Gisele MacKenzie, born Gisèle LaFlèche, sometimes known as “Canada’s first lady of song,” began in show business playing the violin in Winnipeg and on a scholarship at the Toronto Conservatory of Music. However, she turned from a promising career as a concert violinist in 1946 to popular music. Blessed with a beautiful voice and perfect pitch, she sang and played violin. She moved to the US in 1950, and for professional reasons took her father’s second given name and became known to American radio and television audiences as Gisele MacKenzie. Gisele of Canada was used to promote Canadian business and tourism, since investment from the United States had decreased after World War II.