Felix Leclerc

Felix Leclerc

French-Canadian author and performer, poet, writer, actor and Quebec political activist
Date of Birth: 02.08.1914
Country: Canada

Biography of Félix Leclerc

Félix Leclerc was a Franco-Canadian author, singer-songwriter, poet, writer, actor, and Quebecois political activist who advocated for Quebec sovereignty and the protection of the French language. He was born on August 2, 1914, in La Tuque, Quebec, Canada, as the sixth of eleven children in a family of local pioneers.

Felix Leclerc

Leclerc initially began studying at the University of Ottawa but had to drop out due to financial difficulties caused by the Great Depression in the 1930s. He worked various odd jobs before becoming a radio announcer in Quebec and Trois-Rivières from 1934 to 1937. In 1939, he began writing scripts for Radio-Canada in Montreal, including popular radio dramas like "Je me souviens." During this time, he also performed some of his early songs on the radio and acted in several radio productions.

Felix Leclerc

Leclerc was able to publish some of his plays and eventually established his own theater company, which performed his plays throughout Quebec. In 1950, Jacques Canetti, a Parisian impresario who happened to be in Quebec, heard a recording of Leclerc's song "Le train du nord" by Montreal musician Jacques Normand. Impressed, Canetti recorded about a dozen of Leclerc's songs on the radio and offered him tours in France, where the Canadian musician achieved great success. He performed at the famous Parisian music hall "A.B.C.," signed a five-year record contract with Polydor Records, and returned to Quebec in 1953.

Felix Leclerc

Leclerc's simple appearance and his songs, which remained unchanged, unexpectedly conquered the world. In 1951, he recorded his debut album, which included songs like "Moi, mes souliers," "Le petit train du nord," "Bozo," and "Le petit Bonheur." In 1958, he received his second Grand Prix from the French Academy Charles-Cros for his second album, "Le train du nord." Leclerc continued to perform in concert halls and appeared on television programs, becoming one of the Quebecois legends.

Felix Leclerc

On August 13, 1974, he participated in a show at the Plains of Abraham in Quebec City, along with Gilles Vigneault and Robert Charlebois, where over 100,000 spectators gathered. This event was immortalized in the album "J'ai vu le loup, le renard, le lion." Félix Leclerc passed away in his sleep on August 8, 1988, in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec.

In 1989, a monument was erected at his local cemetery, where fans occasionally leave their worn-out shoes as a sign of love for his song "Moi, mes souliers." Numerous parks, streets, and schools in Quebec are named after Félix Leclerc, as well as an award that is presented to Quebecois artists. In 2000, the Quebec government released a postage stamp in his honor.

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