Lhasa de Sela, author, singer, songwriter, film director, musical director and painter (born 27 September 1972 in Big Indian, United States; died 1 January 2010, in Montreal, Quebec). A major influence on the world music repertoire, she charmed an entire generation with her charisma and her deep voice, which she deployed in a wide range of languages, dialects and new sonorities. In 1998, her first album, La Llorona, won her the Juno Award for Best Global Album of the Year as well as a Juno nomination for Best New Solo Artist of the Year. In 2004, her album The Living Road was nominated for the Juno for World Music Album of the Year, and in 2006, her video for the song “Con Toda Palabra” was nominated for the Juno for Video of the Year. In 2005, she received the award for Best World Music Artist of the Americas from the BBC.
Calixa Lavallée, composer, pianist, conductor, teacher, administrator (born 28 December 1842 in Verchères, Canada East; died 21 January 1891 in Boston, Massachusetts). A pioneer in music both in Canada and the US, Calixa Lavallée was considered one of the “national glories” of Québec.
Paul Demers, singer, songwriter, composer and teacher (born 9 March 1956 in Gatineau, Québec; died 29 October 2016 in Orléans, Ontario). Recipient of two SOCAN awards, Demers was one of the founding members of the Association des professionnels de la chanson et de la musique (APCM) and wrote the song “Notre place” (Our Place), the official anthem of the Franco-Ontarian community. His body of work and artistic contribution shaped the next generation of francophone artists in the music industry.