Eric Fillion is a doctoral candidate in the Department of History at Concordia University. His research focuses on the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy and, more specifically, on the use of music in international relations. This project builds on the experience he has acquired as a musician as well as on his ongoing study of Quatuor de jazz libre du Quebec, a separatist free jazz ensemble associated with the Quebec left of the 1960s and 1970s. He is also the founder of Tenzier, a nonprofit organization, whose mandate is to preserve and disseminate archival recordings by Quebec avant-garde artists.

Recent Publications

JAZZ LIBRE et la révolution québécoise. Musique-action, 1967-1975. Mont-Royal: M Éditeur, 2019 [forthcoming].

— “Quebec Culture Can Be Diplomatic Asset for CAQ Government.” The Montreal Gazette, 30 October, 2018.

— “Using Culture to Strengthen Mercosur Ties.” Policy Options, 9 May, 2018.

— “The New Quebec Man: Activism and Collective Improvisation at Petit Québec libre, 1970-73.” In Making Men, Making History: Canadian Masculinities across Time and Place, edited by Peter Gossage and Robert Rutherdale, 236-254. Vancouver: UBC Press, 2018.

— “Parti pris pour le jazz ou l’écoute engagée chez la gauche québécoise.” In Avec ou sans Parti pris: le legs d’une revue, edited by Gilles Dupuis, Karim Larose, Frédéric Rondeau, and Robert Schwartzwald, 425-448. Montreal: Éditions Nota bene, 2018.

— “Jazz libre: musique-action ou la recherche d’une praxis révolutionnaire au Québec (1967-1975).” Labour / Le Travail 77 (Spring 2016): 93-120.

— “Jazz libre et free jazz.” In La contre-culture au Québec, edited by Karim Larose and Frédéric Rondeau, 25-54. Montreal: Presses de l’Université de Montréal, 2016.

— “Le rock québécois débarque en France. À soir on fait peur au monde, Tabarnac, ou: le retour par le rockumentaire.” Nouvelles Vues 16 (Spring-Summer 2015).