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Fifty years later, this song is still an integral part of the public’s collective memory.
Pendant que
  • Year Inducted: 2006
  • Written In: 1963
Gilles Vigneault Songwriter
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Louise Portal
Fabienne Thibault
Renée Claude
Les Compagnons de la Chanson
André Gagnon
Nicole Croisille
Monique Leyrac
MarieClaire Séguin
For a songwriter, being born in a small village (population 300) facing the endless sea and carved on the edge of a forest that spreads throughout the Northern region can be an inspiration to write songs in which the “big blue sea” is a recurring presence. Vigneault’s Pendant que is one such ballad.

Written in 1962, this song was included in Vigneault’s second album a year later. It became an instant hit with the Quebec public and can be found on many of the prolific singer songwriter’s recordings. More than 40 years later, this song is an integral part of the public’s collective memory. Beside Vigneault himself, Pendant que was most importantly covered by the great Monique Leyrac who, along with Pauline Julien and Catherine Sauvage, brought to life many of the Natashquan poet’s creations.

With Pendant que, Vigneault reveals the true nature of Quebec music and manages to make it universal.

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Pendant que (Gilles Vigneault) - performed by Marie-Mai and Fred St-Gelais
"Pendant que" performed by French Canadian singer Marie-Mai and Canadian musician Fred St-Gelais at the 2006 CSHF Induction Ceremony.
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