From the Audiovisual Identity Database, the motion graphics museum

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Télé-Québec, formerly known as Radio-Québec until 1996, is a Canadian French-language public educational television network available in the province of Quebec. It first went on the air in 1972 as a local cable channel, starting off in Montreal and Québec City, before expanding its coverage fully throughout Quebec in 1975.


1st Logo (October 20, 1969-1979)

Visuals: On a black background, three shapes (one green, one red, and one blue) appear on the top of the screen one-by-one. Then, three circles appear between the shapes, those being in gold, cyan and purple. The finished result looks like a filmreel-like design, a-la the GPB logo of the 1970s. While the circles appear, the word "RADIO-QUÉBEC" (with a line above the first "E" of "QUÉBEC") zooms in below the logo in a choppy fashion.


  • A prototype was shown back in 1970 where the logo is shown in all white, with an announcer saying "Ici Radio-Québec" before changing sizes a few times.
  • One of the variants had the logo zooming in and rotating a bit until it covers most of the screen. The logo is also on a different hue than the original ident (though that might be due to tape deterioration) and is cleaned up a bit. The name of the company would then fade in front of the logo.
  • Another variant just had the Radio-Québec symbol fading in without any text.

Technique: Simple computer and chroma-key animation.

Audio: A 9-note synth theme that ends with a dissonant binaural tone.

Availability: This was seen on Les Oraliens whereas the variant with the company's name on the logo was on Les 100 Tours De Centour.

2nd Logo (1975-1981)

Visuals: While both bumpers have a bar with "intermède" and the Radio-Québec logo cut out of it, along with an upwards-facing trail of them that blink on and off, they both have rather different animations.

  • Bumper A: A moving green blob can be seen as the trail visibly moves down and shifts around. The bar also changes colours and waves about during the entire logo. Soon, the blob takes over the screen and changes to black, with the surrounding space now changing colours.
  • Bumper B: Rapidly shaking orange bars are seen while the bar remains in an orange colour. Halfway through, colour bars replace the black background, the orange bars start to change colour, and the bar inverts as well.

Trivia: One of the songs used in this logo ("One Note Samba", mentioned below) is part of the first-ever LP to include synthesized music, with the song being released in 1967.

Technique: Scanimate and video feedback effects.

Audio: An almost purely synthesized light jazz tune, almost sounding like "elevator music". The first track is actually called "One Note Samba", made by Perrey & Kingsley. The second track is called "Lover's Concerto" (1975), made by the same music group.

Availability: This was possibly used as an interstitial clip to fill time between programs.

3rd Logo (1987-1989)

Visuals: On a black background, several glass plates in red, green, and blue hues fly in, along with a rounded version of the Radio-Québec logo spinning in. Compared to the 1st logo, the central piece is in a solid grey, while the circles are also red, green, and blue. As the plates rotate towards the screen and turn grey as well, the logo splits into 3 halves, with the middle flat section remaining and rotating towards the screen while thickening out in the process.


  • Most of the time, the logo would appear at the end of a small animation via a "peeling" effect in the lower right corner. Surrounding it are monochrome versions of the print logo.
  • A variant exists where the plates are missing, leaving the logo forming on a dark grey background.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A soft synth theme, with a bass line in the middle and an announcer saying "Ici Radio-Québec" at the end.

4th Logo (1989-1993)

Visuals: On a dark cloudy sky, a white cylinder with red, green, and blue sections comes in from the left, rotating clockwise. As it moves towards the centre, the cylinder rotates to reveal that it's the Radio-Québec logo and rests in the middle, all while shining and the back of it condenses to a flat form. If one looks closely in the background, there appear to be indents of their corporate logo when it rests.

Variant: At the beginning, 2 glass plates are seen covering the background, while a promo plays just off-centre. After it ends, the plates slide away to reveal the logo already formed. Sometimes, it just fades to the logo.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A somber synth theme with a saxophone incorporated, with an ethereal chorus and the same voiceover at the end. Rarely, the announcer would be gone.

5th ID (1993)

Visuals: On a blurry brown background (possibly a wooden floor), the Radio-Quebec logo appears as a translucent shape in the corner, zooming out while rotating to the centre.

Variant: The logo would be cut to its last few seconds when used on promos.

Technique: A zoom-out effect.

Audio: Same as before, but it also includes the promo announcer as well.

Availability: It was used for a few months in 1993.

6th ID (1993-1996)

Visuals: A few different variants exist, but usually, bars either slide in and form up in the background while a circular object is sent up and turned into a silver 3D version of the Radio-Quebec logo, while the bars turn grey and gain a scrolling granite texture.

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: Depends on the variant, but it has a build-up to a remixed version of the 1st logo's tune. An announcer says "Ici Radio-Quebec." as usual, which may be an adult male or a child male.


