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Gilles Vigneault

Gilles Vigneault

BiographyBorn 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 √Čditions de l'Arc to distribute his publications. His first collection, √Čtraves was published in 1959.On 24 June 1975, during a Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day concert on Montreal's Mount Royal, Vigneault sang for the first time Gens du pays.In 1976, the Ensemble Claude-Gervaise recorded an album of Vigneault's music entitled Tout l'monde est malheureux: "Claude-Gervaise" Joue Vigneault.An ardent Quebec nationalist, Vigneault was disappointed by the results of the 1980 Quebec referendum. During the 1980s he lived in France for a short time.On 25 February 2010, Gilles Vigneault has signed, together with 500 artists, the call to support the international campaign for the boycott, divestment and sanctions against alleged apartheid-style actions in Israel.


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