The three finalists of the 2021 Francouvertes are here! Ambre Ciel, Calamine and Étienne Coppée have been selected after three weeks of intense semi-finals, judged by a jury of professionals and members of the public, who were able to vote online via a platform specifically designed for the occasion.

Étienne Coppée, Francouvertes, 2021

Étienne Coppée

To conclude the last night of the semi-finals for this 25th edition of the event, several prizes were awarded, including the Paroles & Musique SOCAN Award – which went to Étienne Coppée, for the quality of his songwriting. The honour comes with a $1,000 cash prize offered by SOCAN, and a writing residency at the SOCAN House in Paris or Nashville. “I’m incredibly grateful, because this award allows me to believe in what’s to come: picturing myself creating songs at SOCAN House in Nashville or Paris, ‘crime bine,’ it’s sick. Thank you!” said Coppée, who also finished first in the semi-finals.

Additionally, the SOCAN Foundation has offered Bermuda a $1,500 grant to create the theme song for the 2022 edition of the Francouvertes. To learn more about the other prizes awarded during the semi-finals, and all those to be distributed at the end of the grand finale, visit the Francouvertes website.

Due to health measures still in effect, the grand finale will be held on May 17, at 7:30 p.m. at Montréal’s Lion d’Or, without an audience – but in the presence of the jury, which includes Eric Parazelli, Paroles &Musique Editor and SOCAN Manager of Francophone Communications. The public will be able to watch and vote live via the streaming platform on

SOCAN will once again present the final performance of the “Skátne” series, featuring Shauit. The purpose of this series is to give greater prominence to First Nations and Inuit artists and their languages.

Good luck to the finalists of this 25th edition of the Francouvertes!