Cœur de pirate

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Cœur de pirate
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Béatrice Martin in 2013
Background information
Birth name Béatrice Martin
Born (1989-09-22) September 22, 1989 (age 26)
Origin Outremont, Quebec, Canada
Genres Indie pop
Occupation(s) Singer-songwriter
Instruments Vocals, piano, melodica
Years active 2007–present
Labels Grosse Boîte, Barclay, Cherrytree, Interscope
Associated acts Bonjour Brumaire, Indochine, Nicola Sirkis, Julien Doré, Bedouin Soundclash, Armistice
Website www.coeurdepirate.com
Notable instruments

Béatrice Martin (born September 22, 1989), better known by her stage name Cœur de pirate ([kœʁ də piʁat]; French for: Pirate's Heart), is a Canadian singer-songwriter. A francophone from Montreal, she sings mostly in French and has been credited with "bringing la chanson française to a whole new generation of Quebec youth".[1]


Born in the province of Quebec, Béatrice Martin started playing the piano when she was only three years old.[2] She entered the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal at the age of nine and studied there for five years.[2][3]

At the age of 15, she played as a keyboardist in the post-hardcore band December Strikes First which starred her best friend, Francis, who would later become the subject of the song "Francis" on her debut album.[citation needed] Martin had a brief stint as keyboardist for Bonjour Brumaire from late 2007 to April 2008.[1]

2007–2009: Debut album and first success[edit]

In a report broadcast on French television, Martin explained that she chose the name "Cœur de pirate" to appear not "as an isolated musician, but to get a band identity from the start."[4] She released her debut album Cœur de pirate on September 16, 2008 on Grosse Boîte. Described as "rather simple" musically, it mostly featured Martin's voice and piano playing with some minor additional instrumentation.[5]

In February 2009, Martin attracted wider media attention when a photographer from Quebec City, Francis Vachon, used the song "Ensemble" as the soundtrack to a viral video on YouTube entitled "Time lapse of a baby playing with his toys", leading to coverage on Good Morning America, Perez Hilton's website, The Globe and Mail and elsewhere.[6][7]

2009–2011: Side projects Pearls and Armistice[edit]

In March 2009, Martin released a song in English, "One for Me", under the name Pearls on MySpace. In a later interview she described the project as a joke and said she did not plan to continue it, though she did not rule out the possibility of releasing music in English at a later date.[8]

In June 2009, she made a special appearance on CBC Radio's Q radio show. She performed her single "Ensemble" and a new song, "Place de la République".

Martin performed with Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash in May 2010 on Q, and talked about collaborating with him in the future. She was later featured in a Bedouin Soundclash song, "Brutal Hearts", on the album Light the Horizon. Martin, Malinowski, and several members of the American rock band The Bronx subsequently collaborated on a five-song EP under the band name Armistice, which was released on February 15, 2011.[9]

Martin contributed a new song, "La Reine", to the 2010 edition of CBC Radio 2's Great Canadian Song Quest.

2011 to present: Blonde, Trauma and Child of Light[edit]

On March 27, 2011, Martin revealed via her Facebook page that she was to return to the studio to commence work on her second album the following day. Her second album, Blonde, was released on November 7, 2011 in both digital and hard copy versions.[10] "Adieu" and "Golden Baby" were released as singles from this LP.

After announcing her pregnancy in February 2012, Martin stopped touring during the second half of the year and gave birth to a daughter in September. In early 2013, Martin returned from her hiatus with a music video for "Place de la République", the first for which she acted as director, and an international tour beginning in March.[11][12]

In 2013, she recorded music for the fifth season of the Canadian drama series Trauma, with a soundtrack album released on January 14, 2014.[13]

In 2014, she composed the soundtrack for the Ubisoft Montreal's video game production Child of Light.[14] This album included a song sung in English.

In April 2015, she released the single "Carry On", in both English and French.[15] Both versions of the song will appear on her upcoming album, titled Roses.[16] The music video for it was filmed in the Ruins of St Raphael's Church, South Glengarry, Ontario.

