Miroir Celebrating the French Language
Awarded to the artist or the band whose music best celebrated the French language based on the quality of its lyrics, composition and interpretation.
Winner: Louis-Jean Cormier
Very few artists are able to reach out to the public with both their heart and their head, in a language that is rich and current, and that can touch on so many different contemporary themes with such a degree of finesse. And when lyrics of this quality are put to music that is equally rich and inventive, we know that we're in the presence of an exceptional artist. This artist is Louis-Jean Cormier.
Miroir for World Music and Folklore
Awarded to the artist or the band whose performance best represented a style associated with world music and folklore.
Winner: Dom La Nena
In a show that revealed itself as a charm offensive, the artist's sweetness and delicacy set the tone for a touching performance that allowed poetry to transcend the language barrier. For taking us well beyond the confines of the exotic, the prize goes to Dom La Nena.
Miroir for the Best Canadian Artist
Awarded to an emerging artist or band from Canada or living in Canada based as much on the quality of the lyrics and composition as on their interpretation. The winning artist or band must have no more than two professionally-produced albums.
Just a few songs was all it took for this inspired, down to earth guitarist to capture his audience and carry them off. The jury fell for his classic charm, lush arrangements and ballads and for the warm soul feeling he imparts, and were pleased to award the prize to Bahamas.
Miroir for Innovation
Awarded to the artist who made the greatest impression by the bold, original and/or innovative quality of their performance.
Winner: Keys N Krates
Layering synthesisers in an 80s sound with the hip-hop rhythms of the strong drums at the heart of their music, this band crosses the boundaries between genres to create their own. For their approach, inspired delivery and overall quality, the winner is Keys N Krates.
Miroir for the Jury's Pick
Awarded by the jury to an artist or a band for a show of exceptional quality. This performance must stand out from all the others based on one or several criteria that are left to the jury’s discretion.
Winner: Father John Misty
This trash dandy, a terrific singer whose offbeat onstage antics won over the crowd, is also an artist whose impressive repertoire of songs reveals a surrealistic blend of comedy and tragedy. Unexpectedly charming, wonderfully crazy, the strange animal that tamed our jury is called Father John Misty.
Miroir for the Most Popular Show
The Prix Miroir for the Most Popular Show, chosen by the public based on voting results on the Festival website. The $5,000 prize that comes with this award is given to Young Musicians of the World.
Winner: Bruno Mars
GENEVIÈVE BORNE, PRESIDENT
From an early age, Geneviève Borne dreamed of a career in the music world. She got her wish in 1992 when she landed a job as a host on Musiqueplus. She spent the next eight years travelling around meeting top stars like Madonna, Rod Stewart, the Rolling Stones, Phil Collins and David Bowie. After collaborating on a number of cultural shows, in 2001 she began hosting Dans Ma Caméra, a reality show that lasted five years, during which she filmed artists in their everyday lives.
In 2007, she was kept busy working on Ça manque à ma culture on Télé-Québec, on 13 episodes of the series French Connexion, shot in France and shown on Musimax, and hosting special shows for Radio Énergie.
Since September 2008, Geneviève has co-hosted Belle et Bum on Télé-Québec. She also works as a consultant for Quest Management, Paul McCartney's management company, and contributes to La Presse+, the newspaper's iPad app.
Pierre Siankowski has worked for Les Inrockuptibles since he moved to Paris in 2000. Now a senior correspondent, he covers music and culture in general as well as politics and social issues. His work has taken him to Nashville, Reykjavik, São Paulo, Johannesburg, Mexico, Los Angeles and Montreal. He names Leonard Cohen, Jay-Z, Daft Punk and Kanye West among the celebrities who have left a lasting impression. Since 2012, he has been editor in chief for the magazine's news and society sections, as well as its website, lesinrocks.com. He's also on Personne ne bouge, shown on Arte, and hosts the cultural program Le Magasin Central on the Radio France station Le Mouv’. Pierre Siankowski is the author of the Almanach Groland, published in 2012, and teaches journalism at ESJ Lille and Sciences-Po Paris.
Before working as a music journalist from 2000 to 2002, and as editor in chief of the Quebec City cultural weekly Voir for ten years, David Desjardins hung out in bars, rubbed shoulders with DJs, haunted record stores, devoured cultural publications and spent every last penny on compulsive purchases of the music that has shaped his vision of the world, and that he still turns to stay grounded. Most of the time, he writes for the Devoir, L’Actualité and Vélo Mag.
Webster was born and raised in Quebec City's Limoilou district. With a Senegalese father and a Québécoise mother, he has always been proud of his origins and defines himself as a genuine SeneQueb Métis. Active in the music world since 1995, he is one of the pioneers of the local hip-hop scene. His 2010 release, Le Vieux d’la Montagne, is hailed for its maturity and for the depth and finesse of its lyrics. Webster regularly gives writing workshops across North America, in Europe and in Africa to introduce people to the literary and intellectual side of rap music.
Marie-Jo Bastien founded Les Promos Marie-Jo Bastien in 1998 with the mission to actively develop Québec's emerging Francophone talent and to promote it with the musical directors of radio stations across Québec and Canada. One of the company's strengths lies in the extended network it has built up throughout the province and its close ties with cultural, artistic and media professionals. Two-time winner of the Félix award for Promotional Team of the Year, Les Promos Marie-Jo Bastien have helped advance the careers of Isabelle Boulay, Bruno Pelletier, Florence K., Alexandre Belliard, Marc Hervieux, Dominique Hudson and many others.
The Prix Miroir jury includes a member of the public who was selected in a contest held on the Festival blog. The selection committee chose Julia Gaudreault-Perron, a project leader in the area of social innovation through technologies. Julia is a confirmed and urbane music lover, whose musical tastes run from folk to electro and include jazz and indie when the spirit moves her. An avid traveller and photographer, she is always open to discovering something new to experience and share. Fascinated by human nature, she studied psychology and counselling.