After surprising everyone with the success of their novelty hit “Coton ouaté,” the band Bleu Jeans Bleu unexpectedly won the Group of the Year Félix during the ADISQ Sunday night gala on Oct. 27, 2019. The band’s video for the hit has already racked up more than 3.5 million views on YouTube, and they’re not newcomers on the scene – they released two albums before their latest, Perfecto, which changed everything for them. We spoke with Claude Cobra, the band’s frontman, and his colleagues, when they visited the Gala press room after winning the coveted trophy.

The winner of the ADISQ Song of the Year Félix Award is decided a joint vote from the public and an industry jury, and this year it went to Roxane Bruneau, for her song Des p’tits bouts de toi during the Sunday night gala on Oct. 27, 2019. Bruneau’s career has been marked by the relentless, dedicated support of her fans, whom she affectionately calls her “cocos.” In the gala press room, she talked with SOCAN about this special relationship which, by her own admission, is the principal reason for her success.

The 2020 edition of the SOCAN Awards in Toronto will salute the remarkable work of Anglophone music publishers with the fourth annual Publisher of the Year Award. Publishers are invited to submit their nominations starting today, until the deadline of Nov. 22, 2019.

To be eligible, a publisher must be based in Canada, and their repertoire must be in large part Anglophone, or having had a significant Anglophone impact, creatively and commercially. A publisher with a representative who sits on the selection committee is not eligible for this award.

The award recognizes a publisher member who contributed in a significant and positive manner to the music industry and creative community during the year prior to the year of the next SOCAN Awards.

The eligibility period for the 2020 edition of the SOCAN Awards is from Jan. 1 to Dec. 31, 2019, and only the accomplishments which occurred during this period will be taken into consideration. A jury of music industry professionals will evaluate all the nominations.

Eligible publishers must submit nominations to SOCAN’s Events Team, at, no later than Nov. 22, 2019, at 5:00 p.m., EST. The Publisher of the Year Award will be presented during the SOCAN Awards in Toronto on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Sheraton Hotel in downtown Toronto. Publishers can download the submission form here.