fr / en Site gagnant
d'un Prix Gémeaux

LE RÊVE DE CHAMPLAIN

DOCUMENTARY SERIES

WATCH THE TRAILER

SYNOPSIS

Navigator, cartographer, writer, ethnologist, botanist and explorer, Samuel de Champlain influenced Canadian history through his humanism and vision. The Champlain’s Dream series, consisting of documentary discussions and historical re-enactments, introduces viewers to the explorer’s thrilling life and to a world full of challenges and discoveries.

Episode one  Dreamer 1570-1601


Dreamer 1570-1601

Episode one

Watch teaser

Champlain’s youth was fundamental in shaping the man and his greatest dream: to build a better world in the virgin territories of North America. But how did he develop his humanist conscience, his courage and the skills that pushed him to risk his life for such an ideal? We visit Brouage in France, where the young Samuel grew up and learned to navigate, draw and fight. We then meet another key player in the drama: King Henri IV. Together, Champlain and the king lay the groundwork for New France.

Episode two  Explorer 1602-1604


Explorer 1602-1604

Episode two

Watch teaser

Royal geographer Champlain must convince the court that establishing New France in North America is feasible. Champlain succeeds and a new expedition is organized. We visit the old port of Honfleur, from which many of Champlain’s voyages to New France were launched. It was from here that he prepared to set off for America for the first time, under the command of Pont-Gravé.

Episode three  Founder 1604-1609


Founder 1604-1609

Episode three

Watch teaser

Our correspondent returns to Sainte-Croix Island, the first French settlement in Acadia and Champlain’s first failure owing to the consequences of a devastating disease: scurvy. The settlement on Sainte-Croix Island moves to a more promising site: Port-Royal. In 1608 Champlain is given a new mission: to found a permanent settlement in the St Lawrence valley. The approaching winter worries Champlain and he makes the settlers work tirelessly. This proves too much for them by the end of the summer. They begin to grumble and to conspire against him.

Episode four  Iroquoia 1608-1616


Iroquoia 1608-1616

Episode four

Watch teaser

In the spring of 1608, after facing a tough winter, Champlain wages a military campaign against the Iroquois, enemies of his own Indian allies. On returning to France in late 1610, Champlain learns some terrible news. His most powerful defender, King Henri IV, has been assassinated. From now on, Champlain must work behind the scenes to advance his plan. He manages to leave for New France again in March 1611. He goes up the Ottawa River, where he meets Tessouat, a chief whose reputation rivals his own in the St Lawrence valley.

Episode five  Huronia 1614-1628


Huronia 1614-1628

Episode five

Watch teaser

Seriously wounded in battle in the heart of Central Iroquoia, Champlain is forced to spend the entire winter in Huronia. He uses this as an opportunity to carefully study Huron customs and visit the many Algonquin nations. We return to France, where young Louis XIII, exasperated by his mother, retakes control of the kingdom and surrounds himself with the old advisors of his father, Henri IV. Champlain again takes up his position as lieutenant in New France. In the spring of 1620, Champlain takes his wife to Quebec and builds a small farm at Cap Tourmente.

Episode six  Legacy 1627-1635


Legacy 1627-1635

Episode six

Charles I sends the Kirke brothers, a family of mercenaries, to seize French settlements in America. Champlain is forced to give up the colony without resisting. Quebec now belongs to England. In 1633, Champlain returns triumphantly to the habitation. He works tirelessly to rebuild and settle New France. On the evening of Christmas Day 1635, he passes away at the age of 65. David Hackett Fischer, together with Martin Dufour, Chief of the Essipit Montagnais Band Council, help us trace the legacy left by Champlain.

THE AUTHOR


THE AUTHOR

DAVID HACKETT FISCHER

WATCH THE INTERVIEW

BIOGRAPHY

David Hackett Fischer is an American historian, University Professor and Warren Professor of History at Brandeis University in Massachusetts, specializing in American history. He is the recipient of many prizes for his teaching and writing. He has published several major works, including Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America, and Washington’s Crossing, for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for History. In Champlain’s Dream, Hackett draws on extensive research to shine a new light on Samuel de Champlain, uncovering many diverse aspects of his personality.

