Chargement en cours

An error has occurred. Please

Why Coeur de pirate’s coming out mattered in 2016

CBC Music

As her nom de guerre suggests, Québécoise singer-songwriter Béatrice Martin’s wild heart manifests in a haunting voice. In 2016, she found a new register to express it, both personally and professionally.

In 2016, Martin faced backlash when she publically came out, first as a queer woman then as a proud francophone Canadian and supporter of new Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. To some artists, especially francophone ones, either of these could have been a death blow to a burgeoning career. But Martin has not only persevered; she’s prospered. She’s become an outspoken voice in the LGBTQ community and a bright light in Canada’s international musical presence.

Read more about Martin’s influence on 2016, and nine other artists who shaped our conversations around music this year, via our special feature Making Noise.

A GIF of 10 artists on CBC Music's Making Noise list.