Albert Millaire fonds [multiple media (some electronic)]
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Albert Millaire fonds [multiple media (some electronic)]
- Hierarchical level:
- [1897-1935]; [1954-2018].
- Type of material:
- Architectural and technical drawings, Art, Photographs, Moving images, Objects (including medals and pins), Sound recordings, Textual material
- Found in:
- Archives / Collections and Fonds
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- Context of this record:
Record Information – Details
- Fonds includes:
14 lower level description(s)View lower level description(s)
- [1897-1935]; [1954-2018].
- Bilingual equivalent:
- Place of creation:
- Various places
- Added country of publication:
- United Kingdom, United States, Switzerland, Germany, Canada, France, Russia (Federation), Ireland, Austria, Czech Republic
5.03 m of textual records.
22 audio cassettes (ca. 19 hrs.).
5 audio reels (ca. 2 hrs., 40 min.).
32 audio discs (ca. 31 hrs.) : CD, DVD.
32 videocassettes (ca. 37 hrs., 39 min.) : VHS.
9 optical discs (ca. 11 hrs., 20 min.) : DVD.
ca. 118 prints : postcards.
60 drawings : pencil, ink, watercolour.
approx. 101 technical drawings.
1 engraving : ink.
79 prints : posters.
310.6 MB of photographs (102 photographs) : b&w and col.
1159 photographs : 986 b&w and 157 col.; 3 b&w. contact sheets (91 images); 1 b&w negative; 1 col. negatives; 11 col. slide.
6 material swatches.
1 audio disc (ca .1 hr) : vinyl 45 rpm.
- Language of material:
- Added language of material:
- French, English, German, Russian
- Scope and content:
This fonds includes acting and directing files that Albert Millaire accumulated throughout his career. These records show his collaborative efforts with many theatre institutions in Quebec, elsewhere in Canada, and abroad. The fonds also includes some files related to the work of Albert Millaire as an actor in television series and television plays; as a reader of radio texts; as the artistic director and stage director of a large number of diverse artistic projects such as musicals, operettas and operas; as narrator at recitals and classical music concerts, poetry and drama reading evenings, as well as on musical recordings and audiobooks, including children's books. Also in the fonds are manuscripts and typescripts of dramatic texts translated by Albert Millaire, as well as speeches and presentations. Some files cover other aspects of his career, including advertising projects and participation in some special events and festivities. The fonds contains a large number of promotional materials that illustrate Albert Millaire's long career-posters for shows, programs and leaflets, press clippings, press kits; personal and biographical documents, including those related to his youth and studies at the Collège de l'Assomption; correspondence with his family, friends, colleagues and other actors (including several pre-performance telegrams); many files relating to the various honours, awards and distinctions that Albert Millaire received during his career, including two honorary doctorates; and a significant number of print documents related to theatre in Canada and elsewhere in the world collected by Millaire, notably a large collection of performing arts programs from the 1950s to 2018. In this fonds are a significant number of photographs, in addition to sound and audiovisual recordings pertaining to Albert Millaire's career as an actor, stage director, reader and narrator.
- Additional name(s):
- Biography/Administrative history:
Millaire, Albert, 1935-2018 : Millaire, Albert, CC, CQ (Montréal, 1935-2018), comedian, actor, director, narrator and artistic director. Albert Millaire was born in the Ville-Émard neighbourhood of Montréal on January 18, 1935. He studied at the Collège de l'Assomption, then at the Conservatoire d'art dramatique de Montréal, from which he graduated in 1956. He began his career as a professional actor in the late 1950s, performing roles in plays in the classical repertoire (Lorenzaccio, Tartuffe, Hamlet) and the contemporary European and North American repertoire (works by Tennessee Williams, Samuel Beckett, Luigi Pirandello). He performed in companies such as the Théâtre universitaire canadien, the Théâtre-Club, the Théâtre de la Marjolaine and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde (TNM). In 1961, with actors Jacques Zouvi, Jean-Louis Millette, François Guillier and Hubert Loiselle, he founded the Centre-Théâtre. He was the artistic director there until leaving for Europe in 1963 to study in France, Germany and London (notably at Covent Garden). Upon his return to Canada, he regularly performed during the 1960s and 1970s at the Théâtre du Rideau Vert, Comédie-Canadienne and TNM. For a short time, Albert Millaire was general secretary of the Union des artistes (UDA), and he was involved in establishing an insurance plan for artists in 1962 and 1963. He pursued his career as an actor by working in several theatre companies: Théâtre du Café de la Place (1978-1979), which he co-founded, Théâtre du Bois de Coulonge (1988-1989), Théâtre Profusion (1996-1998), UBU compagnie de création (1996-1998), Théâtre de l'Opsis (2001-2004), Espace Go and Le Trident (2003). He performed on numerous stages in both English and French throughout Canada, including at the St. Lawrence Centre for the Arts, the Centaur Theatre, the Stratford Festival in Ontario (1970s to 1990s) and the National Arts Centre. Albert Millaire played over a hundred roles during the course of his theatre career. Between 1965 and 1975, Albert Millaire directed a number of theatrical productions for TNM as well as various other theatre companies in Quebec and elsewhere in Canada, including Arthur Miller's The Crucible (1965), Anne Hébert's Le temps sauvage (1966), Jacques