The cast and crew

Samuel de Champlain

Maxime Le Flaguais


Maxime Le Flaguais

Samuel de Champlain

Maxime Le Flaguais has carved out an important place for himself in the hearts of Quebec audiences thanks to his undeniable talent. Trained in theatre, cinema and voice acting, he has appeared on stage and on screen with disarming ease. We recently saw him in the cult role of Alex DeLarge in a stage production of A Clockwork Orange. His screen résumé is impressive. He has appeared in Jean-Marc Vallée’s C.R.A.Z.Y., Alain Desrochers’ Nitro, Luc Picard’s Babine, and Sophie Lorain’s full-length feature Heat Wave. Most recently he portrayed the young Robert Piché in Sylvain Archambault’s Piché, entre ciel et terre. Audiences saw him on the small screen in La galère, Trauma, 30 Vies and Mon ex à moi.

International Correspondent

Vincent Leclerc


Vincent Leclerc

International Correspondent

This talented and versatile actor has worked both on the small screen and the big screen, in French and in English. On stage, we saw him in Lucidité passagère, Trout Stanley and the European tour of Beauty and the Beast. On the big screen, he has been directed by Rolan Emmerich (White House Down), Jonathan Levin (Warm Bodies), Martin Doepner (Rouge sang), and Sylvain Archambault (Piché, entre ciel et terre). On the small screen, he has appeared in some thirty-odd productions, including Mauvais Karma, Being Human, Toute la vérité, Tout sur moi, Mirador, 19-2, Les beaux malaises, and more recently, Le Clan.

Quebec Correspondent

Fabienne Labbé


Fabienne Labbé

Quebec Correspondent

Occupational therapist by training, in 2005 Fabienne decided to follow her dreams and enrolled in the Television Writing and Producing program at Toronto’s Humber College. One year later, she developed a documentary series for CTV Travel. Fabienne then became a researcher with the team at VOLT, the cult teen TFO program. Four years and two Gémeaux Awards later, Fabienne was promoted to journalist with the same program. After working as a researcher at Télétoon Québec, Fabienne returned to TFO as the host of RubyTFO – a dream job which she enjoys immensely and which has reaffirmed her passion for television.

Ontario Correspondent

Charles Bender


Charles Bender

Ontario Correspondent

After his Gémeaux nomination for hosting the youth show C’est parti mon tipi, Charles became a fixture on APTN (Aboriginal Peoples Television Network). After completing his studies at Concordia University, he worked on several productions, in theatre, film and television, in French and in English. He stood out as the host of 8th Fire, a fast-paced documentary series produced by the CBC, dealing with contemporary Aboriginal issues. Charles Bender is a Huron-Wendat from Wendake, a community in the Quebec City area.

Host

Marie-Louise Arseneault


Marie-Louise Arseneault

Host

Journalist, host, content designer and producer, Marie-Louise Arsenault has worked in the media for the past twenty years. During her career, she has hosted culture shows on television and radio, worked as a reporter during the first four seasons of the daily show Flash, and produced television and radio documentaries. For five years, her media column appeared in the publications ICI and 24 Heures, and she contributed to many types of online and print media as a journalist. Since August 2011, she has hosted Plus on est de fous, plus on lit on ICI Radio-Canada Première – a daily show which she created.

Pont-Gravé

Gary Boudreault


Gary Boudreault

Pont-Gravé

Gary Boudreault graduated from the Conservatoire d’art dramatique de Montréal in 1988, specializing in performance. He quickly distinguished himself on television, in film and on the stage. On the small screen, he appeared in several successful series. He is currently beginning his thirteenth season of L’Auberge du chien noir, a serial drama in which audiences can also enjoy his talents as a musician and singer. On the big screen, he played Bob in Matroni et moi, for which he received a Jutra nomination for best supporting male role. He has also appeared in several well known Quebec plays and films.

