Friday, July 11, 2014

Canada Vignettes: The Log Driver’s Waltz / La valse du maître draveur (1978)


Canada Vignettes: The Log Driver’s Waltz
Canada Vignettes: La valse du maître draveur

The Log Driver’s Waltz (John Weldon, 1978) is one of the NFB’s most popular animated shorts.  Made as part of the series Canada Vignettes, which has aired on Canadian TV since the late 1970s, The Log Driver’s Waltz was also released theatrically in Canada and did well overseas (learn more). The popularity of the song led to it being one of 5 films chosen by Canada Post this spring to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the NFB with postage stamps.

Many Canadians who grew up in the 1970s and 1980s, take a nostalgic delight in both the song and the animation – it has deep resonances in my family in particular because my paternal great-grandfather, who immigrated to Canada from Alsace-Lorraine, was a log driver.  My father speaks fondly of how strong his grandfather was because of his work, able to perform acrobatic tricks even in old age. 


The music

The song “The Log Driver’s Waltz”, performed in French as “La valse du maître draveur”, was composed by Wade Hemsworth (1916-2002), a surveyor and draftsman by day who performed in folk clubs at night.  He was not a prolific songwriter, but three of his songs – “The Log Driver’s Waltz”, “The Wild Goose”, and “The Black Fly Song” have become Canadian classics.  In fact, “The Black Fly Song”, also performed by the McGarrigle Sisters, was also made into an animated short by Christopher Hinton called Blackfly for the NFB in 1991.

The McGarrigle sisters, Kate (1946-2010, mother of Rufus and Martha Wainright) and Anna (b. 1944), with their beautiful harmonies, were already at the forefront of the Canadian folk music scene in the 1970s when “The Log Driver’s Waltz” was made.  They are accompanied by Jack Nissenson and Peter Weldon – members of their 1960s folk group The Mountain City Four. The two men continue to perform in a group called The What Four with Marvin Segal, John Knowles and sometimes Jane McGarrigle.



Using the animation to teach about Canadian culture

The animation begins with black and white documentary footage of log drivers at work.  As the instrumental prelude nears an end and the song begins, a lone log driver heading downstream transforms into brightly painted animation.  He then transforms into a caricature recognizable to all Canadians as a Quebecer in a traditional rural costume.  A partner film that I use when teaching about Quebec culture is the short documentary Les raquetteurs (Michel Brault/Gilles Grouly, 1958) about a snowshoeing festival in the city of Sherbrooke, Quebec.  The snowshoers are in traditional costume complete with long toques. 

The key elements of this costume are the checked shirt – which fans of Monty Python will recognize from The Lumberjack Song – and the toque (variant spellings: tuque/touque), the Canadian variant of the knit cap.  The tuque is believed to have originated with the coureurs de bois (lit: runner of the woods), French-Canadian and Métis travelling woodsmen who traded fur.  It is said that they kept their woollen nightcaps on during the day for warmth. 

The red toque worn by the log driver is particularly associated with Quebec national identity.  It became a symbol of French-Canadian nationalism during the Lower Canada Rebellion (FR: Patriotes Rebellion) of 1837 and was revived as a patriotic symbol by the separatists in 1960s.  In Anglophone Canada, the tuque was popularized by comedians Rick Moranis and Dave Thomas in the roles of Bob and Doug McKenzie in the sketch comedy “Great White North” on the television series SCTV.

Activities to do with students:

  • Spot the Canadian icons / stereotypes: lumberjack, moose, beaver, toques.  Brainstorm: What other symbols do you associate with Canada?
  • Learn and sing the song (sheet music)
  • Design your own tuque – show examples of tuque (short/long, with/without the pompom (aka woolly bobble)) and have the students draw their own unique tuque.  Knitting a hat might be for the more adventurous teacher, but it is quite easy to make the pompom with very little prep work. 

FILM CREDITS / GÉNÉRIQUE DU FILM
director / réalisateur
John Weldon
producer / producteur
David Verrall
animation
John Weldon
music / musique 
Kate McGarrigle
Anna McGarrigle
The Mountain City Four



“This lighthearted, animated short is based on the song "The Log Driver's Waltz" by Wade Hemsworth. Easily one of the most often-requested films in the NFB collection, Kate and Anna McGarrigle sing along to the tale of a young girl who loves to dance and chooses to marry a log driver over his more well-to-do competitor. Driving logs down the river has made the young man the best dancing partner to be found.”



