Angèle Arsenault (1943 – 2014)

Angèle Arsenault

Angèle Arsenault was an acclaimed Acadian singer-songwriter and well-known media personality. Born in Abrams Village, Prince Edward Island, she grew up surrounded by traditional music and immersed in the Acadian culture. After completing her MA at Université Laval, Arsenault moved to Montréal and launched her musical career. Soon known for her lively performances, she shared the songs of her childhood with an ever-growing audience, accompanying herself on guitar and piano. Appearances on radio and television and a cross-Canada tour followed, and in 1973, she began performing her own compositions, in French and English. She released 14 albums over the coming years, published a collection of poems and performed widely. For her contributions to Canadian culture, Arsenault received numerous awards and commendations, including the Order of Canada.

Let me travel to all the countries
Let me wander free
Let me choose the kind of life I please
But let it be my discovery.
- “Je veux toute la vivre ma vie”

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