto will get another taste of the delicious stylings of Duperval. In anticipation of the show, I interviewed Sandy about her show.

What can we expect from you at the Inspire Awards?
I’ve been through a lot in the past years and I have finally caught a break, my performance at Inspire will be my tribute to faith and love. I believe that everything happens for a reason and have witnessed the power of faith in love. 

What’s been the most challenging part of creating your music career?
In a world where everything is so disposable the most challenging aspect of my career was staying passionate and doing it for the right reasons. This is what keeps me going and constantly trying to reach new heights. Money goes, you win, you lose but staying in love with your art is timeless that’s what I’m focused on. 

In your experience, how do Montreal and Toronto audiences differ?
The heart of Toronto is work hard then play hard. Montreal is play hard work enough to afford it. 

What advice would you give to a young person that you wish you would have been told?
Don’t worry, believe in your purpose we all have one. Live!

INSPIRE Awards 2017
Friday, June 2 at 6PM-1AM
Hart House: TICKETS

About the Author

Raymond Helkio is an author, director filmmaker, and graduate of Ontario College of Art & Design. He currently lives in both Toronto and New York. His most recent play, LEDUC, is now available in paperback.