ONF SYNOPSIS (voyez / achetez le film)
« Animation décrivant l'histoire d'une jeune femme qui repousse les prétendants qu'on lui destine parce qu'elle est obnubilée par un draveur, qui finalement l'entraînera dans une valse effrénée. Une joyeuse animation entremêlée de métrage d'archives sur la drave. Avec une chanson interprétée par les sœurs McGarrigle. »

English Lyrics / Paroles anglaises:

If you should ask any girl from the parish around
What pleases her most from her head to her toes
She'll say “I'm not sure that it's business of yours
But I do like to waltz with the log driver.”

CHORUS
For he goes birling down and down white water
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly.
He’s birling down and down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

When the drive's nearly over I like to go down and watch
All the lads as they work on the river.
I know that come evenin’ they'll be in the town
And we all like to waltz with the log driver.

CHORUS
For he goes birling down and down white water
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly.
He’s birling down and down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

To please both my parents I've had to give way
And dance with the doctors and merchants and lawyers.
Their manners are fine but their feet are of clay
But there's none with the style of my log driver.

CHORUS
For he goes birling down and down white water
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly.
He goes birling down and down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

Now I’ve had my chances with all sorts of men
But none is so fine as my lad on the river
So when the drive’s over, if he asks me again
I think I will marry my log driver.

CHORUS
For he goes birling down and down white water
That's where the log driver learns to step lightly.
He’s birling down and down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

Birling down and down white water
A log driver's waltz pleases girls completely.

Vocabulary:

log driver: (PQ: le draveur) a person who drives logs down the river. Log driving (FR: le flottage du bois / PQ: la drave) (see: Wikipedia) was a method of transporting logs by river from a forest upstream to sawmills downstream in North America and Europe.  The log driver would ride along with the logs and use their pike poles (see: Wikipedia) to prevent logs from jamming up.

parish: (FR: une paroisse) a church territorial unit constituting a division of a diocese.  In the time of log driving (19th century – early 20th century), the church would have been the center of rural communities.

birling: (FR: voliger) English for spinning or whirling; log birling as a sport is also called logrolling (see: Wikipedia)

the drive: (PQ: la drave) an abbreviation of “log drive” – OED Defn. 3: “an organized effort by a number of people to achieve a purpose”

feet of clay: this biblical idiom (Daniel 2:31-33) usually means that a person has weaknesses.  In this context; however, it suggests that the men are heavy-footed, unlike the agility of the log driver.

lad: boy or young man.  This British word usage is uncommon in Canada, but could be heard in communities settled by the Scottish or the Irish.   

References:

Ohayon, Albert.  “Canada Vignettes: Essential Canadiana, eh!NFB blog, November 16, 2011.
McGarrigle, Anna.  Official website of Kate and Anna McGarrigle.
Rosholt, Malcolm.  Lumbermen on the Chippewa, Rosholt House, 1982.
Rosholt, Malcolm.  The Wisconsin Logging Book, 1839-1939, Rosholt House, 1980.
The Patriotes Rebellion, Quebec 1837-1839, Marxists Internet Archive.
Thrills of the Spring Log Drive”, Popular Mechanics (February 1931), pp. 242-47.  A contemporary description of a log drive in Quebec

Catherine Munroe Hotes 2014

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Ryan Larkin Filmography / Filmographie de Ryan Larkin




Director / Réalisateur

  • Syrinx (1966)
  • Cityscape / Citérama (1966)


  • Walking / En marchant (1969)


  • Street Musique (1972)


  • Spare Change / Un peu de monnaie, s'il vous plaît? (2008), co-directed by / coréalisé par Laurie Gordon



Animator / Animateur


  • The Ball Resolver in Antac / Les restituteurs à bille de l'Antac (Bernard Longpré, 1964), short animated doc
  • The Canadian Forces Hydrofoil Ship: Concept and Design (Martin Defalco / Kenneth McCready, 1967), short doc
  • Running Time (Mort Ransen, 1974)
  • Agency (George Kaczender, Films RSL, 1980), feature film

Documentaries / Documentaires


  • Ryan (Chris Landreth, 2004)



  • Alter Egos (Laurence Green, 2004)




  • Remembering Arthur (Martin Lavut, 2006)






