FouKi got the royal treatment during the 2021 ADISQ Gala, where he received his first-ever Félix Award, and it was none other than the trophy for Male Artist of the Year. In achieving this, he beat well-established competitors Pierre Lapointe, Louis-Jean Cormier, Damien Robitaille, and Vincent Vallières!

In this interview with Paroles & Musique Editor Eric Parazelli, he shares his impressions about this victory, as well as that of Connaisseur Ticaso –  who won for Rap Album of the Year – and what those trophies mean for the Québec rap scene. He also explains how he developed his distinctive voice and flow, and how he cherry-picks the numerous feature proposals he’s offered.

Roxane Bruneau walked away with four Félix Awards over the course of both 2021 ADISQ Galas, including Song of the Year for “À ma manière” (co-written by Mathieu Brisset, and published by Les Éditions Musique Variole enr.), Female Artist of the Year, Album of the Year – Pop, and Album of the Year – Popular Success (for Acrophobia), the latter a category that combines physical album sales and digital platform airplay.

We reached her at her home studio and talked about her victories, and her fear of being just “a flash in the pan” – a fear that was finally assuaged by these awards. She also tells us about her privileged relationship with her fan base, which propelled her to centre stage over the last few years.

The Québec music world was taken by surprise when CRi became the first electronic music artist to win the Breakout Artist of the Year Award at the 2021 ADISQ Gala, after also winning the Electronic Album of the Year honour during the Premier Gala.

We chatted with the young artist, who also won the SOCAN Electronic Music Award at the SOCAN Gala in Montréal. For the young winner, his success within the industry and in the hearts of Québec audiences represents a great recognition for the province’s electronic scene – which he describes as prolific, and which he praised during his acceptance speech. We also asked him about the negative consequences of the pandemic on that electro scene, as well as the importance of his mother in his career – since he makes it a point to thank her every time he has an opportunity to do so.