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Pauline Le Bel

Pauline Le Bel

Photo: Virginia Penny

Pauline has been spinning songs and stories ever since she graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Voice in 1975  from the University of Alberta. She is an award-winning screenwriter, award-winning novelist, a playwright, journalist, editor, screenwriter, recently published poet, and singer/songwriter with 5 CDs of her original songs.

Her rich, earthy voice has been heard in theatres and concert halls across Canada, in the U.S. and the U.K. She was called "a musical instrument linked to a soul" for her passionate portrayal of Edith Piaf in a play she co-wrote, and "a national treasure" for her performance in Jacques Brel is Alive and Well. Her published/produced writing includes: an award-winning novel, two screenplays, 3 musicals, several plays in French for children, a radio drama, a book of poems, songs for films, articles for arts publications, and two non-fiction books.

Pauline is known as a cosmological troubadour for her lively interactive presentations of The Universe Story told in poetry and music  at conferences in the U.S. and Canada.

In 2017, she began a reconciliation initiative on Bowen Island - Knowing Our Place - which includes workshops, cultural events with Indigenous artists and Elders, a book club to read Indigenous authors and a sign greeting visitors with the Squamish Nation name for the island - Nexwlélexwm.

Bowen Island
British Columbia


Whale in the Door: A C0mmunity Unites to Protect BC's Howe Sound. 2017, Caitlin Press
They Ask Me Why I Sing So Loud. 2017, So Loud Productions
Becoming Intimate with the Earth. 2013, Collins Foundation Press
The Song Spinner. 1994, 2008, Red Deer Press


Emmy Nomination, Best Writing in a Children 's Special for The Song Spinner, feature length movie for TV, Showtime, 1996
Cable ACE Award for The Song Spinner, feature length movie for TV, Showtime, 1996
Canadian Children 's Book Centre "Our Choice" Award for The Song Spinner novel, 1995
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