Evelyn Lambart Filmography / Filmographie de Evelyn Lambart




Director / Réalisatrice


  • The Impossible Map (1947), educational short, watch film
  • Begone Dull Care / Caprice en couleurs (1949), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren



  • Family Tree (1950), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par George Dunning
  • O Canada (1952), animation short
  • Around Is Around (1953), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren
  • Rythmetic (1956), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren
  • Lines: Vertical  / Lignes verticales (1960), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren
  • Lines: Horizontal / Lignes horizontales (1962), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren

  • Mosaic / Mosaïques (1965), animation short, co-directed by / coréalisé par Norman McLaren


  • Feathers (1968), animation short



  • The Hoarder (1969), animation short


  • Paradise Lost (1970), animation short


  • The Story of Christmas (1973), animation short
  • Mr. Frog Went A-Courting (1974), animation short


  • The Lion and the Mouse (1976), animation short


  • The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse / Le rat de maison et le rat des champs (1980), animation short



Animator / Animatrice


  • Story of a Violin (1947), documentary short, co-animated by Norman McLaren
  • The Fight: Science Against Cancer (Morten Parker, 1950), documentary short
  • Challenge: Science Against Cancer (Morten Parker, 1950), documentary short
  • The Outlaw Within (Morten Parker, 1951), documentary short
  • Sing a Little (1951), co-animated with Jean-Paul Ladoucer
  • The Maple Leaf (J.V. Durden, 1955)
  • The Colour of Life (J.V. Durden, 1955)
  • Putting It Straight (William Greaves, 1957)
  • A Chairy Tale (Claude Jutra / Norman McLaren, 1957)
  • Le merle (Norman McLaren, 1959)
  • Short and Suite (Norman McLaren, 1959)
  • The Embryonic Development of Fish (J.V. Durden, 1961), documentary short
  • Les femmes parmi nous (Jacques Bobet, 1961), documentary


   




Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Martine Chartrand Filmography / Filmographie de Martine Chartrand





Director / Réalisatrice

T.V. Tango (1992)



Black Soul / Âme noire (NFB, 2000)



MacPherson (NFB, 2012)



Other Work

1986 – set designer for a television series (Ottawa)
1987 – joined Ciné-Groupe as one of the team making the feature film Bino Fabule (Jean-Pierre Liccioni / Robert Lombaerts / André Roussil / Réjeanne Tailon, 1988).
Late 1980s
– joined Bleu Réflex under Christian Bénard as an illustrator and animator for sequences for several films in the series Tales for All / Conte pour tous, produced by Rock Demers (See: Lafete).
– workshops in creating backgrounds and animation projects with the animation co-op Ciné-clic
1990 joined the NFB as a colour artist: did colour art for Enfantillages (Pierre M. Trudeau, 1990), collaborated on Jours de plaine (Réal Bérard / André Leduc, 1990)
1990s
– acquired a teaching certificate
– poster designer and illustrator
1994 – grant to study paint-on-glass technique under Aleksandr Petrov in Russia, assisted in the development of The Old Man and the Sea (1999)

Francine Desbiens Filmography / Filmographie de Francine Desbiens




Director / Réalisatrice
  • The Fox and the Crow / Le corbeau et le renard (1969), co-directed with / coréalise avec Pierre Hébert, Yves Leduc and Michèle Pauzé




  • The Little Men of Chromagnon  / Les bibites de Chromagnon (1971)




  • Du coq à l'âne (1973), co-directed with / coréalise avec Pierre Hébert and/et Suzanne Gervais
  • The Last Flight / Dernier envol (1977)
  • ‘E’ (1981), co-directed with / coréalise avec Bretislav Pojar


  • Variations on Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman / Ah! Vous dirai-je, maman (1985)



  • Draw Me a Song / Dessine-moi une chanson (1991)




  • To See the World / Voir le monde (1992)
  • The Tournament / Le tournoi (1995)



  • My Child, My Land / Mon enfant, ma terre (1998)
   


My Child, My Land by Francine Desbiens, National Film Board of Canada


Animator / Animatrice

Balablok (Bretislav Pojar, 1972)




Producer / Productrice

  • Chérie, ôte tes raquettes (André Leduc, 1975)
  • La plage (Suzanne Gervais, 1978)
  • This Is Me / Moi je pense (Ron Tunis, 1979)
  • Cogne-dur  (Mitsu Daudelin / Estelle Lebel / Rachel Saint-Pierre, 1979)
  • Luna, Luna, Luna (Viviane Elnécavé, 1981) 

Renaud Hallée Filmography / Filmographie de Renaud Hallée




Sonar (2009), short film / court métrage


Sonar from Possible Metrics on Vimeo.

