Call for candidacies
Application deadline : November 1st, 2018
Professional artists, cultural administrators/workers and patrons-of-the-arts, among others, may earn the title of Compagne or Compagnon des arts et des lettres du Québec. The distinction is strictly honorary and symbolized by an insignia designed by artist Christine Dwane. The insignias are bestowed at a ceremony sponsored by Hydro-Québec or at a special event.
Eligible candidates include professional artists, craftspersons and writers, cultural administrators/workers, teachers and patrons, as well as any other individual who has contributed, in a professional capacity, to the development and promotion of the arts and letters in Quebec.
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec is intended primarily for candidates residing in Quebec, but individuals residing outside the province may also be appointed.
Former CALQ employees, directors or Board members are all eligible.
- Legally incorporated groups or partnerships
- Current employees of CALQ and members of its Board of Directors
- Members of the Conseil de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
- Individuals previously appointed to the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
- Appointments to the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec cannot be made posthumously.
- Contribution of the candidate to the development of Quebec arts and letters, or to their national or international dissemination, or
- Impact of the candidate’s actions or achievements on the evolution of one or more artistic disciplines, or
- Commitment of the candidate, at the community level, to the development or promotion of the arts and letters.
The Conseil de l’Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec was set up by CALQ’s Board of Directors to assess the candidates and select the recipients. Its recommendations are endorsed by the Board.
The CALQ’s Board of Directors sets the number of distinctions to be awarded each year.
The selection favours diversity (of genres, generations, origins, regions, artistic disciplines, etc.).
The number of people residing outside Quebec must not exceed one third of the total recipients in a given year.
This honorary distinction is non-remunerative.
All candidates must be proposed by a third party.
Any individual or organization may propose a candidate by completing the appropriate form.
Download Application form
Compagnes and Compagnons of the Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec and the members of the CALQ’s Board of Directors may also propose candidates.
The form and required documents must be posted to the following address:
Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
Conseil des arts et des lettres du Québec
79, boulevard René-Lévesque Est, 3e étage
Québec (Québec) G1R 5N5
L'Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
This distinction honours the commitment and devotion of those who have contributed to the development, promotion or dissemination of the arts and letters in Quebec. The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec, which is non-remunerative, is symbolized by an insignia.
The design of the honorary insignia was the subject of a call for projects in December 2014, addressed to recognized professionals working in fine crafts. The insignia was to be in the form of a lapel badge, composed of materials from Quebec. The project of Christine Dwane was ultimately selected. Simple and original, the insignia features a small cluster of blue aluminum cubes, to be worn on the lapel or as a broach.
Jewellery designer, goldsmith and gemmologist Christine Dwane studied jewellery making in Montreal before apprenticing with the Swiss-German goldsmith Robert Ackermann. A graduate of the Gemmologists Association of Great Britain, she currently teaches at the École de joaillerie de Montréal and the École de gemmologie de Montréal. Her one-of-a-kind pieces are forged and hand-assembled in precious metals (gold, silver, titanium and platinum). For ecological reasons, she offers all her work in totally recycled materials.
Compagnes et Compagnons
The following individuals received the title of Compagnon or Compagne des arts et des lettres du Québec:
The presentation texts and ceremony photographs can be found on the following pages:
Joséphine Bacon | Literature
Manon Barbeau | Cinema
Victor-Lévy Beaulieu | Literature, theatre and television
Nicole Brossard | Literature
Fernand Dansereau | Cinema and television
Angèle Dubeau, O.C., C.Q., D.F.A.| Music
André Gagnon | Music
Mattiusi Iyaituk | Visual arts
Roland Lepage | Theatre and television
André Ménard | Cultural manager
Ginette Noiseux | Theatre
Jeannot Painchaud | Circus arts
Constance V. Pathy | Patron of the arts
John R. Porter | Cultural manager
Jeanne Renaud | Dance
Alain Simard | Cultural manager
Yves Sioui Durand | Theatre and cinema
Jana Sterbak | Visual arts
Armand Vaillancourt | Visual arts
Jean-Marc Vallée | Cinema
Win Butler et Régine Chassagne (Arcade Fire)
Watch the May 29, 2017 ceremony on Facebook.
Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec
Application deadline: 01 November 2018
The Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec: a distinction bestowed by CALQ honouring those individuals who have played a prominent role in Quebec’s artistic development.
- Prize and distinction
- Ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec