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Ariane Moffatt’s love affair with music started when she was a little girl studying the piano and discovering jazz singing. As a young teenager, the Quebec City area resident moved to Montreal to get formal musical training at Cégep Saint-Laurent.

Following her early successes in music competitions such as Cégeps en spectacle (1996) and L'Empire des futures stars (1998 Best Performer award), and a brief formative experience with the trip-hop band Tenzen, Moffatt enrolled in pop music and vocal performance at the University of Quebec in Montreal (UQAM), and was hired by singer Marc Déry’s orchestra for his joint tour with Daniel Bélanger. Soon after, Bélanger hired her as a keyboard player and backup singer for his Rêver mieux tour, whose shows she opened alone with her guitar.

While wooing her newly-found audiences, Moffatt began working on her first album under the close supervision of Audiogram president Michel Bélanger. Released in June 2002, the electro-folk/jazz/pop album Aquanaute, a popular and critical success, sold more than 120,000 copies and won three 2003 ADISQ awards for revelation of the year, pop rock album of the year and best musical production.

Her 2005 sophomore album, Le cœur dans la tête, is a musically daring collection of revealing songs recorded partly in the city and partly in the country in a "rhythm & groove" or "groove & grunge" style.

In 2006, Moffatt opened for French singer Alain Souchon’s concert at the Paris Olympia in a stunning performance that set the stage for the French release of her Cœur dans la tête album that year, and brought her an important new fan and promoter, the French rock singer-songwriter Mathieu Chédid, best known under the name of M.

Since then, this unclassifiable artist has had a number of memorable moments with her hardcore fans, including an unforgettable show in front of thousands on the main stage of the 2007 Montreal FrancoFolies festival – a repeat of a similar triumph in the same venue five years earlier.

In the works for some time, her 2008 release Tous les sens is a bright and groove-oriented collection of techno and roots-inspired songs that show a familiar side of the much-loved artist. It ultimately received the 2009 Juno Award for Francophone album of the year. Following its European release on the Sony Columbia label, Tous les sens received the prestigious Charles Cros Academy award and earned Moffatt a Victoires de la Musique nomination in the performer revelation category. Moffatt’s next album of original songs is scheduled for an early 2012 release.


New album scheduled for a Winter 2012 release
Trauma (music for the TV series, 2010)
Tous les sens (remix, vinyl, 2009)
Tous les sens (2008)
Ariane Moffatt à la Station C (2005)
Le cœur dans la tête (2005)
Aquanaute (2002)

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