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Félix Leclerc (July 1957)

Félix Leclerc, OC, GOQ (August 2, 1914 – August 8, 1988) was a French-Canadian folk singer, poet, writer, actor and Québécois political activist.

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

Leclerc worked at several jobs before taking jobs as a radio announcer in Quebec Citymarker and Trois-Rivièresmarker from 1934 to 1937. In 1939, he began working as a writer at Radio-Canada in Montrealmarker, 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.

In 1950, he was discovered by Parismarker impresario, Jacques Canetti, and performed his songs in Francemarker 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, Quebecmarker, on Île d'Orléansmarker 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.

Multiple parks, roads and schools in Quebec that have been named in his honour. The Félix Awards, given to Quebec recording artists, are named after him. In 2000, the Government of Canada honored him with his image on a postage stamp.


  • Chante ses derniers succès sur disques (1951)
  • Félix Leclerc chante (1957)
  • Félix Leclerc et sa guitare (1958)
  • Félix Leclerc et sa guitare Vol. 2 (1959)
  • Félix Leclerc et sa guitare Vol. 3 (1959)
  • Le roi heureux (1962)
  • Félix Leclerc (1964)
  • Mes premières chansons (1964)
  • Moi mes chansons (1966)
  • La vie (1967)
  • L'héritage (1968)
  • Félix Leclerc dit pieds nus dans l'aube (1969)
  • J'inviterai l'enfance (1969)

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