SOCAN member Lou-Adriane Cassidy, and her collaborators Stéphanie Boulay and Philémon Cimon, won the $1,000 Paroles & Musique Award, presented by SOCAN. Delivered at at the end of the semi-final round of the 2018 Francouvertes competition, the award recognizes the excellence of the songs she performed during the event. Cassidy will enjoy a writing residence at the SOCAN House in Paris, a $1,500 all-inclusive international mobility grant presented by the Office franco-québécois pour la jeunesse (OFQJ), as well as an invitation to showcase her work in the J’aime mes ex series presented by SOCAN during next year’s edition of Francouvertes.
Three out of the nine semi-finalists – Crabe, LaF, and Cassidy – have won the greatest number of votes of the audience, and panel of judges that included SOCAN’s A&R representative, Widney Bonfils. All three are now tasked with charming both the jury and the audience during the Francouvertes finale that takes place May 7, 2018, at Club Soda in Montréal. That evening, competition spokespersons Klô Pelgag and Tire le coyote will offer a brief performance to kick off the evening.
The goal of this final round is to finish first, and walk away with the $10,000 grand prize, but several other prizes will be awarded to the finalists, including the $5,000 Public Choice cash prize to be determined by an online vote, open until May 4, 2018, at francouvertes.com/vote.
Visit the Francouvertes website for all the details on the prizes awarded during the semi-finals, and Good Luck to the three finalists!