Era Inducted To: Modern Era
Gilles Vigneault hails from Natashquan, a tiny North Shore community sandwiched between the sea and the Boreal forest. This hunting and fishing territory has inspired a great number of Vigneault’s songs. Written in 1962, Si les bateaux became part of the Gilles Vigneault chante et récite album (1963), and can be found on many of the songwriter’s other recordings.
Inspired by Si les bateaux‘s tremendous popularity, Canadian dancer and choreographer Margie Gillis turned it into a 25-minute solo where she danced to excerpts alternating with wave sounds.
In spite of its age, this 40-year old song remains one of Vigneault’s most beautiful compositions and one of Québec’s favourite tunes.
COVER ARTISTS INCLUDE: Monique Leyrac, Marie Denise Pelletier, Bryan Adams, Nicole Croisille, Pauline Julien, Catherine Sauvage and Renée Claude.