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Gilles Vigneault

Gilles Vigneault

"Gilles Vigneault" (born 27 October, 1928) is a ''Québécois'' poet, publisher and singer-songwriter, and well-known Quebec nationalist and sovereigntist.

A poet deeply rooted in his native Quebec, Vigneault has become an icon at home and Quebec ambassador abroad. He was one of the principal figures of the generation of ''chansonniers'' who helped the Quebec ''chanson'' find its own identity, even while helping it find a universal dimension.

Born in Natashquan, on the far north shore of the St. Lawrence River in Quebec, he was educated in Rimouski and Quebec City.

Vigneault started writing poetry during his studies at the Seminary in Rimouski, and by the 1950s was publishing poems and writing songs. In 1959 he founded a publishing house, ''Les Éditions de l'Arc'' to distribute his publications. His first collection, ''Étraves'' was published in 1959.

In August 1960, at the request of the audience at the boîte à chansons ''L'Arlequin'' in Quebec City, he agreed to sing his earliest song: ''Jos Monferrand'', written in 1957, which had been recorded by Jacques Labrecque in 1959. This was the beginning of his singing career which culiminated in 1962, when h...

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