Félix LECLERC

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Singer & Musician

CanadianBorn Félix LECLERC

French-Canadian folk singer, poet, writer, actor and Québécois political activist

Born on August 02, 1914 in La Tuque, Quebec , Canada

Died on August 08, 1988 in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec , Canada

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Leclerc was born in La Tuque, Quebec, Canada from a family of pioneers in 1914, sixth in a family of eleven children. He began his studies at the University of Ottawa but was forced to stop due to the Great Depression.



Leclerc worked at several jobs before taking jobs as a radio announcer in Quebec City and Trois-Rivières from 1934 to 1937. In 1939, he began working as a writer at Radio-Canada in Montreal, developing scripts for radio dramas, including Je me souviens. He performed some of his earliest songs there. He also acted in various dramas, including Un Homme et son péché. He published a number of his scripts and founded a performing company which presented his plays through Quebec.

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In 1950, he was discovered by Paris impresario, Jacques Canetti, and performed his songs in France to great success. He signed a recording contract with Polydor Records. He returned to Quebec in 1953. In 1958, he received the top award of the Académie Charles-Cros in France for his second album. He was awarded the Order of Canada in 1971, the National Order of Quebec in 1985 and became a Chevalier of the French Légion d'honneur in 1986.



He died in his sleep in Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, Quebec, on Île d'Orléans in 1988. A monument in his memory was constructed there in 1989.



Leclerc played a major role in revitalising the Quebec folk song ("chanson") tradition. He also was a strong voice for Quebec nationalism.



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