Le Labrador

Year Inducted: 2008
Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Written In:1972
Lyricist(s):Claude Dubois
Composer(s):Claude Dubois

This magnificent piece became a Quebec classic immediately following its release. A social and personal view of the isolation the remote territory’s developers and pioneers faced in the beginning of the 20th century, the song’s lyrics evoke the beauty of the region’s summers and winters and express feelings of love for nature and the wilderness and of respect for the Amerindian way of life.

Recorded in Paris at the Vogue Studios, with his guitar and a bottle of Scotch at his feet, Dubois was actually singing the praises of his country’s very existence and national fibre.

An intimate and personal song with lyrics partly based on his father’s memories, Dubois’ Le Labrador leaves no listener indifferent.

Recorded with arrangements and orchestral direction by François Rauber, a long-time collaborator of Jacques Brel, Le Labrador was released in Quebec 18 months after its recording, on the French label Barclay.

Le Labrador was recently covered by two Quebec singing legends, Gilles Vigneault and Richard Desjardins, as part of their contribution to the Duos Dubois album.

Speaking of this recent new collaboration, Claude Dubois said that “this song has now regained the meaning it had when I first recorded it with a guitar and a bottle of Scotch . .. I played it for a few people and saw friends break into tears . . . Gilles said: ‘We’re three guys from the North . . . .'”

Cover artists include: Richard Desjardins and Gilles Vigneault.