Québec around 1980

Félix Leclerc (1914-1988)

Félix Leclerc is one of Quebec’s most celebrated singer-songwriters. He wrote many songs including Le petit bonheur and Moi mes souliers, which stirred the imagination of Quebeckers and inspired an entire generation of artists.

First popular in France

Félix Leclerc was first popular in France in the 1950s. He aroused the curiosity of the French with his particular style because he sang alone with just his guitar at a time when large orchestras were the usual style of accompaniment. From 1951 to 1953, he toured  France and was a great success. He returned to Montreal in 1953 and was greeted as a hero. He wrote songs, poems, novels, plays and the news until the 1980s. Throughout his career, Felix Leclerc was successful in all French-speaking countries in the world and received many honors and awards for the quality of his work.

Source: Archives de Radio-Canada, Le parcours d’un poète, 8 août 1988

A builder of Quebec culture

Félix Leclerc was one of the most important artists in the history of Quebec. His songs were known throughout the world and inspired generations of French and Quebec artists who wanted to get into the world of song. Even today, every year, the Quebec Association of Music, ADISQ-l’Association québécoise de l’industrie du disque, du spectacle et de la video, presents the Felix Awards, named in honor of Félix Leclerc, to the most deserving Quebec artists.

Author:  Alexandre Lanoix

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