The Canadian Songwriters Hall of Fame is proud to announce that the song “Aimons-nous,” with lyrics by Yvon Deschamps and music by Jacques Perron, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on October 15, 2019, during the inaugural ceremony of the Palestre Nationale pavilion of the Association sportive et communautaire du Centre-Sud.

“We are truly proud to induct and celebrate this legendary song that, just as its creators, transcends the ages and is as impactful today as it was nearly 50 years ago,” said Vanessa Thomas, Executive Director of the CSHF.

“Aimons-nous,” which was the counterpoint to Deschamps’s monologue “Le P’tit Jésus,” was initially released on the album Le p’tit Jésus/Le foetus/La honte (1970). This was Deschamps’ third collection of monologues, which wryly look at Québec society on a cultural, social, and political level, turning his acerbic humour on unions, racism, and intolerance. Clémence Desrochers one day gave him a wise piece of advice: “When you don’t know how to end a monologue, sing a song.” The first song he included in his live shows were “Aimons-nous” and “Dans ma cour,” and Yvon Deschamps would write nearly 60 more over the course of his career.

Jacques Perron and his band Vos Voisins accompanied Yvon Deschamps onstage from 1969 to 1973, when his shows at Théâtre Maisonneuve were increasingly frequent, and “Aimons-nous” was a crowd favourite. The song was one of the highlights of the show 1 fois 5, in 1975, when Deschamps celebrated Saint-Jean-Baptiste Day on Mount Royal alongside such luminaries as Gilles Vigneault, Claude Léveillé, Jean-Pierre Ferland, and Robert Charlebois – a historical event that was released on a double album of the same name.

One day, someone heckled Deschamps and shouted, “Stop singing, you’re a horrible singer!” To which he replied, “Can’t be that bad, since everyone’s singing along!” His songs were covered by the likes of Ginette Reno, Monique Leyrac, Nicola Ciccone, Laurence Jalbert, Dan Bigras, Isabelle Boulay, Judi Richards and her daughters Karine and Sarah-Émilie and, above all, by Diane Dufresne on her album Deschampsons (2015).

In 2017, “Aimons-nous” took on a whole new meaning in the wake of the attack on Québec City’s great mosque. Ariane Moffat, Karim Ouellet, and La Bronze – who sang part of the song in Arabic – turned Aimons-nous into a hymn to diversity, and the song reached the top of the iTunes chart in Canada.

Yvon Deschamps became Chevalier de l’Ordre national du Québec in 2001, has won a Governor General Award for the Performing Arts, and became a Compagnon de l’ordre des arts et des lettres du Québec in 2017.



Fanny Bloom

Fanny Bloom (Photo: L.M. Chabot)

Artists and bands are invited to apply now to the 2019 edition of the can apply now to the Ma Première Place des Arts competition, before the deadline of Nov. 1, 2019.

Ma Première Place des Arts allows the contestants to get personalized mentorship, and to perform during a televised event held in the Salle Claude-Léveillée of Place des Arts. They also receive comments on their work, benefit from promotional visibility, and participate in workshops alongside industry professional. Not to mention networking opportunities with established artists and other industry players, all while having a chance to win several grants and other prizes aimed to help launch their career.

For 26 years now, the Société pour l’avancement de la chanson d’expression française (SACEF) has championed up-and-coming musical talent in the competition. This year, SACEF has asked Fanny Bloom to create the song the contestants must sing for the Hydro-Québec la chanson à chanter 2020 prize.

For more details about the contest, and the work of SACEF, visit the Ma Première Place des Arts website.



Artists and bands are invited to apply now for the 2019 edition of the music competition Les Francouvertes can do so until Oct. 27, 2019. They can submit application packages directly on the Francouvertes website for a chance to be one of the 21 contestants in this 24th edition.

SOCAN is proud to once again collaborate in the presentation of this prestigious competition, which runs from Feb. 17 to May 4, 2020.

What is Les FRANCOUVERTES?
Each year, the event offers an exceptional showcase of Francophone artists and bands. It offers unprecedented visibility to its participants, and awards several impactful prizes. The grand prize is a $10,000, offered by Sirius XM, and all 21 participants can win several other prizes. Those are intended to promote their professional development with cash, studio time, paid shows during major events, as well as professional and promotional support. The participants will experience rich artistic and professional encounters. Moreover, each participant will walk away with a professionally shot video of their performance at Montréal’s Lion d’Or. Click here to see videos from previous editions.

The Francouvertes is composed of a preliminary round, semi-finals and the final round, for a total of 11 evenings presenting three or more artists per night. To find out more about this competition, visit www.francouvertes.com.

Laurence Nerbonne and Émile Bilodeau are the spokespersons of the 2020 edition of the event, whose mission will be to promote diversity, musical open-mindedness, and quality, the three cornerstones of this year’s competition.