It’s been 20 years since Newfoundland and Labrador cultural icon Emile Benoit passed away at age 79.
In those 20 years, the spirit of the sprightly man from Black Duck Brook has continued to live on through his legacy, both as a musician and as a promoter of French-Newfoundland culture on the Port au Port peninsula.
Newfoundland and Labrador musicians admire him to this day, and say they owe him a debt of gratitude for the tremendous musical wealth he left behind.
Weekend A.M. is paying tribute to Benoit on the 20th anniversary of his passing.
Host Chris O’Neill-Yates recently travelled to the Port au Port to visit Benoit’s family and friends. She also spoke to some of the province’s best-known musicians.
Benoit was a master fiddler, storyteller, composer and a true character from Francophone Newfoundland. We have Weekend A.M.’s coverage from Sept. 2, as well as stories from our radio and television archives
Chris O’Neill-Yates’s documentary honouring the 20th anniversary of the passing of Emile Benoit.
A gallery of photos from Chris O’Neill-Yates’s trip to the Port au Port peninsula.
Emile Benoit’s widow Rita shows Chris O’Neill-Yates some of the many honours her husband received.
Chris O’Neill-Yates speaks to Emile Benoit’s nephew Danny Benoit about the things his uncle taught him.
Chris O’Neill-Yates’s video chat with Claude Caines, co-founder of recording company Clode Records.
Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to Pamela Morgan
Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to Bob Hallett
Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to playwright Robert Chafe and musicians/actor Daniel Payne.
Chris O’Neill-Yates talks to fiddler Christian Smith and young fiddler Matilda Goldie.
Stories from our Archives
A profile of Emile Benoit from the television archives.
Emile Benoit’s obituary on CBC’s here and now when he passed away from bone cancer back in 1992.
A Visit with Emile - first broadcast on the Performance Hour in 1991
An story from the radio archives of Benoit receiving an honorary degree from Memorial University in1988
A recording from Memorial University archives of a discussion with Emile Benoit and Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore professor Dr. Gerald Thomas, who studied French-Newfoundland culture on the Port au Port peninsula. (Courtesy Memorial University Folklore archives)