Hélène Baillargeon

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Hélène Baillargeon, CM (August 28, 1916 – September 25, 1997) was a Quebec singer, actor and folklorist probably best known as the host of the CBC television show Chez Hélène from 1959 to 1973.

She was born in Saint-Martin, Quebec in 1916 and studied singing at Quebec City and New York and then at Montreal with Alfred La Liberté. She went on to work as a researcher with Marius Barbeau at the National Museum of Canada in Ottawa (later the Canadian Museum of Civilization in Gatineau). In 1944, Baillargeon married André Côté, a Crown attorney at Montreal. She performed and hosted shows on CBC radio and television such as Le réveil rural, Songs de chez nous and Cap aux sorciers. Baillargeon was named to the Order of Canada in 1973. In 1974, she was appointed a Canadian Citizenship Court judge. She also recorded a number of collections of French-Canadian folk songs.

She died in Montreal in 1997.

Selected discography[edit]

  • 1955: Songs of French Canada with Alan Mills (Folkways Records)
  • 1956: French Christmas Songs: Chants de Noël (Folkways Records)
  • 1956: Chansons d'Acadie (Folks Songs of Acadia) (Folkways Records)
  • 1961: Chantons en Français; Vol. 1, Part 1-4: French Songs for Learning French (Folkways Records)
  • 1961: Chantons en Français; Vol. 2: French Songs for Learning French (Folkways Records)

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