Florence K

Florence K

Montreal, Quebec
Florence Riley is a Canadian pop singer and songwriter from Quebec
Florence K is Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist who is known for her ease in writing and singing in English, French, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese. Florence K is a free-spirited and open-minded musician who has a wide-ranging musical approach through which she surprise, amaze and fascinate the audience .
  • Health & Wellness
  • Leadership
  • Mental Health
  • Personal Growth
  • Resilience & Adversity
  • Business Growth
  • Bilingual & French
  • Campus & University Speakers
  • Conference
  • Education & Teachers
  • Event Hosts & Moderators
  • Guest Panelist & Guided Q&A
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Free-spirited, open-minded, singer-songwriter and pianist Florence K has a wide-ranging musical approach and performs in French, Spanish, English, and Portuguese with the same natural ease. Since her beginnings in 2005, she has had three Gold records, sold over 250,000 albums and received multiple accolades, including many Felix awards and Juno nominations. From 2011 to 2018, Florence K hosted the radio show Ici Florence on Ici Musique, introducing and performing songs from all over the world.

Seven years ago, as she was seeing her career blossom on the international scene, Florence K was in the process of separating from her daughter’s father and was working numerous hours with a hectic schedule. Nothing had prepared her for what was about to come. Anxiety, insomnia, panick attacks, paranoia… Without even realizing it or having the knowledge to pinpoint exactly what was happening to her mind, she gradually slipped into depression. Within a few weeks, the illness had spiraled down to a major depressive episode which lead to auto-mutilation, two episodes of psychosis and a suicide attempt.

After a hospitalization and a long-term medical and psychological treatment, Florence K is more alive than ever and what she once thought was going to be an ending took her on the greatest journey of her life: understanding and studying mental illness, and most of all sharing her testimony with others.

In her first book, Buena Vida, released in French in 2015, she told her story with her heart wide-open and an honesty that moved thousands and thousands of people. Her memoirs became a national bestseller in a few months only. Despite having recently been diagnosed with bipolarity, Florence is still pursuing a great musical career as an acclaimed artist. She has also completed a yoga teacher training, a minor in psychology at university and written a fictional novel, “Lili Blues”.

Since then, Florence K has recorded three new albums including “Estrellas”, where she sings her love of Cuban music and “We Love Belafonte”, a tribute to one of her idols, while touring all over Canada. While relentlessly advocating to de-stigmatize mental illness and completing a university degree in psychology, Florence hosts her weekly radio show “C’est formidable” on CBC radio One and CBC Music.

Florence K was honored in 2017 by CAMH (Center for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto) as one of the 150 difference makers in the field of mental health and has given conferences to members of the Canadian Armed Forces, health practitioners, music industry executives, business women and men, call-center volunteers and college students, amongst many others. Florence is the living proof that it is possible to live beyond a diagnosis of mental illness.  Her testimony became a true example of hope and light through the darkest times for many.



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Florence K Topic Presentations

finding your own balance and honouring your rhythm

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Just like nurturing self-compassion, understanding what triggers her depressive or manic episodes are major tools for Florence. Understanding your emotional triggers is a way to discover more about yourself and find how to bring a state of balance to your life. We all have different ways to cope with life events and stress. In a society where performance, image and career growth define our success, how do you learn to honor your own rhythm?

building self-compassion

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Florence has recently been diagnosed with bipolarity type II. Although it is a relief to finally put words on what you are feeling and experiencing, how do you make the best out of our life with a diagnosis of chronic mental illness? Self-compassion can be an essential element to finding the answer. How to build self-compassion? How to cultivate it? Florence shares her tools to keep it a part of her everyday life.

a journey towards recovery

  • Keynote Presentation
  • After receiving her hospital leave, Florence found herself once more in a “normal” life; in society. Her first steps back into the external world were unsteady, her body fragile, her thoughts still vulnerable, her sleep uncertain, but the medications had started to take effect and the cycle of negative and auto-destructive thoughts was receding. Flickers of hope, little victories every day, the will to make it to tomorrow; all had slowly built themselves up in her during the last portion of her hospital stay. But that is not enough. One cannot continue to walk on a tightrope, with all of our energy focused on not tipping over. The pieces hold themselves, we have put them back together, but now they have to be welded. How do we do that? What are the manners by which to rebuild ourselves?


  • Keynote Presentation
  • Through the years following her hospitalization, Florence sought and developed personal tools to help her maintain her mental health and prevent any relapse. Thanks to therapy, medication, yoga and exercise, the community and studies in psychology to help her better understand what was hiding behind the bars of our brain, Florence puts all the chances on her side with learning how to tango with her health condition. A year ago, she received a type II bipolarity disorder diagnosis and is adapting to this reality by being aware of her alarm signals, and by respecting them.

the teachings of falling apart

  • Keynote Presentation
  • Before the age of 27, Florence had no idea about what mental illness was until she came face to face with it. Why do these things happen? How does one go between being fully functioning as an acclaimed performer, a single mother and a business owner to ending up in a psych ward for weeks, unable to get out of bed and to nurture any kind of positive thought? Florence uses her personal experience of falling apart to address what kind of factors and thinking patterns, combined with a certain predisposition, can lead to mental illness.


On May 29th, by your presence and your testimony, [Florence K] actively contributed to the Regional Suicide Prevention Day, during which almost 200 people took part. I speak for the entire organizing committee in giving [Florence K] our sincerest thanks for [her] presence, considering [her] busy schedule. There is no doubt that [her] intervention captured favourably the attention of the audience and made a success of this day, beyond our expectations. [Her] implication and professionalism have undoubtedly contributed to the success of this event.

Josée Trudel


Florence is an exceptional person and we appreciated each moment spent with her.

Vice President

Quebec and Atlantic, Morneau Sheppel

Florence gave an inspiring testimony. She was very generous, sharing her story in honesty and humility, all the while giving concrete examples of what others may go through while facing mental health issues.


Florence K’s contribution to the 2018 edition of Bell’s Let’s Talk day contributed to the immense success which we have known this year.

Bell’s Let’s Talk Campaign

I would like to thank [Florence K] once more for her visit last April 10th. The feedback is very positive. My students (in the context of their mental health class) were touched, appreciated [her] authenticity, generosity and [her] mastery of the language linked to mental health.

Frédéric Talbot

CÉGEP de Ste-Foy

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