Pagliaro (or simply "Pag") performed at most Quebec rock venues, across Canada in 1977, and in Europe in 1976, 1977, and 1979. He set up his own recording studio where he produced the LPs of Walter Rossi and others. He recorded Bamboo there in 1981 (Trans-Canada TMC-1005), certain songs of which were revived in 1990 in TV commercials. He then left for France where he worked with the singer Jacques Higelin, among others. After five years away, he returned to Quebec, producing several hits, including "Les Bombes" and "Dangereux." In 1987, he was chosen as David Bowie's opening act at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. He subsequently made the albums Avant (1987, Aquarius AQR-547) and Sous peine d'amour (1988, Alert 281009-1/Audiogram AD-10038); the song "L'Espion" reached the top of the chart. In the fall of 1988, he again performed with Higelin at the Spectrum in Montreal as part of the Francofolies. Pagliaro's later recordings have included the compilations Hit Parade (1995, Audiogram ADCD10087), Goodbye Rain (1997, @ Records CD-9600), Pag (2000, Mediarock MED21172), and the 2005 DVD Live à Québec.
A Toronto performance brought this observation from Jymn Parrett: "Even without the trademark sunglasses, Michel Pagliaro remains inaccessible. Black stud leathers compete with disdainful sneer. Slithering, pounding, almost never smiling, Pagliaro the lizard king du monde onstage delivers state of art rock & roll without nice-guy pretensions." As for Hélène de Billy, she wrote of the "new Pag": "At one time, it was believed that Michel Pagliaro would become an international rock star. Then he disappeared, long enough to become a true artist."
Pagliaro has received a number of awards for his contribution to Canadian music, including the RPM Gold Leaf Award (1972), the SOCAN National Achievement Award (2002), and the Governor General's Performing Arts Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement (2008).
Author Christian Rioux
Vincent, Pierre. "Michel Pagliaro," The Music Scene, 253, May-Jun 1970
Parrett, Jymn. "Pagliaro," Cheap Thrills, Mar 1977
Billy, Hélène de. "Le retour de Pag," L'Actualité, Jun 1989
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GGPAA: Short Films
Watch a series of short films that pay tribute to numerous winners of the Governor General's Performing Arts Awards. From the National Film Board of Canada.