Artiste de l’année au Nord-du-Québec (Nord-du-Québec Artist of the Year)

Application deadline: 22 May 2020

This prize, accompanied by a cash award of $10,000, recognizes artists or writers from Nord-du-Québec who have distinguished themselves for the vibrancy of their career and the excellence of their recent work.
  • Prize
      • Prize and distinction
      • Artiste de l’année au Nord-du-Québec (Nord-du-Québec Artist of the Year)
  • Call for applications


    The Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année (the CALQ prize for Artist of the year), accompanied by a cash award of $10,000, recognizes artists or writers who have distinguished themselves for the vibrancy of their career and the excellence of their recent work.

    This prize is the result of a partnership between the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, which is responsible for managing the program, and the Administration régionale Baie-James and Avataq, who promote the call for applications and award the prize.
    La Fabrique culturelle de Télé-Québec, a partner for this prize, will produce a video portrait of the winner during the year following the prize (with certain exceptions).


    • The main objectives of the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année are to:
      support artistic creation in the regions;
    • promote the recognition of professional artists and writers in their community;
    • offer tangible support for their career;
    • help promote artists and writers who work in the regions.
  • Eligibility

    General conditions

    Professional artists and writers who work in the following disciplines are eligible for the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année: circus arts, digital arts, visual arts, multidisciplinary arts, popular song, film and video art, dance, literature, storytelling, arts and crafts, music, theatre and architectural research.


    Applicants must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident according to article 2 (1) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act. They must ordinarily reside in Québec and have done so for the past 12 months.
    For CALQ programs, professional artists are anyone who:

    • declares themselves to be professional artists;
    • produces works or practices an art on their own behalf or offers services for payment, as creators or performers, in disciplines within the CALQ’s jurisdiction;
    • has been recognized by their peers;
    • publicly presents or performs works at venues or in a context recognized by their peers.

    Specific conditions

    To be eligible for a Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année, artists or writers must:

    • submit their application or accept a nomination by a third party;
    • have at least three (3) years of professional artistic practice;
    • be the author of or have participated as a performer in at least two professional artistic productions;
    • have had their primary residence in the region of Nord-du-Québec for at least one year.

    Ineligible candidates

    The following individuals are ineligible for this prize:

    •  artists’ or writers’ collectives and groups legally constituted as for-profit or non-profit companies or partnerships;
    • artists and writers who have received a prize from the CALQ in the past four years;
    • members of the CALQ’s board;
    • Employees of the Administration régionale Baie-James, the Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec, the Avataq Cultural Institute, the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications and any organization associated with awarding this prize.
  • Criteria and evaluation


    1. Artistic and literary quality: 50%

    • Quality of the candidate’s recent work (25%)
    • Interest and impact of recent work on the candidate’s career (20%)
    • Clarity and quality of the application (5%)

    2. Artistic or literary influence: 50%

    • Candidate’s contribution to the community and the cultural vitality of the region (20%)
    • Scope of the dissemination of the candidate’s work in their region and within or outside Québec (20%)
    • Artistic or literary contribution to the discipline (10%)


    Applications are evaluated by an inter-regional selection committee whose members must be part of the CALQ’s bank of resource persons. Members are from each of the regions from which applications originate; they are recognized for their competency in their discipline and have thorough knowledge of the setting in which they work.

    Applications are evaluated based on merit and on the objectives and evaluation criteria for the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année.

    The members of the board of directors, CALQ employees and members of juries and committees are subject to a code of ethics and conduct. Everyone must act in good faith in exercising their duties and not take part in any discussions about an application for financial aid that could constitute a conflict of interest. Furthermore, they may not use for their own purposes confidential or privileged information provided to them.


  • Presentation of applications

    Application deadline

    May 22, 2020

    The CALQ considers the postmark the submission date for applications.
    Incomplete and late applications are not eligible. Only visual and sound documents and publications are returned within 90 days following the announcement of results.


    Artists or writers who wish to apply for the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année must submit a complete application, including all required documents listed on the form.


    Application form

    Only the original copy of the duly signed form is considered valid. Files sent by fax or email will not be accepted.

    Contents of the file

    One copy of the application must be submitted, in 21.6 cm x 27.9 cm (8½ in x 11 in) format. Documents may not be stapled, bound or printed two-sided, to facilitate photocopying.

    All documents must feature the candidate’s name.

    The contents of the file are indicated on the application form.
    Subject to the provisions of an Act respecting Access to documents held by public bodies and the Protection of personal information, the CALQ respects the confidentiality of documents and information in its possession or provided to it.

    Recommendations for media

    Your files must be readable on Windows platforms using the following software:

    • Recent versions of Edge, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari.
    • Windows Media Player, version 12 or earlier.
    • Acrobat Reader, version 11 or earlier.
    • VLC media player.


    Use audio-video production software that enables you to encode your work so that it can be read by a home DVD player.

    For Mac OS users, remember to activate the feature that automatically indicates the Windows extension at the end of the document name.

    Please note that the CALQ does not accept audio cassettes, VHS tapes or Blu-ray DVDs.

    Note: Candidates are responsible for ensuring all documents arrive intact and in an appropriate format.

    Application address

    Applications should be sent to:

    Ms. Julie Labonté
    Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
    79 René-Lévesque Blvd. East
    3rd floor
    Québec City, Québec
    G1R 5N5

  • Conditions and awarding of the prize

    Prize procedures

    For the Prix du CALQ – Artiste de l’année au Nord-du-Québec:

    • the CALQ awards one prize annually;
    • the financial component for this prize is indivisible and must be paid in full to one artist or one writer;
    • the prize will be awarded in fall 2020.
  • Information

    For further information or for assistance in preparing an artist’s file, please contact:

    For artists and writers from the Jamésie

    Mélanie Leblanc
    Social Development Advisor
    T 819 739-4111 #10235/1 800 516-4111

    For artists from Nunavik

    Olivia Lya Thomassie
    Program officer
    Avataq Cultural Institute

    For artists from Cree community (Eeyou Istchee)

    Mélanie Lumsden
    program officer
    Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec