FEQ: 7 facts to know (“you oughta know”) about Alanis Morissette

FEQ: 7 facts to know («you oughta know») about Alanis Morissette


While she was on the schedule for the Festival d'été de Québec 2020, which never took place due to the pandemic, Alanis Morissette will finally be on stage at the Plains of Abraham on Friday evening. Here are 7 little-known facts about the Canadian singer.

1) Already a star at 16

Alanis Morissette was already a “certified” pop star in high school, having sold more than 100,000 records before she even finished grade 12. 

But it was at age nine that she wrote her first song, titled Fate stay with me

2) A French-speaking?

Alanis owes her surname to her father, Alan, who is Franco-Ontarian and a French teacher. Although she does not have any French-language songs in her repertoire, she nevertheless masters the French language well. 

She even caused surprise during her visit to the Pope in the Vatican, Italy, in 2000.  

Morissette reveals the problems that arose when she left the stage after meeting the pontiff – and was unsure whether she should walk ahead of the cardinals or not.

“There was this awkward moment and I walked in front of them,” she recounted.

“They were all French and they started talking about me, saying how I was rude and horrible, but without knowing that I could understand what they were saying in French,” she says. 

“I then turned around and said to them: 'Thank you very much for your kindness.” 

Needless to say, the Cardinals' faces turned scarlet like their cassocks after realizing the Canadian star understood every derogatory word they said about him.

3) Alanis and her dependencies

Some believe , incorrectly, that one of Alanis Morissette's biggest hits, Jagged Little Pill, refers to drugs. 

She rather says that she composed this song from the writings of her own diaries filled with disturbing and deep feelings. 

In the context of her song, Jagged Little Pill, the singer refers to hard-to-swallow truths. 

In 2020, Alanis revealed in an interview at The Guardianthat she suffered from addictions to work, love and food. In addition, she also claims not to consume alcohol since 2014.

4) An actress? 

Less known as an actress than as a singer, Alanis Morissette nevertheless appears in a few films and TV series.

She made her television debut at the age of 10 on the Canadian children's sketch show < em>You Can't Do That on Television.

In 1999, she appeared in the film Dogma where she played the role of God. 

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In 2004, Morissette returned to the cinema in De-Lovely, a musical based on the life of Cole Porter. She also landed recurring roles on the acclaimed television series Nip/Tuck (2006) and Weeds (2009-10).

5) Color to compose your songs

The colors are said to be sources of inspiration for the singer who uses them to help her compose. 

“When I meet people or when I write songs or when I hear music , I close my eyes, or sometimes I keep my eyes open, and I see colors,” she described to WENN

“Sometimes (when I write music), if it comes to chords that are too harmonically primary, I consider primary colors. So I'll say, 'It's a little too yellow or red,'” she adds.

6) Now you can meditate with her

The singer's new album, The Storm Before The Calm, guides her fans to through 11 different meditations.

Alanis has previously spoken of her love of meditation, admitting that it has helped her immensely over the years.

She has in fact previously said that meditation has rested her “to the point where I can have access to ideas, visions and inspirations – I can hear my own self”. 

She said the new meditation disc has kept her “connected” and “responsible” for COVID-19, “when I felt like I was just going to disappear and fly away.”

The Storm Before The Calmhas been streaming through various digital platforms and mental health apps since June 17.

  • It can also be found on QUB musique

7) Isn't that… ironic?

His song Ironic almost never saw the light of day.

Alanis, who wrote this song with Glen Ballard, was not very excited at the beginning and suggested throwing it away.

“When it came to deciding what was going to be on the disc (Jagged Little Pill), I didn’t want no Ironic. But the people around me, who I trusted, really loved the song,” she revealed in an interview on BBC's The One Show in 2020.   

So she decided to include it. It was a good move since Ironic peaked at number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on April 13, 1996 and stayed there for 32 weeks!