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6 May 2013

Lisa LeBlanc receives 2013 Rapsat-Lelièvre Award

Lisa Leblanc (photo ©Valérie Jodoin Keaton)

Maka Kotto, the Minister of Culture and Communications, and Jean-François Lisée, the Minister of International Relations, La Francophonie and External Trade, announced that Lisa LeBlanc would receive the prestigious 2013 Rapsat-Lelièvre Award for the quality and uniqueness of her debut album released in March 2012.

Certified gold in Québec, the eponymous album produced by Louis-Jean Cormier has now been released in Belgium, France and Switzerland on the Tôt ou tard label. The songwriter-composer-singer will officially receive her award and perform her show in July at the 20th edition of the Francofolies in Spa, Belgium.

Born in the village of Rosaireville, New Brunswick, and now living in Québec, Lisa LeBlanc writes blunt, tough lyrics with a touch of vulnerability.

Lisa LeBlanc won the Festival international de la chanson de Granby in 2010. With the release of her album, her career saw a meteoric rise. She also received the Félix for discovery of the year at ADISQ in 2012, and already has 300 shows to her credit.


The Rapsat-Lelièvre Award is presented on an alternating basis to an artist or group from Québec and Wallonia-Brussels. The Québec winner receives the award at the Francofolies in Spa while the winner from Wallonia receives it at the Coup de cœur francophone in Montréal.

An international jury of song specialists from Québec and the Wallonia-Brussels Federation select the winner.

The 2013 Award comes with:

  • A $5,000 cash prize for the songwriter-composer-singer
  • $10,000 in financial assistance for the producer to distribute the album on the Belgium market

Rapsat-Lelièvre Award (in French)
Lisa Leblanc (in French)
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