Dominique Michel

1992 Lifetime Artistic Achievement (Screens and Voices (formerly Broadcasting and Film))

From her first hit song En Veillant sur le Perron to la Dodo who made thousands of spectators laugh in the nightclubs of Montreal, to her performance in Denys Arcand's The Decline of the American Empire, Dominique Michel has always been a modern woman, funny, yet humane and committed.

For thirty years, she has been one of the greatest popular performers in Quebec. Whether on television, in films or on the stage she can make her audience laugh or cry. Her solidarity with her public is best seen in her traditional yearly role imitating leading Quebec figures on Radio-Canada's year-end programme Bye Bye. She has been described by actress Denise Filiatrault as "a phenomenon... a living caricaturist". Her work has been an example and inspiration for many young performers and she has used her popularity to give many of them a start.

Across Canada she has become well-known as the animatrice of Montreal's "Just for Laughs Festival". She is the essence of Quebec "showbiz"!