Normand Fontaine was an enduring presence in the Francophone community in Alberta through his radio career of 37 years, as well as through his artistic and literary work.
He started work for the French radio station CHFA in Edmonton in 1958 as an announcer, later becoming news anchor and radio host. During his career in radio, he hosted various shows, including ‘La boîte aux surprises’, ‘À la carte’, ‘Entre vous et moi’, and ‘Les Normandises’. He retired from Radio-Canada in 1995, devoting himself to painting and writing; his paintings were shown at the Centre d’arts visuels de l’Alberta in 2013. He also wrote poetry and short stories.
Normand Fontaine died November 25, 2014, in Edmonton.
The fonds includes detailed handwritten scripts of his radio shows that he prepared and decorated with artistic minutia (1981-1983), as well as sample recordings of the ‘Les Normandises’ show (broadcast in 1986-1987), that, together, illustrate the approach of a radio professional to his work. Also included is a privately published collection of stories, and a scrapbook given to Fontaine to celebrate his 25 years milestone with Radio CHFA/Radio-Canada, and which contains photographs, congratulatory messages, as well as a number of original poems and drawings by Normand Fontaine.