Gravity (2009), short film / court métrage


Gravity from Possible Metrics on Vimeo.

Combustion (2011), short film / court métrage


Combustion from Possible Metrics on Vimeo.

Drum Cannonry (2011-2012), interactive / interactif


Drum Cannonry project trailer from Possible Metrics on Vimeo.

Moon (2012), short film / court métrage


Moon from Possible Metrics on Vimeo.

The Clockmakers / Les horlogers (NFB, 2013), short film / court métrage


Patrick Doyon Filmography / Filmographie de Patrick Doyon


Patrick Doyon’s Website: http://doiion.com/
Follow Doyon on Twitter, tumblr, and Vimeo
Watch / buy Doyon's films on NFB/ONF


  • 32:11 (Threetwooneone/ Troisdeuxunun, 2002)





  • Square Roots (NFB: Hothouse 3, 2006)




  • File No. 4 (2011)




  • Sunday / Dimanche (NFB, 2011)





  • Cyclop(e) (NFB McLaren App, 2013)


Cyclop(e) from doiion on Vimeo.


  • La mer (work in progress)

Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis Filmography / Filmographie de Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis




Official Website: Tilby/Forbis

Directed by Wendy Tilby / Réalisé par Wendy Tilby




  • Tables of Content (ECUAD, 1986)
  • Strings / Cordes (NFB, 1991)
  • Inside Out (NFB, 1991)



  • Manufacturing Consent: Noam Chomsky and the Media (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1992), documentary, animation sequences
  • A Propaganda Model of the Media Plus Exploring Alternative Media (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1994), documentary short, animation sequences
  • Concision: No Time for New Ideas (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1994), documentary, animation sequences short
  • Holocaust Denial vs. Freedom of Speech (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1994), documentary short, animation sequences
  • Toward a Vision of a Future Society (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1994), documentary short, animation sequences
  • A Case Study: Cambodia and East Timor (Peter Wintonick / Mark Achbar, 1994), documentary, animation sequences

Animation by Amanda Forbis / Animé par Amanda Forbis




  • Seven Crows a Secret (John Forrest, NFB, 1994), documentary short
  • The Reluctant Deckhand (Jan Padgett, NFB, 1995), animated short
  • Joe (Jill Haras, NFB, 2002), animated short

Co-Direction / Coréalisation

  • When the Day Breaks (NFB, 1999), animated short




  • Wild Life / Une vie sauvage (NFB, 2011), animated short



Commercials / Publicité



United Airlines: Interview  (watch)
United Airlines: The Meeting  (watch)
United Airlines: Mr. Pants  (watch)
Colorado Lottery: Woodcut  (watch)
General Motors  (watch)
Ohio Health  (watch)
Suntory Water  (watch)

Cordell Barker Filmography / Filmographie de Cordell Barker



Watch Cordell Barker’s films on NFB / ONF


Director / Réalisateur

The Cat Came Back / Le chat colla... (NFB, 1988), animated short



O Canada (TV Series, 1997), co-directed by Brad Caslor, Richard Condie, Les Drew

ZeD (TV Series, 2002-2006), one of many episode directors

Strange Invaders / Tombé du ciel (NFB, 2001), animated short




Runaway / Train en folie (NFB, 2009), animated short




Yellow Sticky Notes: Canadian Anijam (2013), omnibus shorts organised by Jeff Chiba Stearns



If I was a god.  .  . (in production), NFB Blog by Barker


Animator / Animateur

Get a Job (Brad Caslor, 1985)




Additional works:


He has also worked on commercial campaigns for Coca-Cola, Bell Canada, Lors, Nike, and the Government of Canada.