On August 12, 2015, it was announced by PR Newswire that Martin has signed a record contract with American record imprints Cherrytree and Interscope Records, upon signing, she made a statement on Facebook; "It feels wonderful to have Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records join the team," "When I first started listening to music seriously, my musical heroes were all on Cherrytree. I'm sure I'll feel right at home. Huge thanks to Martin Kierszenbaum for believing in me. I can't wait to discover what's in store as I embark on this new adventure.".[17]


Cœur de pirate received a 2009 CBC Radio 3 "Bucky" award determined by listener votes. Her song "Comme des enfants" received the 2009 "Bucky" award for "Best Reason to Learn French".[18]

Juno Awards[edit]

Martin has been nominated for two Juno Awards.[19]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 Cœur de pirate Francophone Album of the Year Nominated
2012 Blonde Francophone Album of the Year Nominated

Félix Awards[edit]

The Félix Awards are presented by the Association du disque, de l'industrie du spectacle québécois to artists from Quebec. Martin has won four awards from 13 nominations.

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 Cœur de pirate Debut Artist of the Year Won
Female Singer of the Year Nominated
Cœur de pirate Pop Album of the Year Nominated
2010 Cœur de pirate Female Singer of the Year Nominated
Concert of the Year Nominated
Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Nominated
"Pour un infidèle" Music Video of the Year Nominated
2011 Cœur de pirate Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Nominated
Female Singer of the Year Nominated
2012 Cœur de pirate Female Singer of the Year Won
Quebec Artist Most Celebrated Outside of Quebec Won
Blonde Pop Album of the Year Won
Best-Selling Album of the Year Nominated
"Adieu" Pop Song of the Year Nominated
"Golden Baby" Music Video of the Year Nominated
Cœur de pirate (with Howard Bilerman) Album Producer of the Year Nominated

Victoires de la Musique[edit]

The Victoires de la Musique is an annual French award ceremony. Martin has won one award from four nominations.[20]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2010 Cœur de pirate Group or Artist Newcomer of the Year (Public Vote) Nominated
"Comme des enfants" Original Song of the Year Won
2011 Cœur de pirate Female Artist of the Year Nominated
2012 Blonde Album of the Year Nominated

Canadian Independent Music Awards[edit]

Martin has been nominated for five Canadian Independent Music Awards, of which she has won one.[21]

Year Recipient/Nominated work Award Result
2009 Cœur de pirate Favourite Francophone Artist/Group Nominated
2010 Cœur de pirate Favourite Solo Artist Nominated
2012 Cœur de pirate Francophone Artist/Group or Duo of the Year Won
Solo Artist of the Year Nominated
"Adieu" Video of the Year Nominated


Martin has appeared in concert with French singer Julien Doré, performing a duet of the Rihanna hit "Umbrella". In 2009, she recorded a new version of her song "Pour un infidèle", with Doré featured as the male vocalist. They appeared together in the video for the song, styled as a 1960s-era celebrity couple.

Martin contributed vocals on "Brutal Hearts", the fourth track on the 2010 Bedouin Soundclash album Light the Horizon. Frontman Jay Malinowski and Martin subsequently collaborated under the band name Armistice, releasing a five-track self-titled album on February 11, 2011. In 2010, Martin also contributed vocals to the second track of David Usher's Mile End Sessions album, titled "Everyday Things".[citation needed]

She also appeared in Peter Peter's eponymous debut album Peter Peter in the song "Tergiverse".

Martin co-wrote the song "Jet Lag" with Simple Plan and a demo was recorded with her voice. The final version was recorded with Marie-Mai. The final version is shorter.

She appears on the track "Voila les anges," a cover of the song recorded originally in 1988 by Gamine, on the 2012 album Couleurs sur Paris by Nouvelle Vague.

