The Gala des artisans Québec Cinéma 2022 unveiled its winners on June 5, 2022, at the Cirque Éloize studios in Montréal. Fourteen #ComposersWhoScore SOCAN members were finalists in the Best Original Score and Best Original Score/Documentary categories.

Philippe BraultPhilippe Brault was nominated twice in the Best Original Score, and won for his work in the film Les Oiseaux ivres (Drunken Birds in its English version), directed by Ivan Grbovic.

During an interview with Words &  Music a few days after receiving his award — his second Iris in four years — Brault was still visibly moved: “Being able to work on Les Oiseaux ivres was truly a gift for me, especially during the pandemic,” he said. “I remember that on the first viewing, each camera shot transported and inspired me and took me completely out of the isolation we were in at the time. The award meant a lot to me, because it tells me that I was able to create something from what resonated with me in the film, that also resonated with others. That’s a big part of why we do what we do, right?”

Stephane Lafleur, Christophe Lamarche-LedouxIn the category Best Original Score/Documentary Film, the Iris went to Stéphane Lafleur and Christophe Lamarche-Ledoux, for their compositions in Archipel, by director Félix Dufour-Laperrière, a feature-length animated documentary. The film is an ambitious project that offers a poetic and political experience, in the heart of a version of Québec that’s both real and imaginary.

For the complete list of finalists and winners at the 2022 edition of the Gala Québec Cinéma, visit its official website. Congratulations to the three winners, and all the finalists in both categories!

 



In partnership with SOCAN, the Canadian Live Music Association (CLMA) has launched AID: #ForTheLoveOfLIVE, a relief initiative in support of Canadian independently owned and operated live music venues, with a capacity of 500 or fewer, that are struggling due to devastating losses during the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Through AID: #ForTheLoveOfLIVE, a total of $30,000 will go to eligible music venues that have experienced significant financial challenges due to the pandemic. The last two years have been especially devastating to small, independent live music businesses who are vital contributors to our Canadian culture and economy. 

“As the live music community works to recover from the prolonged impacts of the pandemic, the health and sustainability of small venues is more important than ever,” said Erin Benjamin, President & CEO of the Canadian Live Music Association. “These venues are fundamental to a healthy live performance ecosystem, and AID: #ForTheLoveOfLIVE will help. Our thanks to SOCAN for recognizing the challenges that our beloved live music spaces are facing. We need live music more than ever, so that we can continue to connect fans to the artists, musicians, and songwriters we love, and who change our lives with their incredible work.” 

Live music venues are a lifeline for the many artists for whom touring and live performance are important sources of income. Small live music venues must be strong to enable the Canadian music ecosystem to thrive. 

“As an artist, especially in my early days, small live music venues were fundamental to my growth and development; without them, I’m not sure I’d have the career that I have today. This relief fund will support those key rooms so that artists of the future — and the venues we all love — can make it through this difficult time,” said Julian Taylor, singer-songwriter, musician, and double JUNO nominee.

Independently owned and operated venues under 500 capacity in Canada are invited to apply for AID: #ForTheLoveOfLIVE between June 13 and July 13, 2022. Venues will be selected by blind, random lottery between July 14 and August 1, and announced on August 4. A total of 30 venues will receive $1,000 each to help with their recovery.

“SOCAN cares about the entire Canadian music industry,” said SOCAN CEO Jennifer Brown. “Live performances are vital to our members’ careers, and the strength of concert venues is essential to the Canadian music ecosystem. SOCAN wants to do what we can to support these concert venues, and we’re pleased to be working in partnership with the CLMA on this program.” 

AID: #ForTheLoveOfLIVE was announced at Canadian Music Week’s Live Music Industry Awards at Toronto’s El Mocambo on June 10. 

To learn more visit https://www.aidfortheloveoflive.com/ 



Since her recording debut more than 20 years ago, Jorane has invented a singular musical universe whose source has yet to be exhausted, as evidenced by her most recent project, Hemenetset, the live stage version of which promises to be extraordinary.

Nominated for a 2022 JUNO Award in the Instrumental Album of the Year category, Hemenetset, a multi-faceted,  collaborative project that she’s been working on for six years, is certainly the most ambitious of her career. Co-produced by Jorane and Marc Bell, Hemenetset is a modern symphony and a true odyssey. We discussed her creative process, one that uses all the tools and technologies at her disposal to unfold.

Jorane will be performing Hemenetset in the fall, watch for her concert dates here.