Friday, August 22, 2008

Gilles Vigneault.

I thought my thread would get lost in 'Misc', so I gave it more attention. Thanks Bob for your reply.
Bill

Anyone familiar with Gilles Vigneault? I believe this man may have married a sister of my Irish grandmother Annie Foy who died in 1938. I tried googling this famous Quebec poet to find out the name of his wife but failed.
I just a minute ago ordered a book written by his son Guillaume Vigneault from Amazon, hoping his contact info would be included in the book.
Isn't genealogy fancinating?
Bill (second Avenue)

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Recommend Message 352 of 352 in Discussion
From: BobB Sent: 8/22/2008 1:30 AM
Familiar with Vigneault? Absolutely Bill. How neat is that, eh? You will have to get up to speed on "Mon Pays", n'est pas?

BobB

19 comments:

biking2006 MSN said...

Maybe someone with more wherewithal than I could find Gilles Vigneault wife's maiden name. Shot in the dark.
Bill (Second Avenue)

jmhachey MSN said...

Hi Bill ! Some infos about Gilles VIGNEAULT and Alison FOY Gilles VIGNEAULT The revered Quebecois singer and poet Gilles Vigneault paints intimate portraits of his time and fills his songs with his passion for his native region, his love of nature and his fellow man. Vigneault, a committed humanist, has been a fervent supporter of the independence movement in Quebec. [...] Meanwhile, his personal life was busy too as he began a new relationship with a woman named Alison Foy. [...] Vigneault teamed up with Robert Charlebois for two more memorable concerts in June 1976. Taking to the stage with Yvon Deschamps, Jean-Pierre Ferland and Claude L챕veill챕e, Vigneault and Charlebois presented the show Une fois Cinq to an enthusiastic audience of 300,000. The live album recorded on this occasion went on to win the coveted "Prix de l’Académie Charles Cros" later that year. Meanwhile, things were progressing in Vigneault's personal life, too. In September he walked down the aisle with his partner, Alison Foy, with whom he had already had three children.   http://www.rfimusique.com/siteEn/biographie/biographie_7337.asp   JM

stephenfredmond MSN said...

Thanks JM for your input. Steve

biking2006 MSN said...

Wow Jim, you certainly cut some corners for me. Thanks. Alison Foy, now I'll search for her info., birth date etc. If she is related to Aniie Foy she may be a grand niece. I'm not keeping my hopes up, I've been down this interesting road before.
Bill (Second Avenue)

jmhachey MSN said...

Hi Bill ! More infos on Annie Foy: Cimeti챔re Notre-Dame-des-Neiges Nom du d챕funt: Annie Foy
Date d'accueil: 07/04/1938
Secteur: N
No concession: 01733
Conjoint: Cooper http://www.notredamedesneigescemetery.ca/en/ JM

jmhachey MSN said...

Bill, some additional infos ...   JM

biking2006 MSN said...

Jim once again I thank you for this site. I actually have been to my grandmother's grave site in 2005. I hired an Ottawa genealogist to find her grave, and she learned somehow that she was buried in a family plot without an inscription on the stone, and also the office registration name was Annie Fox not Annie Foy. I had the office correct this mistake. I also had them inscribe her name on the family obelisk. She was buried in 1938 so it took 67 years for her blessed name to be recognized.
It's a shame one cannot merely type in name of a deceased loved one and the info would instantly appear on our computer screens showing the exact cemetery and plot number. If that was possible I'd type in my great grandfather Patrick Foy. Don't know his wife's name.
I've been on the phone with some French Canadians in Quebec, and find the Irish are well looked upon by the French.
Bill (Second Avenue)

biking2006 MSN said...

Went to the 'Mount Royal Cemetery' web site. They do not have an online data base for plots. 'Cote De Neiges' maybe the only one in Quebec with this very helpful feature. Canada has a list of government approved genealogists which helped me inexpensively.
Bill

biking2006 MSN said...

I wish I could attend this event on the 20th to ask Guillaume about his grandmother Kay Foy who may be a sister of my grandmother Annie Foy. I could write a letter to him and address it to the library. I am now reading his book btw, 'Necessary Betrayals'. So far so good.
Bill


Pierrefonds Library (13555 Pierrefonds Blvd.) will host authors Guillaume Vigneault on Oct. 20, and Louise Perry on Oct 21. Both talks will begin at 7:30 p.m. and are being held in conjunction with Public Libraries Week. Call 514-620-4181.

biking2006 MSN said...

Is the english translation of Guillaume, William? Just curious. I flunked every french class I had, either at Bannantyne or VHS, I am a bit ashamed to say. It's not that I didn't try.
Bill

biking2006 MSN said...

I guess I'm not the only one who spent 8 years learning french in the Verdun school system, and still cannot speak french. No shame.
Btw I watched 'W' today. If you hate Bush you'll love this film.
Bill (Second Avenue)

les__f MSN said...

Hi Bill I guess that review would make it a 'world wide hit' hahahahaha                                                          HF&RV

maggiemck MSN said...

I have been under the impression that Guillaume is the equivalent of William. Just thinking that both grandmothers would have had maiden names or would that have been Foy?

biking2006 MSN said...

Thanks for responding Maggie. I can only speak for my grandmother. Her birth name is Foy.
Bill

laurie_1954 MSN said...

Biking..Could this be of any use to you.   Gilles went on to marry Rachel Cloutier (with whom he had four children) in 1955. http://www.rfimusique.com/siteEn/biographie/biographie_7337.asp

biking2006 MSN said...

Yes, thank you Laurie. I guess the Foy connection was with Gilles second marriage to Allison Foy. Gilles birth date was 1928, so Guillaume if born in 1970 could have been Gilles and Allison's son. And the grandmother Kay, may be Allison's mother. Interesting.

Btw here is the dedication from the book 'Necessary Betrayals':
"To Kay Foy, my grandmother, who taught me so much more than she would ever own up to."

I wrote the library where Guillaume will speak on Monday and asked them to pass on an email I sent them.
Bill (Second Avenue)

biking2006 MSN said...

I f anyone attends this book signing at Pierrefonds Library (13555 Pierrefonds Blvd.), please pass on my email address to Guillaume Vigneault. Is Pierrefonds on the island?
Bill

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guy5479 MSN said...

Here is an article in the Cit챕s Nouvelles local West Island newspaper about Guillaume Vigneault.    

biking2006 MSN said...

He looks very young for 38.
Bill