Martin contributed vocals for "Peace Sign" by Canadian synth-pop artist Lights, on the acoustic version of her 2011 album Siberia, released on April 30, 2013.[22]

On advertising campaigns[edit]

In 2009 she collaborated with Coca-Cola, sponsor of the Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to write the Canadian version of the song called "Open Happiness (Ouvre du bonheur)", for a Canada-wide advertising campaign.[citation needed]

In 2011, she recorded a version of Buddy Holly's song "Everyday" for an advertising campaign by Activia.[citation needed]

Personal life[edit]

On February 29, 2012, Martin announced on Twitter and Facebook that she was expecting a girl with her fiancé, Alex Peyrat, a tattoo artist.[23] Martin and Peyrat were married later that year on July 26[24] and their daughter Romy was born on September 4.[25]



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  2. ^ a b Deudon, Benjamin (July 8, 2010). "Mathieu Chédid et Coeur de Pirate : au Cœur du Mystère des Francofolies". Sud-Ouest (in French). Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  3. ^ Ballingall, Alex (April 19, 2012). "Canadians under 25: Here are the ones to watch". Maclean's. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  4. ^ “Télé Matin, France 2, 13 September 2012.
  5. ^ Birchmeier, Jason. "Cœur de pirate review". AllMusic. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  6. ^ Dixon, Guy (February 11, 2009). "The indie It-girl and a YouTube baby". The Globe and Mail. 
  7. ^ Lawrence, Grant (February 23, 2009). "Coeur de Pirate Selling Records Thanks To Cute Baby Video". CBC Music. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  8. ^ Martin, Béatrice (December 8, 2009). Interview with Anika Mottershaw. The Line of Best Fit. Accessed on March 20, 2013.
  9. ^ "Coeur de Pirate and Bedouin Soundclash's Jay Malinowski Announce Debut EP as Armistice". Exclaim!, January 12, 2011.
  10. ^ CBC Radio 3, September 12, 2011.
  11. ^ "Cœur de pirate présente le clip officiel de "Place de la République", son nouvel extrait (VIDÉO/PHOTOS)". Retrieved January 10, 2013. 
  12. ^ Bondy, Halley (January 18, 2013). "Coeur de Pirate Returns, All Grown Up". MTV Iggy. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  13. ^ "Coeur de Pirate Covers the Rolling Stones, Amy Winehouse, Bon Iver for New 'Trauma' Soundtrack". Exclaim!, December 10, 2013.
  14. ^ "La musique de Coeur de Pirate dans un jeu vidéo)". Retrieved March 9, 2014. 
  15. ^ "Cœur de Pirate dévoile sa nouvelle chanson, "Oublie-moi"". Retrieved April 12, 2015. 
  16. ^ "Coeur de Pirate Stops to Smell the 'Roses' on New Album". Retrieved August 7, 2015. 
  17. ^ "Cherrytree Records/Interscope Records Signs Coeur De Pirate (Heart Of A Pirate), Solo Project Of Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter/Pianist Beatrice Martin". PR Newswire (PR Newswire). Interscope. 12 August 2015. Retrieved 13 August 2015. 
  18. ^ http://music.cbc.ca/#!/blogs/2009/12/THE-2009-CBC-RADIO-3-BUCKY-AWARD-WINNERS
  19. ^ "Artist summary: Cœur de pirate". JunoAwards.ca. Canadian Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences. Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  20. ^ Hugues, Bastien (March 6, 2010). "Le palmarès complet des 25es Victoires de la musique". Le Figaro (in French). Retrieved March 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ Canadian Independent Music Awards. Past Winners and Nominees: 2010, http://indies.ca/nominees_winners/2011-nomineeswinners/ 2011], 2012. Accessed March 20, 2012.
  22. ^ Lights to release Siberia acoustic in April - http://www.moshtix.com.au/v2/news/musicnews/lights-to-release-siberia-acoustic-in-april/9454
  23. ^ Agence QMI, Cœur de pirate est enceinte (French). Canoë. February 29, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013.
  24. ^ "Cœur de pirate, bientôt maman… et désormais mariée" (French). RTL.be. July 28, 2012. Accessed March 20, 2013
  25. ^ "Cœur de Pirate, maman d'une petite fille" (French). quai-baco.com.

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