Frédéric Back Filmography / Filmographie de Frédéric Back



Official Website of Frédéric Back (EN/FR/JP) – very extensive information including storyboards, fact sheets, activity sheets for teachers, museum, online shop

DVDs


Films / Les films

Abracadabra (1970)
Inon or the Conquest of Fire / Inon ou la conquête du feu (1972)
The Creation of Birds / La création des oiseaux (1972)
¿Illusion? (1975)
Taratata (1977)
All Nothing / Tout-rien (1978)
Crac! (1981)
The Man Who Planted Trees / L'Homme qui plantait des arbres (1987)
The Mighty River / Le Fleuve aux grandes eaux (1993)

Television / La télévision

1952 – 1953
Illustration, set design, visual effects for the French language branch of the CBC, Radio-Canada (SRC)
Illustration et création de décors au service des Arts graphiques de la télévision de la Société Radio-Canada à Montréal.

  • Chants et danses du monde – Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, directed by /réalisée par Roger Racine.
  • Introduction sequences for ballet programming / Introductions pour plusieurs ballets. – Téléthéâtre, directed by / réalisé par Jean Boisvert.
  • Le Grenier aux images - Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, with / avec André Cailloux.
  • Pépinot et Capucine – Series for children / Émissions pour enfants. Illustrations.
  • 14, rue de Galais – Model making / Réalisations de maquettes.


1953 - 1961

Illustrations, animations, live drawings, visual effects, special effects, cartoons, set design for educational, musical, and scientific television programming for the French language branch of the CBC, Radio-Canada (SRC)
Illustrations, animations, dessins « en direct », effets visuels, trucages, dessin animés, décors pour les émissions de télévision éducative, musicales et scientifiques de la Société Radio-Canada.

  • Le Nez de Cléopâtre – Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, directed by / réalisée par Jean Boivert.
  • Les Mystères de la planète – Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, animation / réalisation de dessins animés.
  • L'Heure du concert – directed by / Réalisé par Pierre Mercure, Françoys Bernier et Guy Parent.
  • La Science en pantoufles  – Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, directed by / réalisée par Fernand Séguin. Animation / Réalisation de dessins animés.
  • La Joie de connaître. – Weekly programme / Série hebdomadaire, réalisée par Fernand Séguin. Réalisation de dessins animés.
  • Concerts pour la jeunesse. Musical direction by / Sous la direction musicale de Wilfrid Pelletier.
  • La Boîte à surprises. Children’s programming / Émissions pour enfants. Contes illustrés.
  • Trio lyrique. Série.
  • Le Roman de la science.   Set design for 99 episodes / Décors pour 99 émissions. Présenté par Fernand Seguin.
  • Les Récits du Père Ambroise, Children’s programming / émission pour enfants. Réalisé par Louis-Philippe Beaudoin.
  • Signes de vie. Religious children’s programming / Émission religieuse pour enfants réalisée par Pierre Monette et animée par Père Ambroise Lafortune.
  • Pierres Vivantes. Religious programming featuring Father Ambroise / Émissions dominicales avec le Père Ambroise, directed by / réalisées par Pierre Monette.
  • La Vie qui bat. Discovering nature series / Série de découverte sur la nature, directed by / réalisée par Pierre Monette.
  • Jazz pour Dieu. Animation / Réalisation des animations.
  • Fonfon. Children’s programming / Série pour enfants, réalisée par Hubert Blais.
  • Le Corps humain.


1961 - 1963
Illustrator for educational programming at Radio-Canada
Illustrateur aux émissions éducatives de la Société Radio-Canada.

  • Le Secret des choses. Émission éducative animée par Simone Bédard


1965 - 1969
  • Quebec School Telecasts. Educational programme directed by Leonard Weinstein and broadcast on the CBC.  Back made animation for this programme. / Émission éducative réalisée par Leonard Weinstein et diffusée au réseau anglais de la Société Radio-Canada. Frédéric Back réalise les films d’animation.
  • Jeunesse oblige.  Youth programme / Magazine pour la jeunesse, directed by / réalisé par Jean Martinet et Jean-Guy Benjamin.


1967
  • D’Iberville, directed by /réalisée par Pierre Gauvreau and / et Rolland Guay. Frédéric Back réalise made nine models for this series / Frédéric Back neuf maquettes pour cette série. Elles sont remises au Musée militaire et maritime de la Ville de Montréal, à l'Ile Sainte-Hélène.


1968
Frédéric Back joins the animation studio of Radio-Canada, under the leadership of Hubert Tison
Frédéric Back intègre l’équipe du studio d’animation de la Société Radio-Canada, dirigée par Hubert Tison.

