Nicolas Billon

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Nicolas Billon
Born (1978-03-22) 22 March 1978 (age 36)
Ottawa, Ontario
Occupation Writer
Related to Pierre Billon
Period 2003–present

Nicolas Billon (born March 22, 1978) is a Canadian writer. He is best known for his plays The Elephant Song, Greenland, and Iceland.


Nicolas Billon was born in Ottawa but grew up in Montréal.

The Elephant Song, his first play, premiered at the Stratford Shakespeare Festival in 2004.[1] His second play, The Measure of Love, was produced there in 2005.

A member of the inaugural Soulpepper Academy, Nicolas's version of Anton Chekhov's Three Sisters was produced at Soulpepper in 2007,[2] directed by László Marton. He also co-created BLiNK with the other members of the Academy for the Luminato Festival.[3]

In 2009, Billon joined the Tarragon Playwrights Unit. That June, his adaptation of Molière's The Sicilian was one of the hits of the Toronto Fringe Festival.[4][5]

A few months later, his play Greenland opened at the 2009 SummerWorks Theatre Festival. It was a critical and audience success,[6][7] and won both the Now Magazine Audience Choice Award and the SummerWorks Outstanding Production Award.[8] Later that year, Billon was voted one of the Top 10 Theatre Artists of 2009 by Toronto's Now Magazine.[9]

He is the son of Johanne Archambault and writer Pierre Billon.

Billon was a finalist for and won the 2013 Governor General's Award for Drama for Fault Lines.[10]

His play The Elephant Song was adapted into the 2014 film Elephant Song, directed by Charles Binamé and starring Bruce Greenwood, Xavier Dolan, and Catherine Keener.[11]


Short films[edit]

  • A Kindness (2012)
  • The Exit (2010)



  • Butcher (2014)
  • Faroe Islands (2013)
  • Iceland (2012)
  • The Safe Word (2011)
  • Greenland (2009)
  • The Measure of Love (2005)
  • The Elephant Song (2004)



  • I'm So Close (2010)
  • BLiNK (2008)


  1. ^ "Stratford Festival - Archives & History". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  2. ^ Kaplan, Jon. "Brand new Sister act | NOW Magazine". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  3. ^ Kustanczy, Catherine (2008-06-09). "BLiNK and You’ll Miss it | news". Torontoist. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  4. ^ [1][dead link]
  5. ^ [2][dead link]
  6. ^ "NOW // Summerworks 2009 | NOW Magazine". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  7. ^ "SummerWorks Review: Greenland [The Greenland Collective]". The Panic Manual. 2009-08-18. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  8. ^ Sumi, Glenn. "SummerWorks standouts | NOW Magazine". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  9. ^ Kaplan, Jon (2012-01-03). "Jon Kaplan’s Top 10 Theatre Artists | NOW Magazine". Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  10. ^ "Get ready to read the GGreat books of 2013 | The Canada Council for the Arts". 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-21. 
  11. ^ "TIFF 2014 to screen Xavier Dolan and Denys Arcand films". CBC News, August 6, 2014.

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