Michel Pagliaro Donates Personal Archives to Library and Archives Canada
May 5, 2017 – Gatineau, Quebec – Library and Archives Canada
Singer-songwriter, guitarist and record producer Michel Pagliaro announced the donation of his personal archives at an event held at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) Preservation Centre in Gatineau, Quebec.
Officially acquired in February 2017, the holdings in the Michel Pagliaro archival fonds reflect his life and his impressive career, highlight his role in Quebec and Canadian rock music, and demonstrate the full extent of his artistic and professional accomplishments.
The archival fonds covers the period from 1961 to 2016, and includes textual records, photographs, audio recordings and files, video recordings and files, posters and awards.
Since releasing his first album, Pag, in 1972, Michel Pagliaro has become one of the best-known stars in the Quebec music industry. The author of singles "J'entends frapper" and "Lovin' You Ain't Easy" became the first Canadian artist mentioned simultaneously on both the French and English Top 40 hit lists, and the first to earn gold records for his success in both official languages.
Michel Pagliaro's impressive career, as well as the recognition he enjoys across Canada, make him an artist of national significance. This donation will not only enrich LAC's prestigious collection, but will also ensure that the remarkable contribution to Canadian music made by this important artist is preserved and perpetuated for future generations.
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"This donation ensures that both the published and unpublished work of this emblematic figure in Canadian music will live forever in our hearts and memories."
Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
- Michel Pagliaro's awards and honours include the RPM Gold Leaf Award (the forerunner of the Juno Awards) for Best Male Singer in 1972; three SOCAN awards, including the National Achievement Award in 2002; and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Popular Music) in 2008.
- His song "J'entends frapper" became the bestselling single in Quebec history, and was inducted into the Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2010.
- Michel Pagliaro has recorded and produced over 20 albums, with part of his first English album being recorded at the celebrated Abbey Road Studios in London, England, in 1971.
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