Ferron's Les grands soleils (1968), Guy Dufresne's Les traitants, Roch Carrier's La guerre, yes sir! (1970) and Le malade imaginaire (Stratford, 1980). Millaire collaborated with numerous opera houses as a director and artistic director (Opéra du Québec, Opéra de Montréal, Opéra de Québec, Centre Orford). During his career, in addition to having worked as an assistant director for the TNM during the 1970s and having founded his own company in 1979, Millaire was the artistic director of the Théâtre populaire du Québec, the Théâtre d'été du Manoir Saint-Castin (Québec), the Théâtre du Bois de Coulonge and the Théâtre de Repentigny. Albert Millaire also acted in several roles in successful television soap operas and television series, both in French and English. Among other productions, he was in Au chenal du moine (1957-1958), Le courrier du roy (1958-1961), Filles d'Ève (1960-1964), D'Iberville (1967-1968), Edgar Allan, détective (1981-1983), Laurier (1987), Road to Avonlea (broadcast by CBC) (1990-1996) and more recently in L'héritière de Grande Ourse (2005), Le coeur a ses raisons (2005-2007), and Mémoires vives (2013-2017). Between 1958 and 2010, Millaire played roles in numerous television plays on Radio-Canada. He performed in a variety of roles on television in plays by classical and contemporary authors, including Edmond Rostand's Cyrano de Bergerac (1985) and Jacques Rampal's Célimene et le Cardinal (1994). Millaire also acted in several movies, including Le Maître du Pérou (1958) and Astataïon ou le festin des morts (1965) by Fernand Dansereau, Gilles Carle's La vie heureuse de Lépold Z (1965), Claude Fournier's J'en suis! (1997), Éric Tessier's Sur le seuil (2003), Aurore (2005) and Luc Dionne's L'Enfant prodige (2010). In addition, Millaire acted as a narrator and reader at concerts by various orchestras and music ensembles, such as the Orchestre symphonique de Montréal, the McGill Chamber Orchestra, and the ensemble I Musici de Montréal. He was the narrator for various literary and poetic recordings, including Fables de Jean de La Fontaine and La Chèvre de M. Seguin, Éditions Alexandre Stanké, 1993-1994, and served as spokesperson for the governments of Quebec and Canada as well as for a number of companies. As a lyricist, Albert Millaire composed several songs with renowned musicians, including François Cousineau and Cyrille Beaulieu. Albert Millaire was also a member of various selection boards in the arts, and he served on numerous committees and boards of directors of Canadian cultural institutions. Positions included Vice-Chair of the Advisory Board of the Canada Council for the Arts, Co-Chair of the Canadian Committee for UNESCO for the Decade of Culture, Chair of the Canadian Council on the Status of the Artist, President of the Académie québécoise du théâtre, President of the Wilfrid-Pelletier Foundation, board member of the Conservatoire de musique et d'art dramatique du Québec, Co-Chair of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards Foundation Board of Directors, member of the Advisory Council of Concordia University's Faculty of Arts, and member of the Board of Directors of the Ordre national du Québec. Albert Millaire received many prestigious awards and honours over the course of his career, including the Prix Victor-Morin presented by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal (1983), the rank of Member of the Order of Canada (1989), the Laurier d'or of the Collège de l'Assomption, his alma mater (1991), the rank of Knight of the Ordre national du Québec (1995), the rank of Companion of the Order of Canada (2005), the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Theatre (2006), an honorary doctorate from the Université de Montréal (2007), the Gemini Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Supporting Role in a Dramatic Program or Mini-Series for his part in the miniseries Mémoires vives (2014), the rank of Knight of the Ordre de la Pléiade (2015), and Commander of the Ordre de Montréal (2016). Albert Millaire died in Montréal on August 15, 2018. He was survived by his spouse, producer and director Michèle Marchand, as well as his three daughters Anne, Catherine and Frédérique, from his previous marriage to actress Rita Imbeault. Millaire had also been the companion of actress and author Maryse Pelletier.
- Finding aid:
Multiple media (Electronic) Finding aid is a file list describing volumes 1 to 49 MSS2653 (90: Open)
http://data2.archives.ca/pdf/pdf002/p000003534.pdfDocuments audio-visuels (Electronic) For a description of the items see the Film, videos and sound database (MISACS) (90: Open)
- Additional information:
- General Note:
- Documents received at LAC in 2019 from the Estate of Albert Millaire (represented by Mme Michèle Marchand), and in 2021 from Mme Michèle Marchand.
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Copyright varies. It is the researcher's responsibility to determine whether the documents are subject to copyright and whether their use would constitute a violation of copyright under the Copyright Act. Credit: Library and Archives Canada. The authors of the documents hold the publication rights. Thus, no one may publish a manuscript, in whole or in part, a letter or an excerpt from a letter without the written permission of the author or the owners of the copyright.
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Graphic material (photo): Copyright applies.
Graphic material (photo_electronic): Copyright applies.
Graphic material (art): Copyright applies.
Moving images (video): Copyright applies
Sound recording: Copyright applies.
Technical drawing: Copyright applies.
Sound recording (electronic): Copyright applies.
Moving images (electronic): Copyright applies.
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