Richard Séguin - Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec
On May 29, 2023, Richard Séguin received the insignia of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, a prestigious distinction bestowed to personalities whose exemplary achievements reflect the artistic and literary development of Quebec. Discover the tribute paid to him by the Council.
Singer-songwriter and engraver, Richard Séguin sums up his life in five words: “Clearing, planting, sowing, walking, imagining.” As an adolescent, he bought his first guitar from Claude Gauthier and started his career with his twin sister Marie-Claire, before going on to a solo career.
For five decades, he has worked with artists from different generations and worlds, including Serge Fiori, with whom he took us into Deux cents nuits à l’heure. This album redolent with spirit of youth is one of the some 15 landmark literary and musical works by an artist who is quite simply free.
Pendulating between the intimate and the collective, his songs speak of essential battles for justice, identity, peace, solidarity, protecting the French language, and Indigenous cultures. To leave the beaten path and awaken, he knocked on morning’s door (Aux portes du matin), created a Sentier poétique and the Grande Nuit de la Poésie in Saint-Venant-de-Paquette in Estrie.
Walking in the footsteps of Thoreau, the vagabond angel has come back down to earth, sowed dreams and reaped honours, including the SPACQ’s Prix Sylvain-Lelièvre for his exceptional career.
About the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec This link will open in a new window is a distinction of the Council which aims to honor people who have made a remarkable contribution, through their commitment and dedication, to the development, promotion or influence of the arts and letters of Quebec. .
The Council would like to thank its partners, the Caisse de la Culture and the newspaper Le Devoir.