Robert Charlebois

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Robert Charlebois in Montreal, 2012

Robert Charlebois, OC, OQ (born June 25, 1944) is a Francophone Canadian author, composer, musician, performer and actor. He is an important figure in French music.

Charlebois was born in Montreal, Quebec. Among his best known songs are Lindberg and Je reviendrai à Montréal. His lyrics, often written in joual, are funny, relying upon plays on words. He won the Sopot International Song Festival in 1970.

In 1970 he sang with Italian singer Patty Pravo the Italian song La solitudine. In the same year, he performed at the Festival Express train tour in Canada, but did not appear on the documentary film.

He co-starred with Terence Hill, Miou-Miou and Patrick McGoohan in the western Un genio, due compari, un pollo (A Genius, Two Partners and a Dupe, 1975) as Steamengine Bill. Thirty-eight years later, Charlebois had a cameo as Jean-Seb Bigstone, the French-Canadian Broadway producer, in the 2012 Gad Elmaleh/Sophie Marceau film Happiness Never Comes Alone.

The Quebec-based microbrewery Unibroue was owned, in part, by Charlebois until it was purchased by Sleeman Breweries in 2004 which in turn was bought by Japanese beer brewing giant Sapporo in 2006.


  • Charlebois was one of the four musicians who were pictured on the second series of the Canadian Recording Artist Series issued by Canada Post stamps on July 2, 2009.[3]
  • On June 21, 2010, Charlebois received an honorary doctorate [4] from Concordia University in Montreal. In his acceptance speech he made the remark that this was the first post-secondary diploma he had received in his life.

Music in films[edit]

Brief album discography[edit]

Charlebois at the 2009 Cannes Film Festival.
  • Doux Sauvage - 2001 La Tribu
  • Le Chanteur Masqué - 1997 WEA
  • La Maudite Tournée Live - 1995 WEA
  • Cartier L'Opéra - 1993 Scorpio
  • Immensément - 1992 Scalen'disc
  • Dense - 1988 Scalen'disc
  • Super Position - 1985 Scalen'disc
  • Solide - 1979 Scalen'disc
  • Swing Charlebois Swing - 1977 Scalen'disc
  • Longue Distance - 1976 Scalen'disc
  • Lindberg - 1974 Arcade
  • Solidaritude - 1973 Scalen'disc
  • Fu Man Chu - 1972 Scalen'disc
  • Un Gars Ben Ordinaire - 1971 Scalen'disc
  • Québec Love - 1969 Scalen'disc
  • Robert Charlebois Vol.2 - 1966 Scalen'disc
  • Robert Charlebois Vol.1 - 1965 Scalen'disc


  1. ^ "Robert Charlebois - biography". Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
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  3. ^ Canada Post Stamp Details, July to September 2009, Volume XVIII, No. 3, p. 6
  4. ^ Concordia University Records Management and Archives

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