by George J. Dance


Christopher Dafoe. Courtesy ABC Booksworld.

Christopher Dafoe (born July 15, 1936)[1] is a Canadian poet, prose author, and journalist.[2]


Dafoe was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[1]

He was educated at the University of Winnipeg. He has lived in Winnipeg, Lake Winnipeg, and Vancouver.[2]

He worked as a journalist for the Winnipeg Free Press and Vancouver Sun (1968-1982). From 1985 to 1997 he was the editor of The Beaver: Canada's history magazine.[1]

He toured with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (RWB) through Greece and Egypt in 1984, covering the RWB for CBC radio and Canadian newspapers. He later wrote a book on the RWB, Dancing Through Time (Portage & Main, 1990).[3]


Dafoee was awarded the medal of the Manitoba Historical Society in 2000 for his 1998 book, Winnipeg: Gateway to the West.[3]

His song "Forty Below" (written to the tune of folk song "The Red River Valley") was included in The Penguin Treasury of Popular Canadian Poems and Songs (2002).[4]



  • The Frog Galliard: A play in one act. Toronto: Playwrights Co-op, 1978.


  • The Molsheim Meadowlark: The unlived life of opera diva Merda Bumberger. Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains, 2000.


  • Dancing Through Time: The first fifty years of Canada's Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Winnipeg, MB: Portage & Main Press, 1990.
  • Winnipeg: Gateway to the West. Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains, 1998.[5]
    • also published as Winnipeg: Heart of the Continent. Manitoba, MB: Great Plains, 1998.
  • In Search of Canada: The early years of John Wesley Dafoe. Winnipeg, MB: Great Plains, 2014.

Except where noted, bibliographical information courtesy WorldCat.[6]

See alsoEdit


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Dafoe, Christopher, ABCBookWorld. Web, Jan. 28, 2013.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Biographical information," Selected Poetry of Christopher Dafoe (1936-), Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 19, 2011.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Christopher Dafoe, Narrator, Sweet Mystery. Web, Jan. 28, 2013.
  4. Christopher Dafoe, (1936-), "Forty Below," Representative Poetry Online, University of Toronto,, Web, Nov. 19, 2011.
  5. "Lewis Stubbs, "Review: Christopher Dafoe, Winnipeg: Gateway to the West", Manitoba History, Number 37 (Spring / Summer 1999), Manitoba Historical Society, Web, Nov. 19, 2011.
  6. Search results = au:Christoper Dafoe, WorldCat, OCLC Online Computer Library Center Inc. Web, Apr. 3, 2017.

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