1970
  • Présenté à l'Atelier des émissions jeunesse à l'U.E.R. (Union Européenne de Radiodiffusion) à Copenhague, Abracadabra a été vendu à neuf organismes étrangers: les télévisions de Hollande, de Suède, de France, de Suisse, de Belgique, de Monte-Carlo, de Finlande, d'Écosse et la National Education Television des États-Unis. 7 films de Frédéric Back ont participé à ces échanges pendant 14 ans.
  • Set design and costumes for the series / Réalisation des décors et des costumes pour la série Les Oraliens, diffusée par Radio-Québec.


1972
  • Illustrateur de l'émission Les Forges du Saint-Maurice, réalisée par Louis Bédard et Richard Martin.
  • Réalisation du film d’animation Nos chers vieux téléromans, dans le cadre de l’émission Les beaux dimanches. Le film présente 47 téléromans de 1952 à 1972.
  • Réalisation du générique de Bagatelle (la série de la SRC de 1973-1979, et non celle du même nom à la CBC).


1979
  • Animation sequences for the Stravinsky ballet The Firebird
  • Réalisation de séquences animées pour le ballet L'Oiseau de feu de Stravinsky, de Jean-Yves Landry et diffusion dans le cadre des Beaux Dimanches, les 13 janvier et 7 septembre 1980. Cette émission remporte le Prague d'or 1980 et le Emmy Award 1980, à New-York.


Writings and Illustrations / Écrits et illustrations

  • Du Guesclin / Roger Vercel. Paris : Éditions Arc-en-Ciel, 1944.
  • L'Ami Fritz / Erckmann ; Chatrian. Paris : Société d’éditions françaises et internationales : Librairie Hachette,1947.
  • La Caravane de Pâques / Roger Vercel. Ottawa : Le Cercle du Livre de France ; Paris : Albin Michel, 1948.
  • Le Navigateur / Jules Roy. Ottawa : Le Cercle du Livre de France ; Paris : Gallimard, 1954.
  • Fredon et couplets / André Cailloux. Montréal : Beauchemin,1958.
  • L'Oncle ‘’ 5 heure trente ‘’ / Guy Maufette. Collection des P'tits bouts de chou. Montréal : Fides, 1959 - 1961.
1. Un Petit mousse (1959)
2. Ildège de la pomme fameuse (1959)
3. Le Petit âne (1961)
4. Un Poème (1961)
  • Ulysse et Oscar - André Cailloux. Montréal : Radio-Canada : Héritage, 1968.
1. Ulysse rencontre Oscar
2. Un cadeau d'Égypte
3. Noises chinoises
4. Corrida de vaches sacrées
5. Hortense aviatrice
6. Oscar fait du cinéma
  • Crac / Ghylaine Paquin, Fréderic Back. Montréal : Entreprises Radio Canada ; Paris : Centurion Jeunesse,1986.
  • L'homme qui plantait des arbres / Jean Giono. Montréal :SRC ; Paris : Gallimard ; Saint-Laurent : Lacombe 1989.
  • L'animal, son bien-être et la loi au Québec / Société Québécoise pour la Défense des Animaux (SQDA). Montréal : Wilson et Lafleur Ltée : Québécor, 1990.
  • Le Fleuve aux grandes eaux / Claude Villeneuve. Montréal : Les éditions Québec/Amérique inc. : SRC, 1995.
  • Inuit : les peuples du froid / Georges-Hébert Germain ; sous la direction scientifique de David Morrisson. Montréal : Éditions Libre expression ; Ottawa : Musée canadien des civilisations, 1995.
  • Québec, Collection : Encyclopédies du voyage. Paris : Gallimard,1995.
  • Les Bélugas, ou l'adieu aux baleines / Pierre Béland. Montréal : Éditions Libre Expression,1996.
  • Alsace Collection : Encyclopédies du voyage. Paris : Gallimard,1996.
  • À noter qu'il signe la préface du recueil Mots de terre, publié en 2008.


Distinctions and Awards / Distinctions et Prix

  • Knight of the Order of Quebec / Chevalier de l'Ordre du Québec (1989, ordre-national)
  • Officer of the Order of Arts and Letters / Officier de l'Ordre des Arts et Lettres (France)
  • Officer of the Order of Canada / Officier de l'Ordre du Canada (1990)


For a more extensive list of awards, see the Canadian Encyclopedia