The endearing Coeur de pirate aka Beatrice Martin closed the main stage Friday night at Franco-Fête 2011. I put pop in quotation marks because my French is… how you say… non-existent so this falls into my ‘I don’t understand the words but love the music’ world music category. The audience, on the other hand, knew every word, except the new songs from her upcoming album. Her brief bio is below from the Franco-Fête site.
Coeur de pirate is a Québécoise singer/songwriter and pianist who made her acclaimed eponymous album debut in 2008 and eventually rose to Top Five success in France the following year with her smash hit single Comme des Enfants. Born Béatrice Martin, in Quebec, she began her recording career in 2007, posting demo versions of her songs on MySpace. She made her full-length album debut in 2008 with the eponymous album Coeur de pirate on the label Grosse Boîte. While the album was championed right away by indie pop scenesters in Quebec, it caught on more steadily from a commercial standpoint and was given a big boost when photographer Francis Vachon used the album track Ensemble in a YouTube video that became a viral hit on the Internet. Nominated for Francophone Album of the Year at the 2009 Juno Awards, Coeur de pirate was released in France in 2009 in association with Universal Music. It became a big hit there, reaching the Top Ten of the French albums chart for several weeks in summer 2009 and spawning the Top Five hit single Comme Des Enfants. In addition to her solo work as Coeur de pirate, Martin founded Pearls, an English-language side project that made its debut on MySpace.