Era Inducted To: Modern Era
The collaboration between Lise Aubut and Édith Butler goes back to 1973. A lyricist and a lover of music, Lise Aubut was one of the first artists, along with Édith Butler, to promote Acadian culture in Canada and in the French-speaking world.
Together, Aubut and Butler wrote 150 songs, some of the best known being Je vous aime, ma vie recommence, Je m’appelle Édith, C’est une chanson d’amour, Voguer sur des étoiles de mer, Chanson pour endormir le vent, Laissez-moi dérouler le soleil, La complainte de Marie-Madeleine, Un million de fois je t’aime and, of course, Paquetville.
From the very start, Paquetville was written and composed with a celebratory theme in mind. The song commemorated the 100th anniversary of the foundation of the town of Paquetville, Butler’s native village. Paquetville residents are immensely proud of their town and its rivers, maple forests, calf-raising farms, proximity to the sea, vast fertile lands, traditions, history, songs and its residents melodic accent. All of this and a touch of the irresistible local joie de vivre make up the lyrical content of the song.
Paquetville was first released on Édith Butler’s 1979 album Asteur qu’on est là and was an instant hit both for its feel-good lyrics and its stirring music.
Paquetville has been performed in Japan, Ireland, England, France, Switzerland, Belgium, the U.S.A. and Canada, including Quebec and Acadia.
Cover artists include: René Simard, André-Philippe Gagnon and Céline Dion