Pierre Dugas de Mons

Pier Paquette


Pier Paquette

Pierre Dugas de Mons

Since graduating from the National Theatre School of Canada in 1980, Pier Paquette has worked as an actor in various capacities and has collaborated on many repertory and new works. Pier Paquette is also pursuing a parallel career in English under the name Pier Kohl, and specializes in original voices for animated characters. An experienced puppeteer, he won a Gemini Award for his work on Wumpa’s World I – II. He also won the Best Actor Award in 2009 at the Short Shorts Film Festival in Tokyo for his short film Buddies, for which he wrote the screenplay. He has worked on several well known television series, including La Galère, Belle-Baie and Mémoires vives, and played lawyer Julien Houle in Destinées for four seasons. He also appeared in the television adaptation of the play Le rire de la mer and in the film I’m not there.

King Henri IV

Richard Léger


Richard Léger

King Henri IV

An actor and playwright, Richard is originally from Northern Ontario. For over twenty years he has appeared with or written chiefly for Franco-Ontarian theatres. Richard appeared onstage in Le Désir at Théâtre de l’Île and Et si on tuait l’ennui? with Dérives urbaines in Gatineau – a role for which he received a nomination for actor of the year – male from the Ottawa-Gatineau 2009 Prix Rideau, as well as many other plays. He was also artistic director of Dramamuse, resident theatre company of the Canadian Museum of Civilization, and acted in several television productions for Canal D and TFO. Richard was a 2001 finalist in the prestigious Ontario literary Trillium Awards for his play Faust: chroniques de la démesure. More recently, Richard played the father in V comme canard at Gatineau’s Théâtre de l'Île, and has been playing the same role in real life since the birth of his son on March 10, 2012.

David Kirke

Pierre Simpson


Pierre Simpson

David Kirke

Originally from Welland, Ontario, Pierre is a graduate of the Department of Theatre at the University of Ottawa. He has appeared with most Franco-Ontarian theatre companies. Since 2006, he has lived in Toronto, and has performed in several plays with Théâtre français de Toronto, including Les Médecins de Molière, with which he toured from Vancouver to Moncton, and for which he received a Dora Mavor Moore Award nomination and a Rideau Award for his performance. He has also worked at TfT as a co-ordinator, host and director of the Les Zinspirés teen writing project. On the small screen, audiences have seen him in the web series 2h14 and Vision polyphonique (Studio7, TV5.ca), the television series Hannibal (NBC), Nikita (CTV), The Border (CBC), in Francoeur, Mission XY, Météo+ and Motel Monstre (TFO), as well as in the short films Let the Daylight Into the Swamp (NFB) and The Rarebit Fiend (Scythia Films).

Guest Expert

Jonathan Lainey


Jonathan Lainey

Guest Expert

Jonathan C. Lainey is a Huron-Wendat. He studied anthropology and native studies at Laval University and holds a Master’s in History from Laval University (2003). He is interested in the social, political and cultural history of the native people of Quebec and Canada, as well as in material history and its interpretation. Jonathan Lainey is currently working as an archivist at Library and Archives Canada.

Guest Expert

Serge Bouchard


Serge Bouchard

Guest Expert

Serge Bouchard is an anthropologist, author and radio host. He communicates his passion for First Nations and Métis history, the north and Francophone America through many forums. His last two books, Elles ont fait l’Amérique and Ils ont couru l’Amérique, explore the forgotten side of our history. Serge Bouchard has also hosted several flagship shows on Radio-Canada Première and is currently co-hosting the program C’est fou. He is a first-rate communicator who has lectured in Quebec and across Canada for the past thirty years on Aboriginal and philosophical issues as well as current events of concern.

