Augusta La Paix

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Augusta La Paix is a former Canadian radio personality, best known as the original host and co-creator of Brave New Waves.[1]

Originally from Halifax, Nova Scotia,[2] La Paix worked in Montreal as a freelance news reporter for CBC Radio and an occasional guest host of Morningside.[3] She was given Brave New Waves in 1984 after submitting a demo tape for a show on avant garde culture, featuring music by Laurie Anderson, Brian Eno, Klaus Nomi and Nina Hagen.[4] In an early interview with The Globe and Mail, she told the newspaper that she was only a recent convert to underground music, having previously been primarily a fan of country music.[4]

She left Brave New Waves in 1985, after one season,[5] and moved on to other roles with the CBC, including stints as host of Cross Country Checkup,[6] Two New Hours,[6] Arts National[7] and Home Run, the network's local afternoon program in Montreal.[8]

She also narrated a number of documentary films in the 1980s and 1990s, including Canada's First Woman MP, Adam's World, Just Before the Dawn, When the Day Comes and Latin America: The Thirsty Cities.


  1. ^ Michael Barclay, Ian A.D. Jack and Jason Schneider, Have Not Been the Same: The Can-Rock Renaissance 1985-1995. ECW Press. ISBN 978-1-55022-992-9.
  2. ^ "Young nighthawks CBC's new quarry". The Globe and Mail, February 6, 1984.
  3. ^ "Some who left their marks on 1983". The Globe and Mail, December 31, 1983.
  4. ^ a b "Navigating the rock Brave New Waves". The Globe and Mail, May 26, 1984.
  5. ^ "Drainie and Lapaix quitting CBC Radio". The Globe and Mail, July 19, 1985.
  6. ^ a b "Mr. Cool's a refreshing change". Toronto Star, August 27, 1987.
  7. ^ "Augusta LaPaix takes over at CBC's Arts National". Financial Post, July 27, 1992.
  8. ^ "It's decision time for Daybreak: Race heads into homestretch". The Gazette, July 9, 1996.

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