The Prix de musique Calixa-Lavallée is one of 13 Grand Prix awarded by the Société Saint-Jean-Baptiste de Montréal. It was established in 1959 and named after Calixa Lavallée, the composer of the national anthem, “O Canada.” It is awarded by a jury to a resident of Québec whose “accomplishment and distinction in the field of music have served or are serving the higher interests of the people of Québec, both in Québec and abroad.”

Originally awarded on an annual basis, the prize became triennial in 1993, although there have been some years when it has not been awarded. Recipients are given a cash prize of $3,000 by the Fondation du Prêt d'honneur and a brass medal inscribed with the phrase Bene merenti de patria (“well deserving of the country”).

A version of this entry originally appeared in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada.

Winners

1959 — Léopold Simoneau and Pierrette Alarie

1960 — Jacques Beaudry

1961 — Françoise Aubut-Pratte

1962 — Jean Papineau-Couture

1963 — Gilles Lefebvre

1964 — Victor Bouchard and Renée Morisset

1965 — Louis Quilico

1966 — Gilles Vigneault

1967 — Joseph Rouleau

1968 — Gilles Tremblay

1969 — Roger Matton

1970 — Clermont Pépin

1971 — Colette Boky

1972 — Claire Gagnier

1973 — Gaston Germain

1974 — Pauline Julien

1975 — Félix Leclerc

1976 — Jean Carignan

1977 — Lionel Daunais

1978 — not awarded

1979 — Monique Leyrac

1980 — Serge Garant

1981 — Kenneth Gilbert

1982 — Marie-Thérèse Paquin

1983 — Gilles Potvin

1984 — not awarded

1985 — Maryvonne Kendergi

1986 — not awarded

1987 — Yvonne Hubert

1988 — Jean Cousineau

1989 — Bernard Lagacé

1990 — Otto Joachim

1991 — Louise André

1992 — not awarded

1993 — Père Fernand Lindsay

1996 — Angèle Dubeau

2003 — Charles Biddle

2006 — not awarded

2009 — not awarded

2012 — Alain Lefèvre