Guest Expert

Laurent Turcot


Laurent Turcot

Guest Expert

Laurent Turcot holds a Canada Research Chair in the History of Leisure and Recreation. A History Professor at UQTR and a member of the Centre interuniversitaire d'études québécoises (CIEQ), he specializes in European and Canadian history from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries. He is currently working on a book on the history of sports and leisure from antiquity to the present. He was also the historical consultant on the Ubisoft game Assassin’s Creed Unity, which takes place in Paris during the French Revolution.

Guest Expert

Kirby Whiteduck


Kirby Whiteduck

Guest Expert

Kirby has worked with Pikwakanagan and First Nations organizations for many years. After university, he worked with the Union of Ontario Indians, where he did research on Angonquin land claims. Kirby has also worked as a social and educational counsellor at the Native Counselling Unit of Ottawa, run by the Pikwakanagan First Nation. Very socially engaged, he has held many positions with a view to contributing to his community. Kirby is currently serving his ninth consecutive year as the Chief of the Algonquins of Pikwakanagan. He is also the author of Algonquin Traditional Culture, published in 2002.

Jean Duval

Vincent Poirier


Vincent Poirier

Jean Duval

Vincent Poirier studied theatre and communications at University of Ottawa. On the small screen, audiences have seen him in major roles in several Radio-Canada and TFO series, including Motel Monstre, Toi et Moi, Au Défi and Francoeur. On stage, Vincent appeared in numerous productions, both in Ottawa and across Canada while on tour. He is also the proud founding member of the comedy group Improtéine, with which he has performed in over 700 improv shows across the country. Since 2009, Vincent has added the title of television script writer to his résumé. He is the creator and writer of Motel Monstre, a youth series in which he also plays a loveable zombie.

Duc de Sully

Francis Martineau


Francis Martineau

Duc de Sully

Three years after graduating from the Conservatoire d’Art dramatique de Québec in 1998, Francis Martineau received the Nicky Roy award given to the best up-and-coming actor. In three years he had already appeared in about ten plays. Since then, Francis Martineau has continued to make his mark on the world of dramatic arts, and can already be described as an accomplished actor. In 1999, he acted in his first film, Un petit vent de panique. He followed up with performances in Soft Shell Man, Ruine-babines and Mémoires affectives, directed by Francis Leclerc. On television, in addition to playing Marc in La vie, la vie, Francis Martineau appeared in the popular kids’ program Kaboum. Since then, he has also appeared in a variety of series, such as Trauma, Toute la vérité, La Galère and Mémoires vives, to name just a few.

Père Le Jeune

Roch Castonguay


Roch Castonguay

Père Le Jeune

Roch Castonguay, a versatile actor, began his career in the theatre in 1977. In 1979, he became the founding member of Théâtre de la Vieille 17. Over the years, he has appeared on stage with some renowned theatre companies in Ontario and Quebec. In 1998, his performance in On Golden Pond garnered him a nomination for the Soirée des masques and the Le Droit Prix théâtre. In 2001, Théâtre Action gave him its Personnalité award. Audiences have seen him in many film and television productions, such as Fortier, Deux frères, Le sorcier and La Sacrée. At TFO, after taking part in two educational series followed by Sciences Point Com, Roch contributed to the success of Francoeur, Pointe-aux-Chimères, Météo+ and Les Bleus de Ramville. Today he is helping train the next generation of actors by hosting various acting and directing workshops.

Guest Expert

Éric Thierry


Éric Thierry

Guest Expert

Born in 1964, Éric Thierry teaches history and geography at the Lycée Paul-Claudel de Laon. He holds a doctorate from the Université de Paris-Sorbonne, and is the author of the biography Marc Lescarbot (Honoré Champion, 2001), which was recognized by the Académie française, and La France de Henri IV en Amérique du Nord (Honoré Champion, 2008). He has published, with Collection V, three volumes of Champlain’s writing in modern French: Les Fondations de l'Acadie et de Québec (2008), À la rencontre des Algonquins et des Hurons (2009) and Au secours de l'Amérique française (2011).