Haiti-born Quebecer Wesli won the World Music Album of the Year at the 2019 JUNO Awards Gala & Dinner on March 16, 2019, in London, ON. We met with him backstage to talk about the happy marriage between Haitian folk music and his own compositions on his winning album Rapadou Kreyol. We also took some time to discuss the place and recognition of world music in Québec.
In a one-on-one interview with SOCAN, JUNO Country Album of the Year nominee Jess Moskaluke discusses why On songwriting, and women in country music winning a SOCAN Songwriting Award in 2014 was special for her; how she co-wrote “Take Me Home”; trying to write catchy songs; and the current state of music made by women in country music.
Voivod, Québec’s mythical metal band, has, for the first time in 36 years of existence, won a JUNO award – for Metal/Hard Album of the Year. We met with the band a few minutes after they accepted their trophy, and the musicians answered a few questions about the difficulty of remaining relevant, and evolving, while not alienating longtime fans. They also talked to us about their creative process and took a moment to pay homage to Denis “Piggy” D’Amour, the band’s influential original guitarist, who died of cancer in 2005.