I know that it’s been a little while since you heard from me. I have one good news though… I am back with a new song that you can listen to on YouTube.
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“I roamed for miles in imposed silence until I reclaimed my voice. No one knew my secret battles behind my smile until I came foward with the music project, Hippocampus. ”
— Marie Martine Bédard
* All profits from sales from my upcoming album will be given to the non-profit organisation which supports victims of sexual assaults in Quebec, RQCALACS.
The Hippocampus Project music album aims to raise awareness and empathy for survivors of sexual assaults. It paints in nine songs the different pathways of survival and transforms trauma into a human work.
Every song has the potential to be a conversation starter for victims.
"I believe that every life is sacred and that every person deserves to be respected, protected and cared for by others. I believe every person should be able to go in this world undamaged. However, I know it is not always the case.
That is why I want to use my music as a channel to help those who have been damaged, abandoned and hurt. I want to connect with them, give them comfort and offer them an avenue to begin healing.
I compose music and songs about excruciating and beautiful realities with care and respect because not only I am an educated singer/songwriter and a mother, but because I am a survivor.
I am at my best in a collaborative environment."
Born in Montreal, Marie Martine Bédard is a singer, songwriter and survivor.
As a rising music figure of the Montreal underground music scene of the 80s and 90s, she has the chance to work with many artists. She performs close to a thousand concerts until she sees years of efforts and momentum short-circuited.
Two months after the birth of her first child and while the summer sun was bursting her city with life, she attends the slaying of her soul and body. She is the victim of a sexual predator.
After a forced shutdown of a nearly a decade, in 2009 she embarks upon a healing journey through music studies with the renown Berklee College of Music. In 2010 she receives the celebrity-sponsored “Steve Vai Scholarship”. In 2014, she obtains a Professional Certificate in Guitar and in 2018 a Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies in Songwriting. She is the first French Canadian and Québécoise obtaining a degree with Berklee Online. A nice way to come back to life knowing that she was one of the members of the first all girls band in Quebec, Blue Oil.
Berklee College of Music
Bachelor Degree of Professional Studies in Songwriting
Professional Certificate in Guitar
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Thank you to all those who have supported me through difficult times.
Thank you to my two sons and Valerie for their unconditioannal love.
Thank you to Jean-François Lemieux for wanting to coproduce the Hippocampus project. Without his support, his talent and his great patience, it would have been difficult for me to keep going through the storms. Part of what you hear on my EP, it's him!
Thank you to all those who did collaborate so far with their talent to the Hippocampus Project: Kimura Byol, Daniel Desmarais, Julie Desmarais, Jacqueline Van de Geer, Julie Laurin, Morty, Ella Negrescu, Pascale, artiste peintre, Wil Putt, Karine Rathle, Christine Roberge, Marie-France Thibault, Selvi Subramanian and Josée B.
A special thank to my emotional support dog, Ophelia..