1st Logo (1996-1998)

Visuals: In what appears to be a dark void of water, white-toned objects are seen floating about like they are in anti-gravity. What these items are portraying depends on the ident, but at the end, it fades to a dark blue patch of colour with white ripples forming and the new Tele-Quebec logo fades in with a slight ripple effect. It has a dark blue frame with 2 green swishes on the bottom and a red oval on the top, all of which are shown at an upwards-facing angle and have a sheen to them. Below, the white text "Télé-Québec" fades in with a more notable ripple effect and a visible water texture in it. Here are all of the possible variants:

  • Originals: 2 people in baggy white clothing dangling about with a white ball near their feet, followed by a person spinning about in a ball-like position next to that white ball, a person spreading about like a ballet dancer, a close-up of the ball with a projection of a dictionary page running off it, then finally the 2 people bursting away from each other.
  • Kids: A close-up of several crayons, followed by a teddy bear rising up, letter blocks tumbling towards the screen, then finally a close-up of a tricycle.
  • Documentaries: 2 different close up shots of a dictionary with its page open, followed by 2 shots of a film reel and its film spilling out, a trumpet dangling about, then finally a happy comedy mask passing in from of it.
  • Technology: A computer is seen floating upwards, followed by a close up of it, 2 CDs flying by, a pair of roller skates floating, a different shot of the dictonary/code-covered ball, what appears to be a Walkman, then finally a single CD flying forwards. Unlike the other versions, there's no fades in-between each shot except for the logo reveal.
  • News: An hourglass floats from left to right, followed by a brief shot of some white cloth, a bunch of chemicals in beakers and vials floating about, a remote control moving about, then finally a brief shot of the ball from "Originals".

Technique: CGI animation.

Audio: A new composition that differs based on the idents, but follows the same instrumentation, along with an announcer saying "Ici Tele-Quebec" at the end.

  • Originals: A heavenly choir combined with acoustic guitar notes and a gong at the end. The announcer is an adult female.
  • Kids: A xylophone and woodblock instrument, with a twinkle at the end. The announcer is a child.
  • Documentaries: A piano and string instrument. The voiceover is the same as "Originals".
  • Technology: A synthesized tune with extra "techno" beats in it. The announcer is a young male.
  • News: Combines the choir from "Originals" with the string instrument from "Documentaries". The announcer is a different adult female.

2nd Logo (2002-2004)

Visuals: So far, two idents have been found:

  • One ident involves two people, a man and a woman, both in grey clothing, dancing around as various squares and letters fly around the screen. Towards the second half, the Télé-Québec logo can briefly be seen zooming around the screen.
  • Another ident involves just the Tele-Québec logo, this time with it animating in various different ways and appear in different designs. In order, the sequence starts with the logo covered in vegetables with streaks flying through the curves and across the square with the tomato occasionally flashing out as a silhouette, then there is a filmstrip reeling past the logo (note that it's threaded over the circle and curves ) whilst the curves blink, then with the logo over a cloudy background with the lines in the shape of a bass guitar's head/neck with the streak flying over the logo (the logo is seen with a "blurring effect"), followed by the logo spinning, the logo designed to fit in the space theme with a rocket flying towards the right before it all fades into just the circle and curves .

Technique: Computer animation and live action.

Audio: Unknown.

3rd Logo (2004-2005)

Visuals: It depends on the ident, with all of them ending with a red line drawing itself as the logo fades in, along with the text "Ça change de la téle" (which translates to "It's a change from TV") next to it. Here are the idents found (so far):

  • Billboard: There is a billboard in the countryside, with the logo appearing line by line before the circle is added.
  • Slideshow: Starts with a shot of an apartment building with three lines, red, blue and green at the bottom. It then cuts to different imagery, such as the wheels of a wagon, a traffic light turning green and different train images and videos.

Technique: Computer animation with live action imagery. All of these idents also appear to have an old film effect on them.

Audio: Depends on the ident.

4th ID (2013)

Visuals: The logo, in black and white, rapidly zooms out and slowly zooms in before fading out. Below is the company name and "L'AUTRE TÉLÉ" beneath, both of which do the same thing as the logo.

Technique: A zooming effect.

Audio: None.

Availability: It was only used as a promo ID.

5th ID (2012-2017)

Visuals: The ball, in black zooms out. As it zooms out, it turns red as the rectangle and curves zoom out and place themselves into their respective spots. They all leave a trailing effect as they zoom out. Below, in white, is the company's URL.

Variant: There's a variant where the whole logo is white and in a blue box. The box rapidly zooms out and slows down drastically as it casts a shadow.

Technique: 2D animation.

Audio: The end theme.

Availability: Unknown.

6th ID (2018)

Visuals: A teal/blue square and navy circle is seen. On the square is a white upside down glottal stop and half of a 0 (representing a stylized 50). Inside the circle is "ans" and next to it is an exclamation point.

Technique: A still image.

Audio: Unknown.

Availability: It was used exclusively as an anniversary ident.

7th ID (2022-)

Visuals: There is the Tele-Quebec logo in white over a set stage of plants. The top curve zooms out as the logo fades into a colour before it completely disappears. As it does so, the people in the ID do various actions before the text "TÉLÉVOREZ TÉLÉ-QUÉBEC" appears on screen in the same colour as the logo.

Technique: Most of this is in live action whilst the logo and text are all animated on computer.

Audio: It varies, though it always ends with an announcer reading the text at the end.


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