Québec’s very own Ariane Moffatt has been awarded the 2009 Rapsat-Lelièvre prize for her third album, Tous les sens, featuring a skilful and wide-ranging blend of musical styles and sounds. The singer/songwriter will officially receive her prize in July during the Spa Francofolies in eastern Belgium, at which she will also perform. The ceremony will mark the 25th anniversary of the Rapsat-Lelièvre prize, which honours francophone songwriters in Wallonia-Brussels and Québec.
The Rapsat-Lelièvre prize is awarded each year by an international jury of experts from Québec and the French Community of Belgium. It consists of a cash award of €3,800 (approximately $5,000) presented by Wallonia-Brussels International. The Ministère des Relations internationales du Québec (MRI) also provides assistance in the amount of $10,000 enabling the producer to distribute the winning recording in Wallonia-Brussels.
An accomplished musician and songwriter, Ariane Moffatt is undeniably original: her luminous arrangements take the listener on a journey that is both intimate and cosmopolitan. The jury also paid tribute to the authenticity and refinement of Tous les sens. Distributed by Audiogram, the album has already proved very popular in Québec. Released on May 4 in Wallonia-Brussels on the Sony Music Entertainment Belgium label, it is sure to win over Belgian music-lovers as well. Ariane Moffatt’s previous recordings were hits not only in Québec, but also in France, where she opened for Alain Souchon at the Olympia and garnered rave reviews for her duo with Matthieu Chédid (also known as M).
The Rapsat-Lelièvre prize was first awarded in 1984. It is co-administered by the MRI, the Ministère de la Culture, des Communications et de la Condition féminie (MCCCF) and Wallonia-Brussels International. Named after two great artists from Québec and Belgium, Sylvain Lelièvre and Pierre Rapsat, the prize is designed to facilitate the production and distribution of francophone recordings, to promote artistic productions and to forge links between Québec and Wallonia-Brussels.
Rapsat-Lelièvre prize (in French)
Ariane Moffatt (in French)