Henri Cartal was born in Paris around 1875. He arrived in Quebec with René Harmant's theatre company in 1897, and performed at coffeehouses and theatres, including the Eldorado and the Théâtre des Variétés.
From 1900 to 1903, the troupe performed with great success at the Palais Royale and Cartal went on to direct live entertainment at Ouimet's cinema around 1907. He recorded for both Edison and Columbia, and between 1900 and 1903 made several recordings of popular café songs for E. Berliner, in Montréal.
Source: Unpublished research notes by Robert Thérien, music researcher, Montréal
Selected recordings available
- Moogk, Edward B. Roll Back the Years : history of Canadian recorded sounds and its legacy : genesis to 1930. Ottawa : National Library of Canada, 1975. xii, 443 p. AMICUS 80154. Also published in French, entitled En remontant les années : l'histoire et l'héritage de l'enregistrement sonore au Canada, des débuts à 1930