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 Sunday night ADISQ Gala on Oct. 27, 2019, made Québec music history, when Florent Vollant earned the very first Indigenous Artist of the Year Félix award. Recently, during the 2019 SOCAN Awards Gala in Montréal, he also won the very first SOCAN Classic Award presented to an Indigenous artist, for the song “E Uassiuian,” by his former band Kashtin. Vollant believes the time is right to fully integrate Indigenous artists in these celebrations of music. He sees this display of openness as a challenge for the Indigenous community. We met with him in the Gala press room after he accepted his trophy, and he spoke with us about the making his latest album, Mishta Meshkenu and how blessed he feels that his music travels the world.
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.