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Eric Fillion

My project traces the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy, looking at how race and empire informed the making of a musically imagined Canadian-Brazilian community between 1938 and 1968.

Eric Fillion is a doctoral candidate in History. His research focuses on the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy and, more specifically, on the use of music in Canadian-Brazilian relations (1940s-1960s). This project builds on the experience he has acquired as a musician and on his ongoing study of Quatuor de jazz libre du Québec. He is also the founder of Tenzier, a nonprofit organization, whose mandate is to preserve and disseminate archival recordings by Quebec avant-garde artists.




English, French


Graham Carr


ERIC FILLION: Tracing the origins of Canada’s cultural diplomacy


Eric's blog posts

  • On vinyl: Archival recordings at 33 RPM
    Posted on April 16, 2019 | By Eric Fillion
    I often joke that I graduated from vinyl record bins to private and institutional archives when I made the decision to undertake doctoral research in history. I suppose that there is some truth to this. Read more
  • Sound matters: Musicking or music as mediation
    Posted on February 26, 2019 | By Eric Fillion
    Music has an impact on the connections that people establish among themselves in the same way that it both reflects and shapes their self-perception and sense of belonging. Read more
  • Encrypt now: Research ethics and digital security
    Posted on January 8, 2019 | By Eric Fillion
    WA2ffkGaI2TONpuTaJJqTt3SxxKkt. You are not supposed to be able to decode this and that’s the point. The email from which I extracted these few words was not intended for you. Read more
  • Lace up: Read, run and write
    Posted on September 18, 2018 | By Eric Fillion
    Some have said that doing a PhD is like running a marathon. Is it? Read more
  • Tuned in: Doing archival research in Brazil
    Posted on May 29, 2018 | By Eric Fillion
    “Rio is the most beautiful city I have ever seen. … It is also the most exasperating,” wrote Canadian composer Ernest MacMillan in 1946. I suppose he felt disoriented because Rio de Janeiro danced to a different beat than Toronto, where he lived. Read more
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