When the Prix international de la chanson francophone was created in 1989, Festival d'été de Québec's purpose was to pay tribute to creators and organizations who ensure the French song.

Different formulas succeeded over the years. Three annual prizes are now awarded.


Espoir FEQ presented by Gouvernement du Québec

The Espoir FEQ Award winner is determined by a comittee of professionals from music industry*. The selection criterias are the exceptional nature of the artistic proposal, scenic performance quality, potential international influence and the general enthousiasm raised by the artist.



The Espoir FEQ winner is awarded several prizes including a Sirius XM-FEQ Bursary of $10,000 in cash, a custom made guitar, offered by Quebec stringed-instrument maker Pierre-Luc Asselin and appearances in various festivals all over the year, thanks to a partner network including: the Festival international de Louisiane, the Printemps de Bourges, the Ottawa BluesFest and the Festival international de la chanson de Granby. The two other nominees are awarded a 1,000$ bursary each from Sirius XM.



*The 2016 committee is made up of two program directors for the Festival, Louis Bellavance and Arnaud Cordier, Michel Côté, program director for the Grand Théâtre de Québec, Journal de Québec journalist Cédric Bélanger and Benoit Pinette (Tire le coyote).


2016 Winner - Dead Obies 


"By adapting "dirty South" American rap to the urban scene in Québec today, the six members of this powerhouse group deliver their take on a sound that fans of 'Made in Québec' hip-hop really go for. Their artistic approach is truly remarkable," explained jury member Michel Côté, program director for the Grand théâtre de Québec.




Prix FEQ

The Prix FEQ Award, presented by the Festival’s programmers since 2010, recognizes and rewards young musicians with an original artistic approach. They're selected in various specialized professional gatherings or other festivals, nationally and internationally.


Winner: Samuele





Prior winners

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